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Downtown Milwaukee in the 1950s.

10 views of 1950s Milwaukee

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the great photographic work of the late Ray Szopieray, thanks to Adam Levin, who purchased many of the photographer's slides at an antiques store. Last week, Karl Bandow, who also nabbed some of Szopieray's Kodachrome treasure, shared some great photos of the city as it appeared in the 1960s.

Next, Bandow shared 10 photos of Milwaukee as it appeared in the 1980s, and here he offers up a series of images – some are a little spotty, I know – showing Brew City in the era of The Fonz.

1. Wisconsin Avenue at night

Can you imagine when Wisconsin Avenue looked like Times Square? Me neither.

2. Downtown skyline

The top of The Pabst Building was lopped off, and Milwaukee was about to undergo drastic changes thanks to urban renewal and freeway construction.

3. Milwaukee River

Hey, there's City Center, the Wisconsin Telephone Building and the Wells Street Bridge house. Click the links to read more.

4. Third Ward Italian procession

These Italian religious society processions were the precursors of Festa Italiana and they wound their way through the streets of the Third Ward, which was a residential neighborhood. In this photo, you can see the Holiday House, on the corner of Clybourn and Van Buren.

5. Third Ward Italian procession

Another shot of the procession, with the Wisconsin Gas Light Building in the background. Note that the flame hadn't yet been installed on the roof.

6. St. Stanislaus

St. Stanislaus on Mitchell Street, when it faced a neighborhood instead of a freeway.

7. Mitchell Street

Mitchell Street, Milwaukee's other main street, looking east from South 8th Street.

8. Streetcar

It's coming back.

9. Union Depot

Located on the site of the We Energies building on Everett Street, the Union Depot had trains rolling in and out of Downtown all the time. See below, too...

10. The Milwaukee Road

Many of the images first appeared on Levin's Old Milwaukee group on Facebook.


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