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"Fading Ads of Milwaukee" catalogs some of the city's best old signs

Published Feb. 5, 2020

Old Milwaukee Facebook group creator Adam Levin has come to be the person many think of first when they spy a potentially "new" old sign. Now Levin has turned his passion into Milwaukee ghost signs and Mid-century signs into a book called "Fading Ads of Milwaukee."

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Stunning Pacholski pics offer a snapshot of Milwaukee, December '61

Published Jan. 2, 2020

Finding a cache of vintage Milwaukee photos is always exciting. In them we can see how Downtown has changed across the decades, offering glimpses not only at familiar landmarks - both altered and sometimes not - but also many alterations over time. The images taken by Sylvester Pacholski Jr. are all that and more.

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Remembering Downtown's Gabel News newsstand

Published June 12, 2019

I guess you have to be "of a certain age" to remember the Gabel Newsstand on the corner of 3rd and Wisconsin, which closed in the 1990s. Yesterday, those memories came flooding back for many thanks to a post in the Old Milwaukee Facebook group by Mark Hickey, who worked at the stand in the '70s

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A familiar fragment of iconic Oriental Drugs is uncovered in West Allis basement

Published Dec. 14, 2018

Old Milwaukee Facebook group moderator Adam Levin recently posted a message to the group inquiring about the whereabouts of the signage that once adorned the exterior of the iconic Oriental Drugs, 2238 N. Farwell Ave. Soon after, Levin was standing in a West Allis basement next to the vertical blade sign that once hung on the corner of the building, announcing "DRUGS."

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10 views of 1980s Milwaukee

Published Aug. 24, 2018

Thanks to Milwaukeean Karl Bandow, who found a treasure trove of old Kodachrome half-frame slides of Milwaukee in an antiques store, we can offer up these gorgeous photos of the city as it appeared in the 1980s.

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15 vintage color views of Milwaukee

Published March 9, 2018

Thanks to digging by some Milwaukee history lovers and the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the work of photographer Ray Szopieray survives, helping to open a window on a Milwaukee that in some cases endures, but in others has vanished. Here are some great images of bygone Milwaukee.

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12 stunning old school Milwaukee signs

Published Dec. 11, 2017

Recently, photographer and OnMilwaukee collaborator Adam Levin began cataloguing his passion for old sign age in his new Facebook group, Ghost Signs of Milwaukee. We asked him to share some of his favorite images of Milwaukee-area ghost signs and these are what he shared.

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Help bring home the Goldmann's sign

Published Nov. 10, 2017

The sign from Milwaukee's iconic Goldmann's Department Store - which closed in 2007 - is for sale. Now, one Milwaukeean is working to bring it back to Brew City.

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Then & Now photomontages merge past and present Milwaukee

Published Nov. 24, 2014

The photomontages created by Eau Claire's Then and Now Photography seamlessly meld images of the same place but from different eras, creating a fascinating and unique look at how familiar sites in Milwaukee have changed over the years.