Vintage photographs allow us to step back in time and rethink the Milwaukee landscape that we see and know and inhabit today. They let us see how our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents saw and inhabited the same space decades ago. Here are 12 rare ones.
For decades, the 4th and Wisconsin entrance to Boston Store, 331 W. Wisconsin Ave., was identified by brass plaques with the name of the store founded here in 1897. Now they're gone.
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."
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.
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
There are many reasons to celebrate the Brewers, but one of the most amazing to me is that I learned that French photography maestro Henri Cartier-Bresson came to Milwaukee in 1957.
That most intrepid of historical Milwaukee retail and signage sleuths, Adam Levin, who moderates the Old Milwaukee group on Facebook, has uncovered another gem right here in our midst: the Goldmann's lunch counter.
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."
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.
Last week, a simple black and white vintage sign exclaiming "Boston Store The Heart of Milwaukee" found a new permanent home at Milwaukee Public Market.
The Goldmann's Department Store sign is back in Milwaukee after spending the last three years in a North Dakota museum. But the process of getting it here wasn't easy.
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.
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.
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.
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.