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Cream City: 1936

Cream City: 1936

April 1936. "Rear of houses at 711 West State Street. Milwaukee Vocational School in background." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Fix it ... that's all I ask

I am troubled by the top two signs' misalignment atop the decorative background latticework (for lack of a better word). Why are they not even with the placement of the bottom two signs? All they need to do is move to the left about two feet, until they are centered. Then it would all look so much better.

Also, for davidk, I seem to remember remarking about a year ago on what appeared to be a window air conditioning unit affixed to an early 1900s tenement. A smart shorpyite informed me that it was meant to be a sort of refrigerator box, wherein a housewife would place items for cold storage during the wintertime. Which you probably already knew because that smart shorpyite may have been yourself.

And now I need a Mars Toasted Almond Slice and a spin in an $810 Oldsmobile Eight.

Today I learned

1. How Milwaukee got the nickname Cream City.
2. The Milwaukee Vocational School still stands as the Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

One for two

The house on the left has broken windows and is boarded up. The one on the right has curtains and people living in it. And – in a whuzza moment – what I thought for a sec was an A/C unit in the top window.

From houses to the Big House

Milwaukee City Jail sits on that site, now.

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