Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fine Shoes.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Elise and I took a trip to the Fox Valley Antique Mall in Appleton, which is about 40 miles north of Fond du Lac.  I hadn't been there in over a year and Elise had never been!  She was hankerin' for an antique-hunting trip and I was ever so happy to oblige.  :D

I've mentioned this antique mall before (a couple of times, actually!), but I'll reiterate how HUGE it is.  It's essentially two pole buildings connected with a breezeway, where the old guys and vendors hang out over coffee.  If I were closer I would probably be right there with 'em!  :D  Elise and I got about 3/4 of the way through, so we'll have to go back (oh, darn!).

One of the items I bought was a collection of antique Green Bay artifacts.  I believe there were 18 pieces altogether, and all of them are fabulous so I'll be dividing up the set with different blog posts.  Here's today's wonderful bit of ephemera:

WOW.  Now, some of you may know already that I grew up in Green Bay and lived there until I moved to Fond du Lac 16 years ago.  It's fascinating to me that this invoice, which is from the first decade of the 20th century, pre-dates my entire family's residence in that fair city by at least 40 years (my dad and his first wife moved to Green Bay in 1946; my mom's family moved to the city in 1954).

I Googled the address (104 N. Broadway) and I can't tell if the building is original or not.  The brick is in fantastic shape and I believe it recently got a facelift - the Broadway district has had a renaissance of sorts in the last 15 years or so.  Judging by how close together the buildings are, it is entirely possible that it once housed the E.C. Streckenbach company.  My search found nothing online, but I'll bet I could find something at the Central Library in Green Bay.  Then again, this invoice pre-dates the Green Bay Press-Gazette by at least 6 years!

If you're wondering whether or not I'll be using this invoice - that would be a NO.  At least for now.  I really bought this for the Green Bay history factor. But one never knows.....  :D


  1. So were they paying for their shoes with eggs and butter?

  2. I wanted to tell you Thank You for sharing the site for "The paper flea market". I checked it out and bought some goodies. I could easily break my budget shopping on that site. It has a bunch of really cool stuff. Can't wait to get it. I did email the site owner and let her know I linked there from your blog. Which I enjoy very much. Thanks again.
    Many Blessings,
    Kimmie <3