Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hey Bartender

This stained glass panel is part of the collection over at Best Place. A barkeep carries a tray of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The detail in the paint is really great, given that it's been there for generations.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Orange Iron

Founded in the latter half of the 19th Century, and manufacturing its first farm tractor around 1914, the Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company operated in the Milwaukee area through 1999. This model CA tractor was built in the West Allis plant some time between 1950 and 1958, and its distinctive orange paint makes it identifiable from a great distance. My grandfather worked at the plant, and I smile every time I see one of these pieces of local history.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


This weekend, the West Allis Historical Society held it's Settlers Weekend celebration. Camps from a number of eras demonstrated what life was like in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. This man was playing the part of a French trapper and trader, inspecting this pistol that someone had brought him.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


When brick was cheap and labor plentiful, many of the buildings in town were built with locally produced Cream City Brick. The detail and craftsmanship involved remind us that each brick was laid in place by hand, and just looking at the buildings makes me wonder how long it took to construct some of them.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Full Circle

This memorial outside Miller Park pays tribute to the first Major League team in Milwaukee, also known as the Brewers. The simple granite slab explains the history of that team and what became of it. It's rather disturbing that someone found it important enough to take what was attached to the metal spike on top.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rerun: Wye

Due to technical difficulties (a dying laptop is never a good thing), I'm rerunning one of my favorite photos today. Originally posted May 29, 2009:

This rail intersection is at the bridge where the tracks (used to?) cross over the Milwaukee River in the Third Ward, just off Erie Street. The rails are well-rusted, and the bridge doesn't appear to be operative.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Leaning Tower

The US Bank Building in the background, behind the War Memorial. This photo is a crop of a much larger original, and the wide angle of the lens distorted the long vertical lines.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Street lights in the Third Ward.

Monday, August 23, 2010


A metal staircase climbs the side of a storage facility on the river south of downtown.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


The guest center at the old Pabst Brewery was also called the Sternewirt, in deference to the brewery's German roots. Signs on the property show the way to the place where tours used to begin and end. Today, the folks at Best Place keep these memories alive.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Buck Bradley's

Boasting the longest bar east of the Mississippi River, Buck Bradley's Saloon and Eatery downtown serves up good food and drink on a grand scale. I've been there a number of times, mostly prior to events at the Bradley Center (no relation).

Friday, August 20, 2010


I have been by Usinger's store on Third Street many times, but today was the first time I have been inside. The scent is heavenly, and the meats and sausages on display look delicious. If you've never been inside, take some time and treat your senses.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Theatre In The Round

The circular balcony at the east end of Discovery World. The museum's summer Friday night film series "Fish Fry & A Flick" continues this week with a showing of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds". Not a family movie, but who says that kids have to have all the fun?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Perfect Evening

The weather this evening was perfect - comfortable temperature, light breeze, clear skies. Today's photo was taken on Pewaukee Lake, west of Milwaukee, in the fading light of a perfect sunset. The fishermen and sailors are enjoying the last few minutes before heading in for the night.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer's Bounty

Sweet corn from a local farm stand, pork chops from the grill, and mashed potatoes, served on the patio outside on a cool summer evening. A great end to a long day.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Chill Out

The oppressive heat broke yesterday, and cooler weather has made its welcome way into the area. Looking through photos this evening, this photo of footprints in the snow made me think of the coming chill.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Waiting For Winter

What do Ice Road Truckers do in the Summer? Apparently, some of them travel the State and County Fair circuit. Alex Debogorski was at the fair this weekend, visiting with fans and selling merchandise. If you missed him this time, it looks like he'll be back in a few weeks.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chicken Spit

It was our annual grazing day at the State Fair, and we made it a point to stop by Rupena's to try the spit-roasted chicken. In addition to looking fabulous over the coals, the birds tasted great.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gloss Blue

The evening light reflects off the glass facade of the Reuss Federal Building.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Big Kids, Big Slide

The granddaddy of all rides at the State Fair is the Giant Slide. A permanent fixture in the Fair Park, it's only open for the week and a half each year. Spending two dollars to walk to the top and thirty seconds on a burlap sack coming down seems like a silly idea, until you try it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tiger In The Grass

The steep hills around the 18th green at Whistling Straits made it difficult to find a good spot from which to get a decent shot when I had to hustle over to get this shot of the (current) top-ranked golfer in the world. While I'm not wishing him bad luck this weekend, I would like to see Wisconsin native Steve Stricker take the PGA Championship.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


The 92nd PGA Championship is being held at Whistling Straits, about an hour north of Milwaukee. Today, I went to the practice round and got to see some of the world's best golfers in a relaxed environment. Today's photo is of Louis Oosthuizen at the driving range, enjoying a discussion while getting some practice strokes in.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Food Sticks

The State Fair is underway, and with it, dozens of options for those who enjoy their food on a stick. Today's photo features the deep fried Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich flanked by Chocolate-Covered Bacon. I'll probably have one of these again, but I'll let you guess which one.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Movie Night - Eagle Eye

Watching the movie "Eagle Eye", I couldn't help but notice that the airport featured in one of the scenes was very familiar. After some review, I confirmed that it was Milwaukee's own Mitchell International. Kind of strange to see it used as it was, but I guess that's showbiz.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


We were fishing on Lake Tomahawk near Minocqua today, and three Bald Eagles were circling overhead, looking for a meal. This one was able to pick a fish off the water and carry it home.

Friday, August 6, 2010


Even up in the North Woods, the squirrels able to get into trouble. This guy was eating his way out of a bucket of corn meant for some deer.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Off To Camp

As part of our annual trek north, we stopped at the Cabela's store in Richfield to pick up some supplies. In addition to tanks stocked with game fish, they have displays with deer, elk, mountain goats, and other large animals that have been mounted.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


A part of Milwaukee for over 70 years, Trophy Athletic Supply sells awards, promotional items, and, yes, trophies. This sign hangs on the back of the building on 3rd Street, facing an alley and parking lot. I didn't notice until I was prepping tonight's photo that the yellow shape on the sign is a bowling trophy... I suppose that makes perfect sense, being in Milwaukee!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Out For A Float

With all the heat and humidity lately, getting out on the water offers a chance to try to cool off and get some breeze going. These three were out enjoying their time on the river near the Lakefront Brewery.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hoop It Up

These girls participate in a Hula Hoop contest last week at the Battle of the Bands competition at Pere Marquette Park.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Theme Day - Bright Colors

The August Theme Day is Bright Colors

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Last week, I saw this license plate, and knew I had to have a photo of it for Milwaukee Daily Photo. I was originally planning on doing a note about the passing of the deadline for teams to trade players, but the theme day today has this image doing double duty.