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Remember When

A popular feature of The Milwaukee Journal from 1963 through 1994 prepared by library staff to highlight Milwaukee's past as preserved in the Historic Photo Collection

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"Remember When..." was a popular newspaper feature of The Milwaukee Journal from 1963 through 1994. Published in the Green Sheet section of the newspaper on a twice-weekly basis until 1981 and weekly after that, the feature was prepared by Milwaukee Public Library staff to highlight Milwaukee’s rich and colorful past as preserved in the Historic Photo Collection of the library.

Library staff selected historic photos from the Local History Collection, supplemented by favorite photos sent in by readers. Staff researched the topic and wrote a brief description that furthered the readers’ appreciation for Milwaukee’s heritage. This very popular series reminded some readers of times gone by and provided others with a historic tour of Milwaukee through the eyes of an earlier generation. Read more about the it in the "Remember When" collection finding aid

The feature made its debut on November 13, 1963, and today the commentary itself is a snapshot of a bygone era. Many descriptions refer to people, places, buildings, and institutions that are only memories. Comments and suggestions from our readers have always been an integral part of the "Remember When" series. 

Additional comments, corrections, or insights to these historic photos are always welcome. Now a new generation can enjoy a selection of these nostalgic snapshots of Milwaukee history that have entertained readers for decades.

Order Information

Copies of the images in this collection may be purchased. Orders must be placed online, using your Special Collections account. The images are delivered electronically. The cost is $20 for the first 1-5 images in the same order (each additional image above 5 costs $4 per image) for 300dpi TIFs or 600dpi TIFs, plus tax for Wisconsin residents. If you have any questions, please contact

Important Copyright Information

By providing or allowing reproduction of materials from the collections, the Milwaukee Public Library does NOT grant permission to publish or exhibit. Reproductions are provided for personal research purposes only. They may not be copied or distributed. Written permission to publish must be obtained from copyright or literary rights owner and from the library for any publication or commercial use of copies. The researcher is responsible for compliance with the US Copyright Code (title 12 USC) and privacy rights outlined in Title 45 CFR 46. For information on permission to publish, please contact the Photo Librarian at