Tumblr top three: July 2013

Counting down the most-liked and most-shared posts on our Tumblr blog, Wisco Histo, for the month of July. And thanks to Erik Koeppel of Volume One, the Chippewa Valley-area news and entertainment magazine, for spotlighting our Tumblr. In his article “Wisco Histo you can’t resist, yo!” he wrote:

I dare you to try and not get hooked while browsing pages upon pages of historical landmarks and buildings, advertisements, class photos, local sports teams (yes, this includes the Packers), and oh, so much more.

3. Bob-E-Lanes bowling alley and tavern, Milwaukee

A man peers out a window at Milwaukee's Bob-E-Lanes bowling alley and tavern.

A man peers out a window at Milwaukee’s Bob-E-Lanes bowling alley and tavern, probably 1970s or 1980s. Photo by Philip A. De Jong. Milwaukee Public Library.

2. Billboard for the Avalon Hotel, Waukesha

This 1933 billboard for the new Avalon Hotel in Waukesha advertises room rates starting at $1.50.

This 1933 billboard for the new Avalon Hotel in Waukesha advertises room rates starting at $1.50. Photo by Warren O’Brien. Waukesha County Historical Society.

1. Recipe for a classic Wisconsin summer drink, the brandy slush

Recipe for brandy slush, Milwaukee Journal, 1981.

Recipe for brandy slush, Milwaukee Journal, 1981. Historic Recipe Colyection, Milwaukee Public Library.

This classic Wisconsin cocktail recipe drew lots of comments from blog readers who recalled their parents and grandparents mixing up a similar blend.

this is the exact recipe my mom uses for brandy slushes.

Before I even scrolled down far enough to see the Journal listed as the source, I thought this sounded like something that was present at my Wisconsinite family gatherings. And let me say: that there is good stuff.

My grandparents used to make these all the time for their card parties and when I was little sometimes they’d let me have a little. :)  I think I need to make some soon, this stuff was the best.

Holy crap! Thought this was a family recipe.


Highlights from digital collections across Wisconsin are added to our Tumblr blog several times a week. Check out our monthly top posts from Tumblr here.

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