The Penguin Server, an aluminum household item produced in West Bend, Wisconsin, played a key role in facilitating the rise of suburban cocktail parties following World War II.
Sheldons Inc. helped Antigo become one of the most important manufacturers of fishing tackle.
The Penguin Server, an aluminum household item produced in West Bend, Wisconsin, graced many patio and picnic tables as suburban households embraced outdoor grilling and recreation following World War II.
A penguin-themed serving bowl dishes out stories about the aluminum industry, postwar consumer culture, and home entertainment in mid-twentieth century Wisconsin.
To improve its classic spinner, Sheldon’s purchased tens of thousands of squirrel tails every year.
By 1941, women working at the West Bend Aluminum Company were producing over six million anti-aircraft cartridge cases each month, earning the company awards for its outstanding wartime production efforts.
The West Bend Aluminum Company, founded in 1911, became one of the largest manufacturers of aluminum goods in the nation, producing everything from cookware to outboard motors.
In the late 1800s, Milwaukee’s meatpacking, wheat processing, and brewing industries boomed, attracting workers from across the country and spurring the development of suburbs like Whitefish Bay.