After Wisconsin-based companies manufactured bicycles, bicycling enthusiasts helped to facilitate tourism and travel in the state.
Beginning in the 1960s, a massive bowling boom in Japan saw Wisconsin’s Vulcan Corporation shipping hundreds of thousands of bowling pins to Japanese markets.
Equipment manufacturers like Suick and Mepps played a role in making fishing a major tourist attraction in northern Wisconsin.
While the 1890s bicycle craze was short-lived, contemporary cycling enthusiasts draw on their legacy as they advocate for better conditions on the road.
A chance encounter brought this fishing lure to Antigo and put northern Wisconsin on the sports fishing map.
Sheldons Inc. helped Antigo become one of the most important manufacturers of fishing tackle.
As Chicago’s population grew in the 1800s, more and more people traveled “up north” to Milwaukee for vacations, spurring the creation of nearby resort towns.
After a major bowling tournament in 1905, the American Bowling Congress relocated from New York to Milwaukee, making the city the bowling capital of America.
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.
Wisconsin wheelmen and women welcomed the freedom of cycling during the 1890s bicycle craze. Magazines and tourbooks helped guide riders interested in bicycle touring in the region.
To improve its classic spinner, Sheldon’s purchased tens of thousands of squirrel tails every year.