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.
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.
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.
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.