Friday, September 09, 2005

Remembering Rennebohm's

The Wisconsin Historical Society's web site has a regularly updated feature called "Odd Wisconsin." Recently, they added an item about a series of photos of Rennebohm drugstores taken in 1970 by photographer Chuck Patch and his friend Steven Kimbrough. According to the site, the two men "embarked on a gustatorial odyssey: to eat breakfast and take a photograph in every Rennebohn's in the Madison area, bring back the ambiance, evoke the smells, detail the formica tabletops and the plastic trays, and preserve customers and staff for posterity."

But apparently many of the photos weren't labeled. Have a look at them and see if you recognize any of the locations and people.

I think the Rennebohm's on 204 State Street near Madison Central High School was closed by then, but I'm not certain. Anyone remember when that store was closed?

Although there doesn't seem to be a photo in the Historical Society collection of our neighborhood Rennebohm's from around the time we were in school, there is an interesting one from 1949 showing a window full of school supplies. Click HERE to have a look.

3 comments:

D Strand said...

I didn't recognize any of the people in the photos. We used to play nickel football in the booths at Rennebohm's. You'd hit a nickel once and if it hung over the edge you'd get a touchdown, six points. Then you'd try for the extra point by flicking the nickel between your opponents fingers in the shape of goal posts. Some of those games got pretty serious, but were always fun!

Nancy Ellis said...

I have this to say about that:

My Mother worked at State and Lake, Pickney, Nakoma (Rennebohm's sites) etc for 38 years......

D Strand said...

Nancy,
I probably knew your Mother then, but I didn't hang out at Rennys as much as some kids did. There weren't as many East siders there (except J. Strand and J. Velhoff) since Rennys was technically on the West side. Your Mother must have known a lot of Centralites. The last time I saw you, you said that your Mother still lived on Patterson Street. That was amazing after so many years. Is she still there?