When I bought this postcard, I assumed the Juneau Restaurant was in Juneau, Alaska. Naturally, I was wrong. The restaurant was attached to the Hotel Juneau in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The hotel was named for city founder Solomon Juneau, a French-Canadian fortune-seeker who arrived in the area in 1818. (The state capital of Alaska is named after Solomon’s cousin, gold miner Joseph Juneau.)
The above photo was taken a year after the Hotel Juneau opened in 1910 in a five-story building constructed for apartments in the 1890s. You can see images of the hotel in the 1920s and in 1947 in the collection of the Milwaukee Public Library. The Hotel was demolished in 1964 to make room for the Juneau Square North Building. In 2017 the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons were built next door. You can see the shiny new skyscraper in the foreground in this photo from the company’s website:
The postcard was sent by a woman named Millie to a woman in Switzerland whose name appears to be Rosa Tshamper-Binder. On Ancestry, I found a Rosa Tschamper living in Aarau, the capital of the Swiss canton of Aargau. The earliest record I found of her was from 1926, when she was working as a nanny (Kindermädchen).
Addressed to “Frau Tshamper-Binder in Strengelbach” (?):
(See the comment below the post by a very kind visitor, “Little Sparrow,” for a translation of Millie’s message to Rosa below.)
Millie may be the woman marked with an X below, second from right. I love the fact that the women on either side of her have notepads attached to their waist for taking down orders:
They don’t look very pleased that their work was interrupted for a photograph. On the other hand, Millie sent the picture to Rosa, so she must have been pleased with the way it turned out!
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