From a microphone museum to a printing press, this Milwaukee building has stories

From a microphone museum to a printing press, this Milwaukee building has stories

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On this episode of Urban Spelunking, we’re visiting the former “Select Sound” on 1st and National in Milwaukee, a building with distinct blue metal cladding and deep family roots. Two families, in fact.

When researching the address, 107 E. National Ave., OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo found two interesting family histories — one with an impressive collection of microphones and lifelong hobby of tinkering with electronics, the other with connection early aviation history, printing and even politics. Both families ran businesses at the site for a combined 100 years.

Former Meisenheimer Printing & Select Sound building, 107 E. National Ave. Photo credit: Bobby Tanzilo / OnMilwaukee

Listen to the audio complement to this story to hear how those families were connected, and learn about the new business now open inside the space. Then be sure to visit OnMilwaukee for more history and photos.

Bob Paquette with his microphone collection. Photo credit: Adam Levin via OnMilwaukee

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