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1972-1974

Advertisement, August 1972
showing front end of car which is
actually mounted in the Wreck Room back room

 
Advertisement, May 1973
Advertisement
(GPU News, Aug. 1974)

1975-1976

Silver Star M.C., Event ad
(November 1975)
4th Anniversary advertisement, 1976
(from GLIB magazine issue 1, August 7, 1976)

1980-1981

Ad, Cruisin Bar: Rear entrance vs Front entrance hours
(Milw. Calendar vol.3-21, Oct. 1980)
Photo: Manager Jim Schnieders at birthday party
(Gay Milw. vol. 4-07, April 1981)

1982

Ad: The Cell bar
(Escape vol.5-08, May 1982)
Photo: Manager Jimmy (left) with customer Kenny
(Escape vol.5-08, May 1982)
Photo: Team members and observers at Wreck Room Classic softball trournament
(May 1982)
Souvenier glass mug
Giveaway at 10th anniversary, Aug. 1982
Souvenier glass mug
Giveaway at 10th anniversary, Aug. 1982

1983

Wreck Room building circa 1983
(photo by Don Schwamb)
Souvenier 'Membership' Card
for 'Refund Nights'
(date unknown)

1984

Advertisement, March 1984


Photos: Tax Refund Party
top: Fred filling out Wreck Room form 69-EZ;
bottom: owner Wayne with bartender Gary
(In Step vol.1-07, March 1984)
12th Anniversary button, 1984
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HIT bowling tourney reception at Wreck Room
(InStep vol.1-10, June 1984)

 
Wreck Room's Kevin shining shoes of
Sister Soliciation Slut
(InStep vol.1-11, June 1984)
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1985

Photos: Circus-Circus party at the Wreck Room
(InStep vol.2-15, July 1985)
Ad: Milwaukee Mixed Gay Chorus performing 'The Classics' at Wreck Room
(InStep vol.2-15, July 1985)

 
Ad: Upcoming 13th Anniversary party
(InStep vol.2-15, July 1985)

 
Photos: Wheel of Fortune at the Wreck Room
(InStep vol.2-15, July 1985)

 
Photo: Wheel of Fortune at the Wreck Room
(InStep vol.2-15, July 1985)

 

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Ad: Mr. Wreck Room Contest
(InStep vol.2-19, Sept. 1985)

 
Ad: Wheel of Fortune every Sunday
(InStep vol.2-19, Sept. 1985)

 
Photos: Manager Jimmy (left), and Mr. Wreck Room Jeff Becker
(InStep vol.2-21, Oct. 1985)

 

1986

Jock Shorts column: 'Wreck Room Classic' softball tournament to become 'Milwaukee Classic' run by SSBL
(InStep vol.3-02, Feb. 1986)
Photos: Beach Party
(InStep vol.3-09, May 1986)

 
Ad:
(InStep vol.3-09, May 1986)

 
Photos: "Dames at Sea," a fully-choreographed stage show, is hosted by Wreck Room on two consecutive Saturdays. For a $2 donation, visitors are treated to a premier 10pm performance starring Doris Delago, Patsy Parks, Miss B.J. Daniels, Russell Moore, Dean Paradowski and Kelly Cole
(contributor 'P.P.' adds the following details: "Jimmy Schneiders built the stage, sets and backdrops - what a talent. Doris Delago was a task master but she got results- and she did all the girls' costumes. Such a fun show! Great memories. BJ and I laughed so much during this show. Lifelong friendships made here. Fun fact: We also “toured” with this show to "Rod's" bar in Madison. Patsy performed as Phil.")
(InStep vol.3-05, March 1986)
 
Photos: Sock Hop
Lower photo: staff all decked out in 50's clothes
(InStep vol.3-13, July 1986)
 
Ad: Great Pumpkin Caper,
pumpkin carving & prizes
(InStep vol.3-20, Oct. 1986)
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1987

Photos: Ad: Strip and Sit contest
(InStep vol.4-19, Nov. 1987)
 
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1988

Photo: Manager Marty, Pianist Harriet King, and owner Bill
(InStep vol.5-04, March 1988)
 
Ad: Swim Suit Contest
(InStep vol.5-06, April 1988)
Ad: 'Saloon Opens'
"Separate Entrance"
(Sept. 1988)
 
Ad: Christmas, New Years
(InStep vol.5-23, Dec. 1988)
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1989

Ad: January events
(Jan. 1989)
Ad: Saloon ad
(Jan. 1989)
Ad: Christmas, New Years
(InStep vol.6-12, June 1989)
 
Ad: Thank You for making 17th anniversary a success
(InStep vol.6-17, Sept. 1989)
 
Photos: 17th Anniversary party
(InStep vol.6-17, Sept. 1989)
Photos: 17th Anniversary party
(InStep vol.6-17, Sept. 1989)
Ad: Halloween Pumpkin carving, Costume party
(InStep vol.6-17, Sept. 1989)
 
Photos: Mr. Wreck Room contest
(InStep vol.6-17, Sept. 1989)
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1990

Ad: 2nd Annual 'South of the Border' Buffet
(InStep vol.7-01, Jan. 1990)
 
Ad: Daily events
(InStep vol.7-06, March 1990)
Ad: Party Night, 4th of July, Castaways party
(InStep vol.7-12, June 1990)
 
Ad: Daily events
(InStep vol.7-19, Sept. 1990)
Ad: Daily events
(InStep vol.7-25, Dec. 1990)
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1991

Ad: Food for PWA's (People with AIDS)
(InStep vol.8-02, Jan. 1991)
Ad: Black Mask Madness costume party
(InStep vol.8-02, Jan. 1991)
Ad: Benefit show for MAP (Milw AIDS Project) canceled
(InStep vol.8-08, April 1991)
 
Ad: Block Party from Hell, with M&M Club
(purposely printed mirror image)
(InStep vol.8-15, Aug. 1991)
(Mirror image of original advertisement to left, reversed here for readability)
 
Flyer for Block Party from Hell
(Aug. 1991)
 
Ad: Party Night
(InStep vol.8-21, Oct. 1991)
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1992

Ad: Food Drive for MAP Food Pantry, Roger Deely's Birthday
(InStep vol.9-01, Jan. 1992)
 
Ad: Mr. Wisconsin Drummer contest, Mr Midwest Leather
(Feb. 1992)
Photo: BIM & Company performing
(May 1992)
Article: BIM & Company weekly musical revue with hits from the 50's thru 70's
(May 1992)
 
(InStep vol.9-14, July 1992)
Steppin Out column: WR celebrated their 20th anniversary
(InStep vol.9-19, Sept. 1992)
 
Ad: Oberons Scary Monster Costume Party
(InStep vol.9-21, Oct. 1992)
 
Ad: Happy Holidays
(InStep vol.9-25, Dec. 1992)
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1993

Ad: Play Blackjack
(InStep vol.10-07, April 1993)
Photo: BEST Damn Underwear Party benefit for BESTD Clinic
(InStep vol.10-10, May 1993)
 
Photo: Wis. L/L Daddy's Boy contest
(InStep vol.10-10, May 1993)
Ad: Thanking their staff (named in ad)
(InStep vol.10-13, July 1993)
 
Ad: 21st Anniversary party
(InStep vol.10-17, Sept. 1993)
Article: Christmas Club for children with AIDS
(InStep vol.10-23, Nov. 1993)
 
Ad: Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving
(InStep vol.10-23, Nov. 1993)
Ad: Happy Holidays
(InStep vol.10-25, Dec. 1993)
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1994

Ad: Showing 3 logos and Photo of Staff
(circa 1994)
 
Ad:
(Quest vol.1-02, Feb. 1994)
Ad: Listing daily specials
(Quest vol.1-05, March 1994)
Ad: Best Damn Underwear and Wet Shorts contest as benefit for BESTD Clinic
(from Jerry Johnson 'Wis. Light' archive, May 1994)
 
Ad: Best Damn Underwear and Wet Shorts contest
(Quest vol.1-11, June 1994)
Photos: from Anniversary party
(InStep vol.11-18, Sept. 1994)
 
Chain and tags given at 21st Anniversary (1993);
Add-on tag given at 22nd and final anniversary (1994)
 
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1995

Ad: Softball Team players needed
(InStep vol.12-04, March 1995)
 
Photos: Anniversary Party
(Quest vol.2-17, Sept. 1995)

1996

Ad: Alex Lumelsky is back
(InStep vol.13-06, June 1996)
 
Article: Wreck Room has closed
(Wis. Light vol.9-15, July 1996)
Article: A History of the Wreck Room bar
(Wis. Light vol.9-15, July 1996)
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2017

Building renderings for proposed 2017 remodeling:
Main rendering
Building renderings for proposed 2017 remodeling:
Southwest view (main entrance)
Building renderings for proposed 2017 remodeling:
Ground floor plan
Building renderings for proposed 2017 remodeling:
North elevation view

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