Love the cars.Arrive at Brewer Park Early for 1935 Season Opener
Some 8,000 fans were on hand to watch the Brewers and Kansas City Blues open the 1935 baseball season at Borchert field Friday afternoon. This crowd gathered before the ticket box office long before the start of the game.
This is an unusual look at the ballpark. This picture appears to be looking southwest towards the corner of 8th Street and Chambers, looking down from the ballpark's roof.
Perhaps most notable in this photo are the exterior ticket kiosks, a feature of the ballpark dating back to the 19th century. This view of Athletic Park (as the Orchard was then known) was published in the Milwaukee Sentinel on May 8, 1892:
That's 8th and Chambers again, this time kitty-corner, looking northeast back towards the park (the streetcar is on Chambers, and home plate is behind the large tower).
The line art seems to be accurate - there's our kiosk, proudly selling tickets to the Brewers. That Milwaukee Brewers club was the Cream City's short-lived entry in the Western League.
This colorized postcard of a Sumner W. Matteson photograph shows how the 8th & Chambers ticket kiosk looked in 1909.
By this point, the ballpark itself is considerably less ornate, having lost its towers.
The visual evolution would continue; sometime after 1935, the ticket kiosks themselves lost their pitched roofs. This view is from the 1940s:
The Journal picture was likely taken from the roof, right around the letters.
For seventy years, there was one place to go for the best tickets in town.