Facelift at the Elks’

Three two-man crews of painters work from platforms suspended on the south wall of the Elks Temple, 565 Broadway, in August of 1947. The temple, dedicated on February 22, 1916, was designed by E. Frere Champney. The staircase next to the building, that connects Broadway with Commerce St., is known as the Spanish steps, and…
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Not a Mad Scientist

Johnson Paint & Wallpaper Co. Cans of enamel and flat paint with the Johnson's label line the wooden shelves in late March of 1948. Besides paint, the store also handled varnishes as evidenced by the display of Gardner Bubble Viscometers and the semi-filled jars of ingredients. The man in the photograph shown pouring liquids has…
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Loggers’ Cheer

Yell leaders show their school spirit for the College of Puget Sound Loggers. Niva Iverson, Kelly Hamilton and Jeanne Miles pose with giant megaphones while balancing on railings in March of 1946. (1946 Tamanawas yearbook, p. 59) See more featured images and posts…
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Paul Robeson

Canceling a concert at Tacoma's Temple Theater, Paul Robeson, singer and actor, was hospitalized for several days with laryngitis at St. Joseph's Hospital in March, 1943. To pass the time, Robeson engaged in a game of chess with nurse Theressa Tien. Robeson was known for his bass-baritone voice in interpreting Negro spirituals and for the…
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Pal Of the Week!

An unidentified "Pal of the Week" contest winner stands behind her brand new Schwinn bicycle and a large stack of Old Nick and Bit-O-Honey candy bars in this photograph from March 1948. The balloon tire girls bicycle is equipped with a light on the front fender and a horn in its "tank". See more featured…
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Larding Over His Pig

An eye-catching pig and his master, made of Washington lard, occupied one of the display windows of the Queen City Market, 1115 Broadway, circa 1915. The lard appears to have come from the Carstens Packing Co., local meat packers. The Queen City Market had opened in March of 1914 in the lower level of a…
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Water In the Hole!

Four boys, (l to r) Brian O'Neall, Frederick Desseau, Philip Cole, and Kenneth Borchardt play at a dangerous water hole near S 18th and Alder in this photograph from March 1948. Brian is holding his dog to keep him safe and dry. The hole, as much as 6 ft. deep in some places, remained full…
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