Bluenotes

On July 16, 1958, teenagers crowd the floor, rocking to the sounds of the Bluenotes at the Little J.E.M. Cafe on Highway 99. The Bluenotes, pioneers in the Northwest rock scene, had formed a garage band in 1956 while the musicians were still in middle school. Originators of the band can be seen, left to…
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This Is No Accident…

On July 12, 1962 an unidentified driver took three intrepid sportsmen for a spin in a German Amphicar - right into American Lake. Built in Germany from 1961-68, the Amphicar was the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass produced. All Amphicars were convertibles and there were just 3,878 built. The vehicle had…
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Patriotic Berry Duty

On July 3rd,1942, Mayor Harry P. Cain called on the residents of Tacoma to do their patriotic duty on the 4th of July weekend by picking raspberries. Warm, sunny weather had brought the raspberries in the Puyallup Valley to their peak tragically early. They were falling off the vines, and the $75,000,000 berry industry was…
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That Sinking Feeling

One of the country's newest submarines, the S-27, visits Tacoma in July, 1926, along with several warships, skippered by Lt. Carlye Craig. The 219-foot long submarine carried a crew of four officers and 39 enlisted men. It was capable of reaching depths of 300 feet. 38 members of the Tacoma Engineers Club were lucky enough…
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No Stairway to Heaven

Seattle boxer Al Hostak (right) -  the "Savage Slav" - and his manager Eddie Marino looked at the dilapidated stairs leading to the former location of Marino's Olympic Athletic Club, 917 Commerce St., on June 25, 1938. Eddie Marino had brought his boxer down to Tacoma to introduce him to his (Marino's) old friends and…
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State Yo-Yo Champ

13-year-old Kyle Bell, upcoming vice president of Jason Lee Junior High's ninth grade, is the state yo-yo champion. He captured the title on April 17, 1976, at Southcenter in the 8-15 year-old age group. Kyle is shown above in June of 1976 while practicing for the $500 Apple Box Open All-Wood Yo-Yo Seattle tournament. He…
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Happy Fathers Day!

In June of 1945 three unidentified women prepared to send Father's Day messages to servicemen from the special Post Yarns mailing center in Tacoma's Rhodes Department Store; an unidentified clerk working in the booth took their addressed messages. Rhodes joined with the Saturday Evening Post magazine in a special wartime Father's Day offer. The Saturday…
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