Slippery Slope

With a thunderous roar, the loamy soil on the bluff overlooking Old Tacoma broke loose at 9:50 a.m. on January 10, 1923. Tons of earth crashed down the steep slope, sweeping along with it the home of the W. E. Claytons. The wood frame home which had stood at 2502 N 29th St was crumbled…
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Leaping Lounge Lizards!

Tom Ross, a member of Tacoma's "dry squad" demonstrates the fine art of bar leaping on January 14, 1923. Because Washington had been dry since 1916, beer parlors were supposedly converted into soft drink parlors. However, it was estimated that 150+ stores, soft drink parlors, and hotels sold booze undercover. Officer Ross' technique would have…
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A Snowy Day in May

H.C. Weaver Productions, Inc., motion picture set of "Hearts and Fists", ca. 1925. Unidentified woman standing on planked sidewalk outside of "Slim's Nugget Bar;" a shoemaker's shop is further in the background. Set was still under construction as the log exteriors are basically false fronts. This Weaver Corporation's first film was set in Washington's lumber…
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Happy New Year!

Members of the Deacon Club met at Jack's Lakeside Park on Fivemile Lake to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. This photograph taken on December 31, 1949 shows (from l to r) Alice Edwards, Tom Rigney, Shirley Larson and Don Septon greeting the new year with party hats, horns and lots of confetti and…
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Chugging Along

Harry Clark, 65, who lived at 3823 E. J St. is shown sitting at the throttle of a Northern Pacific locomotive in this photograph from December 1938. Mr. Clark had just retired after working for over 48 years as a railroad engineer and "truckman." A truckman repaired broken parts on locomotives. His many years as…
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Sweet Job

Henrietta Acheson had been a chocolate dipper at Brown & Haley for 25 years when photographed, one hand in motion, on Christmas Eve, 1972. At one time Mrs. Raymond L. Acheson would hand dip two or three pieces per second but in more recent days has relinquished her skills to a modern machine. Mrs. Acheson…
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Sea Trials

Color photograph ordered by the J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. of the tuna seiner, "Mary Antoinette" as she churns through the waters of Commencement Bay during ship trials on December 15, 1969. The white ship makes a striking appearance as waves break over her bow; in contrast to the white fishing boat, the blue of the…
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Dear Santa…

“Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like..." Mary Dolores Connolly of Bremerton smiles mischievously over her shoulder as she mails her letter to Santa at a street mailbox in December of 1935. The five year old girl was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Connolly, 1744 Fourth St. She was eagerly looking forward to…
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