Selika Pettiford, 1948

Noted organist Selika Pettiford, wearing a floor-length lace gown, posed at the piano and electric organ she played at the Olympus Hotel in August 1948. Behind her are two mirrors positioned so the audience could watch her hands as she performed. The Olympus Hotel was located at 815 Pacific Avenue. http://goo.gl/KdYgbh…
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Cable-Car Seating, 1954

Steve's Cafe, more commonly known as Steve's Gay 90's, was a popular eating establishment for several decades. Located on South Tacoma Way, it was owned by Stephen O. Pease and John J. Stanley and offered, according to the 1954 Tacoma city directory, a "Smorgasbord of American Dishes Served in an Atmosphere of the Gay 90's.…
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Shipyard Safety, 1943

In July of 1943, Al Riviere and Frank Bujan appear to be lighting after-meal cigarettes at the Seattle-Tacoma shipyard, ignoring the giant warning painted on the building behind them. Despite appearances, the two Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. employees were not trying to burn down the plant, they were actually posing for a series of photographs demonstrating…
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Tacoma Speedway, 1920

This is speed king Jimmy Murphy (left) with his mechanic, Ernie Olson, on the board track of the Tacoma Speedway circa the summer of 1920. Although Murphy was a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, he had already started to establish himself as a rising star in the world of auto racing. The 1920 Tacoma race…
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Fourth of July at Stadium Bowl, 1938

The Fourth of July celebration at Stadium Bowl in 1938 culminated with a spectacular fireworks show presented by the Hitt Fireworks Company. Over 15,000 people attended the evening's entertainments, which included a band concert, drill teams, mounted teams, and a pyrotechnic display celebrating the 162nd anniversary of America declaring independence.  http://goo.gl/rhHqti…
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