Red Rose Cotillion, 1968

On December 20, 1968, thirty young debutantes were introduced to society under the auspices of the Unique Social & Community Club at the Winthrop Hotel's Crystal Ballroom. The debutantes wore white evening gowns and carried bouquets of American Beauty red roses. Names of the thirty young collegians were listed in a News Tribune article dated…
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Holiday Mail, 1948

An unidentified postal worker sorts the mail at the main U.S. Post Office at 1102 A Street in December of 1948. The bins are piled high with holiday mail. The Tacoma Post Office expected to increase the number of postal employees from 475 to nearly 1,000 during the busy holiday season. Typically about 200,000 letters…
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Lung Testing, 1940

In November 1940, an unidentified Civil Service Commission physician tested the lung capacity of H.E. Wood (center) and Lee York as part of the physical exam given to police force applicants. Eighty applicants took the exam, and twenty-three were immediately rejected because they did not meet the height and weight specifications. Those who passed the…
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Thanksgiving Prize, 1949

Richard Wagner (center) won this handsome turkey at the Pharaoh Club's 5th annual Thanksgiving dance held on Thursday November 24, 1949 at the Top of the Ocean. Gene Nelson holds Mr. Wagner's turkey while Miss Janet McMath tickles its breast feathers. The Pharaoh Club was a young men's social group, organized in 1939. Since Mr…
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Triplets, 1937

Patricia Bush, a nurse at Tacoma General Hospital, holds William Henry Hartle, one of the triplets born to Mrs. William (Genevieve) Hartle on November 14, 1937. The first of the triplets, a girl later named Waunita (at right), was born at 11:23 PM and weighed 3 lb. 7 oz. She was followed by two boys…
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Captain’s Quarters, 1972

Surprisingly, this is not the luxurious living room of a contemporary home but living quarters found within the Sea Royal, the 225-foot tuna seiner built by Tacoma Boatbuilding. An ornate electric fireplace, large wooden bar with upholstered stools, red leather chairs and oversized stuffed sofa resting on rich, red wall-to-wall carpeting present a picture that…
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Ballot Counting, 1940

In November of 1940, Pierce County Prosecutor Thor Tollefson supervised the opening and counting of the absentee voters' ballots from the general election. The ballots had to be sorted by precinct and district, and each ballot's signature on the outside had to be compared with applications on file. The 1940 election was especially tense because…
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