Inspectors Inspecting

Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee inspect school classrooms on August 30, 1954. Mrs. A.A. Price is observed opening a small drawer in a large dilapidated work table while Mrs. Gordon Hartwick, of the League of Women Voters, looks on. William Rave of the Carpenters Union leans over a cracked and dirty fish tank. Peeling…
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

In August of 1926, Killian Van R. Schermerhorn, standing, and Wilmot McCune spent a week rowing 80 nautical miles from Point Defiance to Olympia and back. The Stadium High School juniors travelled in a double-oared "clinker" that they rented from the park's boathouse. They rowed in sunshine, moonlight and even a storm that landed them…
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Drive Right In!

Saturday August 21, 1954 marked the grand opening of the Narrows Drive-In at 6602 Sixth Avenue. Under the co-ownership and management of Norris Telling and James Slopak, it employed the latest in modern fixtures and equipment to provide speedy service with less effort. The menu included complete dinners, short orders and fountain service. Open from…
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If the Shoe Fits

As summer came to an end in late August of 1950, it was time to get new shoes for school. Dede Carstens and her mother, Mrs. Thomas Carstens, went to Spellman's Buster Brown Shoe Store at 1122-28 Broadway. Buster Brown Shoes had opened their store in the David Gross Block building in 1924. In the…
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Monster from the Deep

An unidentified beauty posed with a very strange sea-beast in this photograph taken for the Tacoma Times in August, 1948. Al Meissner and E.C. Berg were trolling for salmon off Neah Bay when this denizen of the deep, an unidentified fish came swimming by their boat. They brought him back to Tacoma with them and…
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Reason to Picket

In mid-June of 1952, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, representing the Seattle and Tacoma newspaper reporters, advertising and circulation representatives, and photographers, went on strike against the Tacoma News Tribune over wages. Union pickets, such as Herman F. Hunt (pictured), appeared outside the newspaper's headquarters. The paper's other unions, including the Pressmen, Typographical, Mailers, Stereotypers…
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Harlan McCoy

In July of 1938, Harlan McCoy was surrounded by children clamoring for his autograph when he visited Vashon Island. The kids didn't care that he was a radio and opera star, or that he had appeared in the movies. They gathered when they learned that he claimed to be one of the voices used for…
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