More than just scrapbooking local history: Northwest Room clipping files

Remember that long-ago news event that made headlines way back, can’t remember exactly when, but it was something about a missing sailboat. Or you saw an art exhibit, decades ago at the Puyallup Fair and would like to browse through the catalogue once more. Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room’s clippings files may be just the…
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Gerald Roslie, 1968

Gerald Roslie posed on September 26, 1968, casually leaning on his Vox Continental electronic organ. He was wearing a Nehru-styled jacket with brocade trim, coordinating brocade slacks, black ankle boots and a scorpion medallion. Billed as the "Gerry Roslie Riot," in September of 1968 he was appearing nightly and on Saturday nights in the newly…
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Waiting for Willkie, 1940

When 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie stopped in Tacoma, both Frank Fletcher (left), age 5, and his brother Walt, age 3, were at the Northern Pacific Shops train yard to hear him. Willkie's September 1940 visit to Tacoma was the first campaign stop by a Republican presidential candidate in Tacoma in 24 years. goo.gl/pk2Zvo…
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Fall Fashion, 1954

An elegantly dressed Mrs. Wallace Scott is draped with a luxurious fur wrap as she models for the Tacoma News Tribune's annual fall fashion layout. She is wearing a natural royal pastel mink "tripolero" cape as she poses near Don Harter's dry cleaning establishment at South 7th and Saint Helens Avenue on September 23, 1954…
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FDR visits Tacoma, 1932

This is what 9th and Broadway looked like in the late afternoon of September 20, 1932, as throngs of people strained to catch a glimpse of presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The democratic candidate's open vehicle can be seen in the midst of the crowd, led and followed by motorcycle police. Mr. Roosevelt had just…
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A Busy Teenager, 1972

In 1972, Wilson High School senior Joe Bartle kept himself busy with a vegetable garden that supplied friends and neighbors with zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, onions and potatoes. As a News Tribune article from September of that year reported, Joe had also just finished painting the family home, was planning to work weekends at a…
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