Train Wreck

An automobile collided with a Northern Pacific train near the Shaffer Terminals on Commencement Bay in April 1946. Two people were seriously injured and rushed to Tacoma General Hospital. The train engineer stated that the train was travelling 20 miles per hour, the driver of the car must have felt that they had plenty of…
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The First Tacoma Dome?

Aerial of new Kaiser Dome, part of the Port of Tacoma's 1.6 million dollar bulk storage facility project, taken in late April, 1967. The aluminum sheathed dome would handle alumina under contract with Kaiser Aluminum. The Port expected 40,000 tons of alumina a month shipped from Australia. Long conveyors will transferred the alumina into the…
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Eggcellent Easter!

In March of 1926, three employees at the Washington Co-Operative Egg & Poultry Association Headquarters, (left to right) Mary Zack, Sarah Gruno and Esther Christoferson, demonstrated how to decorate Easter eggs. Sarah Gruno, in the center, is dyeing eggs with natural dyes made from vegetables, such as beets, spinach and coffee. Mary Zack is cutting…
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Prize Bunnies

McCarver second grader Debbie White (left), Central first grader Wendy Wright and McCarver sixth grader Floyd Franklin were photographed in 1968 holding the three bunnies that were given as special prizes at the Easter egg party that was held in Wright Park on the Friday before Easter. The Hilltop Multi-Service Center sponsored the giant Easter…
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Daffodils Afloat!

Golden sunbeams burst onto Puget Sound in April of 1954 as the annual Marine Parade concluded Daffodil Festival activities. Crowds crowded Tacoma's shoreline to see the colorful marine floats. This particular entry had a distinctly tropical theme, with palm trees, flowers and even a hula dancer cutout on display. There were many passengers on board…
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National Want Ad Week

In April of 1936, Johnnie Lawson went to the want ads counter of the Tacoma Times newspaper to place a classified ad. Miss Thelma Wallace helped him fill out the paperwork so that he could sell his sidewalk automobile using the newspaper's classified columns. Recognizing that want ads contain some of the most vital information…
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Lights, Camera, Action!

Arthur Edeson, director of photography, manipulating camera on location of "The Patent Leather Kid" March 29, 1927. Mr. Edeson entered the film industry with the Eclair Co. in 1911. He would play a pivotal role in location sound photography when the silent era came to a close in the late 1920's. See more featured images…
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