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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Dorothy takes aim

In July of 1941, Dorothy Axtelle takes aim at the Tacoma Archery Club's range at Titlow Beach. The fifteen year old, currently the Northwest Junior Champion, is preparing for the upcoming national tournament in Portland in August. It will be her chance to make a run at the national junior champion crown. See more featured…
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Letter from Home

On July 23, 1941, Private Thomas Skweres was greeted at mail call by a twenty-five-foot-long "round-robin" letter from home. The 24 year old was pictured entangled in the letter that was full of gossip and greetings. At Fort Lewis, Private Skweres was attached to the Headquarters Co. of the 194th Tank Battalion. Back in St…
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Jamming at Camp Murray

Jam session. Seven future rock stars enjoy a jam session at Camp Murray on July 20, 1968. They, and the enthralled audience, were probably part of the free camp sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Opportunity & Development, Inc. It appears that a makeshift canopy was constructed from sheets to protect the musicians and their electric…
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SS Bienville

The Bienville at finishing dock of Todd Drydock. Once completed, she will have two stacks - one is in position now. The SS Bienville was launched at Todd Drydock & Construction (Shipyards) in Tacoma on July 16, 1924, less than five months after her keel was laid. She was built for the Atlantic Steamship lines…
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