Valentine’s Day Winner

It was a very sweet Valentine's Day for lucky Albert Lee (2nd from right), winner of the Central Area Progressive Improvement Association raffle held in 1969. He is shown accepting the keys to a brand new 1969 Volkswagen outside the association's 922 South "K" (now Martin Luther King Jr. Way) Street headquarters. Pictured alongside Mr…
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Forward! Avanti!

In February of 1964, Captain Davies, stationed at Fort Lewis with the Sixth Army, and his wife happily accepted the keys to the new Avanti sport sedan that he won in a contest sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co. from an unidentified car dealer. Introduced by Studebaker in 1962, the Avanti was designed by one…
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Fire at Centennial

At 7:57 a.m. on the morning of January 30, 1947 a malfunctioning switch at the Centennial Flour Mill ignited flour dust in the building setting the massive structure located on Bayside Drive (now Schuster Parkway) on fire. Fanned by stiff winds, the fire defied the combined efforts of all the Tacoma Fire department units, including…
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Charles Mattson

On the evening of December 27, 1936, ten year old Charles Mattson was kidnapped from his home at gunpoint in front of his brother William, 16; sister Muriel, 14; and her friend Virginia Chatfield, 14, of Seattle. This is a copy of an earlier photograph of Charles Mattson in a sweater and shorts standing next…
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Best Feet Forward

Publicity for March of Dimes. Stepping off with their best foot forward are volunteers for the January, 1966, Mothers March (of Dimes.) Posed on the steps of Jones Hall located on the University of Puget Sound campus are four UPS students who are helping the campaign: Gay Brazas, Blake Barfuss, Steve Kneeshaw and John Gruen…
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KTNT Tacoma

In January of 1955, announcer Bob Gleason (left) and an unidentified butcher stood behind a counter on the Shop Rite Food Centers set in the KTNT studio while the production staff broadcast a live commercial into Tacoma's homes. Bob Gleason was the program director of KTNT- Channel 11's noontime homemaker's show. To the far left…
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Leaning Poles of Tacoma

These power and utility poles in front of the Liquefied Gas Corporation, 9611 E Marginal Way, could not stand up to the winds that hit the Seattle-Tacoma area on January 15, 1951. With peak winds of 65 mph, the winter storm disrupted power service throughout the area. During the early morning hours, the temperature increased…
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