Retrofit at the Muni Dock

Onlookers lean over wooden barriers to inspect refurbishing efforts being conducted on the city's Municipal Dock on September 20, 1929. Three workers are pictured gazing as what may be a concrete pile being inserted through an opening in the dock. Besides concrete piling to replace wooden piers then in use, a concrete floor and a […]

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Accident Prevention Car

The City of Tacoma Police Department purchased a new accident prevention car which was placed in service September 17, 1947, by Safety Commissioner, Robert S. Temme. Sgt. Bob Marshall shows the batteries for the electric flares that are part of the special equipment on the car. Other special equipment included: a first aid kit, drawing […]

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Lawn Bowling

Lawn bowling, once a regular event in beautiful and historic Wright Park, is FINALLY back. A venerable and well thought of sport in Tacoma’s past will be taking place between August 1st and October 22nd on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. For details about registering and fees, visit Metro Parks. Brush up on your bowling skills […]

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Moonshine Raid

H. L. Phillips and Willliam Farrar of the city dry squad are shown emerging from the tunnel dug under the home at 7813 A St. on September 6, 1924. The residence was raided that Saturday afternoon and after two hours of searching, elaborate moonshine stills were discovered and confiscated. Barrels, bottles and other distillation apparatus […]

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School’s Out One More Day

Leroy Wallace (far left), age 9, Marvin Sponberg, age 9, and June Kearney, 10, enjoyed one last day in their makeshift treehouse before school began in September of 1947. The trio, who lived on North Verde and North Cheyenne, were all registered to attend Sherman School. See more featured images and posts

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Body Shop at Peoples

“Body Shop" at Peoples. August, 1971, view of colorful "Body Shop" display on the second floor of the Peoples department store. These were eye-catching long sleeved body suits in a variety of vibrant colors including a purple one-piece outfit on a green chrome stand.  See more featured images and posts

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Pioneer Spirit

On August 27, 1953, these three men were chosen as winners in Tacoma's Washington Centennial Celebration's beard growing contest. Syl Uhl, Homer R. Parks, and Warren Lasley (from left) wasted no time in using their prizes, Remington electric shavers, to shear off a month's worth of hair. The fourth winner, Thomas M. Racca, was not […]

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Selika Pettiford

In August 1948, Selika Pettiford stood between the piano and the electric organ that she played at the Olympus Hotel. There were two mirrors set up on the stage behind Mrs. Pettiford so that the audience could watch her hands as she played. In August of 1944, a new supper club and cafe had opened […]

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