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Valentine's Day Winner Valentine's Day Winner

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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...
It was a very sweet Valentine's Day for lucky Albert Lee (2nd from right), winner of the Central Area Progressive Improvement Association...
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Portrait of a Handsome Young Man Portrait of a Handsome Young Man

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
George Anthony Trudnich posed for a sepia portrait at the Richards Studio on February 2, 1957. He planned to give copies of his photograph as Valentine Day gifts. Trudnich was a clerk at Top Auto and resided at 2514 N. Starr. He was a graduate of Bellarmine and attended the…
George Anthony Trudnich posed for a sepia portrait at the Richards Studio on February 2, 1957. He planned to give copies of his photograph…
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Kindergarten at Cholla's Corner Kindergarten at Cholla's Corner

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Doris (Mrs. Eldon R.) Hubner and her deer Chihuahua Cholla were known to thousands of kindergarteners as stars of television show "Kindergarten at Cholla's Corner" in the 1960s. Mrs. Hubner, for years a kindergarten teacher at Washington School, brought fun and learning, songs...
Doris (Mrs. Eldon R.) Hubner and her deer Chihuahua Cholla were known to thousands of kindergarteners as stars of television show…
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Forward! Avanti! Forward! Avanti!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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,…
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…
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Gertie in Color! Gertie in Color!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Construction of the first Narrows Bridge, in glorious color, January of 1940. The towers were set up and the cable spinning process had started. See more featured images and posts
Construction of the first Narrows Bridge, in glorious color, January of 1940. The towers were set up and the cable spinning process had…
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Fire at Centennial Fire at Centennial

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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…
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…
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Charles Mattson Charles Mattson

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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…
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,…
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Best Feet Forward Best Feet Forward

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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…
Publicity for March of Dimes. Stepping off with their best foot forward are volunteers for the January, 1966, Mothers March (of Dimes.)…
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KTNT Tacoma KTNT Tacoma

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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-…
In January of 1955, announcer Bob Gleason (left) and an unidentified butcher stood behind a counter on the Shop Rite Food Centers set in…
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Leaning Poles of Tacoma Leaning Poles of Tacoma

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
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…
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…
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Slippery Slope Slippery Slope

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
With a thunderous roar, the loamy soil on the bluff overlooking Old Tacoma broke loose at 9:50 a.m. on January 10, 1923. Tons of earth crashed down the steep slope, sweeping along with it the home of the W. E. Claytons. The wood frame home which had stood at 2502 N 29th St was…
With a thunderous roar, the loamy soil on the bluff overlooking Old Tacoma broke loose at 9:50 a.m. on January 10, 1923. Tons of earth…
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Leaping Lounge Lizards! Leaping Lounge Lizards!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Tom Ross, a member of Tacoma's "dry squad" demonstrates the fine art of bar leaping on January 14, 1923. Because Washington had been dry since 1916, beer parlors were supposedly converted into soft drink parlors. However, it was estimated that 150+ stores, soft drink parlors,...
Tom Ross, a member of Tacoma's "dry squad" demonstrates the fine art of bar leaping on January 14, 1923. Because Washington had been dry...
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A Snowy Day in May A Snowy Day in May

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
H.C. Weaver Productions, Inc., motion picture set of "Hearts and Fists", ca. 1925. Unidentified woman standing on planked sidewalk outside of "Slim's Nugget Bar;" a shoemaker's shop is further in the background. Set was still under construction as the log exteriors are...
H.C. Weaver Productions, Inc., motion picture set of "Hearts and Fists", ca. 1925. Unidentified woman standing on planked sidewalk...
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Happy New Year! Happy New Year!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Members of the Deacon Club met at Jack's Lakeside Park on Fivemile Lake to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. This photograph taken on December 31, 1949 shows (from l to r) Alice Edwards, Tom Rigney, Shirley Larson and Don Septon greeting the new year with party hats,…
Members of the Deacon Club met at Jack's Lakeside Park on Fivemile Lake to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. This photograph taken...
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Chugging Along Chugging Along

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Harry Clark, 65, who lived at 3823 E. J St. is shown sitting at the throttle of a Northern Pacific locomotive in this photograph from December 1938. Mr. Clark had just retired after working for over 48 years as a railroad engineer and "truckman." A truckman repaired broken...
Harry Clark, 65, who lived at 3823 E. J St. is shown sitting at the throttle of a Northern Pacific locomotive in this photograph from…
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