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Last of the Fleet Last of the Fleet

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On April 15, 1931, after spending two weeks loading lumber and timber at the Defiance Mill, 4601 Ruston Way, the four-masted "Commodore" left port in Tacoma for the Hawaiian Islands. It was towed to the Straits of Juan de Fuca by the tug Goliath. The last of the off shore...
On April 15, 1931, after spending two weeks loading lumber and timber at the Defiance Mill, 4601 Ruston Way, the four-masted "Commodore"...
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Octopus - That's What's for Dinner Octopus - That's What's for Dinner

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Norman "Benny" Behnke ,  45-year-old Tacoma scuba diver, was photographed in April of 1964 with the 102-pound octopus he wrestled out of the Sound. Mr. Behnke, a civil engineer at McChord AFB, began scuba diving three years ago. This happens to be the third octopus he has...
Norman "Benny" Behnke ,  45-year-old Tacoma scuba diver, was photographed in April of 1964 with the 102-pound octopus he wrestled out of...
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Daffodils Afloat Daffodils Afloat

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
For 56 years, in 2008, the annual Marine Parade has brought the Daffodil Festival season to a close. Entry #99 in the 1954 Puget Sound Daffodil Regatta was covered with literally thousands of blossoms, including windshield, making it truly a floating garden of daffodils. The…
For 56 years, in 2008, the annual Marine Parade has brought the Daffodil Festival season to a close. Entry #99 in the 1954 Puget Sound…
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Hollywood at Fort Lewis Hollywood at Fort Lewis

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Shell damaged cathedral on set of "The Patent Leather Kid" located at Camp (Fort) Lewis; photographed on April 14, 1927. Desperate German soldiers would hole up in the church that they had attempted to previously destroy. American troops and massive tanks would rout the enemy...
Shell damaged cathedral on set of "The Patent Leather Kid" located at Camp (Fort) Lewis; photographed on April 14, 1927. Desperate German...
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Ready, Set, Go! Ready, Set, Go!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Mrs. Lou Miller, principal and track coach of Ruston (grade) School, raises her gun to start her three students off running. The boys were practicing for the April, 1928 county grade school meet at Spanaway. Richard Anderson, farthest left, was entering his first meet. Donald…
Mrs. Lou Miller, principal and track coach of Ruston (grade) School, raises her gun to start her three students off running. The boys were…
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Tom Thumb Gets Married Tom Thumb Gets Married

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On April 16, 1937, St. Paul Methodist Church held a double "Tom Thumb" wedding to raise funds for their missionary society. "Tom Thumb" weddings were held in the early 1900's as a social event; they were recreations of the 1863 wedding of P.T. Barnum's most famous attraction,...
On April 16, 1937, St. Paul Methodist Church held a double "Tom Thumb" wedding to raise funds for their missionary society. "Tom Thumb"...
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Northwind Blowing on the Daffodils Northwind Blowing on the Daffodils

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
1971 Daffodil Parade. "Mr. Northwind" and his icy breath drew rounds of applause from the crowds lined up along Pacific Avenue to view the 1971 Daffodil Parade. The float entered by the Fife-Milton community won the coveted "Sweepstakes" award. The float's "snow" was composed...
1971 Daffodil Parade. "Mr. Northwind" and his icy breath drew rounds of applause from the crowds lined up along Pacific Avenue to view...
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Easter Is Just a Hop Around the Corner! Easter Is Just a Hop Around the Corner!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Pacific Northwest Bell employee tentatively identified as Candy Young gives a hint that Easter is around the corner and with Easter, the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Dressed in a rabbit costume with "paws" flapping "ears" and two enormous "front teeth" she reclines atop a...
Pacific Northwest Bell employee tentatively identified as Candy Young gives a hint that Easter is around the corner and with Easter, the…
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Dick Keniston Dick Keniston

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
The most promising of the 1941 Lincoln High School sprinters was Dick Keniston. The powerful runner was better than six feet tall and weighed in at 200 pounds. Dubbed the "big blond bullet" by the Lincolnian yearbook, he ran the 220-yard dash in 22.7, which was then an…
The most promising of the 1941 Lincoln High School sprinters was Dick Keniston. The powerful runner was better than six feet tall and…
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USS U.S. Grant USS U.S. Grant

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Enhanced for a better copy on the front page of the March 24, 1938 Tacoma Times, welcoming planes from Fort Lewis have been superimposed over the U.S. Grant transport ship arriving in Commencement Bay. The transport was crowded with 1235 officers and men from the 15th U.S.…
Enhanced for a better copy on the front page of the March 24, 1938 Tacoma Times, welcoming planes from Fort Lewis have been superimposed…
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Skipping into Spring Skipping into Spring

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
These Washington Elementary School students are enjoying the coming of Spring in March 1939. They are now just a hop, skip and jump from the carefree pleasures of summer. Skipping rope are, left to right, Charlotte Ann Nelson, Beverly Grace Richardson, and Grace Loudin.…
These Washington Elementary School students are enjoying the coming of Spring in March 1939. They are now just a hop, skip and jump from…
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Alligator Wishes Alligator Wishes

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On March 14, 1966 Lisa Long calmly held a three-year-old alligator as she prepared to put it into the tiled pool located at the foot of the winding staircase next to the Bon Marche (now Macy’s) in the Tacoma Mall. The reptile was "dressed" in a small, hand-knitted red…
On March 14, 1966 Lisa Long calmly held a three-year-old alligator as she prepared to put it into the tiled pool located at the foot of…
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Dreaming of a White... March? Dreaming of a White... March?

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
The home of Harold R. and Anne M. Johnson at 2205 N Union Ave in snowy splendor with a friendly, frosty snowman, captured in this photograph for their 1951 Christmas card. March of 1951 roared in with freezing weather. By the morning of March 9th, 1951, 1.9 inches of snow had…
The home of Harold R. and Anne M. Johnson at 2205 N Union Ave in snowy splendor with a friendly, frosty snowman, captured in this…
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Celia Hadley Celia Hadley

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Mrs. Celia Hadley is seated, wearing an embossed sash, as she posed for her portrait on March 10, 1972. She was the newly elected worthy matron of Olympic Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and would preside over the chapter's meeting on March 23, 1972, in Prince Hall. See…
Mrs. Celia Hadley is seated, wearing an embossed sash, as she posed for her portrait on March 10, 1972. She was the newly elected worthy…
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Merry Widow Chorus Merry Widow Chorus

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In March of 1941 the twelve members of the dancing chorus for Stadium High School's production of "The Merry Widow" posed in a Rockettes-like chorus line. This was the 29th annual production by the school's music department. A large student cast performed for the public from...
In March of 1941 the twelve members of the dancing chorus for Stadium High School's production of "The Merry Widow" posed in a...
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