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Prized Prize Prized Prize

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
JoAnn Wasson, age 7, holds the Shirley Temple doll that she just received from the Tacoma Times as a prize in their subscription drive. On October 14, 1936, the Times started a new subscription drive, and offered a "Genuine Shirley Temple Doll" to every little girl in…
JoAnn Wasson, age 7, holds the Shirley Temple doll that she just received from the Tacoma Times as a prize in their subscription drive. On…
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Riches of the River Riches of the River

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On October 21, 1937, Clarence Duncan, superintendent of the state's Puyallup River hatchery at Voight's Creek, lifted a large net filled with salmon out of the water. It was the largest run in years with record numbers of salmon returning to the creek near Orting. It was...
On October 21, 1937, Clarence Duncan, superintendent of the state's Puyallup River hatchery at Voight's Creek, lifted a large net…
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Lovely Lace Lovely Lace

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For Edna (Mrs. Rutherford) Barnett - Priceless handmade lace is hobby. Mrs. Barnett is a member of the National Old Lacers, women who study and collect rare laces. She is pictured above in October of 1964 with a Spanish Blonde mantilla and Venetian cape collar. On her left is…
For Edna (Mrs. Rutherford) Barnett - Priceless handmade lace is hobby. Mrs. Barnett is a member of the National Old Lacers, women who…
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Dog and a Tag Dog and a Tag

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On October 12,1956, Janice Pender, age 8, held up dog tag #1, issued by the Pierce County Humane Society, for her Afghan Hound "Voodoo's" approval. The Pierce County Humane Society, not officially recognized by the city, was offering free licenses to dogs under the...
On October 12,1956, Janice Pender, age 8, held up dog tag #1, issued by the Pierce County Humane Society, for her Afghan Hound…
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Pilots-To-Be Pilots-To-Be

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Girls from the College of Puget Sound interested in participating in the training for pilots offered by the federal government pose in front of a hangar at the Mueller-Harkins Airport in early October of 1939. Nationwide, over 11,000 students would learn to fly under the…
Girls from the College of Puget Sound interested in participating in the training for pilots offered by the federal government pose in…
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At Your Service! At Your Service!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In October of 1942, Maxwell Super Service Station, 910 Puyallup Ave., really offered its customers super service. Nine women attendants rushed out to take care of a 1942 De Soto convertible (with hide-away headlights!) that had stopped for gas. The women pumped gas, checked…
In October of 1942, Maxwell Super Service Station, 910 Puyallup Ave., really offered its customers super service. Nine women attendants…
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Salute to Charles Salute to Charles

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This photocopy of Battery "D", 10th Field Artillery's 12-gun salute to Charles Lindbergh was made on September 15, 1927, the day after Col. Lindbergh's pass over Fort Lewis's parade grounds occurred. Charles Lindbergh was traveling through the country…
This photocopy of Battery "D", 10th Field Artillery's 12-gun salute to Charles Lindbergh was made on September 15, 1927, the…
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Let it Not Happen Again: Lessons of the… Let it Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion

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Humanities Washington and Tacoma Public Library are pleased to bring Clarence Moriwaki of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and a founder and former president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association, for a special presentation…
Humanities Washington and Tacoma Public Library are pleased to bring Clarence Moriwaki of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American…
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Origins of the Tribal Journey with… Origins of the Tribal Journey with Philip Red Eagle

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What we know today as the Tribal Journey had its beginnings in the mid-80s and has more recently become more visible to the average Puget So
What we know today as the Tribal Journey had its beginnings in the mid-80s and has more recently become more visible to the average Puget Sounder, mostly due to the noticeable size of the annual event! The Journey has grown from 50 people and a few canoes in the 90s to around
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New Library Cards Are Here! New Library Cards Are Here!

Tacoma Public Library worked with local designer Faith Stevens on a limited edition collection of three cards immortalizing historic Tacoma…
Tacoma Public Library worked with local designer Faith Stevens on a limited edition collection of three cards immortalizing historic Tacoma…
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...and a Bag of Chips ...and a Bag of Chips

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Little girl in a sunsuit holds an enormous bag of potato chips while standing on a tabletop at the Nalley's plant on September 4, 1958. In front of the child is a lineup of open potato chip bags. See more featured images and posts
Little girl in a sunsuit holds an enormous bag of potato chips while standing on a tabletop at the Nalley's plant on September 4,…
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That's Gonna Leave a Mark! That's Gonna Leave a Mark!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Cowboy being thrown by bull. at the 1939 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images and posts
Cowboy being thrown by bull. at the 1939 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images and posts
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Squash Galore Squash Galore

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Girl sitting on top of squash on display at the 1932 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images and posts
Girl sitting on top of squash on display at the 1932 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images and posts
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Crowning Around Crowning Around

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Headshot of clown with crow wearing hat perched on his head at the 1938 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images and posts
Headshot of clown with crow wearing hat perched on his head at the 1938 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured…
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Steer Out of My Way! Steer Out of My Way!

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Steer jumping over car at the 1935 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images and posts
Steer jumping over car at the 1935 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images and posts
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