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The First Tacoma Dome? The First Tacoma Dome?

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Aerial of new Kaiser Dome, part of the Port of Tacoma's 1.6 million dollar bulk storage facility project, taken in late April, 1967. The aluminum sheathed dome would handle alumina under contract with Kaiser Aluminum. The Port expected 40,000 tons of alumina a month shipped…
Aerial of new Kaiser Dome, part of the Port of Tacoma's 1.6 million dollar bulk storage facility project, taken in late April, 1967. The...
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Prize Bunnies Prize Bunnies

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McCarver second grader Debbie White (left), Central first grader Wendy Wright and McCarver sixth grader Floyd Franklin were photographed in 1968 holding the three bunnies that were given as special prizes at the Easter egg party that was held in Wright Park on the Friday before…
McCarver second grader Debbie White (left), Central first grader Wendy Wright and McCarver sixth grader Floyd Franklin were photographed…
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Daffodils Afloat! Daffodils Afloat!

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Golden sunbeams burst onto Puget Sound in April of 1954 as the annual Marine Parade concluded Daffodil Festival activities. Crowds crowded Tacoma's shoreline to see the colorful marine floats. This particular entry had a distinctly tropical theme, with palm trees, flowers and...
Golden sunbeams burst onto Puget Sound in April of 1954 as the annual Marine Parade concluded Daffodil Festival activities. Crowds crowded…
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The Canteen Comes to You! The Canteen Comes to You!

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Members of the USO and the Salvation Army are shown stocking the interior of Washington's first mobile canteen. The canteen, one of 10 donated by Henry Ford to the USO, arrived in Tacoma on April 8, 1942 and was immediately put into use. It would be operated jointly by the USO...
Members of the USO and the Salvation Army are shown stocking the interior of Washington's first mobile canteen. The canteen, one of 10…
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Ah, the Glory of Daffodils! Ah, the Glory of Daffodils!

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1972 Daffodil Parade. Close-up of prize-winning St. Regis Paper Co. float. A bouquet of giant daffodils is the focus of the float, seemingly much larger than the attendants waving to the throngs waiting on Pacific Avenue. St. Regis was a perennial winner in the Grand Floral…
1972 Daffodil Parade. Close-up of prize-winning St. Regis Paper Co. float. A bouquet of giant daffodils is the focus of the float,…
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National Want Ad Week National Want Ad Week

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In April of 1936, Johnnie Lawson went to the want ads counter of the Tacoma Times newspaper to place a classified ad. Miss Thelma Wallace helped him fill out the paperwork so that he could sell his sidewalk automobile using the newspaper's classified columns. Recognizing that...
In April of 1936, Johnnie Lawson went to the want ads counter of the Tacoma Times newspaper to place a classified ad. Miss Thelma Wallace…
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Lights, Camera, Action! Lights, Camera, Action!

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Arthur Edeson, director of photography, manipulating camera on location of "The Patent Leather Kid" March 29, 1927. Mr. Edeson entered the film industry with the Eclair Co. in 1911. He would play a pivotal role in location sound photography when the silent era came to a close...
Arthur Edeson, director of photography, manipulating camera on location of "The Patent Leather Kid" March 29, 1927. Mr. Edeson entered...
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Eat This - Not That! Eat This - Not That!

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Waitress Ann Moffitt holds up two plates, one with a large T-bone steak (right) and a second with a cut of meat that meets the new federal rationing rules that went into effect in March of 1943. By decree from the Office of Price Administration, supplies of meat to hotels and…
Waitress Ann Moffitt holds up two plates, one with a large T-bone steak (right) and a second with a cut of meat that meets the new federal…
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Skookum Slope Skookum Slope

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In March of 1942, the Skookum Slope coalmine, which had been closed since 1883, was re-opened by the Wilkeson Coal & Coke Co. The U.S. Defense Plant Corp. had signed an agreement with the Wilkeson Products Company to develop a mine near Wilkeson to produce coal for the…
In March of 1942, the Skookum Slope coalmine, which had been closed since 1883, was re-opened by the Wilkeson Coal & Coke Co. The U.S.…
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Helium Hog Helium Hog

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This photograph from March 1938 shows the crew members of the 3rd Balloon Company at Fort Lewis struggling with ropes to position a helium filled blimp in its specially constructed hanger. Considered the latest in observation balloons, it was equipped with a manned, motorized…
This photograph from March 1938 shows the crew members of the 3rd Balloon Company at Fort Lewis struggling with ropes to position a helium…
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Our Daily Soup Our Daily Soup

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Nicki Adams serves the Rev. Kenneth Anderson of St. Mary's Episcopal Church a bowl of soup to accompany his bread. This March, 1976 photograph accompanied an article on the Lenten season in the News Tribune's March 10th edition. Recipes highlighted in the article were split...
Nicki Adams serves the Rev. Kenneth Anderson of St. Mary's Episcopal Church a bowl of soup to accompany his bread. This March, 1976…
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Haunted History in Washington Haunted History in Washington

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Tacoma Library is aware of our community’s interest in the past. That is why we celebrate it with our many collections of local history,…
Tacoma Library is aware of our community’s interest in the past. That is why we celebrate it with our many collections of local history,…
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In Case of an Emergency In Case of an Emergency

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Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Emergency Unit. In this photograph from March of 1953, nurse Roberta Sharley gently wraps the arm of her young "patient" Joyce Shubert, as she lies on a cot located at the Tacoma Seventh-day Adventist Junior Academy, designated as a civil defense...
Seventh-day Adventist Disaster Emergency Unit. In this photograph from March of 1953, nurse Roberta Sharley gently wraps the arm of her…
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A Shoe Fit for Broadway A Shoe Fit for Broadway

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
New York Jets quarterback Joe Willie Namath, along with a man believed to be San Diego Chargers quarterback John Hadl, shops at the Stanley Shoe store in mid-February, 1969, soon after leading the New York Jets to victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Joe Namath…
New York Jets quarterback Joe Willie Namath, along with a man believed to be San Diego Chargers quarterback John Hadl, shops at the…
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Tons of Times Tons of Times

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Stacks of Tacoma Times "Special Edition" swamp the mailing room, nearly obscuring newspaper workers with tall stacks of newspapers. On February 27, 1940 the Times heralded their move to new quarters with a daily edition that ran 92 pages in 5 sections. It was the largest...
Stacks of Tacoma Times "Special Edition" swamp the mailing room, nearly obscuring newspaper workers with tall stacks of newspapers. On...
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