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Saga of the West Saga of the West

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Scene from a preview performance of Saga of the West. The pageant covered the history of the West and was presented July 20, 21 and 22nd at the Stadium Bowl. During the Gay 90's episode, a team of four red shirted volunteer Fire Brigade members pulled the big hose wagon,…
Scene from a preview performance of Saga of the West. The pageant covered the history of the West and was presented July 20, 21 and 22nd…
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Bluenotes Bluenotes

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On July 16, 1958, teenagers crowd the floor, rocking to the sounds of the Bluenotes at the Little J.E.M. Cafe on Highway 99. The Bluenotes, pioneers in the Northwest rock scene, had formed a garage band in 1956 while the musicians were still in middle school. Originators of the…
On July 16, 1958, teenagers crowd the floor, rocking to the sounds of the Bluenotes at the Little J.E.M. Cafe on Highway 99. The…
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This Is No Accident... This Is No Accident...

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On July 12, 1962 an unidentified driver took three intrepid sportsmen for a spin in a German Amphicar - right into American Lake. Built in Germany from 1961-68, the Amphicar was the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass produced. All Amphicars were…
On July 12, 1962 an unidentified driver took three intrepid sportsmen for a spin in a German Amphicar - right into American Lake. Built in…
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Patriotic Berry Duty Patriotic Berry Duty

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On July 3rd,1942, Mayor Harry P. Cain called on the residents of Tacoma to do their patriotic duty on the 4th of July weekend by picking raspberries. Warm, sunny weather had brought the raspberries in the Puyallup Valley to their peak tragically early. They were falling off the…
On July 3rd,1942, Mayor Harry P. Cain called on the residents of Tacoma to do their patriotic duty on the 4th of July weekend by picking…
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Bathing Beauties Abound Bathing Beauties Abound

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Tacoma bathing beauties posed for the camera during the Tacoma Yacht Club Bathing Girl Revue on July 4th, 1924. A new kind of girl was coming to the light in the twenties. A girl, who exercised, ate right and wasn't afraid to show off her bare arms and legs and bob her…
Tacoma bathing beauties posed for the camera during the Tacoma Yacht Club Bathing Girl Revue on July 4th, 1924. A new kind of girl was…
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Image Archives: featured eResource of… Image Archives: featured eResource of the month

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A vast collection of historical images spanning the 1870s through the 1980s, these photographs document the social, industrial, commercial, and agricultural growth and development of Tacoma and the Pacific NorthWest. To access this collection: Click on Online Library on the…
A vast collection of historical images spanning the 1870s through the 1980s, these photographs document the social, industrial,…
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That Sinking Feeling That Sinking Feeling

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
One of the country's newest submarines, the S-27, visits Tacoma in July, 1926, along with several warships, skippered by Lt. Carlye Craig. The 219-foot long submarine carried a crew of four officers and 39 enlisted men. It was capable of reaching depths of 300 feet. 38…
One of the country's newest submarines, the S-27, visits Tacoma in July, 1926, along with several warships, skippered by Lt. Carlye…
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Scouting Outing at Point Defiance Scouting Outing at Point Defiance

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Girl Scouts practice their outdoor cooking skills, roasting hot dogs over a campfire on June 27, 1939 during Day Camp held at the Point Defiance CCC Camp.The "Kapers" chart hanging from the tree behind them is a Girl Scout tradition and lists the chores each girl is…
Girl Scouts practice their outdoor cooking skills, roasting hot dogs over a campfire on June 27, 1939 during Day Camp held at the Point…
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No Stairway to Heaven No Stairway to Heaven

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Seattle boxer Al Hostak (right) -  the "Savage Slav" - and his manager Eddie Marino looked at the dilapidated stairs leading to the former location of Marino's Olympic Athletic Club, 917 Commerce St., on June 25, 1938. Eddie Marino had brought his boxer down to Tacoma...
Seattle boxer Al Hostak (right) -  the "Savage Slav" - and his manager Eddie Marino looked at the dilapidated stairs leading to…
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Sake, not Champagne, for Sampan Sake, not Champagne, for Sampan

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Keel laying ceremonies. In lieu of smashing a bottle of champagne, Japanese sake is gently poured over the keel of a new steel sampan being built at Martinolich Shipbuilding facilities on Alexander Ave. The family of Jack Shinsato, Honolulu owners, do the honors on June 19,…
Keel laying ceremonies. In lieu of smashing a bottle of champagne, Japanese sake is gently poured over the keel of a new steel sampan…
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State Yo-Yo Champ State Yo-Yo Champ

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
13-year-old Kyle Bell, upcoming vice president of Jason Lee Junior High's ninth grade, is the state yo-yo champion. He captured the title on April 17, 1976, at Southcenter in the 8-15 year-old age group. Kyle is shown above in June of 1976 while practicing for the $500…
13-year-old Kyle Bell, upcoming vice president of Jason Lee Junior High's ninth grade, is the state yo-yo champion. He captured the…
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Happy Fathers Day! Happy Fathers Day!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In June of 1945 three unidentified women prepared to send Father's Day messages to servicemen from the special Post Yarns mailing center in Tacoma's Rhodes Department Store; an unidentified clerk working in the booth took their addressed messages. Rhodes joined with the...
In June of 1945 three unidentified women prepared to send Father's Day messages to servicemen from the special Post Yarns mailing…
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Star Power at Winthrop Star Power at Winthrop

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Actress Lana Turner poses with two beaming GIs in the back of a Titus Motor Company's 1923 Lincoln Touring Car parked in front of the Winthrop Hotel during her June 13, 1942 visit to Tacoma for a War Bond rally. To help the Treasury Department sell war bonds, Miss Turner…
Actress Lana Turner poses with two beaming GIs in the back of a Titus Motor Company's 1923 Lincoln Touring Car parked in front of the…
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20 For 10 Things I Hate About You 20 For 10 Things I Hate About You

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Looking for ways to feel old? March 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of 10 Things I Hate About You. Filmed locally in and around Puget…
Looking for ways to feel old? March 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of 10 Things I Hate About You. Filmed locally in and around Puget…
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Kruger's before Busch's Kruger's before Busch's

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Six carhops wearing capes with gold braid, short skirts and white cowboy boots served the cars in front of Kruger's Triple XXX Root Beer Barrel drive-in at 3505 South Tacoma Way in June of 1941. Frank J. Kruger opened his new Triple XXX Barrel restaurant in October 1936…
Six carhops wearing capes with gold braid, short skirts and white cowboy boots served the cars in front of Kruger's Triple XXX Root…
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