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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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Clowing Around Clowing Around

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Clown, being kissed by mule, shaking finger at camera at the 1934 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images and posts
Clown, being kissed by mule, shaking finger at camera at the 1934 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. See more featured images…
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Chicken Little and the Other One Chicken Little and the Other One

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Largest and smallest chicken exhibited at the 1931 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. Capon and Jap Bantam, small standing on large. See more featured images and posts
Largest and smallest chicken exhibited at the 1931 Western Washington (now Washington State) Fair. Capon and Jap Bantam, small standing on…
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Better than Pearls Better than Pearls

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These rugged hands have probably seen their share of oysters as they hold a freshly shucked oyster on August 28, 1958. One hand grasps the shell and the other the fleshy meat. This individual may have been an employee of the Simmons Oyster Co. in Olympia. This may be an example…
These rugged hands have probably seen their share of oysters as they hold a freshly shucked oyster on August 28, 1958. One hand grasps the…
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The Great Steilacoom Jail Break The Great Steilacoom Jail Break

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“The Great Steilacoom Jailbreak", sponsored by the Steilacoom chapter of the Daughters of the Pioneers, was held on August 13, 1944. Town residents "escaped" from day-to-day activities to bid farewell to, and help demolish, their historic jail. Built near Starling…
“The Great Steilacoom Jailbreak", sponsored by the Steilacoom chapter of the Daughters of the Pioneers, was held on August 13, 1944.…
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The Thomas Handforth Digital Collection The Thomas Handforth Digital Collection

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The Thomas Handforth Digital Collection is comprised of the artistic output of Thomas Handforth and related items in the collections of Tacoma Public Library. Tacoma Public Library received the Handforth Collection in a number of increments from the Handforth family, and from a…
The Thomas Handforth Digital Collection is comprised of the artistic output of Thomas Handforth and related items in the collections of…
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Baseball Past Watching Over Baseball… Baseball Past Watching Over Baseball Future

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Past and possible future baseball stars stare into the August, 1961, night. The little boy, lying down on the grass, is believed to be Bucky O'Brien, the ball boy for the Cheney Studs, a team sponsored by local lumberman and philanthropist, Ben Cheney. Both he and his older…
Past and possible future baseball stars stare into the August, 1961, night. The little boy, lying down on the grass, is believed to be…
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Tacoma Air Show 1948 Tacoma Air Show 1948

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The Tacoma Squadron, Civil Air Patrol sponsored the Tacoma Air Show August 19, 1948, at Spanaway Sky Ranch. The exhibition was for the benefit of the cadets' treasury and funds were used for the purchase of new equipment for the unit. Major Orville French, commanding…
The Tacoma Squadron, Civil Air Patrol sponsored the Tacoma Air Show August 19, 1948, at Spanaway Sky Ranch. The exhibition was for the…
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See Sea Scout See Sea Scout

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Four bare chested Sea Scouts are flanked by two Sea Scout leaders in uniform as they posed behind giant oars on August 17, 1931.Tacoma's Sea Scouts were led by Dr. Hubert Watson who is believed to be the man with the John Paul Jones Tacoma sweater kneeling above. Dr. Watson…
Four bare chested Sea Scouts are flanked by two Sea Scout leaders in uniform as they posed behind giant oars on August 17,…
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Summer Camp Time! Summer Camp Time!

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On August 14, 1941, this unidentified youngster smiled at the camera as he waited by the Tacoma totem pole at 10th & A Street to board an automobile that would whisk him off to camp as the guest of the Kiwanis Club. Sixty underprivileged boys stayed at the YMCA's Camp…
On August 14, 1941, this unidentified youngster smiled at the camera as he waited by the Tacoma totem pole at 10th & A Street to board…
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The One That Didn't Get Away The One That Didn't Get Away

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King Salmon, Mr. Van, The Vandes Company Sport Shop.This unidentified fisherman is delighted to show the very large salmon he caught and the fishing pole and line he used. He posed in front of the Vandes Co. store at 115 So. 10th St. on August 9, 1947. See more featured images…
King Salmon, Mr. Van, The Vandes Company Sport Shop.This unidentified fisherman is delighted to show the very large salmon he caught and…
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At the end of Bike Meet At the end of Bike Meet

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The end of the First Annual "Bike Meet" and Parade held August 5, 1938 at the Stadium Bowl. At dusk, tired competitors lift their bikes over barriers at the Stadium Bowl and head for home. See more featured images and posts
The end of the First Annual "Bike Meet" and Parade held August 5, 1938 at the Stadium Bowl. At dusk, tired competitors lift their…
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St Albans Girls' Camp St Albans Girls' Camp

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In this photograph from August of 1948, five Girl Scouts relax in one of the three shelters at St. Albans Girls' Camp by Lake Devereaux. The land for the camp was donated to the Girl Scouts by Mrs. W.W. Seymour in memory of her husband, an early mayor of Tacoma. The…
In this photograph from August of 1948, five Girl Scouts relax in one of the three shelters at St. Albans Girls' Camp by Lake…
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Presenting to the Lucky Winners Presenting to the Lucky Winners

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Kathleen McElwain and Donald Langbridge stand beside two new Schwinn "World" bicycles, loaded with all the newest accessories, in…
Kathleen McElwain and Donald Langbridge stand beside two new Schwinn "World" bicycles, loaded with all the newest accessories, in…
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