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Little Help For the Little One Little Help For the Little One

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
A nurse carefully feeds a bottle of formula to a tiny infant in an incubator in this December 1957 photograph. Mary Bridge Children's Hospital provided excellent newborn and pediatric services using the most up-to-date equipment and supplies. See more featured images and posts
A nurse carefully feeds a bottle of formula to a tiny infant in an incubator in this December 1957 photograph. Mary Bridge Children's…
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Safety First? Safety First?

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
For their plant safety campaign, Kaiser Aluminum used this young unidentified bikini clad model to demonstrate the correct way to use a gas hole bar in December of 1955. Besides her swimsuit she wore fireproof covers over her shoes, thick gloves, safety glasses and a hard hat.…
For their plant safety campaign, Kaiser Aluminum used this young unidentified bikini clad model to demonstrate the correct way to use a…
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Ladies Who Read Ladies Who Read

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Eileen Jennings and Mrs. Eugene Leddy peruse the new Fine Arts department of the Tacoma Public Library in the winter of 1952. Shelves are loaded with a large selection of books. The Fine Arts department was a new addition to the library with Miss Carol Gander, formerly head of…
Eileen Jennings and Mrs. Eugene Leddy peruse the new Fine Arts department of the Tacoma Public Library in the winter of 1952. Shelves are…
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Disaster on Commencement Bay Disaster on Commencement Bay

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
At 11:10 in the evening of November 28, 1894, a landslide collapsed the Northern Pacific Railway's Dock, carrying the company's warehouse, freight office, pump house, and the home of H.H. Alger into the waters of Commencement Bay. Two lives were lost in the disaster. In the...
At 11:10 in the evening of November 28, 1894, a landslide collapsed the Northern Pacific Railway's Dock, carrying the company's…
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Ready to Be Blown Away! Ready to Be Blown Away!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Two little girls appear to be having fun testing out a horn and Sousaphone with the assistance of an older boy in this November 22, 1967, photograph taken at the Senior Center, 923 No. 13th St. At this gathering many older folk mingled with young children who shared their…
Two little girls appear to be having fun testing out a horn and Sousaphone with the assistance of an older boy in this November 22, 1967,…
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A Feast of Feathers A Feast of Feathers

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On November 14, 1940, 2550 birds of the 5,200 turkeys at Southworth's Turkey Farm are being prepared for Thanksgiving orders placed by staff at McChord Field, Fort Lewis and Camp Murray. The Southworth brothers, Roy, W. H. and Charles, had raised turkeys for market for ten…
On November 14, 1940, 2550 birds of the 5,200 turkeys at Southworth's Turkey Farm are being prepared for Thanksgiving orders placed by…
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To Your Health! To Your Health!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In November of 1939, Paul Roberts and Augusta C. Semmern offered Tacomans something other than turkey from the Thomsen's Health Foods booth at the second annual Show of Progress sponsored by the Tacoma Lions Club. A hungry shopper could buy a large, freshly prepared glass of...
In November of 1939, Paul Roberts and Augusta C. Semmern offered Tacomans something other than turkey from the Thomsen's Health Foods…
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All Aboard! All Aboard!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Popular KTNT-TV children's show host Brakeman Bill, Bill McLain (right), is pictured on the set of the daily "Brakeman Bill Show" with Phillip C. McCaffery, car inspector with the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad on November 9, 1955. Mr. The Brakeman Bill Show...
Popular KTNT-TV children's show host Brakeman Bill, Bill McLain (right), is pictured on the set of the daily "Brakeman Bill Show" with...
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Familiar Echoes Familiar Echoes

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On the 16th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 1934, Harry Hanson, Great War veteran, sat on a lonely park bench beneath barren trees staring into space. Mr. Hanson was one of thousands of veterans still fighting; only this time it was the Battle of the…
On the 16th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 1934, Harry Hanson, Great War veteran, sat on a lonely park bench…
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Election Excitement Election Excitement

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On November 12th, 1940, Auditor S. Clifford Davis, right, and Deputy Auditor Arthur W. Schlegel examined the railroad car seal and padlock on the last of three ballot boxes filled with absentee ballots. These ballots were particularly important because the election of…
On November 12th, 1940, Auditor S. Clifford Davis, right, and Deputy Auditor Arthur W. Schlegel examined the railroad car seal and padlock…
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Tacoma Exposition Hall Tacoma Exposition Hall

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In November of 1947, the Tacoma Exposition Hall at East 26th and Bay Street was being used as a factory warehouse by Weisfield & Goldberg for their Weisfield Warehouse Furniture store. Originally planned as the Pacific Ice Arena, the building was started in 1931 but not…
In November of 1947, the Tacoma Exposition Hall at East 26th and Bay Street was being used as a factory warehouse by Weisfield & Goldberg...
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Just Treats, No Tricks Just Treats, No Tricks

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Nalley's created three separate bags of candies for Halloween in 1952: a mixed trick or treat selection of individually wrapped candies, candies in Halloween shapes of pumpkins, ghosts and bats for 39 cents a bag, and spiced gum drops. See more featured images and posts
Nalley's created three separate bags of candies for Halloween in 1952: a mixed trick or treat selection of individually wrapped candies,...
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Ascending and Descending Ascending and Descending

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
An unidentified man is pictured on October 24 1952, on the grand central staircase at the new Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South. The feeling of spaciousness was accentuated by the use of bowed stainless steel balustrades and fine grained birch handrails. The…
An unidentified man is pictured on October 24 1952, on the grand central staircase at the new Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue…
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Can the Duck Pull It Off? Can the Duck Pull It Off?

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In October of 1942, everyone was trying to "duck the duck." The live duck "War Chest" was given to the person who had solicited the least donations in the War Chest campaign each day. The duck had been the property of Armand Marion, manager of the Winthrop Hotel, since early...
In October of 1942, everyone was trying to "duck the duck." The live duck "War Chest" was given to the person who had solicited the least...
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Time Before HDTV Time Before HDTV

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Mrs. Bernice Rupp (now Mrs. Bernice Rupp Johnson) points out one of several new Motorola television sets being sold in October of 1956 at Paulson's Appliances, located at the corner of South 11th & "K" (now Martin Luther King Jr. Way). The store was owned by Cliff Paulson....
Mrs. Bernice Rupp (now Mrs. Bernice Rupp Johnson) points out one of several new Motorola television sets being sold in October of 1956 at…
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