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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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The Bell That Tolls No More The Bell That Tolls No More

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In this photograph from October of 1949, an unidentified student kneels next to the bell that had hung in the bell tower at Lowell School, 1210 No. Yakima Ave, until the school was severely damaged by the earthquake of April 13, 1949. The school was condemned and demolished,…
In this photograph from October of 1949, an unidentified student kneels next to the bell that had hung in the bell tower at Lowell School,…
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Boost the Stadium Boost the Stadium

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Tacoma High School students parade to "Boost the Stadium." The campaign to raise $100,000 to build a beautiful high school stadium next to the school was successfully launched on October 6, 1908, when 2,000 school children ranging from 7th-8th grade to high schoolers marched...
Tacoma High School students parade to "Boost the Stadium." The campaign to raise $100,000 to build a beautiful high school stadium next...
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Safety First! Safety First!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In 1947 Kaiser Aluminum under the name Permanente Metals leased the aluminum plant that was built in Tacoma by the Defense Plant Corporation. The plant had been built to provide aluminum for the war effort. With the end of the war, there was a surplus of aluminum and the plant…
In 1947 Kaiser Aluminum under the name Permanente Metals leased the aluminum plant that was built in Tacoma by the Defense Plant…
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Moving Movie Poster Moving Movie Poster

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In October of 1946, an unidentified young man, dressed as a Roman soldier, walked down Pacific Avenue carrying a shield with a poster advertising the movie "Caesar and Cleopatra" playing at the Music Box Theater. The film version of George Bernard Shaw's play starred Vivien...
In October of 1946, an unidentified young man, dressed as a Roman soldier, walked down Pacific Avenue carrying a shield with a poster…
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Silver Fox Farmers Silver Fox Farmers

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Tacoma Silver Fox Farm owner George H. Jensen and daughter Barbara Ellen perch on the running board of his new Oldsmobile Six sedan in late September of 1926. They are holding prize brush and white-tip foxes from the same litter. The man in the sedan with another fox was not…
Tacoma Silver Fox Farm owner George H. Jensen and daughter Barbara Ellen perch on the running board of his new Oldsmobile Six sedan in…
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The Great Pie Bake Practice The Great Pie Bake Practice

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On September 23, 1968 Penny Webb (left) and Jocelyn Hunt were learning how to bake pies with the help of Mrs. Jimmie Royal. They were hoping to take part in the Great Pie Bake of '68 which would occur in December. The pies would be used for the second annual Tacoma-Pierce…
On September 23, 1968 Penny Webb (left) and Jocelyn Hunt were learning how to bake pies with the help of Mrs. Jimmie Royal. They were…
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National Dog Week National Dog Week

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On September 24, 1941, two unidentified young girls were photographed with three dogs at the Sears Roebuck store, 1148 Broadway, to help promote National Dog Week. The girl at the left held a beagle pup; the one at the right, a cocker spaniel. Between them, sitting on the…
On September 24, 1941, two unidentified young girls were photographed with three dogs at the Sears Roebuck store, 1148 Broadway, to help…
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One Eggxcellent Egg! One Eggxcellent Egg!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
A group of young ladies "pop" out of a large "egg" as they await entry into the Western Washington Fair on September 18, 1930. The similarly dressed women are representing the Washington Co-op Egg & Poultry Association. The "egg" being hauled by a heavy duty truck, is a symbol...
A group of young ladies "pop" out of a large "egg" as they await entry into the Western Washington Fair on September 18, 1930. The...
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