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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

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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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No Horsing Around the Meter No Horsing Around the Meter

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On June 1, 1942, the Tacoma Times photographer captured horseman Al Wharton parking his horse in front of the Bank of California building. Being a good citizen, and to avoid a ticket, Mr. Wharton dropped a nickel into the meter. A passing policeman remarked that, if needed, he…
On June 1, 1942, the Tacoma Times photographer captured horseman Al Wharton parking his horse in front of the Bank of California building.…
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Not Such a Lucky Strike Not Such a Lucky Strike

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Contraband cigarettes. Black market cigarettes were seized by State and Federal agents May 3, 1945, in an apartment over a tavern south of Tacoma. The cigarettes were stolen from Fort Lewis. See more featured images and posts
Contraband cigarettes. Black market cigarettes were seized by State and Federal agents May 3, 1945, in an apartment over a tavern south of…
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Skin of Our Teeth Skin of Our Teeth

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
College of Puget Sound's Campus Playcrafters performed Thorton Wilder's "Skin of Our Teeth" as their spring production. The play depicts man's survival through the ice age, deluge and war. The play starred: Irene Fearn, Troy Strong, Helen Strong, Shirley…
College of Puget Sound's Campus Playcrafters performed Thorton Wilder's "Skin of Our Teeth" as their spring production.…
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Fun at Farrell's Fun at Farrell's

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor celebrated its grand opening on May 21, 1974, with dignitaries enjoying a bite of red licorice instead of the traditional red ribbon snipping. Located in the west end portion of the Tacoma Mall, Farrell's offered delicious hamburgers and other...
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor celebrated its grand opening on May 21, 1974, with dignitaries enjoying a bite of red licorice instead of…
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Fire on the Flats! Fire on the Flats!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
On May 20, 1942, the Tacoma Fire Department, under the direction of the Coast Guard, razed the shanties located in a six block area on the Tacoma Tideflats. The area, known as "Hollywood on the Tideflats" was being destroyed as a wartime security measure for the…
On May 20, 1942, the Tacoma Fire Department, under the direction of the Coast Guard, razed the shanties located in a six block area on the…
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A Stack of Toys! A Stack of Toys!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
The James Stack Co., Inc. was a wholesaler and importer of toys. Owned by James R. Stack, it was located at 1422 Tacoma Avenue South. The company handled a wide variety of toys; pictured here in May, 1954, are just a few including Tiddley Winx and Crosswords games, a Li'l…
The James Stack Co., Inc. was a wholesaler and importer of toys. Owned by James R. Stack, it was located at 1422 Tacoma Avenue South. The…
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Goodbye for the Duration Goodbye for the Duration

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
This photograph of six years old Yukie Suekawa and Pvt. Howard L. Loudermilk at Union Station was chosen to grace the front page of the May 17, 1942 Tacoma Times with the caption "Goodbye for the Duration." As Pvt. Loudermilk adjusts the bonnet on the head of the…
This photograph of six years old Yukie Suekawa and Pvt. Howard L. Loudermilk at Union Station was chosen to grace the front page of the…
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Mother of Mothers Mother of Mothers

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
For Mother's Day in 1950, the News Tribune paid special tribute to Mrs. Florence D. Smith, the mother of 10 sons, 4 daughters and grandmother to 29 grandchildren, with a front page article on May 14. The widow of Aldus A. Smith, the minister of Mason Methodist Church for…
For Mother's Day in 1950, the News Tribune paid special tribute to Mrs. Florence D. Smith, the mother of 10 sons, 4 daughters and…
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Armed Forces Day Armed Forces Day

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May 20, 1950 was the first Armed Forces Day celebrated. It was a day in tribute to the men and women who served and Tacoma got into the…
May 20, 1950 was the first Armed Forces Day celebrated. It was a day in tribute to the men and women who served and Tacoma got into the…
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Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Lillian Biehner, right, supervisor of Pierce County school nurses, conducts a test on the students' hearing at Ruston School on May 6, 1941. An audiometer, in the suitcase on the right, contains a record player connected to 20 sets of earphones. Children write down the…
Lillian Biehner, right, supervisor of Pierce County school nurses, conducts a test on the students' hearing at Ruston School on May 6,…
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