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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 little girl's...
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 many...
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 numbers...
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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H. Berger & Sons H. Berger & Sons

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
April 6, 1935 saw the Grand Opening of the newest H. Berger & Sons grocery store at 8108 South Tacoma Way. In this photograph, the meat market is featured with an unidentified butcher behind the meat counter. During the opening sale, steak was available at 18 cents a pound and...
April 6, 1935 saw the Grand Opening of the newest H. Berger & Sons grocery store at 8108 South Tacoma Way. In this photograph, the meat…
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Train Wreck Train Wreck

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
An automobile collided with a Northern Pacific train near the Shaffer Terminals on Commencement Bay in April 1946. Two people were seriously injured and rushed to Tacoma General Hospital. The train engineer stated that the train was travelling 20 miles per hour, the driver of…
An automobile collided with a Northern Pacific train near the Shaffer Terminals on Commencement Bay in April 1946. Two people were…
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The First Tacoma Dome? The First Tacoma Dome?

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Aerial of new Kaiser Dome, part of the Port of Tacoma's 1.6 million dollar bulk storage facility project, taken in late April, 1967. The aluminum sheathed dome would handle alumina under contract with Kaiser Aluminum. The Port expected 40,000 tons of alumina a month shipped…
Aerial of new Kaiser Dome, part of the Port of Tacoma's 1.6 million dollar bulk storage facility project, taken in late April, 1967. The...
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Prize Bunnies Prize Bunnies

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
McCarver second grader Debbie White (left), Central first grader Wendy Wright and McCarver sixth grader Floyd Franklin were photographed in 1968 holding the three bunnies that were given as special prizes at the Easter egg party that was held in Wright Park on the Friday before…
McCarver second grader Debbie White (left), Central first grader Wendy Wright and McCarver sixth grader Floyd Franklin were photographed…
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Daffodils Afloat! Daffodils Afloat!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Golden sunbeams burst onto Puget Sound in April of 1954 as the annual Marine Parade concluded Daffodil Festival activities. Crowds crowded Tacoma's shoreline to see the colorful marine floats. This particular entry had a distinctly tropical theme, with palm trees, flowers and...
Golden sunbeams burst onto Puget Sound in April of 1954 as the annual Marine Parade concluded Daffodil Festival activities. Crowds crowded…
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The Canteen Comes to You! The Canteen Comes to You!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Members of the USO and the Salvation Army are shown stocking the interior of Washington's first mobile canteen. The canteen, one of 10 donated by Henry Ford to the USO, arrived in Tacoma on April 8, 1942 and was immediately put into use. It would be operated jointly by the USO...
Members of the USO and the Salvation Army are shown stocking the interior of Washington's first mobile canteen. The canteen, one of 10…
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Ah, the Glory of Daffodils! Ah, the Glory of Daffodils!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
1972 Daffodil Parade. Close-up of prize-winning St. Regis Paper Co. float. A bouquet of giant daffodils is the focus of the float, seemingly much larger than the attendants waving to the throngs waiting on Pacific Avenue. St. Regis was a perennial winner in the Grand Floral…
1972 Daffodil Parade. Close-up of prize-winning St. Regis Paper Co. float. A bouquet of giant daffodils is the focus of the float,…
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National Want Ad Week National Want Ad Week

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
In April of 1936, Johnnie Lawson went to the want ads counter of the Tacoma Times newspaper to place a classified ad. Miss Thelma Wallace helped him fill out the paperwork so that he could sell his sidewalk automobile using the newspaper's classified columns. Recognizing that...
In April of 1936, Johnnie Lawson went to the want ads counter of the Tacoma Times newspaper to place a classified ad. Miss Thelma Wallace…
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Lights, Camera, Action! Lights, Camera, Action!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Arthur Edeson, director of photography, manipulating camera on location of "The Patent Leather Kid" March 29, 1927. Mr. Edeson entered the film industry with the Eclair Co. in 1911. He would play a pivotal role in location sound photography when the silent era came to a close...
Arthur Edeson, director of photography, manipulating camera on location of "The Patent Leather Kid" March 29, 1927. Mr. Edeson entered...
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Eat This - Not That! Eat This - Not That!

By TacomaLibrary_NW_History
Waitress Ann Moffitt holds up two plates, one with a large T-bone steak (right) and a second with a cut of meat that meets the new federal rationing rules that went into effect in March of 1943. By decree from the Office of Price Administration, supplies of meat to hotels and…
Waitress Ann Moffitt holds up two plates, one with a large T-bone steak (right) and a second with a cut of meat that meets the new federal…
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