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#1940s

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Illinois State Normal University Quad, 1941

Aerial view of Illinois State Normal University, 1941.

This aerial view, looking north, shows the ISNU Quad in 1941.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

New Year’s Eve 1948 In with the new, out with the old …

Photo of a father and his unhappy child, 1948

Staged photograph of Father Time and Baby New Year. Unfortunately, we don’t know the name of either the unhappy toddler.

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Holiday Hoops Pontiac, Dec. 30, 1948

Basketball tournament, 1948.

The Pontiac Holiday Tournament is the nation’s oldest such Christmastime classic. Seen here are University High School’s Jim Barnes (#12) and Ted Smith (#8).

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Santa on Parade December 1948

Christmas parade, ft. Santa, 1938.

On December 5, 1948, Santa arrived in Bloomington. Today, the one-story building right behind Santa is J' soul BBQ.

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Santa No Replacement for Mama Downtown Bloomington, December 4, 1948

Crying child sits on Santa's lap, 1948

Santa arrived by train to Bloomington and spent much of the day greeting children. This little girl became separated from her mother, and not even Santa could calm her down.

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Santa at the Courthouse Square Downtown Bloomington, 1948

Christmas Parade ft. Santa, 1948

On December 4, 1948, Santa Claus arrived in Bloomington. Mr. Claus traveled to the Courthouse Square where some 6,000 children and their parents gathered on the Square to welcome Santa.

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Anchor Aces January 1946

Anchor High School basketball, 1946.

Led by Bruce Taylor Donald Biefeldt, the Anchor High Aces finished the 1945-1946 season as the Colfax District champions before losing to Gridley.

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Jesse Fell House March 1947

Jesse Fell House, 1947.

Jesse Fell built this house in 1856-1857, nearly a decade before the establishment of the town itself. It was later moved to 502 S. Fell Ave., and then torn down in mid-August 1980.

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Trotter Fountain March 1957

Women standing in front of the Trotter Fountain, 1947.

The Trotter Fountain might be the most significant work of public art in the Twin Cities. The fountain stands near the corner of East and Washington streets in Withers Park, just south of the PNC bank building.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Armistice Day 1945 parade Downtown Bloomington

Armistice Day parade, 1945.

This photograph offers a partial view of the 200 block of North Main Street, looking southeast. The Unity Building, one of the great office buildings, was lost in a fire in 1988.

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