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#1940s

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Gamma Phil Circus March 1947

This unidentified Illinois State Normal University student prepares for the eleventh annual Gamma Phil Circus, held March 21, 1947, at McCormick Gymnasium on the ISNU campus.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Payless Drugs, July 1940 Downtown Bloomington

Photo of the interior of ​Payless Drugs, 317 N. Main St., 1940

Payless Drug: “It’s new! It’s different! It’s the latest in modern drug stores,”

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

​World War II Scrap Drive Colfax, June 1943

image of a pile of scrap outside an elevator in Colfax

In the early summer of 1943, some forty Colfax area residents, mostly farmers, gathered twenty tons of scrap for the war effort.

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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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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

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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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

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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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

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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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

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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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

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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