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Archive of: January, 2015

Photo of the Week, 101: Tin Pan Alley Bloomington-Style, 1953

Al and Edna Schroeder,  March 1953. Taken at their Bloomington home, 308 West Wood Street

Amateur songwriting duo, Al and Edna Schroeder, show off their latest record in their Bloomington home.

The Meyer Brewing Co.

Advertisement from the Bloomington City Directory, 1904

The McLean County Museum of History holds a small collection of artifacts used by the Meyer Brewing Company of Bloomington, IL, a local brewery that enjoyed much success prior to Prohibition.

McLean County Basketball Tournament January 28, 1950

Basketball tournament, 1950.

For much of the 20th century, the McLean County Basketball Tournament was the highlight of the area’s sports calendar. he tournament featured the smaller high schools outside of Bloomington-Normal vying for bragging rights as the county’s best. Seen here is a typical tournament scene back in 1950, as standing-room-only crowds packed Illinois State Normal University’s McCormick Gymnasium to root their hometown boys on to victory.

Photo of the Week, 100: J.E. Will & Co. Fire, 1928, Deadliest in Twin City History

J.E. Will & Co. Fire, 1928, Deadliest in Twin City History

In May 1928, a 40-foot-high rear wall of the burned-out J.E. Will & Co. furniture store in downtown Bloomington buckled and collapsed in a shower of bricks and other debris.

Photo of the Week, 99: Calling All Cars! Normal Police Department, 1938

Calling All Cars! Normal Police Department, 1938

Normal Police Chief James Clarence Land in 1938 with the department's new radio hookup, enabling him to communicate with officers in squad cars.

Photo of the Week, 98: New Marathon Station Opens, 1957

New Marathon Station Opens, 1957

The Twin City's third Marathon service station opened in Bloomington in 1957. The station is no longer standing; today, it is home to Franzetti's Pantry Plus convenience store.

Photo of the Week, 97: Betsy Lee's Morning "Airing," January 1947

Betsy Lee's Morning

Four times a day, Margaret Brechbeller and her fox terrier Betsy Lee would go out for an "airing" around the block surrounding her Washington Street residence.

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