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McLean County Basketball Tournament Championship Game, Jan. 24, 1959

​Gene Durham (22) of Saybrook-Arrowsmith High attempts a layup during the 1959 county tournament championship game.

Gene Durham (22) of Saybrook-Arrowsmith High attempts a layup during the 1959 county tournament championship game. Attempting to thwart the layup is Bill Hutson (20) of Octavia, the consolidated high school in Colfax (the school is known as Ridgeview today). Octavia won 66-58 for its third county title in three years.

Mobile Home Living, Bloomington Catherine Heineman, January 1953

Woman standing in the kitchen of a mobile home, 1953

By 1953, there were at least 10 mobile home parks with a combined 165 “trailers” in the Twin Cities. What’s known today as Greenwood Mobile Home Court is located off Veterans Parkway on the south end of Bloomington.

"Gridley High, January 1953 County Hoops Champs"

Gridley High basketball team, 1953

Here’s Gridley High School Coach readying his varsity squad for the 1953 McLean County Basketball Tournament.

Inaugural Bloomington Flight Ozark Air Lines, Nov. 6, 1950

Inaugural flight of Ozark airlines, 1950.

Commercial air service to Bloomington began on Nov. 6, 1950 with Ozark’s first flight into Bloomington Municipal Airport. Local officials were guests on the inaugural flight.

Santa in Action, 1953

Action shot of Santa, 1953.

"Action shot” of Santa was taken in Bloomington, demonstrating here how he comes down a chimney without leaving his clothes “all tarnished with ashes and soot.”

Christmas 1953

Two toddler on Christmas, 1953.

The Pantagraph ran a series of Christmas Day photographs such as this one, yet these two toddlers were not identified.

Toy, toys, and more toys Christmastime 1953

Christmas shoppers, 1953

Downtown Bloomington holiday shoppers in mid-December 1953.

Holiday Shopping Downtown Bloomington, December 1953

Christmas shoppers, 1953

Shoppers out and about downtown Bloomington in mid-December 1953

Beats shoveling … Normal, Dec. 22, 1953

Two men out plowing the drive, 1953.

Three inches of snow had Don Locke of Bryan’s Standard Service Station out plowing the drive. Today, this site is occupied by Illinois State University’s Professional Development Building.

Livingston’s Christmas Rush 1953

Christmas shopping, 1953.

Livingston’s was one of several gone-but-not-forgotten department stores. We know this wonderful photo was taken in mid-December 1953.

Herman Glaser, December 1952 Stanford’s Toy Maker

Homemade mechanical toy, 1952

Stanford resident and retired farmer Herman Glaser displayed several of his personally designed and built mechanical toys. This included a working 32-inch Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, and a yet-to-be-completed revolving Christmas tree.

Herman Jack’s Christmas tree December 1952

Herman Jack holding young Christmas tree, 1952.

In 1950, farmer Herman Jack planted 1,500 evergreen seedlings. In late December 1952 Jack selected one of the surviving 1,300 evergreens.

Thanksgiving Preparations November 1952

Ed Peifer and shopper, 1952.

Ed Peifer of Peifer’s Madison Market shows a shopper the finer points of the Thanksgiving turkey.

Heyworth Area Good Neighbors November 6, 1950

Corn pickers in front of corn crib, 1950.

A Corn Belt harvest time tradition involves farmers helping fellow farmers in need. Sixty-six years ago, in early November 1950, friends of Euel Roberts picked his 560-acre corn crop and then filled his crib.

General Telephone Building Empire Street / Route 9, August 1958

Aerial view of Bloomington, 1958.

An aerial view, looking north-northwest, shows the under-construction General Telephone Building.

Aaron Copland at IWU February 1958

Aaron Copland appearing at IWU, 1958.

Composer Aaron Copland, one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, was the featured guest for Illinois Wesleyan University's Seventh Annual Symposium of Contemporary American Music in 1958. He is is seen here listening to R. Dwight Drexler, professor of piano and theory, and his wife, Maxine.

Illinois Terminal Railroad September 1950. Pt. 2

John W Bryan running a train, 1950.

Seen here is motorman John W. Bryan riding the Bloomington-to-Peoria Illinois Terminal light rail “interurban” sometime in September 1950.

Illinois Terminal Railroad September 1950

Man sitting in a train car, 1950.

Seen here is a weary, unnamed worker heading to Danvers on the Bloomington-to-Peoria Illinois Terminal Railroad “interurban”. The Illinois Terminal was a light rail network of electric-powered passenger cars connecting six Central Illinois cities.

Put Up Your Dukes Small Fry Boxers, March 1958

Little League boxing, 1958.

Billy Kletz (left) and Jim Heafer get ready for the upcoming Small Fry Boxing Championship at the Western Avenue Community Center.

Calling Dr. Scholls! ISNU Freshmen Orientation, Sept. 1953

ISU freshamn with sore feet, 1953.

This photograph, taken Sept. 15, 1953, shows three Illinois State Normal University freshmen rubbing their aching feet after a busy opening day of Orientation Week.

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