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.
Here’s Gridley High School Coach readying his varsity squad for the 1953 McLean County Basketball Tournament.
The name My Store first appears in the 1891 Bloomington city directory. Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law John S. Bachrach embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, erecting a five-story “trade palace” in 1912.
Winter is hard on Twin City streets, with local residents always on the lookout for potholes, like the Laesch Dairy Driver.
Christmas tree unceremoniously dumped curbside come early January. Here’s Patricia Miller disposing of her family tree.
Shirley Agner and Judy Oesch hold their newborn babies. The Agners were from Livingston County, while the Oesch family lived in Normal. Both births took place at Mennonite Hospital.
None of these buildings are standing today. This is all surface parking and the Irvin Theater would be built on this block in 1915.
This building served as the city’s post office from 1896 to 1932. The successor post office on the 400 block of North East Street is now part of Second Presbyterian Church.
This New Year’s Day card, circa. 1914, comes from the Museum’s Greeting Card Collection.
Staged photograph of Father Time and Baby New Year. Unfortunately, we don’t know the name of either the unhappy toddler.