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Archive of: Historic Photos

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

First Baby of the New Year January 1, 1965 Edition

Two women holding their newborn babies, 1965.

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.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Snow-shrouded Bloomington, undated 200 Block E. Jefferson St., north side

Horse drawn carriage in the snow, undated.

None of these buildings are standing today. This is all surface parking and the Irvin Theater would be built on this block in 1915.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Bloomington’s long-gone post office Circa 1900

Old post office building, undated

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.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Happy New Year!

New Year's Day card, 1914.

This New Year’s Day card, circa. 1914, comes from the Museum’s Greeting Card Collection.

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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

Kadgihn’s News and Cigar Store Downtown Bloomington, c. 1914

News and cigar shop, 1914

Herman Kadgihn ran a news and cigar shop out of this storefront.

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Withers Public Library Bookmobile, undated

Bloomington bookmobile, undated

The Bloomington Public Library bookmobile program “bookwagon” parked in front of Bent Elementary School.

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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.

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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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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Santa card, undated

The Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and members of the McLean County Museum of History wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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