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#1920s

Written by Susan Hartzold in Collection Highlights

Prohibition doll unique item from 1920s

The Museum owns a very unique method used to transport illegal hooch; a prohibition doll.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 55: McKnight & McKnight Building, August 1929

Designed by local architect George H. Miller, this steel-frame “high-rise" with cream-colored glazed brick, was the tallest building in Bloomington upon its completion.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 46: Santa Spotted in Downtown Bloomington, 1929

Merry Christmas from the Museum's staff and Board of Directors!

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Written by Torii Moré in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 35: Home Sweet Home Mission, Downtown Bloomington, 1920s

This longtime non-profit social service organization was founded in 1917 by candy maker-turned-evangelist Billy Shelper. First known as Home Sweet Home City Rescue Mission, it was located at 111 South Main Street (seen here) from 1920 to 1926.

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Written by Torii Moré in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 34: Bloomington that-a-way?

In 1929, an “air marker" was placed atop The Daily Pantagraph building in downtown Bloomington. Why then did this sign tell pilots that Bloomington is five miles further to the north?

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 28: Waaaaaa!

Seen here are Sisters M. Eligia Trumper (right) and M. Aloysia Plum in the newborn nursery at old St. Joseph's Hospital, back when it was located on Bloomington's west side. Note the stork in the back corner and the Christ Child statue opposite Sister Trumper.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 21: Kadgihn’s, downtown Bloomington, 1921

For about a decade, from the mid-1910s to the mid-1920s, Herman Kadgihn ran a newsstand and cigar shop at 607½ North Main Street. No one was identified in this photograph, so it's not known if Herman is one of the three men pictured here.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 17: Tracy Green & Co., circa 1928

Tracy Green & Co., circa 1928, located at the southwest corner of Washington and Gridley streets east of downtown Bloomington.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 10: “A Full House” at “The Wesleyan,” November 1924

The farce “A Full House" was staged at Memorial Gymnasium, today's Hansen Center, for Wesleyan's homecoming.

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