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#1930s

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Corn Belt Harvest September 1939

Corn Belt Harvest, 1939.

In the 76 years since these photographs were taken the Corn Belt countryside has undergone an absolute transformation when it comes to matters of mechanization, depopulation, storage, hybridization, the end of diversification, and genetics, among many other profound changes.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week: Dolls On Parade O’Neil Park, July 1939

Doll parade, 1939.

The once-annual O’Neil Park doll parade on Bloomington’s west side prepares to get underway.

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Out with the Old . . . Keiser-Van Leer Expansion, 1936

Keiser-Van Leer building, 1936.

Seen here is the northeast corner of East and Market streets in downtown Bloomington, late 1935 or early 1936. Keiser-Van Leer Co., a mechanical contractor and hardware dealer, was preparing to demolish the two-story buildings in the foreground (both the wood frame and brick structures) to make way for a two-story Streamline Moderne addition.

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‘Modernistic’ Main Street July 1939

Service Station, 1939.

This Standard Oil Co. service station opened on July 29, 1939. The modernistic design sparkled with its glazed brick and terra cotta exterior and a color scheme of cream, blue, and red. It remained a Standard station into the late 1950s.

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Photo of the Week, 128: Dog Days of Summer Miller Park, 1937

Oh where oh where did the summer go? That’s a common refrain heard around these parts as we enter the dog days of the season and the school year fast approaches...

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‘Swing Time’ at Victory Hall October 1935

Swing set, 1935.

Opened in 1919 and located at 904 Hovey Ave. in Normal, Victory Hall was a safe place for boys from troubled families. At the time of this photograph (unfortunately, no one is identified) Victory Hall was home to 43 “wards”.

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Photo of the week, 121: Miller Park Fishing Season Underway -- June 1938

Fishing at Miller Park on Bloomington’s west side

Did you know today, June 18, is National Go Fishing Day?

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Miller Park Fishing Season Underway June 1938

Fishing at Miller Park, 1938.

Fishing at Miller Park on Bloomington’s west side has been a time-honored local tradition since the late 1800s. This Depression-era photograph shows the opening of the 1938 fishing season on June 16.

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Springtime in “BloNo’ Iris Walk, 1939

Although you wouldn’t know it from this past weekend’s weather, the end of May and the beginning of June mark the traditional start of the garden walk season in Bloomington-Normal.

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Photo of the Week, 119: ‘Tanks’ a lot Legionnaires! WW I relic arrives in Bloomington, 1939

Several pieces of military hardware can be found at Bloomington’s Miller Park, including this World War I-era tank, seen here being offloaded on May 24. 1939.

Several pieces of military hardware can be found at Bloomington’s Miller Park, including this World War I-era tank, seen here being offloaded on May 24. 1939.

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