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#1930s

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 26: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Olympic Speedster Jesse Owens Visits Bloomington.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 25: Et tu, Brute? “Julius Caesar” at the Consistory, 1931

Long before the 1978 inaugural season of what would become the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (held at the Ewing Cultural Center), local residents enjoyed one of the Bard's tragedies at another popular Bloomington venue.

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Photo of the Week, 20: Grocery Shopping in the Great Depression

Seen here is a 1935 photograph of the Nierstheimer Bros. grocery store at 428 North Main Street in downtown Bloomington. Today, Crossroads, the popular fair trade handcrafts shop, occupies the main floor of this building.

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Photo of the Week 19: New Deal Rally, September 1933

In September 1933, during the dark days of the Great Depression, Bloomington hosted a parade and a series of programs trumpeting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration (NRA), a cornerstone of his First New Deal.

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Photo of the Week, 14: Bent School Graduates, June 1938

Graduation season is upon us! Seen here are 1938 graduates of Horatio G. Bent School on Bloomington's northwest side.

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Photo of the Week, 13: Tornado Season is Here

“Tornado Leaves Trail of Debris Strung Across Central Illinois" read the page 5 headline in the June 11, 1939 Pantagraph. Seen here is damage from that storm in downtown Arrowsmith, the small McLean County community east of Bloomington. A tornado and / or accompanying high winds tore off the corner of the Masonic building and left the Hess grocery store exposed to the elements.

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Photo of the Week, 12: Fore!

Incorporated in 1919, Maplewood Country Club stretched southeast of Linden St. and Jersey Ave. in Normal.

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Photo of the Week, 11: Corn Planting, May 1937

This scene shows an unidentified area farmer still making use of an old horse-drawn, two-row planter.

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Photo of the Week, 9: Funk’s Grove, March 1932

Sap from the sugar maple begins to run during the warmer days and cold nights of February and March. Early settlers—and before that Native Americans—boiled the sap from sugar maples in groves throughout McLean County.

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Photo of the Week, 6: Dynamite Stump Removal

Three acres of cottonwood and hackberry stumps were blasted out last week on the Henry W. Capen farm southeast of town [Bloomington], operated by Fred Blum

These two photographs appeared in the March 27, 1937 Pantagraph. The original caption read, in part: “Three acres of cottonwood and hackberry stumps were blasted out last week on the Henry W. Capen farm southeast of town [Bloomington], operated by Fred Blum."

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