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#1940s

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Chenoa Airport, 1948

Here are two more photographs from the rural airport’s second annual air show, held August 29, 1948.

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Photo of the Week, 111: Libraries Before the Internet Era

patron searches the Withers Public Library non-fiction card catalog in March 1940.

An unidentified patron searches the Withers Public Library non-fiction card catalog in March 1940.

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Photo of the Week, 108: Beekeeping During Wartime Sugar Shortage

Beekeeping During Wartime Sugar Shortage

In 1942, Edward Adams discussed the benefits of raising honeybees during the sugar shortage and civilian rationing spurred by World War II.

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Photo of the Week, 103: Broadview Mansion Bell Tower, November 1939

Broadview Mansion Bell Tower, November 1939

For nearly 75 years the Broadview Mansion bell tower has served as a local landmark.

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Photo of the Week, 97: Betsy Lee's Morning "Airing," January 1947

Betsy Lee's Morning

Four times a day, Margaret Brechbeller and her fox terrier Betsy Lee would go out for an "airing" around the block surrounding her Washington Street residence.

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Photo of the Week, 96: The Most Popular Guy in the Room

Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater.

More than 600 grade school children attended the Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater in 1944.

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Photo of the Week, 94: Bloomington Fire Department Gives Santa a Lift - Christmas Eve, 1940

Bloomington Fire Department Gives Santa a Lift - Christmas Eve, 1940

Bloomington firemen help Santa deliver sixteen "goody" baskets to disadvantaged local families in 1940.

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Photo of the Week, 85: Tarzan Gets Heartfelt Farewell, April 1941

On April 5, 1941,

On April 5, 1941, "Tarzan," a beloved crow well known to children in the Illinois Wesleyan University neighborhood, was laid to rest in the backyard of the Elwood O. Allison home.

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Photo of the Week, 80: It's Jeanne!

On July 11, 1941, 17-year-old Jeanne Cline won the Women's Western Golf Association junior championship at St. Charles (IL) Country Club. Bloomington's

On July 11, 1941, 17-year-old Jeanne Cline won the Women's Western Golf Association junior championship at St. Charles (IL) Country Club. Bloomington's "golfing sensation" defeated Dorothy Campbell of St. Louis to capture her first major championship.

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Photo of the Week, 78: War Clouds Looming

Seen here are Bloomington area Girl Scouts training as blackout and air raid messengers. From left to right: Charlotte Ratcliffe, Isabel Gottschalk, Kay Johnston, and Gloria Sampson.

On November 16, 1941, with the likelihood of American entry into World War II increasing with each passing day, The Pantagraph ran a photo essay on the type of work women should expect come wartime on the home front.

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