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#1950s

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 106: Fender Bender and Then Some, 1958

Fender Bender and Then Some, 1958

Three individuals were hurt in an automobile accident the morning of March 20, 1958.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 101: Tin Pan Alley Bloomington-Style, 1953

Al and Edna Schroeder,  March 1953. Taken at their Bloomington home, 308 West Wood Street

Amateur songwriting duo, Al and Edna Schroeder, show off their latest record in their Bloomington home.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

McLean County Basketball Tournament January 28, 1950

Basketball tournament, 1950.

For much of the 20th century, the McLean County Basketball Tournament was the highlight of the area’s sports calendar. he tournament featured the smaller high schools outside of Bloomington-Normal vying for bragging rights as the county’s best. Seen here is a typical tournament scene back in 1950, as standing-room-only crowds packed Illinois State Normal University’s McCormick Gymnasium to root their hometown boys on to victory.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 98: New Marathon Station Opens, 1957

New Marathon Station Opens, 1957

The Twin City's third Marathon service station opened in Bloomington in 1957. The station is no longer standing; today, it is home to Franzetti's Pantry Plus convenience store.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed … Llama? McLean County Christmas, 1958

Santa and a llama, 1958.

In the week before Christmas 1958, Santa Claus paid a visit to Bloomington’s Forest Park to inspect the local reindeer stock. But Old St. Nick found his attention monopolized by a nosy llama.

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Photo of the Week, 95: Roland's Christmas Party, 1958

Roland's Christmas Party, 1958

Shotgun-toting and suspicious Mrs. Claus follows her husband around Bloomington as he is in the company of three attractive reindeer.

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Photo of the Week, 90: Jack-o'-lantern Harvest in the Eisenhower Era

Happy Halloween from the board, staff, volunteers and members of the McLean County Museum of History!

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Photo of the Week, 81: The World Wide Web, 1954-style

In May 1954, The Pantagraph profiled Bloomington resident Helen M. Zalucha, one of only three women active in the Illinois Emergency Network, a statewide group of some 200 amateur (ham) radio operators.

In May 1954, The Pantagraph profiled Bloomington resident Helen M. Zalucha, one of only three women active in the Illinois Emergency Network, a statewide group of some 200 amateur (ham) radio operators.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 56: Here She Is … ‘Miss Heart of the Corn Belt’ 1955

On Saturday, May 21, 1955, some 500 area residents gathered at the Bloomington High School gymnasium on East Washington Street to attend the “Miss Heart of the Corn Belt" beauty pageant competition.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 47: Seasons Greetings . . . from South of the Border!

Sixty years ago this month, during the 1953 Christmas season, former Bloomington residents Stanley A. and Antoinette McVey were back in town to visit Antoinette's mother Rose Capodice, who lived at 1315 East Grove Street. The McVeys had moved to Odessa, Texas two years earlier to work as agents for State Farm Insurance.

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