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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Carrie Behrend Retires February 1, 1958

After 33 years with C.W. Klemm’s, a locally owned department store in downtown Bloomington, Carrie Behrend retired on Saturday, February 1, 1958. She had spent the past 14 years in the pattern department. Located on the north side of the Courthouse Square, Klemm’s closed in November 1981.

Miss Behrend passed away on August 8, 1964.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

March of Dimes Coffee Day January 1953

On Friday, Jan. 30, 1953, local restaurants donated proceeds from their coffee sales to the March of Dimes and the campaign to combat infantile paralysis, commonly known as polio. Here is waitress Pauline McGath pouring coffee for truck drivers (left to right) Mack Rutledge, Gene Dreelan, and “Slick” Evans.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Last-minute Valentine’s Shopping Livingston’s, February 1953

Leon Jaeger, an underwriting superintendent for State Farm Insurance, examines a frilly item for his wife Ruth several days before Valentine’s Day 1953. That’s longtime Livingston’s department store clerk Litta Ballow lending a helping hand.

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Written by Torii Moré in Historic Photos

John Pratt, February 1953 Valentine’s Day Groom

John Pratt, who in a few days time would marry Geraldine Dillon in a Valentine’s Day ceremony, is seen here in a downtown Bloomington store sampling scents for his bride-to-be.

John Pratt, who in a few days time would marry Geraldine Dillon in a Valentine’s Day ceremony, is seen here in a downtown Bloomington store sampling scents for his bride-to-be.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Beich Plant Bloomington’s West Side, undated

aerial image of Beich candy factory and surrounding area

This undated aerial offers a wealth of fascinating detail.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Payless Drugs, July 1940 Downtown Bloomington

Photo of the interior of ​Payless Drugs, 317 N. Main St., 1940

Payless Drug: “It’s new! It’s different! It’s the latest in modern drug stores,”

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Lathrop's Barbershop, 1914

Group of men, and a dog, posing for a photo in a barbershop, 1914.

George Lathrop was a Bloomington barber for many years. it was located on the 400 block of N. Main St.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

My Store, Bloomington, undated 100 block of South Center Street

Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law John S. Bachrach in front of their general store, undated.

The name My Store first appears in the 1891 Bloomington city directory. Oscar Mandel and brother-in-law John S. Bachrach embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, erecting a five-story “trade palace” in 1912.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Pothole Season Laesch Dairy Truck, January 1965

Man in front of a dairy truck, 1965.

Winter is hard on Twin City streets, with local residents always on the lookout for potholes, like the Laesch Dairy Driver.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Kadgihn’s News and Cigar Store Downtown Bloomington, c. 1914

News and cigar shop, 1914

Herman Kadgihn ran a news and cigar shop out of this storefront.

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