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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

Holiday season comes to an end January 4, 1965

Woman dumping her Christmas tree, 1965.

Christmas tree unceremoniously dumped curbside come early January. Here’s Patricia Miller disposing of her family tree.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Snow-shrouded Bloomington, undated 200 Block E. Jefferson St., north side

Horse drawn carriage in the snow, undated.

None of these buildings are standing today. This is all surface parking and the Irvin Theater would be built on this block in 1915.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Bloomington’s long-gone post office Circa 1900

Old post office building, undated

This building served as the city’s post office from 1896 to 1932. The successor post office on the 400 block of North East Street is now part of Second Presbyterian Church.

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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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Withers Public Library Bookmobile, undated

Bloomington bookmobile, undated

The Bloomington Public Library bookmobile program “bookwagon” parked in front of Bent Elementary School.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Inaugural Bloomington Flight Ozark Air Lines, Nov. 6, 1950

Inaugural flight of Ozark airlines, 1950.

Commercial air service to Bloomington began on Nov. 6, 1950 with Ozark’s first flight into Bloomington Municipal Airport. Local officials were guests on the inaugural flight.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Santa in Action, 1953

Action shot of Santa, 1953.

"Action shot” of Santa was taken in Bloomington, demonstrating here how he comes down a chimney without leaving his clothes “all tarnished with ashes and soot.”

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Santa on Parade December 1948

Christmas parade, ft. Santa, 1938.

On December 5, 1948, Santa arrived in Bloomington. Today, the one-story building right behind Santa is J' soul BBQ.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Mississippi Orphans Go Sledding Highland Park, Bloomington, 1963

Group of orphans going sledding, 1963

Pastor J.H. Yohe of First Pentecostal Church of Bloomington gives a sled a push. The boys were part of a 40-orphan contingent from Tupelo, Mississippi.

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