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Snapshots: President William Howard Taft (1911)

Snapshots: President William Howard Taft (1911)

Caption on the reverse of the photo: “Tuesday- During festivities, President William Howard Taft laughs heartily with Mayor Woolsey at a joke making sport of the intelligence of those in the Arizona Territory.” During this May 1911 visit, there was an embarrassing incident in which Taft broke a chair in the mayor’s office. After decades…

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Snapshots: Boy Scout, Future Senator (1941)

Snapshots: Boy Scout, Future Senator (1941)

July 1941. Local Boy Scout Anderson Grimes in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., holding a copy of a WPA poster designed for the city’s landmark water conservation program. Shortly after this photo was taken, he was to present the poster to local congressman Harford Collins in a brief ceremony. Tragically, Grimes,…

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Snapshots: Oil-Filled Bladder (1917)

Snapshots: Oil-Filled Bladder (1917)

A group of Watson University (then Watson Normal Preparatory Engineering College) students rolls a “crude oil-filled bladder” around in the school’s Freshman Yard, as part of “May Daze” festivities. Depending upon the thickness and durability of the “bladder,” the ritual could go on for two or more hours, until the ball would finally split, soaking…

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Snapshots: Secession Day Parade (1940)

Snapshots: Secession Day Parade (1940)

A parade in Upper Carsonhurst, celebrating their vote for secession from the city in May, 1940. Two months later, a judge overturned the measure, ruling that the city’s 1919 annexation of the area was inviolable. The ensuing riots in July claimed the lives of two firefighters and three citizens. - RJ White.

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Snapshots: Outside The Journal-American (1940)

Snapshots: Outside The Journal-American (1940)

A crowd gathers outisde the offices of The Journal-American (now the Journal-Clarion) in 1940. The paper posted headlines of the day in the window of their old building on W. Jackman Avenue until the mid-1950s.

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