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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Peoria: 1917

Peoria: 1917

The 300 to 100 Downtown Block of South Adams, Peoria, Illinois Summer of 1917. Hotel d'Europe/Fey Hotel and Wheelock's China, Glass and Lamps in the distance. 'Enlist for the Period of War Only, US Marines'. (Permission granted and courtesy of Peoria Historical Society Collections) View full size.

The Bartholomew Company

The Bartholomew Company

The Bartholomew Company of Peoria, Illinois introduced an American Automobile called the Glide at the 1903 Chicago Automobile Show. The Glide automobile, designed by John B. Bartholomew, was manufactured by the Bartholomew Company. "Ride in a Glide, Then Decide." Bartholomews Glide, was built in Peoria from 1902 to 1917, prior to the Glide, the Bartholomew Company made peanut roasters and popcorn wagons.

"In 1910, Teddy Roosevelt traveled the "World’s Most Beautiful Drive" in a Glide. But the song "Jolly Old Ride in a Glide" didn’t achieve nearly the popularity of "My Merry Oldsmobile," and production of the elegant Glide ended in 1917. Bartholomew shifted his focus to farm machinery and trucks at the Avery Company, helping identify Peoria with tractors." -- Marilyn Leylan (Permission granted and courtesy of Peoria Historical Society Collections) View full size.

The Palm House

The Palm House

The Palm House, Glen Oak Park, Peoria, Illinois.

"Glen Oak Park...forms another beautiful and unique feature. In the midst of a landscape beautiful for siltation, it has been greatly improved by the construction of lakes, ponds, fountains, rustic bridges, Palm House, Pavilion and all other necessary buildings, with many beautiful walks and drives." — The History of Peoria County, Illinois; Johnson & Co., 1880. (Permission granted and courtesy of Peoria Historical Society Collections) View full size.

National Hotel Fire: 1911

National Hotel Fire: 1911

The National Hotel Fire (corner of Hamilton and Jefferson Streets), Nov. 12, 1911. Opening on October 30, 1883, the National quickly became the preeminent elegant Hotel in Peoria, until its untimely demise. Firefighter Chester Mooberry of the Peoria Fire Department died in the line of duty when he was caught beneath a falling smokestack. (Permission granted and courtesy of Peoria Historical Society Collections) View full size.

Photo Sharing: 1960

Photo Sharing: 1960

A slide from a collection I purchased at the swap meet a few years back. They had belonged to an Air Force sergeant and his wife and dated from the 1950s to the 1970s; this one was marked May 1960. View full size.

Reading to Baby: 1955

Reading to Baby: 1955

Another look at the original mid-century modern furniture and giant fireplace wall that was in the Levittowner model of the Levittown, Pennsylvania homes as my father reads a book to me. The last time we saw this book shelf it had my parents' original AM-only radio on it. By the time this picture was taken that radio had been moved to the kitchen and a second radio, which received only the new FM high band, was purchased and placed in this living room. I have no memory of them ever listening to that radio. In this era there were very few stations on it and they tended to be stuffy educational affairs, playing classical or jazz music and dry talk shows.

Reading the Comics: 1963

Reading the Comics: 1963

Who needs furniture? Using the floor instead of furniture was apparently a regular part of my family’s life. I believe my father was reading the Sunday comics to me and my brother while using the living room couch as a prop for his pillow in this photo. You can see the other sections of the Sunday paper on the couch, behind my brother’s head. Previously he used the floor and not the couch for a nap.

 
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