• Portrait of Nellie E. Parham

    Macy Studio Bloomington, ILL

    Nellie E. Parham attended the University of Illinois’s Library School in 1897. Upon her graduation in 1899, she began her distinctive 41-year career as a Bloomington, Illinois city librarian. Nellie E…

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  • Fourth School

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    "Corner Park and Empire streets. Site now occupied by New Franklin School."

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  • State National Bank

    Unknown

    The State National Bank was incorporated 1878. At the time of the 1900 fire, Jacob Funk served as President. Located at 201 North Main, this building sustained $2,000 in damages (1899 City Directory;…

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  • Downtown Bloomington

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    A doorway is still standing while the rest of the building has collapsed. Buildings are reduced to rubble and a few walls.

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  • Adlai E. Stevenson II

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    Photograph of Adlai E. Stevenson, II working at a desk with glasses in hand.

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  • Adlai E. Stevenson II bust dedication

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    This is a photograph from the dedication of the bust of Adlai E. Stevenson II at the Bloomington Public Library.

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  • Model Laundry

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    Located at 111-113 East Monroe street and owned by T.W. and W.L. Evans, the Model Laundry was the starting point of the Great Fire of 1900. The building sustained $10,000 in damages (City Directory of…

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  • Courthouse After The 1900 Fire

    B.C. Read, 607 E. Market St. Bloomington, IL

    The Courthouse sustained $100,000 in damages.""Midway between this flame of hell, in the vortex of destruction, stood the peerless Court House, the pride of all McLean County. A tiny, yellow imp, piro…

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  • Downtown Bloomington

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    A view of what was left after the fire swept through Downtown Bloomington. All that remains of this building are a few walls.

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  • Richard H. Holder

    Herlocker, Freeport, IL

    This is a portrait of Richard Houghten Holder. He was President of the Bloomington Library Association from 1872 to 1876.

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  • Emerson School

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    Approximately 325 students enrolled at Emerson School during the 1910-1911 school year. There was an average of 35 pupils per room.

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  • Town meeting upon Abraham Lincoln's Death

    John S. Scibird

    This is a matted larger photograph of the town meeting held at the Court House yard in Bloomington, IL upon the death of President Abraham Lincoln

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  • Sherff Science Building

    W.C. Pine Co., Kansas City, Mo

    From the back of the postcard:""One of the new buildings on the beautiful Illinois Wesleyan University Campus.

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  • Franklin School

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    During the 1910-1911 school year, Franklin School averaged approximately 35 pupils per room, with 367 students enrolled.

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  • Lewis Bunn

    A. Frink

    ??Born September 16, 1805. Apprenticed to a blacksmith in Chillicothe at the age of 18 and took lessons on the side. Moved to Bloomington in 1833, began to make agricultural equipment, including hand-…

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  • Antoinette Concello

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    Died Feb. 5, 1984 "The only woman to complete a triple back somersault on the flying trapeze and the first living person to be named to the Circus Hall of Fame. Mrs. Concello worked on Cecil B. Demill…

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth

    National Screen Service Corp

    Cecil B. Demille's film of ""The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle. (from IMDb.com) Antoinette Concello worked on this movie…

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  • Adlai E. Stevenson II bust dedication

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    This is a photograph from the dedication of the bust of Adlai E. Stevenson II at the Bloomington Public Library.

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  • Adlai E. Stevenson II

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    An image of ""our fallen statesman"" Adlai E. Stevenson, II. Grandson of Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson,"our fallen statesmen"" was the Illinois governor from 1948-1952, democratic presidential can…

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  • Jefferson, Main, and Center Streets

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    The northside view of Jefferson, Main, and Center streets after the Great Fire of 1900.

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