• C.U. Williams Car Dealership

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    C.U. Williams had several enterprises, including this car dealership. Williams also ran a picture postcard business. Automobiles did not take off with the public until the early 20th century. How we l…

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  • Sellman's Blacksmith Shop Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Ralph with Sellman's blacksmith shop was at 107 S. Madison in Bloomington. Horseshoeing was necessary in the county because horses were so necessary in agriculture, such as for pulling plows. How we l…

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  • Washing out roots

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Standing in a hole around where a cornstalk was growing, a farmer washes the roots of the plant with a hose to inspect the crop. Farmers often would dig up random stalks of corn to check the root syst…

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  • Meyer Brewing Company Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Meyer Brewing Company, located where Highland Golf Course is today, brewed beer from 1862 until Prohibition closed the business. This advertisement proclaims, "Not the largest brewery in the world, bu…

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  • Loading Corn into Wagons

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    In a field, corn is loaded into a wagon so it can be transported. Grain carts would often accompany combines so more acreage could be harvested at one time. load grain How we learn about communities 1…

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  • Meadows Washer Line

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Four workers on the Meadows Washer line assemble clothes washers. McLean County became home to many industrial manufacturers. How we learn about communities 18 Social Systems 15 Economics 13 Science,…

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  • Enfield and Mackey Cigar Factory

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Five men pose in front of the Enfield and Mackey Cigar Factory, an early 20th century manufacturer operating in Bloomington. The paint bucket and brushes in the lower left of the photo indicate that t…

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  • Hungarian Roller Mill

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Hungarian Roller Mill operated on Bloomington's west side from the 1870s to 1912. Many local consumers bought 'kossuth' brand flour from the mill. How we learn about communities 18 Social Systems…

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  • Harvest Time Sketch

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A harvest scene sketch of a farmer shocking corn, another harvesting it, and bundles of shocked corn scattered throughout the field. This image is from 'Prairie Farmer', formerly 'Illinois Farmer,' wh…

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  • Everybody should use Dr. Howe's Medicines Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Honey Balsam and Blackberry Balsam were two of the popular medicines of Dr. Howe. Dr. Howe and his partner, Dr. Woodard, produced a variety of patent medicines in Bloomington. Their medicines were lat…

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  • Pantagraph Workers

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Workers sort through files at the Bloomington Pantagraph Printing and Stationery Co., about 1900. Established in 1846, the Bloomington Pantagraph is still the city's leading newspaper. How we learn ab…

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  • Mitsubishi Stamping

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This is one of the five press lines in the stamping shop at Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America (MMMA) where coils of steel are stamped into body parts such as doors, hoods, and floor plans. MMM…

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  • Shocked Corn

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This field of shocked corn in McLean County was tied up by farmers for drying purposes during the harvest. Farmers tied corn into shocks so it would stand up for easy access during the harvest and so…

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  • Men in corn wagons

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Two men in overalls sit in wooden wagons full of corn as horses pull them. Before the automobile and tractor were popular, horses did most of the work in the fields, from pulling loads of corn to plow…

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  • Maxwell, Batchelder and Co. Business Receipt

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    In 1872, Maxwell, Batchelder & Co. manufacturered inks and sold books and stationery. This is a good example of a business receipt between a buyer and seller. 18 Social Systems 15 Economics 16 History

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  • Chert knife

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This is a chert knife used by the Archaic Indians. It was found in Bloomington Cemetery. Communities and Geography How we learn about communities Prehistoric Indians of Illinois 18 Social systems 17 G…

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  • Dr. Howe's Medicines Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Dr. Howe and his partner, Dr. Woodard, produced a variety of patent medicines in Bloomington. Their medicines were later produced by Dr. Z. Waters who gave his name to the line. Many patent medicines…

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  • Justrite Vacuum Cleaners Advertisement

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Justrite Vacuum Cleaner Company unsuccessfully tried to launch a vacuum cleaner line in the early 20th century. Many small local companies were put out of business when mass automation in national…

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  • Pantagraph Book Binding

    Matejka, Michael, 1953, Hartzold, Susan, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Workers bind books at The Bloomington Pantagraph Printing and Stationery Co., about 1900. Established in 1846, the Bloomington Pantagraph is still the city's leading newspaper. How we learn about comm…

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  • Funk Laboratory

    Walters, William D, Jr., 1942, McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    A photograph of beakers, flasks, and test tubes inside the Funk Laboratory where hybrids and herbacides were concocted. Funks utilized much scientific knowledge and experiments when creating their pro…

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