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Old Omaha Photos

Vintage photos from the Omaha World-Herald archive. See more photos (old and new) at Omaha.com/viewfinder.

Gilda, a gold-plated electric stove valued at $750, arrived in Omaha to be displayed at downtown stores to build interest in a cooking school at the Paramount Theater. According to the July 8, 1949, caption, guards Frank Zurick, left, and Capt. A.W. Larson, hidden, drew “revolvers to fend off women admirers.” THE WORLD-HERALD

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Pawnee City (Nebraska) High School held its annual Operation Switch, where for one week the senior girls and the senior boys in vocational agriculture swapped shop and home classes. In February 1960, making cherry pies are, from left, Bob Eichenberger, Bob Smith, Dick Parks, Dale Mach, teacher Daisymae Eckman and Jim Borcher. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Diane Tadlock, 4, idolized Omaha North High sophomore Judy Oliver, a member of North’s Baton Club. Their mothers made an outfit for Diane that is like Judy’s in 1957. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Work started May 24, 1962, on a new restaurant by, from left, Al, Lou and Ross Caniglia. The restaurant, to be know as Palazzo ’Taliano, was being built at 84th and Center Streets. It was projected to cost $600,000 and seat 1,200 to 1,300 people. THE WORLD-HERALD

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The caricature mascots of Nebraska and Kansas huddled during a game at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 16, 1971. The Huskers ran away with the game 55-0. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Ron Clark was a halfback for the 1954 Nebraska Cornhusker football team. He was from Ravenna, Nebraska. THE WORLD-HERALD

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In May 1945, Forest Lawn Cemetery canceled the Memorial Day parade because the uphill climb was too tough on the hearts of the World War I veterans. Erastus Harrison Page was Omaha’s last Civil War veteran. According to The World-Herald, the 99-year-old Page said, “Faint-hearted sissies, that’s what they are!” THE WORLD-HERALD

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Vice President Richard M. Nixon was greeted by a crowd of 900 at Eppley Airfield when his plane landed just after 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 16, 1960. Despite the late hour, Nixon still made a short speech. According to The World-Herald, he said, “I had thought this would be a rather quiet little airport arrival. This enthusiasm really speaks well for the future.” THE WORLD-HERALD

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On a Saturday afternoon in May 1940, 3,000 people watched as 110 painters covered the nine-room house at 142 Lincoln Blvd. with a new coat of white paint in 4 minutes and 8.5 seconds. It crushed the previous record of 8 minutes, 30 seconds, set in Memphis, Tennessee, just a week prior. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Joe and Marilyn Gasnick, owners of the J & M Laundromat at 7080 Blondo St., stand among what is left after a May 1975 tornado. There were five customers in the building when the tornado hit. Marilyn Gasnick had them all follow her to her basement located one door east of the laundromat. They all came through the storm safely despite heavy damage to the home and complete destruction of the laundromat. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Several hundred people were on hand to sign the final beam for the Woodmen Tower and watch as the 30-story building was “topped out” in November 1967. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Nebraska quarterbacks cool their toes in the pool at the Ivanhoe Hotel at Miami Beach on Dec. 31, 1970. From left are Van Brownson, Jerry Tagge and Bob Jones. The Huskers beat LSU 17-12 at the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 1, 1971. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Memorial Stadium during a game on Oct. 12, 1940. The Huskers beat Indiana 13-7. The view is looking southeast toward the University of Nebraska campus. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Omaha magician Pat Hazell is shown moments after successfully re-creating Harry Houdini’s famous straitjacket trick while suspended in the air at 11th and Howard Streets in Omaha, Nebraska, on Nov. 1, 1982. Houdini performed the trick in Omaha in 1923. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Husker coach Tom Osborne introduces Trev Alberts at halftime of the 1994 NU spring game. Alberts led children in a drug-free pledge. Alberts, an All-American linebacker who played at NU from 1990 to 1993, is now the athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Eleven members of Bellevue’s senior Girl Scout Troop 210 ventured out on a three-day hike to the 1965 Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln. Along the way they picked up trash. “We want to make the route a little nicer for fairgoers,” they said. THE WORLD-HERALD

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In April 1960, the Elkhorn River flooded, leaving homes surrounded by high water. H.H. Lallman, left, chats with Chris Martinsen and Johanna Keilstrup in Winslow, Nebraska, during the flood. THE WORLD-HERALD

Anne Sullivan makes the best of two seasons in March 1977. She used a windy day to launch a kite while on ice skates at Memorial Park in Omaha. THE WORLD-HERALD

Crowds and balloons greet Richard and Pat Nixon at the City Auditorium in Omaha on May 4, 1968. Richard Nixon spoke while campaigning for president in Nebraska. THE WORLD-HERALD

Jessie Johnson, 7, and Amber Muell, 21 months, at Omaha’s Gifford Park, 35th Avenue and Davenport Street, in May 1993. THE WORLD-HERALD

Bob Edwards surveys the damage to his crops three miles south of North Bend, Nebraska, after a mid-August hail storm in 1973. Prior to the storm, him corn stood 8 feet high. THE WORLD-HERALD

A 50-foot-high wall of the World Theater came crashing down on July 14, 1980, in downtown Omaha. Anderson Excavating was demolishing the theater. They had blocked off 15th Street because the wall was unstable and in danger of collapse. THE WORLD-HERALD

A roller coaster from Playland Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is reflected in a water hole at Dodge Park in October 1959. THE WORLD-HERALD

Husker coach Bob Devaney instructs quarterback Van Brownson on the sideline as assistant Tom Osborne looks on in 1969. THE WORLD-HERALD

The Burlington Railroad bridge a few miles east of Columbus, Nebraska, collapsed into the Loup River in March 1960. Rain fell on top of heavy snow run-off to cause flooding across eastern Nebraska. THE WORLD-HERALD