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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.

In November 1950, Richard Walters, left, warms up Council Bluffs Civic Music singers before a rehearsal of the operetta “Bloomer Girl.” Babette Bronson, Luanne Bisbee, Nancy Ogren and Janet Hicks sing to the music of pianist Frank Fariday. THE WORLD-HERALD

Omahan Pat Fischer, a defensive back for the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals, autographs a football for Bob Stolp in May 1967. The 11-year-old was a third baseman and pitcher for Jim’s Rexalls in the Suburban Baseball Association. He was hesitant to sign up for Little League in 1967 after he lost his hand in an accident the previous summer. THE WORLD-HERALD

Yvonne Pagel of the Office of Price Administration shows a board that had to be posted in all restaurants in August 1944. The list contained 40 basic food items selected by the office. Each restaurant had to fill in the price it charged for those 40 items during the base period of April 4-10, 1943. THE WORLD-HERALD

Fan leans precariously over the first base dugout for an autograph from Paul Peterson. Peterson was part of the Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars that performed before 9,083 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium on Aug. 2, 1964. THE WORLD-HERALD

Jackie Stone was named Rodeo Queen at the 27th annual Sidney, Iowa, Rodeo in August 1950. The 91st annual Sidney, Iowa, Rodeo championships will be held July 29-Aug. 2. WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

Ina Lou Spaulding, center, was one of two females on the field when her Council Bluffs Rainbows took on Tony Stone and her New Orleans Creoles on July 24, 1950, at Legion Park. Spaulding played 2½ innings and struck out in her only at bat. THE WORLD-HERALD

Only the thinnest of margins separated North Platte’s Dan Speck, left, and Grand Island’s Lynn Hall in the Class A mile race at the Nebraska state track meet in Kearney on May 23, 1970. Hall won in a record 4:16. THE WORLD-HERALD

All winter long the Sparklettes practiced every Saturday in Robert Crisman’s basement for The World-Herald’s fourth annual Youth Parade in the spring of 1952. The group, which had children ages 2 to 12, had two floats in the parade. The Sparklettes were one of 60 groups to march in the parade. THE WORLD-HERALD

While showing steers at Ak-Sar-Ben in 1966, Suzan Stork, confessed to being two different kinds of girls. “I help my dad with the hay, and I love sometimes to play a great lady.” She said there’s the thrill of competing and the fun of being on the go. But why did she like to participate in the shows? “Mostly, shows are a great place to meet the greatest guys in the world.” THE WORLD-HERALD

Firemen used an extension ladder to check on the terra cotta decorations on the front of the Strand Theater building at Sixth and Broadway Streets in Council Bluffs on May 2, 1951. City building inspector Oscar Biesendorfer ordered the check after several pieces of concrete fell to the sidewalk, narrowly missing pedestrians. THE WORLD-HERALD

Storms on the morning of June 2, 1939, turned the intersection of 24th and Cuming Streets into a river. THE WORLD-HERALD

Motorman A.W. Kiger welcomes Omaha attorney E.B. Wintroub and his son Frank, 7, aboard the last streetcar to run in Omaha on March 4, 1955. Fifty people showed up to ride, many going the entire trolley line. THE WORLD-HERALD

Fog delayed flights at Omaha Municipal Airport on Jan. 14, 1959, and waiting room seating was taken. THE WORLD-HERALD

A rivalry developed at Nebraska Civil Air Patrol training camp in summer 1960, with the boy and girl squadrons kidnapping the squadron mascots. Cadet Jim Morrissey demanded and was paid a ransom of a kiss from two girls at a ceremony so the girls could get their stuffed dog back. Here, Lynn Grove waits her turn as Jan Anderson pays the ransom to Jim. THE WORLD-HERALD

The Shrine Legion of Honor was on hand on May 17, 1963, to participate in ceremonies as the final piece of steel went into place at the Masonic Manor. The flag that rode the steel into the air was one that had flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. THE WORLD-HERALD

Archived photos: Masonic Manor

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Construction work on the Masonic Manor in March 1963. THE WORLD-HERALD

Archived photos: Masonic Manor

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Work on the Masonic Manor was 28 days ahead of schedule, according to Carl Greisen, grand secretary of the Masons, said on Nov. 20, 1962. THE WORLD-HERALD

Archived photos: Masonic Manor

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Harry Coffee, president of the Omaha Union Stock Yards Co., at his window in October 1948. THE WORLD-HERALD

Jeannette Bitney, 14, with a tree that crashed against the side of her home at 7604 N. 29th St. during a storm that tore through north Omaha on June 9, 1947. Jeannette took her younger brother and sister to the basement, then searched for another brother and sister playing outside. She suffered a bruised eye when struck by a flying object. THE WORLD-HERALD

A group of 56 youths from Nebraska and South Dakota took part in a life-saving school in 1939. The teens were learning artificial reviving exercises at Sandy Point Beach in Carter Lake. THE WORLD-HERALD

Millard residents at Omaha City Hall to protest annexation on May 6, 1967. Millard was annexed by Omaha in 1971. THE WORLD-HERALD

Millard Councilman Murray Woodling says it’s time to change the sign that says the population is 400. “It’s more like 600 and will be bigger than that soon,” Woodling said in October 1956. Growing Millard, fueled in part by the 1958 opening of the Western Electric Co. plant nearby, was annexed by Omaha in 1971. In 2012, the 23,000-student Millard school district covered an area with a population exceeding 100,000. THE WORLD-HERALD

Dale Tellinghuisen works nonchalantly 150 feet above ground in April 1965 while installing a police radio antenna atop the tower on the Omaha Civic Auditorium. THE WORLD-HERALD

Frank De Bernardo enjoys his lunch break on top of the Woodmen Tower during its construction. This photo ran on Oct. 29, 1967. THE WORLD-HERALD

Several hundred people were on hand to sign the final beam and watch as the 30-story Woodmen Tower. This photo appeared on Nov. 28, 1967. THE WORLD-HERALD