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
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
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
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
In May 1945, Forest Lawn Cemetery canceled the...
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
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
On a Saturday afternoon in May 1940, 3,000 people...
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
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
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
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
Husker coach Tom Osborne introduces Trev Alberts...
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
Jessie Johnson, 7, and Amber Muell, 21 months, at Omaha’s Gifford Park, 35th Avenue and Davenport Street, in May 1993. 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