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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.

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Old Omaha Photos

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Bookies rushed in to the Omaha City Clerk’s office on April 15, 1937, to pay their occupation taxes. According to The World-Herald, “Cause of the enthusiasm was that by virtue of the new tax the bookie business becomes legal, or sort of legal.” THE WORLD-HERALD

From the Archives: Omaha bookie business becomes 'sort of legal'

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The Joslyn Castle tower is in the foreground with the Omaha skyline behind in March 1971. THE WORLD-HERALD

From the Archives: Omaha towers near and far

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Street flushers remove some of the winter dirt and cinders at 16th and Davenport Streets in March 1955. THE WORLD-HERALD Like anything you see? Email owhstore@owh.com or call 402-444-1014 to purchase prints.

From the Archives: Washing away winter's dirt

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The Omaha World-Herald's 1944 Pulitzer Prize winner "Homecoming" photograph taken by Earle L. "Buddy" Bunker. In the photo, taken in Villisca, Iowa, on July 15, 1943, Lt. Col Robert Moore is greeted by his wife, Dorothy Dee Moore, and daughter Nancy, 7. At left is a young nephew Michael Croxdale. Like anything you see? Email owhstore@owh.com or call 402-444-1014 to purchase prints.

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Pieman Monroe Boston Strause, one of the country’s more famous pie makers and the inventor of chiffon pie, was in Omaha for the Northwestern Hotel Association convention at the Fontenelle, where he demonstrated his technique. The convention was held in September 1939. Strause is shown with attendee Betty Carroll from Chicago. THE WORLD-HERALD Like anything you see? Email owhstore@owh.com or call 402-444-1014 to purchase prints.

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McCook, Nebraska, had a wide, brick-paved main street in November 1950. THE WORLD-HERALD  Like anything you see? Contact Michelle at michelle.gullett@... or call 402-444-1014 to purchase prints.

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Robert Kennedy, brother of presidential candidate John, hoped it was a good omen when he was escorted into the “White House” at the University of Omaha by faculty member Roger Dunbier. The “White House,” a physical education classroom, was named for its color. Kennedy visited Omaha in September 1960. THE WORLD-HERALD Like anything you see? Contact Michelle at michelle.gullett@... or call 402-444-1014 to purchase prints.

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Stuntman J.W. Stoker, of Overland Park, Kansas, and horse Estrellita performed at the Ak-Sar-Ben rodeo in 1955. THE WORLD-HERALD Like anything you see? Contact Michelle at michelle.gullett@... or call 402-444-1014 to purchase prints.

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Flagpole painter Edgar Russeell of Chester, Illinios, had a bird’s-eye view of downtown Omaha while he worked in 1957. THE WORLD-HERALD Like anything you see? Contact Michelle at michelle.gullett@... or call 402-444-1014 to purchase prints.

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W. Dean Wright, a fabric buyer for Richman-Gordman and Colorado Buffalo fan, displays his “Go Big Red” fabric design in September 1972. He gave his design idea to an artist at Inwood Knitting Mills to produce the cotton jersey fabric. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Omaha schools were not the only ones bursting at the seams due to increased enrollments as school started in September 1957. Crescent 7, a one-room schoolhouse on Lime Kiln Road north of Council Bluffs, had a similar situation with 35 children enrolled. The school normally had 15 to 20 pupils. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Band, from left, Bob Jenkins of Omaha, Terry Tegtmeier of Omaha and Dennis Dodge of Hebron, Nebraska, find extra protection from the rain under their drums on Oct. 3, 1981. The Huskers defeated Auburn 17-3 in the 115th sellout game in Memorial Stadium. THE WORLD-HERALD

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Traffic crept along on Oct. 31, 1941, after a layer of snow fell. This view is looking west from the intersection of Dodge Street and Turner Boulevard. THE WORLD-HERALD

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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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