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Shoppers crowd into downtown Brandeis store for final closing sale in 1980

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From the Archives: Shoppers crowd into downtown Brandeis store for final closing sale in 1980

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Cowboy Dick Kinsler, 10, perches on the base of an old elm tree on July 2, 1946. The tree was in front of the Florence Bank and is believed to have been planted by the first cashier, J.D. Brisbin, when the bank opened in 1856. It was 6 feet at the base. It was ordered to be razed in 1946 because the city forester pronounced it dangerous. THE WORLD-HERALD

From the Archives: Elm tree in front of Florence Bank dwarfs little cowboy

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From the Archives: Johnny Carson draws a crowd at Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack in 1969

From the Archives: Johnny Carson draws a crowd at Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack in 1969

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Elvis performs at Omaha's City Auditorium weeks before his death

From the Archives: Elvis performs at Omaha's City Auditorium weeks before his death

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From the Archives: '100-year storm' hits Omaha in 1964

From the Archives: '100-year storm' hits Omaha in 1964

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Jerry Shotkoski, 14, catches a glimpse of photographer Ed Rath just as he left the high diving platform at Hitchcock pool in August 1976. ED RATH/THE WORLD-HERALD

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E.L. Tripp sprays DDT around the Livestock Exchange building to control the fly population on May 17, 1947. Many other areas in the yards and buildings around were sprayed to control the loss of livestock caused by the flies. MARTIN KOTRBA/THE WORLD-HERALD

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From the Archives: Kids pour out of Omaha's Webster School to start 1949 summer vacation

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From the Archives: Kids pour out of Omaha's Webster School to start 1949 summer vacation

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From the Archives: Packed streetcar hauls young businesswomen in town for Beta Sigma Phi convention

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From the Archives: Douglas County polio vaccination program begins

From the Archives: Douglas County polio vaccination program begins

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From the Archives: \Things get rowdy at Elmwood Park on a lovely spring day in 1979

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From the Archives: \Things get rowdy at Elmwood Park on a lovely spring day in 1979

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From the Archives: Long hours, long lines at post office for late tax filers

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Thousands gather to see cowboy movie star Tom Mix in Omaha in 1928

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Omaha grocer displays World War II rationing rules – 2 pounds of meat per week

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Easter Sunday ended tragically in Omaha in 1913. A powerful tornado swept through town that evening and killed 94 people. More than 3,000 buildings were damaged, and the property damage was estimated at $3.5 million. This photo is looking north on 24th Street from Erskine Street. THE WORLD-HERALD

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“It’s great to be Irish every day, but it’s even better today.” Those were the words of 8-year-old George Ireland on March 17, 1970. That’s his sister, Kathleen, then 6, giving him a little help with his hat. At the time, the youngsters lived with their parents on South 16th Street in Omaha. And, by the way: They attended nearby St. Patrick School.

From the Archives: 'It’s great to be Irish every day, but it’s even better today'

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From the Archives: Omaha zoo launches $15,000 fundraising drive in 1953

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From the Archives: Pleasant Valley Cultural Society members hard at work in 1967

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From the Archives: A muddy mess at 11th and Fort in 1949

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World-Herald archive photos tell the stories of holiday displays and traditions of yesteryear.

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Photos: 'Disastrous fire' in 1905 threatened block at 11th and Howard

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Photos: 'Disastrous fire' in 1905 threatened block at 11th and Howard

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From the Archives: Omaha family sculpts impressive Puff the Magic Dragon from snow in 1976

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From the Archives: Snoopy snow sculpture after 1975 storm

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From the Archives: 1939 President’s Birthday Ball at Omaha’s City Auditorium

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From the Archives: Omaha Girl Scout cookie sale nears in 1949

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