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Yesteryear

Yesteryear: Early Postal Service by Pat Sides

A postman pauses for the camera on an unidentified street in Evansville. Judging by the style of his uniform, as well as the unpaved...

Kratz Calliope Factory By Pat Sides

Evansville’s position on the banks of the Ohio River helped to transform a small river town into a major manufacturing city by the end...

United Hebrew Institute by Pat Sides

In the early twentieth century, the Evansville city directory listed three Jewish congregations. One was the Adath Israel congregation, which had built a new...

YESTERYEAR: Holy Trinity Church

Yesteryear by Pat Sides This view of downtown Evansville, looking towards the intersection of Vine and Third streets, is one of the earliest known images...

1937 Flood by Pat Sides

January 1937 The drought and record heat in the summer of 1936 claimed thousands of lives across the nation, but the fall and early winter...

Hodgini School of Dance

The photo of these budding ballerinas was probably taken soon after the Hodgini School of Dance opened in 1953 in the first block of...

Haynie’s Corner Fire by Pat Sides

  A crowd gathered in front of the remains of a devastating fire at Haynie’s Corner, which broke out early in the morning of March...

YESTERYEAR: Early Telephone System by Pat Sides

In 1878, the first two telephones appeared in Evansville. One was located at the Western Union Telegraph office, and the other at the St....

“Toy Town” at Sears By Pat Sides

“Toy Town” was always a hectic place during the Christmas shopping season at the Sears store in downtown Evansville. In this late 1950s image,...

Target Practice

    German soldiers practice their marksmanship at the Karshorter Racecourse, Berlin, in 1935. Cavalry soldiers of the era would condition their horses to the stimulus...

YESTERYEAR: Baynham Shoe Store by Pat Sides

Customers being fitted for new shoes in the Baynham store appear indifferent to Santa Claus, who is shopping for footwear himself in December 1937....

YESTERYEAR: DUCK SEASON

  This isn’t a prop, but a real gun that used to be commonly used in commercial waterfowl hunting. They were called “punt guns,” because...

YESTERYEAR BY PAT SIDES: White Swan Laundry

White Swan Laundry In December 1937, White Swan Laundry hired Santa to tout its delivery service as “a Christmas gift for her.” At four cents...

White Swan Laundry by Pat Sides

In December 1937, White Swan Laundry hired Santa to tout its delivery service as “a Christmas gift for her.” At four cents per pound...

The Community Center by Pat Sides

  Located at Eighth and Main Streets, this building was constructed in 1908 as a station for the Evansville and Terre Haute Railroad and later...

YESTERYEAR: The Trocadero by Pat Sides

The Trocadero, built soon after the flood of 1937 receded, was located near Dade (now Ellis) Park in an area called “no man’s land.”...

YESTERYEAR: Joe Larvo’s Restaurant By Pat Sides

In 1953, Joe Larvo opened his first restaurant after serving as chief steward and manager of the Evansville Country Club for several years. It...

Assumption Church by Pat Sides

  Less than two decades after Vanderburgh County was formed in 1818, Assumption Catholic Church was founded in downtown Evansville. The city experienced substantial growth...

Yesteryear: Mechanic Arts School By Pat Sides

In 1937, a committee of state and local officials recommended the construction of a vocational school in Evansville because of the shortage of skilled...

Fourth Street Market by Pat Sides

  For over a century, the widened blocks on Fourth Street between Chestnut and Locust were home to Evansville’s first municipal market. It was established...