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Yesteryear

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...

YESTERYEAR: Prohibition in Evansville by Pat Sides

Amused witnesses watch in the background as Lettie Payne destroys bottles of alcoholic beverages at an unidentified site in Evansville after Prohibition went into...

Franklin Bowling Lanes by Pat Sides

This photo of the Franklin Bowling Lanes was shot in 1943, a few months after the business opened at 1801 West Franklin Street. Soldiers...

U. S. Post Office and Customs House by Pat Sides

One of the oldest buildings in downtown Evansville is the former U. S. Post Office and Customs House on NW Second Street. Completed in...

Americade Exposition by Pat Sides

Students arrive at the Evansville Coliseum on November 2, 1955, to visit the Americade Exposition, a four-day event sponsored by the National Association of...

The Evansville Store by Pat Sides

The Evansville Store opened its doors to eager shoppers on November 6, 1952, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Located at 318...

Pigeon Creek’s “Operation Houseboat” by Pat Sides

Since the late 1800s, houseboats and shacks began to appear along the banks of Pigeon Creek, from its mouth to at least Maryland Street....

Cherry Street Carnegie Library by Pat Sides

In early 1910, the West Side Business Association requested that the school board build two Carnegie libraries, one “somewhere in the West End” and...

YESTERYEAR: Hill’s Snappy Service BY Pat Sides

This small diner opened in 1941 at Main Street and Riverside Drive, not long before this photo was shot. It housed Hill’s Snappy Service...

YESTERYEAR: Evansville Museum by Pat Sides

The Evansville Museum was organized in 1904, housed in a mansion in Sunset Park that had been built about 1850. The old structure was...