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Greeting Card from Rockford, Illinois. ca. 1941, Rockford, Illinois, USA, Rockford, founded in 1834, is the third largest city in the state of Illinois. Population more than 85,000. Noted for its machine tool and furniture industries. Just a few miles sou
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Throwback Thursday: Rockford in 1949

I see people posting "Throwback Thursday" photos and video all over social media every week, so I went looking through the archives and happened upon a really cool, well-produced look at life in Rockford at the mid-point of the last century.

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Second Inauguration Of Abraham Lincoln
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Some Things You May Not Know About Presidential Inaugurations

As I sit at my keyboard, Donald Trump is being inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. I've heard the words "history making" several times this morning, but then again, aren't each and every one of these presidential inaugurations history making? To answer my own question, yes.

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Throwback Thursday: Dinosaur at the Mall

I first became aware of "Throwback Thursday" thanks to my wife Amy, and my daughter Molly. Those two routinely post photos from the past on social media, using using a hashtag and "TBT." Being a bit of a dinosaur myself, it took some explaining, but I got it. You've got pictures or video from the past, just gathering dust on your hard drive? It's Throwback Thursday time!

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Right Brain/Left Brain via Amazon.com
Right Brain/Left Brain via Amazon.com
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Wanna Buy a Ticket to the Rolling Stones at the Rockford Metro Centre?

Yes, I know that the Rolling Stones concert at the Rockford Metro Centre happened almost 35 years ago (the anniversary is October 1st), but, it appears you can still obtain a ticket.

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Abraham Lincoln in 1858
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Abraham Lincoln’s Visit to Rockford, and Other Lincoln Facts

The photo of Lincoln that you're looking at was taken in Beardstown, Illinois in 1858. It is supposedly one of the last (if not the very last) photos taken of Lincoln without a beard (and it was taken in Beardstown? Oh, the irony!). This photo gives you a pretty good idea of what Lincoln looked like when he visited Rockford 3 years previously, in 1855.

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Those Folks in the Past Talked Funny

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem proudly calls itself "The Oldest Inn in England." The inn purports to have opened its doors for business in 1189, and it's been going strong ever since. Their name would seem to indicate that this spot is where people began a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Except, of course, that's not at all what it means.

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First Concorde Flight for Twelve Months
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Rockford Flashback: 1985 Concorde Visit

I remember it like it was yesterday, but then again, how often does someone who is not at all rich or famous get to take a free ride on the British Airways supersonic luxury bird, The Concorde?

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Truman Waving
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Election Year Flashback: Truman in Rockford, 1948

Yesterday in this space, I shared some video of John F. Kennedy's 1960 visit to Rockford, and his speech at the Coronado (click here if you missed it). Today, we look at another Rockford visit from an earlier president, Harry S. Truman.

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Rockfords oldest house for sale
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Rockford’s Oldest House For Sale [PHOTOS]

The oldest house in Rockford for sale was built in 1866 and holds quite a bit of history.

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Vintage Illinois Tollway Videos with Mary MacToll

Remember when driving the Illinois Tollway was fun? Apparently, at one time (around 1959, when this campaign was released) it really, really was...

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