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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.
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 …
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…
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 Ho…
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?
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.
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.
I just happened to stumble onto these wonderful bits of nostalgia, so I don't have much background to share with you other than the character of Mary MacTo…

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