From the Archives: New Year’s Eve

This week is a look at New Year’s celebrations of long ago.

Dec. 30, 1939

Festivities in the ballroom of the Paxton Hotel included the typical New Year’s Eve hats and dancing to the music of Dusty Rhodes and his band.

 

Dec. 31, 1945

Unidentified soldiers and others raise a New Year’s toast to the camera.

 

Dec. 31, 1960

Mary Floersch previews noisemakers and hats for her celebration.

 

Dec. 30, 1982

This caption read: “Bonnie Glasford … and some noisemakers and foofaraw awaiting midnight chimes.” Foofaraw? I had to look that one up. It IS a real word!

 

Jan. 1, 1970

And then there’s the annual first baby of the New Year, a newspaper standard. The winner this year was Sonja, born to Mr. & Mrs. Carl Anderson at 12:35 at Bergan Mercy.

 

Jan. 1, 1969

This scene is similar to one I remember from my childhood. It was a given that my dad would have two or three TVs stacked in front of his La-Z-Boy recliner while checking his office football pool. Here, Ralph Capazo also is suffering from “bowl game fever!”

 

Jan. 1, 1961

Horace – the day after – seems to say it all. I wonder, does hair of the dog work in this situation? Horace was a bloodhound who belonged to Mr. & Mrs. R.K. Rutherford.

Have a wonderful new year!

Jolene McHugh

About Jolene McHugh

I was a graphic artist prior to coming to the Omaha World-Herald in 2007, and now I’m a photo imaging specialist, which means I prepare photos to print properly in the newspaper. I also have the incredibly fun task of restoring old photographs from our massive library. My favorite part of my job is getting lost in the history and stories behind the photographs. Many of the archive photos have little or no information attached, so I need to properly date and identify the people and places in them. Researching the stories is a bit like being on a historical scavenger hunt. The largest challenge I face is restoring photos we run in our books. Our newest book, “At War, At Home: The Cold War” is filled with hundreds of old photographs, and most of them small and in poor condition. I live in Omaha with my husband, one of my daughters and three very furry Maine Coon cats.
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