The 1939 caption under this photo read, “Henfruit would seem to be a horticultural fact if this sign in front of Slater’s Egg Market at 5705 North Twenty-fourth street were taken literally. ‘Home Grown Eggs’ advertises the hand lettered sign in front.” EARLE BUNKER/THE WORLD-HERALD
This is the original Woodmen of the World Tower at 14th and Farnam Streets. This 19-story building, shown here in 1951, was the tallest building between Chicago and the West Coast at the time of its dedication in 1912. The building was replaced in 1969 with the current Woodmen tower, which is 30 stories high. THE WORLD-HERALD
This photo ran in an Omaha history feature in The World-Herald in 1953. The caption read, “This is a view taken up Capitol Avenue from about 17th Street. The old Territorial Capitol building (which became Omaha High School) can be seen in the middle. It was estimated this picture was taken about 1900 or before.” THE WORLD-HERALD
Here’s a similar view just a couple of years later. This is a 1909 postcard that shows the addition of a horse trough.
Workers paint white stripes on the road after Dodge Street was widened. This Midtown photo of 35th and Dodge Streets was taken in 1948. THE WORLD-HERALD
Potholes have always been a problem in Omaha. In1949, The World-Herald ran this photo, taken at 50th and Seward Streets. The caption read, “The street survey party… on Country Club Avenue at Fiftieth and Seward Street found the avenue had been patched so much its surfacing is now ‘all patches.’ Left to right are J. Mitchell Garrison, Omaha Improvement Commission Manager; Edwin W. Woodbridge, City Engineer; William Green, Street Commissioner; William Campen, head of Omaha Testing Laboratories; Jim Parks, City Asphalt Foreman; and Lee Davis, Street Department Foreman.” THE WORLD-HERALD
This 1949 photo was taken a little south of Midtown at 49th Street and Curlew Lane (just a block north of Grover Street.) THE WORLD-HERALD
Here’s an easy one: A 1939 photo illustration of the plot of land residents of the Cedarnole district (and others west of Fairacres) were fighting to prevent construction of a trailer and cabin camp on. The plot is south of Dodge with 72nd Street shown just beyond it. THE WORLD-HERALD
Hugh Lee Jr. takes a picture of Streetcar No. 946 at 60th and Leavenworth Streets in Omaha in this 1942 photo submitted by Richard Orr of Omaha.
The “Races of the Century” on the Associated Retailers’ Street of Gold were pedal car and tricycle races for children 3 1/2 to 6 years old held on a 100 foot long block of gold on Douglas Street, according to the June 25, 1954, World-Herald. Richard Margritz, far right, was the first-place winner with his peddle dump truck. ROBERT PASKACH/THE WORLD-HERALD
Those were all pretty easy to figure out, but here’s a couple of stumpers. These photos both ran in The World-Herald on March 18, 1939. I searched our digital archives, but only two of the editions per day were digitized from microfiche. The back of the photos had only the publication date and description of “Omaha Scenes.”
A building? A sign?
I googled barrel shaped buildings and found many similar structures all over the country (and oddly, many in Michigan). There is one that is almost identical in Douglas, Mich., and another that is similar in Grand Marais, Mich. But if you look closely, the barrel hoops are placed in different locations on the buildings. The Grand Marais bulding has doors and windows as it was built as a pickle barrel cottage for cartoonist William Donahey, who plugged a pickle company’s products in his cartoons.
I would love to find out where these last two photos were from. Have fun searching. I did! I love roadside kitsch, and my searches came up with some great stuff. Yours will too!
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.