Parades, 20th Century, Rockford, Illinois

Title

Parades, 20th Century, Rockford, Illinois

Description

A collection of photographs depicting various parades (e.g. military, Shriners, circus) in Rockford, Illinois in the twentieth century. The majority of the scenes are from the earliest decades of the century particularly several of World War I era.

Date

1918-1970

Collection Items

Celebrating the Signing of the Armistice.
With "Uncle Sam" and large U.S. flags in the middle, a crowd celebrates the ending of WWI (November 11, 1918). A sign reads "May He Rest in Hell" and United Cigar, at 202 W. State Street, is visible in the background.

Early Rockford Parade.
This unidentified parade shows a group of women on a horse-drawn wagon with U.S. flags. The structure to the left is a post office. A sign on the building next to this reads "Albion House." Note the dirt street and wooden sidewalks.

Shriners Parade.
Two Shriners in a small cart lead this parade north on Main Street at the corner of Jefferson Street. The Elks Lodge is visible at the left and Woolworths is down the street (extreme right).

Shriners on Horseback.
This parade scene depicts Shriners on horseback. The date, location, and nature of the event are unknown.

Boy Scouts Unit 37 on the March.
In this scene, Boy Scouts Unit 37 marches in a ceremony carrying flags. Steven Heck, the scout wearing glasses and not carrying a flag, is leading them behind a priest (right). Behind Heck are a keyboardist, a speaker, and an assembled crowd.

Boy Scouts Unit 37.
A black and white photograph depicting Boy Scouts (Unit 37) marching in two columns. The troop carries U.S. flags and possibly Boy Scout flags. Steven Heck is the scout closest to the camera (center) and not carrying a flag. The boys appear to be…

Shriners on Parade.
The Shriners in this parade are headed west in the 200 block of West State Street. Note the wooden sidewalks. Businesses seen are Porter's Drug Store and F. A. Freeman Wood Engraver (just left of upper center).

Camp Grant Parade - Soldiers and Nurses.
A black and white depiction of the intersection of West State and Wyman Streets showing soldiers and nurses from Camp Grant. United Cigar, 202 W. State, is visible at top left.

Frontal Parade View.
This photograph depicts an unidentified parade coming down a hill straight at the camera.

Camp Grant Parade.
A black and white photograph taken near the crowded intersection of West State and Wyman Street appears to be citizens marching behind a large U.S. flag. H. H. Waldo (a commercial establishment selling wall paper, window shades, pictures and picture…

World War I Parade.
This black and white photograph, taken near the intersection of West State and Wyman Streets, shows soldiers and nurses from Camp Grant on parade. United Cigar, 202 W. State, is visible in the upper left background.

Soldiers and Band in Legion Parade.
A military color guard leads a marching band across the State Street Bridge into the first block of W. State Street in an American Legion parade. The News Tower building in the left background is actually on the east side of the Rock River at 97-99…

Clown Band.
A photograph depicting a clown band in an unidentified parade in the first block of W. State Street. The News Tower building in the left background is actually on the east side of the Rock River at 97-99 E. State Street.

Illinois American Legion Parade.
Banners are suspended over the street in what is listed as an Illinois American Legion Parade.

G.A.R. Parade.
The onlookers pictured in this photograph are watching a G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Parade on June 12, 1929 in honor of Union soldiers of the Civil War. The building in the background proclaims Alneer Bros. seeds store, located at 116…

Military Review Stand.
This photograph displays military personnel standing in a review box draped with multi-national flags. For an additional view, see photo 85.109(I).901.64.

Cavalry on Parade.
This photograph presents soldiers saluting on horseback, followed by a color guard, and then infantry in an unknown parade.

Military Parade.
Three uniformed soldiers on horseback lead a color guard with other riders in the rear in this portion of an unidentified parade.

Riderless Horses.
A uniformed soldier on horseback leads riderless horses in this unknown parade, perhaps as homage to those who have fallen in battle.

Marching Foot Soldiers.
As these soldiers march in an unidentified parade, they look to their right with rifles shouldered while their leader salutes in the same direction.

Horse-Drawn Parade Wagons.
This photograph pictures several horse-drawn wagons in an unidentified parade.

Salute at West State and North Main Streets.
Two uniformed soldiers salute the crowds watching this unidentified parade in front of Ashton's Dry Goods at the corner of W. State and N. Main Streets.

Parade Route.
A man on the left watches the parade pass while another fellow crosses the street (center). The date, location, and nature of the parade are unknown.

Parade at Corner of State and Main Streets.
A view looking down on a parade at the corner of West State and Main Streets. Ashton Dry Goods Co., 301 W. State, is the building with the awning in the photograph's center top. Porter's Drug Store, 302 W. State, is on the left. The exact date and…

Shriner on a Camel.
In this parade photograph, one Shriner leads a camel carrying another Shriner. The unidentified parade is passing down W. State Street; notice United Cigars in the background, located at 202 W. State. The photo is actually cut from a postcard.

Main Street Parade.
This unknown parade, with onlookers crowding the sidewalks, is on Main Street. The Rockford National Bank sign and clock is on the corner of W. State and Main Streets in the Rockford Trust Building. Also seen in a second story window is the signage…

Foot Soldiers on Parade.
The uniformed soldier in front of this portion of a military parade is saluting while others march behind leading horses that may be hauling canons or perhaps caissons (chests or wagons for holding or conveying ammunition).

The Red Cross.
The group depicted, marching behind what appears to be a Red Cross banner, is made up of women in uniform. It's uncertain if they are nurses or nuns. This portion of the parade is on E. State Street, passing Rockford Printing (214-216 E. State),…

Military Marching Band.
A black and white photograph depicting a military marching band in an unidentified parade.

Soldiers on Horseback.
This photograph's long view shows rows of soldiers on horseback riding on a flag-filled street. The date and nature of the parade are unknown but is suggestive of a WWI military parade.

Saluting Riders on Horseback.
In a street filled with U.S. flags, a group of uniformed soldiers on horseback, possibly WWI era, are seen saluting in this unidentified parade. For an additional view, see photo 85.109(I).901.17.

Saluting Soldiers.
Uniformed soldiers on horseback, possibly WWI era, are seen saluting in this unidentified parade.

Military Parade.
Men in military uniforms, possibly from WWI, are depicted marching down a wide boulevard. A billiards and bowling establishment is visible in the background. The date and nature of the parade are unknown. For an additional view, see photo…

Caped Riders on Parade.
Several riders on horseback, wearing uniforms and capes, are pictured in an unidentified parade on W. State Street. In the extreme upper right of the photograph are the signs for Hunter Hardware, 407 W. State, and Keig & Stevens Bakery at 405 W.…

Military Parade.
Men in military uniforms, possibly from WWI, are depicted marching down a wide boulevard. A billiards and bowling establishment is visible in the background. The date and nature of the parade are unknown.

Parade on East State Street.
This long view, from E. State and Madison Streets, shows many rows of paraders marching east on E. State in an unidentified parade. The Hotel Chicago, 310-314 E. State, is seen on the left.

Women on Parade.
This photograph shows rows of women dressed similarly in dark, formal attire, marching in an unknown parade.

East State Street Parade.
A group of women wearing nurse uniforms are marching east on E. State Street. On the left is Rockford Printing, 214-216 E. State, next is Davis Candy Co., 218 E. State, and then the East Side Inn Cafe, 222 E. State, which is in the East Side Inn,…

West State Street Parade.
A black and white photograph depicting riders on horseback behind a horse-drawn buggy in a parade making its way down W. State Street. On the right is Barrett Bros. (Patrick H. and Michael H.), confectioners located at 409 W. State.

Shriners on Parade.
This group of Shriners is marching down West State Street with their backs to the camera. The building to the right houses E & W Clothing while further up the block (to the left) are Rockford National Bank and the Rockford Life Insurance Co., both in…

Shriners on Parade.
A black and white photograph showing Shriners marching in a parade; the date and the nature of the parade are unknown.

Shriners on Parade.
This group of Shriners is marching down West State Street with their backs to the camera. The building to the right houses E & W Clothing while further up the block (to the left) are Rockford National Bank and the Rockford Life Insurance Co., both in…

Aerial View of Military Parade.
This scene looks east on East State St. from Madison St. at a military parade. The Hotel Chicago, 310-314 E. State, can be seen on the left.

Rockford Police on Parade.
A black and white photograph depicting an unidentified Rockford parade. The men in uniform with badges are probably Rockford police officers. With band members and a trolley car behind, they are passing Deming's Dry Goods (left), 207-209 W. State…

Review Stand with Multi-National Flags.
This photograph depicts military personnel standing in a review box draped with the flags of many nations.

Riderless Horses.
In this unidentified Rockford parade, a military rider in front pulls riderless horses behind.

Military Men Dismounted During Parade.
In the middle of an unknown parade, this photograph shows two uniformed soldiers who have dismounted next to their horses.

Shriners on Parade.
With a banner in front and a marching band behind, this section of an unidentified Rockford parade displays individuals in Shriners' uniforms.

P. A. Peterson Fife & Drum Corps.
The youngsters in this unidentified parade are making music under a "P.A. Peterson" banner. Behind them is the W. F. Pitney Co. (grocers) at 329 W. State Street.

St. Mary's School in Parade.
The children in this photograph are marching with a St. Mary's School banner. With leis around their necks, the girls wear grass skirts while some of the boys appear to be playing ukuleles. Off to the left of the group is the W. F. Pitney Co.…

Review Stand with Military Personnel and Flag.
This black and white photograph depicts a large crowd gathered for an unidentified Rockford parade. There are several men in the foreground wearing hats. A review stand with military personnel and a U.S. flag are inspecting the parade before them.

Military Parade - on Foot and on Horseback.
This long view of an unidentified parade shows a few soldiers in front on horseback and columns of soldiers on foot fading far down the street.

Eye-Level with Parade.
This photograph of an unknown parade was taken at street level from behind spectators.

Horse-Drawn Buggy in Parade.
This reproduction photograph (made in April 1961) was taken during an earlier unknown parade by the looks of the clothes of the crowd. In the street, six horses pull a buggy.

Parade at Intersection of State and Main.
A view looking down on a parade at the corner of West State and Main Streets. Ashton Dry Goods Co., 301 W. State, is the building with the awning in the photograph's center top. Porter's Drug Store, 302 W. State, is on the left. The exact date and…

Marching Band on East State Street.
The musicians in this band are marching on East State Street in front of the East Side Inn, 104 N. Madison St., which is actually on the corner of East State and Madison Streets.

Costumed Children on Parade.
A group of children, wearing what appears to be animal costumes, marches in this unknown parade on West State Street as the onlookers smile and laugh at the incredible cuteness!

Costumed Figures on Parade.
This unidentified Rockford Parade depicts people in robes, turbans, and veils, some carrying a palanquin (in India and the East, a covered litter for one passenger, consisting of a large box carried on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers), in…

Parade Car.
The parade car in this photograph is decorated with U.S. flags and draped in bunting. The woman in white seated in the back is wearing a crown. The automobile is followed by a marching band. The sign on the outside of the building (top left) is for…

Uniformed Men on Parade.
The uniformed men in this unidentified parade could be Rockford police officers. The exact date and nature of the parade are unknown.
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