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This interior shows an unidentified General/Dry Goods store located at 221 E. State Street.

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A group of ladies are pictured in what might be Swanson's Millinery Shop, located at 404 E. State Street. The store was owned and operated by sisters Jennie R. and Nellie C. Swanson.

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This very faded, sepia-toned photograph depicts men and women working at Clark Printing Co., 100 W. State Street.

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This could be a photograph of Swanson's Millinery, 404 E. State Street. If so, the two women might be Misses Jennie R. and Nellie C. Swanson, proprietors.

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Workers are pictured outside Rockford Wholesale Grocery, 112-120 Water St., Rockford IL.

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Ethel Short is behind the counter working at Keig's Bakery, 405 W. State Street.

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A man sits reading a document while a woman stands at a business machine in this photograph of the Allen Ice Cream Company office at 327 S. Winnebago in Rockford IL.

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A photograph depicting two men and a woman in the C. M. & G. (Chicago, Milwaukee, & Gary) Railway office in the 800 block of 7th Street.

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Office workers and young courier boys are pictured in the Western Union Telegraph Co. office, located at 216 S. Main Street.

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The young lady with the stylish hat in this photograph is standing in the dry goods store at 510 7th Street owned by Anton Hill and G. E. Ekeberg.

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This appears to be a much cleaner and clearer black and white reprint of photo 2016.1.24b showing an unknown business office with several men working at their desks.

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This very faded, sepia-toned photograph depicts an unknown business office with several men working at their desks. For an additional and better view, see photo 2016.1.24a.

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This photograph showing customers and clerks could be Swanson's Millinery, 404 E. State St., Misses Jennie R. and Nellie C. Swanson, proprietors.

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This interior shot of Beale Jewelry Store at 406 East State Street, Rockford, shows brothers Joe and Art Beale standing behind counters on either side of the store.

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This interior photograph of an unidentified store at 221 E. State Street shows the furniture and fixtures on display.

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The interior of Hickey's Confectionery, located at 125 W. State St., shows a cash register, soda fountain, candy counters, and waiters.

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This unidentified store is located at 221 E. State Street.

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This photograph shows busy employees at the Western Union Telegraph Co. office, located at 216 S. Main Street.

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The employees at the Western Union Office, 216 S. Main St., look at the camera as this photograph was taken on November 24, 1947. On the back of the photo, the employees are listed; there is even a list of those who were absent.

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A large group of 25 women, most likely employees, pose for the camera in the Third National Bank located at 401 E. State Street. In the background at the right is a plaque listing the directors' names.

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A group of 15 women, most likely employees, pose for the camera in the Third National Bank located at 401 E. State Street. In the background at the right is a plaque listing the directors' names.

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The expansive marbled hall in this photograph is festooned with flowers. The back of the photo is labeled "Bank - Grand Opening," but it fails to mention the date or the bank's name.

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A man and a woman pose behind the counter of what appears to be a general store. The identities of the people and the business are unknown.

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This photograph shows the interior of the Fay Lewis & Brothers store, wholesale and retail cigars, tobacco, and smoking articles, at 312-314 W. State Street. Notice the spittoons on the floor and the panoramic hunting scene circling the top of the…

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A photographer prepares to shoot pictures of what appear to be artist renderings or schematic drawings. The location, the name of the business, and the nature of the photographs and their subject matter are unknown.

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While one man photographs machine parts another arranges miniature airplanes to be photographed. The location and the purpose of these pictures are not known.

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The photographer on a raised platform takes pictures of tools on a table below. The company and its products are unknown.

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Four employees labor in an unidentified workshop in this photograph.

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"Hunt's Dragons Blood" is on the two workmen's hats and on the cans underneath the table to the right. The employees appear to be examining plates; perhaps this is a printing business of some sort.

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This photograph shows what might be the celebratory dinner in honor of Valspar's 160th anniversary in the ballroom at the Faust Hotel, 618-634 E. State St. at 4th Street. For an additional view and more information, see photo 2008.14.1.

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Black and white interior view of what may be Ward-Stilson Co., located at 705 National Bank Building. Women's clothing hangs on racks on the sales floor while hats and mirror stations fill the center. "Wards Gift City" can be seen on the pillars.

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This photograph displays the ornate lobby of the Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St., Rockford IL. On the left is a board showing theater attractions.

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Three women stand beside the merchandise in the Feld's Frocks store, located at 110 W. State Street. The woman on left is identified as Aubrey, and the woman on the right is Mildred Richard. The woman in the middle is Lucille J. Edwards, manager. The…

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This black and white photograph is of an aisle inside the Piggly Wiggly Food-O-Mat. Hundreds of jars and cans are visible on the shelves. The signs read: "ckles ([pickles]), Preserves-Jelly, Canned Fruits, Canned Fruits-Juices, Canned…

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This black and white photograph depicts the inside of an unidentified restaurant's dining area.

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Black and white photograph of four men holding a painting, taken at the Faust Hotel, 618-634 E. State St. at 4th Street. Valspar Corporation, founded in 1806, is celebrating its 160th anniversary. The man on the far left is Ben Schleicher, mayor of…

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A photograph showing the interior of the Drake Room at the Hotel Nelson, located at 306 S. Main Street. Above the bar is artwork depicting windmills, and the wine lists on the tables identify the location as the Hotel Nelson's Drake Room.

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This sepia-toned photograph displays the interior of an unidentified butcher shop with three men and one woman behind the counter and two children in coats in front of the counter.

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A black and white photograph depicting employees in the well-stocked J. B. Bartlett Grocery Store located at 902 Grant Avenue in Rockford IL.

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This photograph shows several women exhibiting the hats for sale in Anton Hill's Millinery Shop at 404 E. State Street.

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A black and white photograph believed to be taken at Lewis C. Herbert Billiards, located at 208 S. Main St., Rockford IL. The assembled crowd is there to see Willie Hoppe play pool. Hoppe may be the gentleman in the white shirt at the pool table. For…

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A black and white photograph believed to be taken at Lewis C. Herbert Billiards, located at 208 S. Main St., Rockford IL. The assembled crowd is there to see Willie Hoppe play pool. Hoppe may be the gentleman in a white shirt seated by the far corner…

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This photograph depicts the interior of an unknown barber shop. A mustachioed-man reclines in a chair attended by a barber while another barber sits in a chair looking at the camera.

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A black and white photograph believed to be taken at Lewis C. Herbert Billiards, located at 208 S. Main St., Rockford IL. The man wearing the white shirt at the pool table is Willie Hoppe. The gentleman in the center in vest and bow tie may be Lou…

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This black and white photograph is believed to be Lewis C. Herbert Billiards, located at 208 S. Main St., Rockford IL. Cigars are being sold from a display counter at the right, several men pose around billiard tables in the back, and a man stands…

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Two men and a young boy are pictured behind the counter of an unidentified shoe repair shop. In the 1920 Rockford City Directory, over 30 shoe repair shops are listed. For an additional view, see photo 83.45.79.

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This interior is of an unidentified shoe repair shop. A young man wearing an apron is behind the store's counter surrounded by shoes and the tools of his trade. In the 1920 Rockford City Directory, over 30 shoe repair shops are listed.

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Pictured inside Ingrassia Cash Grocery, located at 1130 S. Main St., are (left to right) Salvatore Ingrassia, Nunzio, who was known as Dell, and young Ted behind the counter.

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This black and white photograph depicts the inside of Carl August Ahlstrand's Meat Market, located at 102 7th Street. Ahlstrand, born October 18, 1861 in Skovelz, Sweden, came to Rockford in 1885 and operated the meat market for over forty years.…

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Five men are working in what appears to be some kind of printing shop. The names of the employees, the business, and its location are unknown. Photographs of automobiles can be seen in the left foreground.

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A black and white photograph showing a seated telephone company employee overseen by a supervisor. The Illinois Bell Telephone Co. was located at 216 N. Main Street in downtown Rockford IL.

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Rockford Insurance was on the sixth floor…

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This stylish black and white photograph displays a modernistic kitchen and living area typical of the futuristic-looking 1960s, compliments of the Jackson Custom Cabinetry Co., 1011 E. River Lane.

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A color photograph depicting the inside of Beale's Jewelry, 406 E. State St., where a man stands by the counter. There are several photos of the outside of the store in the 20th Century Business Exteriors collection.

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The inside of this store looks like the 221 E. State Street location, the site of the Norris Art Shop in the 1920s (exterior photos of this store can be found in the Business Exteriors 20th Century Collection). For additional views of businesses at…

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A photograph depicting the huge stage and the expansive hall that comprised the Tebala Temple building at 327 N. Main Street.

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This photograph of the hat display in the Freberg Millinery storefront window was taken on the opening day of the business. Freberg's was located at 514 7th Street.

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The workers in this photograph are installing equipment at the electrical plant at 101-113 Chestnut Street in Rockford IL.

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Of the two men pictured at Beale's Jewelry counter in this photograph, the one on the left in the suitcoat is most likely Bill Beduze, sales rep, mentioned on the back of the photo.

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This color photograph shows a glass display counter in what is possibly Beale's Jewelry Store, located at 406 E. State Street.
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