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The South Sound Photo Album appears as a daily feature in The News Tribune. Photographs are selected by the Photography Curator of the Northwest Room from the extensive Photography Archives collection of the Tacoma Public Library. If you have comments or questions please fill out the "feedback" form using the link at the bottom of this page.
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SERIES:   A55957- 3
DATE:   01-26-1951
DESCRIPTION:   Originally built as a three story building in 1903, the Rhodes Brothers Department Store at 950 Broadway had two stories and a roof garden added in 1911; the building continued to undergo considerable remodeling through the years. To modernize the front of the store, a new facade was added at the end of the 1940s. The facade was removed in 1980 when the building was bought by the University of Puget Sound and became home to the Norton Clapp Law Center. In the early days, in an effort to bring more trade into Tacoma from the outside, the Rhodes brothers came up with the idea of highway signs, Washington's first. The signs claimed "All Roads lead to Rhodes" and gave the number of miles to Tacoma. These signs were erected as far south as the Columbia river and into southwest Washington and the Grays Harbor areas. In the days when there were few automobiles, these signs became landmarks.
IMAGETYPE:   Black & White
ADDRESS:   950 Broadway
SUBJECTS:   Rhodes Brothers Department Store (Tacoma); Department stores--Tacoma--1950-1960;
COLLECTION:   Richards Studio Collection
PRINTTYPE:   Fiber base-Glossy
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