Archives Photograph Collection

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Third Street and Jordan Avenue ?

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This image was found with the images of Elba Fickel (AB 1913). However, the image was probably taken in the mid 1940's when her daughter, Mrs. Natalie Henley York (later Mrs. Kenneth Henry Shull) was in school at IU (the clothing styles and vehicles are more typical of the 1940's and not from circa 1913). The scene seems to show the intersection of Third Street and Jordan Avenue with the image being taken just west of that point and looking toward the east (the billboard in the background would be on the southeast corner). An examination of Bloomington City directories shows that as early as 1931-32 there was a Mid-Continent Petroleum gas station located at the southwest corner and that, at the very latest, it was a Barnard's Diamond Service Station selling D-X Gasoline and oils by 1945-46 (Note the D-X sign). Also note that the same Bloomington City directories show that by 1929-1930 James E., John J. and Virginia L. Barnhard lived on the southside of Third Street just east of Maxwell and that by 1938-1939 John J. Barnhard owned the gas station on the corner of Third and Jordan. Thus, this image likely shows the intersection of Third and Jordan around 1945.

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circa 1945 ?

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Unknown Individual/s

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Mid-Continent Petroleum ?

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Barnard's Diamond Service Station ?

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D-X Oil Company


Bloomington (Downtown & General Street Scenes) ?




Bloomington ?


Indiana ?

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Third Street ?

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Jordan Avenue ?




Fickel, Elba Ameilia (Mrs. George Washington Henley)