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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

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Louis L. McAllister photographed people and places near Burlington, Vermont for 60 years. He was born in Columbus, Nebraska on October 16, 1876, the son of Julius S. McAllister (born 1841 in Lincoln, VT) and Rosette Gould (born in Vermont in 1851). Julius McAllister worked as a photographer and dentist in Washington D.C., Bristol, Vermont and Columbus, Nebraska. Around 1895, Julius, his third wife Amy, and their children left Nebraska for the Union Soldiers’ Colony in Fitzgerald, Georgia. By 1900, Julius and Amy were divorced, and Amy and her stepson Louis were working as photographers in Thomasville, Georgia.

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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

Published:  November 19, 2007,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (4X5's)

Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

Date:  1940-03-18

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

March 18, 1940 late winter view of Main Street in front of the Strong Theatre building. The Snow King Rotary Snow Plow is mounted on the city street dept Walter's Snow Fighter Truck as it performs snow removal. Note the movie marque at the Strong, "The Marines Fly High" starring Richard Dix and Chester Morris.

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    Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (4X5's)

    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

    Date:  undated

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

    Undated (may be late 1920s or early 1930s) overhead view of the continuation of asphalt application over the old brick pavement on Main Street between South Winooski Ave. and Church Street. Note the old trolley car tracks which are being covered up. Cable wires are still strung and barely visible overhead. On the right is the Post Office. Further up the street is the Strong Theatre building.

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      Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Lower)

      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

      Date:  1929-09-01

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      Sept. 1, 1929. View of Main Street looking east up the hill from intersection of Church Street. Note the old trolley car tracks and overhead wires, also uneven and worn condition of the old brick pavement. This picture was taken just before constructing the new asphalt pavement by the city street dept., using the old brick pavement as a base. Parked cars and businesses line both sides of the street. On the right is the Strong Theatre with a sign along one side of the building advertising "Vermont home of Chilton Paint Co." In the distant center of photo a car cruises through the intersection of Main and South Winooski Ave.

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        Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

        Date:  1938; 10-07

        December 7, 1938 View of South Winooski Ave. looking north as Burlington Street Dept. crew do road work. Rollers are smoothing down the surface as men stand by with shovels. To the right is a sign reading Ben's Dinette located between Main and King Street. To the left up the street is the back of the Strong Theater.

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          Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

          Date:  1938; 12-07

          December 7, 1938 View of South Winooski Ave. looking to Main Street as Burlington Street Dept. crew do road work. Rollers are smoothing down the surface as men stand by with shovels. To the right is a sign reading Ben's Dinette located between Main and King Street at 164 So Winooski. To the left up the street is the back of the Strong Theater. Also to the left is the small white building of William R. Daley's lunch cart at No. 175.

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            Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

            Date:  undated

            Undated but may be 1939 view of So. Winooski Ave. looking south at the intersection of Main Street. To the left men work on street construction project near the corner Herbert Auto Service at 204-206 So. Winooski selling Gulf. To the right is the Strong Theater building and Strong Hardware at 205-207 So. Winooski. A two story tall billboard structure is seen to the west side of the auto service store.

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              Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

              Date:  undated

              Undated photo of two men with snowplow on skids attached to a Holt tractor so the plow could be pulled. Location is So. Winooski Ave. at the intersection of Main Street. Directly behind is the the Strong building with Strong Hardware Co. at 205-207 Main and a sign also advertising Burlington Motor Sales occupying the first floor.

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                Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                Date:  1939; 08-15

                August 15, 1939. So. Winooski Ave. looking south from intersection of Main Street after Plant-Mix asphalt pavement with an average of one and one-half inches of hot asphalt binder course or leveling course and two inch wearing surface of American Bitumuls laykold mixture had been placed and the street opened to traffic. Sign to the left near a two story billboard structure states P.W.A. Federal Works Agency Public Works Administration Street Improvements. Billboards advertise Ritz Crackers and Chesterfield Cigarettes. Strong building on the corner to the right.

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                  Title:   Portraits, groups, unidentified

                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                  Date:  undated

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  A group of men stand in front of what was to become UVM's Royall Tyler Theater on campus in Burlington. It wasn't a theater at the time of this photo. It was a gymnasium. Undated but may be 1920s, 1930s.

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                    Title:   Strong Theatre (Burlington, VT)

                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                    Date:  1946-1947; 1946-1947

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    1946 photo of the Strong Building, home of Strong Hardware Co. and the Strong Theatre, as well as a drugstore and ice cream shop. Date on the building is 1902. The marquee reads: Abbott and Costello: "The Naughty Nineties," with Alan Curtis. (The movie came out in 1945.) The building was destroyed by arson in 1970, and rubble at the site was used to help build the Burlington bike path.

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                      Title:   Strong Theatre (Burlington, VT)

                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                      Date:  1946-1947; 1946-1947

                      Resource type:   photographs

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                      1946 photo of the Strong Building, home of Strong Hardware Co. and the Strong Theatre, as well as Brown's Pharmacy and ice cream shop. Date on the building is 1902. The marquee reads: Abbott and Costello: "The Naughty Nineties," with Alan Curtis. (The movie came out in 1945.) The building was destroyed by arson in 1970, and rubble at the site was used to help build the Burlington bike path.

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                        Title:   Theatricals

                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                        Date:  undated

                        Resource type:   photographs

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                        View from the theater balcony of a stage production with an elabotate setting. Cast members are assembled on the lush furniture in the living room set.

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                          Title:   Theatricals

                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                          Date:  undated

                          Resource type:   photographs

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          Photo of a production cast sitting on stage in costume assembled in front of an elaborate stage setting.

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                            Title:   Theatricals

                            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                            Date:  1944; 1944

                            Resource type:   photographs

                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                            1944 photo of 18 girls all dressed alike in long dresses are on stage. They pose with stretched pieces of cloth that when viewed seem to form 6 pointed "snowflakes." Winter pageant or performance tableau? Photo #3. See also mcalB18F34i05

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                              Title:   Theatricals

                              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                              Date:  1945; 1945

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              1944 or 1945 photo of a large group of people on stage; women in long gowns, men in black bow ties and white jackets, Boy Scouts kneeling in front with a sailor.

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                                Title:   Theatricals

                                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                Date:  1944; 1944

                                Resource type:   photographs

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                1944 or 1945 photo of a large group of people on stage; women in long gowns, men in black bow ties and white jackets, Boy Scouts kneeling in front with a sailor.

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                                  Title:   Theatricals

                                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                  Date:  1944; 1944

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  A dark 1944 photo of 18 girls all dressed alike in long dresses on stage. They pose with stretched pieces of cloth that when viewed seem to form 6 pointed "snowflakes." Winter pageant or performance tableau? Photo #2? See also mcalB18F34i05

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                                    Title:   Theatricals

                                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                    Date:  1945-1946

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    1945 / 1946. Three women actors of a dramatic production pose in period dress in a living room setting with a fireplace. Two women wear hanging ribbon like badges. One woman sits in a rocking chair.

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                                      Title:   Trinity College - Sports & Activities

                                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                      Date:  1957

                                      Resource type:   photographs

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      1957 Trinity College students singing a duet onstage, dressed in sailor outfits. Mann Hall stage. Photo #16?

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                                        Title:   Trinity College - Sports & Activities

                                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                        Date:  1957

                                        Resource type:   photographs

                                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                        1957 Two sailor-suited performers on the Trinity College stage. Mann Hall stage. Photo #17?

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                                          Title:   UVM Groups

                                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                          Date:  undated

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          8 men in front of the former gymnasium (built 1901), now the Royall Tyler Theatre, which has a restored entrance way but the same arabesque detail on both sides. Athletes seem to be runners. Photo #9.

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