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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:   Stores - Singer (Burlington, VT)

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

Date:  1952; 1952

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

1952 photo of 23 Church Street. Singer Sewing Machine Co. retail store, on the west side of Church St. Display window has several mannequins, vacuum cleaners, and an ornate "coat-of-arms" announcing Singer's 100th anniversary. See interior of store mcalB18F27i06

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    Title:   Stores - Windows - Unidentified

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

    Date:  1945; 1945

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

    "July Clearance Sale - Carnival of Bargains" (sign on upper left side of display). Four mannequins displaying children's and women's clothing, along with a stuffed camel for an exotic touch. (Store name and location unknown).

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      Title:   Stores - Windows - Unidentified

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

      Date:  1945; 1945

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      "'Coke' Fashions for the Younger Set." Window display with several mannequins wearing, presumably, "Coke" apparel. A cooler with the brand logo, and a case of the product are part of the display.

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        Title:   Stores - Windows - Unidentified

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

        Date:  1947; 1947

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        Window display of gift items for men (ties, watches, toiletries, sleep ware, etc.) has a barbershop quartet theme. Business name and location unknown.

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          Title:   Stores - Windows - Unidentified

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

          Date:  1945; 1945

          Resource type:   photographs

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

          "Here's the $64 Question" : Window display for pen & pencil sets uses "$64" question theme for a drawing to win a $64 pen & pencil set. Store name and location unknown,

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            Title:   Stores - Windows - Unidentified

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

            Date:  1945; 1945

            Resource type:   photographs

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

            "'Coke' Fashions for the Younger Set." Window display with several mannequins wearing, presumably, "Coke" apparel. A cooler with the brand logo, and a case of the product are part of the display. See also mcalB18F30i04.

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              Title:   Stores - Windows - Unidentified

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

              Date:  1953; 1953

              Resource type:   photographs

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

              "Here's the $64 Question" : Window display for pen & pencil sets uses "$64" question theme for a drawing to win a $64 pen & pencil set. Store name and location unknown. See also mcalB18F30i06.

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                Title:   Stores, Exteriors

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

                Date:  undated

                Resource type:   photographs

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                Burlington retail store for Dodge Plymouth automobiles advertising its Spring open house. A man and woman stand outside next to a car; she in fur coat; he next to her with one leg on the running board.

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                  Title:   Stores, Interiors

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

                  Date:  undated

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  Two men in front work on boats at the Champlain Marine and Realty Co. indoor shop. Two others work near work benches in the back. Three long wooden boats are seen. Banners advertise services, marine insurance, water demonstrations, Chris-Craft and Johnson Sea Horses.

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                    Title:   WCAX Radio

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

                    Date:  1945

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    1945 billboard advertising WCAX radio 620 on the dial. Shown are names, radio personalities and some of the programs broadcast.

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                      Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                      Date:  1945

                      Resource type:   photographs

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                      Store window display promoting the sale of War Bonds and American values, as expressed in the "Four Freedoms" paintings by Norman Rockwell. Other items on display have some connection to World War II and the war effort.

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                        Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                        Date:  1944

                        Resource type:   photographs

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                        1944 poster display in store window, perhaps at a travel agency, touting the effectiveness of War Bonds and promoting further sales. Words and phrases used: "Ravaged," [several European countries] "at peace," "No surrender," and "They can take only our bodies!"

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                          Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                          Date:  1944

                          Resource type:   photographs

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          1944 Three women standing behind what appears to be a War Bonds sales counter (location unknown). Patriotic background has slogans like "Back the Attack!," "Keep 'em fighting," and "For baby's future, Buy War Bonds," a not so subtle appeal to the safety of children. A list of charitable organizations (mostly for women) competing in the purchase of bonds is posted in the upper left corner.

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                            Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                            Date:  1944

                            Resource type:   photographs

                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                            1944 photo of several men standing in front of a Railway Express Agency (REA) truck while one points at publicity for the 3rd War Bond campaign. Identity of men unknown, but they are very likely administrators and employees of REA, which had headquarters at 111 St. Paul St., Burlington.

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                              Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                              Date:  1944

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              1944 photo of several men standing in front of a Railway Express Agency (REA) truck while one points at publicity for the 3rd War Bond campaign. Identity of men unknown, but they are very likely administrators and employees of REA, which had headquarters at 111 St. Paul St., Burlington.

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                                Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                Date:  1944

                                Resource type:   photographs

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                1944 Three women standing behind what appears to be a War Bonds sales counter (location unknown). Patriotic background has slogans like "Back the Attack!," "Keep 'em fighting," and "For baby's future, Buy War Bonds," a not so subtle appeal to the safety of children. A list of charitable organizations (mostly for women) competing in the purchase of bonds is posted in the upper left corner.

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                                  Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                  Date:  1944

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  1944 photo of a store window display promoting war bonds ("Buy an Extra U.S. War Bond Now!") and heralding the 4th War Loan (or fund raising) campaign. The display also pays tribute to Poland ("a Nation Bathed in Blood") and the strength of the Polish people. One poster has "an open letter to the unconquerable (?) Poles."

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                                    Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                    Date:  1944

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    1944 photo of store (very likely Sears on Church St.; note wall advertising) customers and/or employees signing up to buy U.S. war bonds. Large poster of GI throwing a hand grenade says: "[Let The]m Have It. Buy Extra Bonds." Informal arrangement of "ordinary citizens" in an everyday setting conveys the idea that everyone can contribute to the war effort.

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                                      Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                      Date:  1944

                                      Resource type:   photographs

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      1944 photo of store (very likely Sears on Church St.; note wall advertising) customers and/or employees signing up to buy U.S. war bonds. Large poster of GI throwing a hand grenade says: "[Let 'Em Have It. Buy Extra Bonds." Informal arrangement of "ordinary citizens" in an everyday setting conveys the idea that everyone can contribute to the war effort.

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                                        Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                        Date:  1945

                                        Resource type:   photographs

                                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                        1945 photo of a store window display with portraits of war leaders, some of whom had appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Most prominent is a photo of FDR, whose portrait is placed between 2 war bonds. Below is a poster showing a battle-hardened GI saying "Next!" with an image of Japan and the Japanese flag at the bottom of the poster. Display was probably made after Victory in Europe Day (8 May 1945), thereby suggesting that Japan will be the site of the next American victory. The usual exhortation to "buy more bonds" is at the very bottom.

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                                          Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                          Date:  1945

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          1945 photo of a large store window with several panels devoted to the War Bond campaign. Date may be after May 8th, 1945 (Victory in Europe), since the four posters describe each country as being "at peace," and the "NEXT!" poster (see mcalB21F26i04), indicating Japan as the next theater to be conquered, is also on display. Total amounts raised during the 6th War Loan were announced in early Jan., 1945, so this image may have been taken a month or 2 before or after that date. Readers are encouraged to buy more bonds "for total victory and lasting peace."

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                                            Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                            Date:  1945

                                            Resource type:   photographs

                                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                            1945 photo of a rather cluttered window display promoting the 6th War Loan. Total amounts raised in the 6th War Loan were announced in early January, 1945, so much of the campaign coincided with the Christmas shopping season, which explains the "Peace on Earth" slogan and other decorations. The local or regional goal was to raise $2.4 million. Many slogans appear in this display, e.g. "On to Tokyo," "Let's finish the job!" "Let's go for the knock out blow," and "Your country is still at war. Are you?" intimating perhaps an element of complacency or overconfidence on the part of citizens. Name of store is unknown.

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                                              Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                              Date:  1944

                                              Resource type:   photographs

                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              1944 store window display promoting the 4th War Loan and paying tribute to Luxembourg. One sign reads: Tribute to the Unconquered [...]. Posters display familiar wartime graphics, and one text reads "An open letter to the American people." Intent apparently is to exhort Americans to buy more bonds by showing that countries are fighting Germany's aggression and need further support.

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                                                Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                                Date:  1944

                                                Resource type:   photographs

                                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                1944 photo of a window display dedicated to Norway under Nazi occupation ("Bathed in blood"; "ravaged") as a pitch for the 4th War Loan (war bond fundraising campaign). Posters and photos follow a format similar to the one made for Poland (see mcalB21F26i010).

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                                                  Title:   War Bond Campaign

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

                                                  Date:  1945

                                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                  1945 Christmas window display; war bond campaign with a small Christmas tree, war bond posters (one with image of General Dwight Eisenhower), war bonds.

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