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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:   Billboards

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

Date:  undated; undated

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

Roadside billboard advertising for Esso, reminding motorists to have their cars checked during the fall season at Esso. Sign reads "For the fall check-up see your Esso dealer." Pictures an older man portraying a doctor holding a stethoscope to a bare chested boy wearing a football helmet.

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    Title:   Billboards

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

    Date:  undated; undated

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

    Roadside billboard located in a grassy sandy lot next to a street advertising Florsheim shoes. Business name of Lewis & Blanchard appears at the bottom of the sign. To the extreme right is a white wooden entry-type gate. Undated but may be 1920s. Location unknown but may be lower Main Street in Burlington.

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      Title:   Billboards

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

      Date:  undated; undated

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      Close-up of the roadside billboard advertising Esso. Focus is on an older man portraying a doctor holding a stethoscope to a bare chested boy wearing a football helmet.

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        Title:   Billboards

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

        Date:  1945

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        Coca Cola billboard advertising sign painted on the side of a brick building. 1953-58

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          Title:   Billboards

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

          Date:  1948-1949

          Resource type:   photographs

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

          Two 1950s billboards. The one on the left is sponsored by Royer Motor Company located at 173 St. Paul Street, Burlington, Vermont. The other advertises Yankee Doodles pastries by Drake's.

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            Title:   Burlington - Street Views

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

            Date:  1945-1946

            Resource type:   photographs

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

            1945/1946 photo of Flynn Ave and Shelburne Road. Damaged sign advertising "Oakledge Manor on Lake Champlain".

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              Title:   Burlington - Street Views

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

              Date:  1945-1946

              Resource type:   photographs

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

              1945/1946 view of Flynn Ave and Shelburne Road, Burlington, Vermont. Damaged sign advertising "Oakledge Manor on Lake Champlain".

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                Title:   Burlington Streets: Colchester Ave

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

                Date:  undated; undated

                Resource type:   photographs

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                Undated photo but may be late 1920s (1928-1929). View is at the base of Colchester Ave looking up the hill with Lower Winooski Road (Riverside Ave) to the right. Automobiles line up in the intersection. To the far right are billboards and an abandoned trolley car. The cable running across the photo may be for the no longer used trolley. Construction crew works on street pavement.

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                  Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

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

                  Date:  undated

                  Undated but may be 1929 or early 1930s repaving after removal or covering up of trolley tracks. To the left is a filling station and billboard signs advertising Chesterfield (cigarettes?) and the Sherwood Hotel. City street dept workmen lay fill and steamroll asphalt. Houses line the ridge towering in background.

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                    Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

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

                    Date:  undated

                    Undated but may be 1929 or early 1930s showing completed repaving project by the city street dept after the trolley tracks have been removed or covered up. View is looking towards Winooski from Burlington. To the right is the Riverside Service Station (No. 152) selling Socony gasoline. Billboards line one embankment. Colchester Ave runs along the ridge towering in the background. To the left is the Fairview Garage at 110 Riverside.

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                      Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

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

                      Date:  undated

                      Undated photo (1929 or early 1930s?) of Riverside Ave showing road construction project by the city street dept crew. Billboards are seen in the background including one advertising Lucky Strike cigarettes. Filling station seen to the left may be Fairview Garage of 110 Riverside Ave.

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                        Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

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

                        Date:  undated

                        Undated photo (1929 or early 1930s?) of timber barrier constructed along embankment of Riverside Ave. Billboards are seen across the road. One advertises a new two-door sedan at a new lower price. To the right is the Fairview Garage filling station at 110 Riverside Ave.

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                          Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

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

                          Date:  1931

                          Undated but may be 1929 or early 1930s view of Riverside Ave. before road construction by the Burlington Street Dept. To center right is Fairview Garage at 110 Riverside Ave. Billboards can be seen on the hillside.

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                            Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.(4X5)

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

                            Date:  undated

                            Undated view of Riverside Ave with the Fairview Garage on the far left. A billboard advertising the New Sherwood Hotel in Burlington, Vt can be seen.

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                              Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.(4X5)

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

                              Date:  undated

                              Undated view of Burlington Street Dept crew paving Riverside Ave. The crew form a line across the road as they spread surface material. A team of white horses stand to the left. The Riverside Service Station is to the right. Billboards line the hillside behind. In the distance is the Fairview Garage.

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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:  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:   Landscapes

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

                                    Date:  undated

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    Advertising sign in hayfield with barns in the distance. Sign reads: Florsheim Shoes afoot means comfort ahead, Lewis & Blanchard, Burlington.

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                                      Title:   Landscapes - Unidentified

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

                                      Date:  1948-1949

                                      Resource type:   photographs

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      1940s photo of the back side of a billboard along with abandoned cars, what looks like a clothes line and a small shed (looks like a dog house).

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                                        Title:   Oakledge, Burlington, VT

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

                                        Date:  1945-1946; 1945-1946

                                        1945/1946 photo of Flynn Ave and Shelburne Road, looking northeast. Damaged sign advertising "Oakledge Manor on Lake Champlain". The Elizabeth Lund Home, 346 Shelburne Rd., can be seen through the trees. (Can anyone identify this type of automobile?)

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                                          Title:   Road Construction

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

                                          Date:  1928-09-10

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          September 10, 1928. Road crew and a huge machine work along a stretch of road. Dozens of cloth bags containing construction material are seen lined up. Billboards in the distance advertise Atwater Kent radios, Graham Paige and a fuel company for coal and oil.

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                                            Title:   Road Construction

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

                                            Date:  1928-09-10

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                                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                            September 10, 1928. An end of a strip of road being constructed is seen as workmen apply a road surface. Billboards are in the distance along with a sign for "Tourists."

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                                              Title:   Road Construction

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

                                              Date:  1928-09-10

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                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              September 10, 1928. Workmen, bags of cement, trucks, machinery and road side billboards all are seen at this road construction site. On the photo's left side is seen strung lines to plumb the straight edge of the road side.

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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:   Winooski, VT - Winooski River and Mills (Panormama: 7 Photos numbered left to right)

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

                                                  Date:  undated

                                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                  Undated but may be 1920s (or earlier) view of Riverside Ave (Lower Winooski Road), Burlington. Billboard along side of road advertises White's Vermont Velvet Ice Cream made by White's Pure Milk Products located at 21 Church Street, Burlington, Vt. ; A. R. White proprietor. Photo 7 of seven part panoramic view.

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