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 Jan. 21, 1958: Mayor Robert E. Meyers crowns Gerri the Giraffe as

Jan. 21, 1958: Crowning a giraffe

On Jan. 21, 1958, Mayor Robert E. Meyers crowned a giraffe the "Ambassador of Good Will" for the Sports, Vacation and Boat Show that...

January 21, 2021 1:00 am

 May 23, 1968: Moments after this picture was taken, Samantha the lion devoured the day's edition of The Journal Gazette.

May 23, 1968: A pet lion

A 70-pound lion for a house pet?

January 14, 2021 1:00 am

121800-sledders1 Dec. 18, 2000: Parenal Willcutts, top, and Zach Till, bottom, spend a day out of school in midair while hitting the slopes at Franke Park. (Journal Gazette file photo) (Clint Keller)

Catching some winter air

There's nothing to make a kid feel like a winter daredevil than fresh snow, a hill and something fast to slide down it on. Even better...

January 7, 2021 1:00 am

 March 23, 1962: George Petersen and Kevin C. Craig, students at L.C. Ward School, take a look at a robot as projects were being set up for the Northeastern Indiana Science Fair at Allen County Memorial Coliseum. (Journal Gazette file photo)

March 23, 1962: Checking out a robot

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

December 31, 2020 1:00 am

 July 30, 1959: Jackie Newberry samples one of the 400 watermelons and 200 cantaloupes provided as a starter for Harlan Days. (Journal Gazette file photo)

July 30, 1959: Sitting on a mountain of melons

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

December 31, 2020 1:00 am

 July 13, 1959: Banjo the dog stands on a slide at Fort Wayne State School Day Camp at Round Lake. (Journal Gazette file photo)

July 13, 1959: Dog climbs slide

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

December 31, 2020 1:00 am

 Jan. 1, 1975: Journal Gazette reporter Jim Wasserman emerges from the St. Joseph River after taking his polar bear splash. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Jan. 1, 1975: Reporter tries polar bear splash

Polar bear dips in the city's rivers have been a New Year's Day tradition for many years. In 1975, Journal Gazette reporter Jim...

December 24, 2020 1:00 am

 Aug. 13, 1965: The Penn South Fire Department from St. Joseph County, foreground, won the state waterballing championship in matches played outside the Allen County Courthouse during a state firefighters convention in the city. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Aug. 13, 1965: Waterballing match outside Courthouse

On Aug. 13, 1965, six teams took part in the state championship matches for waterballing on Court Street just east of the Allen County...

December 17, 2020 1:00 am

 Sept. 4, 1958: Crews work on dismantling the Spy Run Avenue steel bridge. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Sept. 4, 1958: Spy Run steel bridge torn down

In 1958, the old Spy Run Avenue steel bridge, which had recently been replaced by what is now the Samuel Bigger Bridge just north of the...

December 10, 2020 1:00 am

 Aug. 17, 1966: Construction worker Robert Walker eats his lunch on what would become the 12th floor of a building in what is now the Three Rivers Apartments complex. (Journal Gazette file photo)

Aug. 17, 1966: Lunch with a view

If you go high enough, you can get quite a view.

December 3, 2020 1:00 am

  • Have fun suggesting captions for these photos
  • Nov. 16, 1930: Lincoln Bank Tower opens
  • Nov. 24, 1954: Downtown prepares to unveil Christmas decorations
  • June 18, 1980: Sandblasting the library – or filming for 'Star Wars'?
  • April 28, 1967: Fishing from a crane
  • History Journal: Eisenhower among presidential hopefuls to campaign in area
  • A Zombie Walk down memory lane
  • Oct. 18, 2005: Cleaning out a pumpkin
  • July 21, 1967: Water ballet rehearsal
  • July 23, 1966: Covering snake story