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The Toledo Troopers Digital Collection is Growing!

Beverly Severance, former middle linebacker for the Toledo Troopers during their 1974 and 1975 seasons, recently loaned her personal collection to the Local History and Genealogy Department for digitization. The first item of her collection is a 1975 photograph of Toledo Troopers Coach Bill Stout driving a convertible with five players in an East Toledo Parade. The players include, from left to right, Pam Schwartz, Mitchi Collette, Sheila Browne, Beverly Severance and Dorothy Parma. Two of the additional items are visible in the photograph. The vintage t-shirt is nearly identical to the one she is wearing in the photo. A mini souvenir football, like the ones the players were throwing to the crowd, is another item. Her collection also includes her portrait in uniform, number 53.

Samples from Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s Toledo Troopers Online Exhibit

Photo of Beverly Severance - Toledo Troopers 1970s

Beverly Severance photograph, 1970s

This colored photograph belongs to Beverly Severance. It is her portrait taken during the time she played middle linebacker for the Toledo Troopers, number 53, during the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

 

Photo of a Toledo Troopers souvenir football - 1970s

Toledo Troopers souvenir football, 1970s

This miniature, souvenir football belongs to Beverly Severance. It is yellow with green lettering, and “Toledo Troopers; League Champions, National Women’s Football” is printed on it. Footballs like this one were thrown to the crowd in the parade in which Beverly, some of her teammates, and her coach were photographed in. The footballs are also visible in the photograph that is a part of Beverly’s collection. She played middle linebacker, number 53, for the Toledo Troopers for the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

Toledo Troopers - Vintage T-Shirt 1970s

Toledo Troopers vintage t-shirt, 1970s

This vintage, Toledo Troopers t-shirt belongs to Beverly Severance. It is white with green print. Beverly played middle linebacker for the Toledo Troopers during the 1974 and 1975 seasons as number 53. The t-shirt is similar to the one in which she was photographed with her teammates and coach in a 1975 parade in East Toledo.

 


Beverly’s loan enriches the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s digital collection that several other Toledo Troopers have also generously loaned their items to, in order to record their incredible history. They include: Guy Stout (former waterboy and son of Coach Bill Stout), and former players Mitchi Collette, Pam Hardy Fisher, Linda Jefferson, Gloria Jimenez, and Eunice White. The entire collection can be viewed at Ohio Memory.

Toledo Troopers Logo

Toledo Troopers Movie and More

If you haven’t heard of the Toledo Troopers yet, get ready to hear a lot more about them! During their nine-year existence from 1971 through 1979, they won seven national championships and held an impressive record that boasted only four games lost out of sixty-eight played. They were recognized in 1983 as the “Winningest Pro Football Team Ever” by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Be on the lookout for …

A book by Steve Guinan, titled “Perfect Season.”

The Ohio History Connection in Columbus, Ohio, is planning an exhibit highlighting Ohio’s contributions to sports that will open on March 16, 2019, which will include the Toledo Troopers.

A documentary is also in the works, by Communica – check out the trailer.

 

Originally posted by Gayle H. on ToledoLibrary.org/blog/our-online-toledo-troopers-exhibit-is-growing

 

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Knowledge Wins: Highlighting TLCPL’s World War I Poster Collection

One hundred years ago at 11 am on the 11th of November 1918 a ceasefire was declared ending what is now known as World War I. The peace treaty that officially ended the war, The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. The war began in 1914 after an assassination and alliances pitted the major European players against each other. The United States formally entered the conflict on April 6, 1917 but American soldiers were not part of any significant combat until the spring of 1918. All aspects of life in the United States was geared to the war effort. The poster was the single most important means of mass communication and was a major tool used to garner support and boost morale. It was used by all sides of the conflict. The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is lucky to have a collection of these posters most of which have been in its collection since they were created.

The style and format of the posters vary, some were created by well-known artists of the time while others were strictly informative. Many were designed to stir emotions to get the viewer to supply money for the effort, conserve resources or to volunteer to fight. The process used to create the poster, three stone color lithography allowed the printing of large numbers at a relatively low cost.

Knowledge Wins, Public Library Books are Free - World War I poster - American Library Association

The first poster illustrated here is titled “Knowledge Wins” showing a soldier leaving the trenches of Europe and his weapons behind. He’s looking across the Atlantic towards an American city and the bridge that will take him there. The bridge is paved with library books, which is symbolic of the knowledge found there that often leads to success! This poster was created for the American Library Association’s War Service Committee in 1918 after designs by Dan Smith (1865-1934) a noted illustrator of the time.

Look forward to future posts highlighting other World War I posters in our collection.

Originally posted by Edward H. on ToledoLibrary.org/blog/knowledge-wins-highlighting-tlcpls-world-war-i-poster-collection

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Historical Images, Right in Your Twitter Feed

The Local History and Genealogy department of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library now has a Twitter handle dedicated exclusively to delivering a new historical image from our digital collections to the public on a daily basis. These images might be historical photographs of Toledo and Lucas County, items from our special collections, maps, architectural drawings or anything else of interest from our Local History and Genealogy department.

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Upcoming Historical Images from Our Digital Collections

The image below is from the book, “Toledo, the convention city,” published in 1910 and filled with wonderful images of the city from near the turn of the century.

Shelter House Located at Ottawa Park in Toledo, Ohio, 1910s

Shelter House Located at Ottawa Park in Toledo, Ohio, 1910s


The image below is from the Toledo Heights Tidbits: World War II Portraits Collection, filled with both identified and anonymous images of soldiers and sailors.

Cecil Severence - WWII Sailor - Toledo, Ohio - 1940s

Cecil Severence – WWII Sailor – Toledo, Ohio – 1940s


This photograph of a couple performing their wedding vows comes from our Toledo’s African Americans Collection, which includes images of African American Toledoans from the 1890s to the 1990s.

African American couple performing wedding vows in Toledo, Ohio - 1960s

African American couple performing wedding vows in Toledo, Ohio – 1960s

 

Originally posted by John Dewees on ToledoLibrary.org/blog/historical-images-right-in-your-twitter-feed

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