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#ThrowbackThursday: Feather shows Community Chest giving in 1947

Earl Torbitt and O.C. Wilcox add paint to a feather thermometer sign that would be used in October 1947 to monitor the fundraising progress for the Community Chest. The sign was displayed at Main and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City and would be periodically updated as the fund drive worked toward reaching the goal of $578,800. The Community Chest was founded in 1923 and is now known as United Way of Central Oklahoma. In 1947, there were 20 agencies supported by the Community Chest. Today, United Way of Central Oklahoma provides funding to 57 agencies. [JOE MILLER/THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
Earl Torbitt and O.C. Wilcox add paint to a feather thermometer sign that would be used in October 1947 to monitor the fundraising progress for the Community Chest. The sign was displayed at Main and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City and would be periodically updated as the fund drive worked toward reaching the goal of $578,800. The Community Chest was founded in 1923 and is now known as United Way of Central Oklahoma. In 1947, there were 20 agencies supported by the Community Chest. Today, United Way of Central Oklahoma provides funding to 57 agencies. [JOE MILLER/THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

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Linda Lynn, News Research Editor

Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›

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