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    The fruit bowl of the nation, Yakima
    Creation Date: 1956
    Catalog ID: 1996.120.207
    Call Number: EPH-B/979.7551/Y11y/1956
    One illustrated poster map (44 x 56 cm) by the Yakima Chamber of Commerce of Yakima, WA, that provides a bird's eye view of Yakima and the surrounding area in1956. There is a drawing of a several tall buildings representing the downtown in the center with low buildings labeled "Produce Row" just above it. Toward the left corner is a drawing of the airport with a plane landing and someone saying, "I hear the sun shines 302 days a year in Yakima". Several drawings of people golfing, swimming, fishing, hunting, and sight-seeing depict the numerous recreational opportunities. The Yakima Firing Range with soldiers in trucks and one lassoing a jack rabbit from a tank is depicted at the top. In the lower right corner is a map of Washington state with a bulls-eye on Yakima and showing its relative distance to other cities in the state. Extending along the bottom left edge, below the drawing of the airport, are five pictures illustrating recreational opportunities: Mt. Rainier, Fort Simcoe,Tieton Reservoir, White Pass ski area, and the area as a game paradise for hunters. The Yakima Valley floor is green, the surrounding hills are yellow, and there is a dark blue river running through the valley. On the reverse side of the poster, there is a detailed map of Yakima and vicinity with a street index and facts about the area. Also on the reverse are several photographs showing examples of the region's fruit and livestock.
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    [Otis & Brown Insurance]
    Creation Date: ca. 1914
    Catalog ID: 2010.149.21.1
    Photograph of the Otis & Brown Insurance Agency, 422 Washington Street, Olympia, WA, Thurston County. It is in a two story clapboard building with sashed and curtained windows at second floor. There is a storefront window with an entryway to its left. Signs in the window read: "Queen Insurance Company" and "St. Paul Insurance", "Otis & Brown." Other signs are illegible, many on pieces of paper affixed to the window or tacked on a board next to the entry. Six men stand in front of the store. From left to right: 1) an older man with hat and dark suit; 2) a middle-aged man with overcoat and light colored suit, hands in pockets smoking a cigar; 3) a younger man with suit, hands in pockets; 4) a young man with jacket, trousers and sweater, hands in pockets; 5) a well-dressed man, bald, suit, hands behind back, and 6) a man with overcoat, suit and tie, holding his hat. To the right of the insurance building is a stairway, and over the stairway are signs reading: "Bargains"; and "Foresters of America Organizers Headquarters. Chapter Now Open Fee only $5." To the left of the insurance company is a millinery, Emma McNair's, at 420 Washington. A retractable awning has the business name partly visible. Signs in the window read "pleating made to order," and "for rent." A hat is on a stand in the window. Robert Esterly, photographer
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    Pacific Avenue, April 14, 1925
    Creation Date: Apr. 14,1925
    Catalog ID: 1957.64.B12319
    Call Number: 1957.64.B12319
    Black and white elevated view of the 900 Block of Pacific Avenue in Tacoma, WA taken on April 14, 1925. The businesses are, from left to right, Lundquist-Lilly men's clothing; Chas F. Lewis, hatter; Halbert and Manning Billiards, Scobey's Cigars, a lunch counter; Davis Men's Shop; Haugen and Loney Tailors and Friedman's Jeweler. The three story building on the right is the San Francisco Block. On the top floor, the middle left window reads: Hops and below: Klaber Inv. Co. The middle right window reads: Oriental Method and below: D.G. Chan. The top right window reads: Chinese Medicine. The two advertisements on either side say: Chinese Natural Method, Remedies, Cure, Acute- Chronic & Peculiar Diseases, Young & Old, Either Sex. Chinese Medicine Co., Doctor Will Tell Your Trouble, Consultation Free. On the middle floor the windows in the middle reads: Medical Dispensary; Genito-Urinary Diseases. The window on the right says: G. B. Aldrich, lawyer. On the ground floor the business on the left is the Regal Shoe Company and on the right is a lunch counter. Several automobiles are parked in front of the buildings. The second automobile on the left is a delivery vehicle. There is a street clock in front of Friedman's Jewelers, A large sign shaped like a boot extends out over the sidewalk in front of the Regal Shoe Company. Two sets of trolley tracks run down the center of Pacific Avenue.
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    [Produce Building, Western Avenue, Seattle]
    Creation Date: May 19, 1909
    Catalog ID: 1943.42.14613
    Call Number: 1943.42.14613
    Black and white elevated glass plate negative image of several horse drawn delivery wagons, covered and uncovered, crowded on Western Avenue in front of the Produce Building, Seattle, King County, WA, May 19, 1909. Crates of produce are stacked on the sidewalk in front of the wholesale businesses in the building, and ready for loading into the wagons. Other crates are visible through the open doors of the businesses. A streetcar is amidst the bustle of wagons. Businesses in the Produce Building include: California Commission Co., 923 Western Avenue; Elerath & Radford, produce, 1007 Western Avenue, John H. Elerath and John E. Radford; Jobst & Hibler, wholesale produce, 813 Western Ave, Frank Jobst and Ross E. Hibler; Ferguson-Hendrix Co., wholesale commission merchants, 1015 Western Avenue, William H. Hendrix, president, William T. Ferguson, secretary; Seattle Tent & Awning Company, Western Avenue at the southwest corner of Spring Street, located in image far right. Signs on some of the delivery wagons: John P. Cronin, Grocer; New Metropolitan Grocery Co., Grocer. Sign on partially visible delivery truck in lower right image corner: The Bradner Co., Wholesale Butter, Eggs & Cheese, 1006 Western Avenue, Coe G. Bradner and E. Corris Bradner. Asahel Curtis
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    Arthur Armstrong Denny papers
    Creation Date: 1851-1951
    Catalog ID: 1997.15.6
    Call Number: MsSC 100
    During Seattle’s early history, Arthur Armstrong Denny was its wealthiest citizen, who owned vast property, both real estate and personal, the latter covered banking, street railway, irrigation, and other properties. Besides business arrangements Denny served in several political offices. He was the county commissioner for Thurston County, Oregon, and then King County commissioner. Denny was appointed to serve as Seattle’s first postmaster in 1853. He was elected to the House of Representatives for the Washington Territory for nine consecutive sessions. He was the speaker of the House during the third session. He was registrar of the U.S. Land Office from 1861 to 1865. Denny was elected territorial delegate to the thirty-ninth Congress to serve under Governor William Pickering in 1865. After political office Denny took a half interest in Dexter Horton and Co., a bank founded by Dexter Horton and David Phillips in 1870. Denny served as the president of the Seattle and Walla Walla Railroad Company. He also was active in Society of Washington Pioneers and wrote Pioneer Days in Puget Sound. Also Denny was involved in finding a site for the state university and the foundation of the Puget Sound University and the University of Washington. The Arthur Armstrong Denny papers cover the years 1851-1959. The records divided into thirteen series: Correspondence, Family, Financial Records, Receipts, Territorial Delegate, Postmaster, Seattle and Walla Walla Railroad Co., Society of Washington Pioneers, Estates, Percy Bamford, Arcade Building and Realty Co., Manuscripts, and Miscellaneous Items.
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    [mechanical figure used in Frederick & Nelson Department Store displays]
    Creation Date: 1940-1970?
    Catalog ID: 2013.177.2
    Mechanical figure used in Frederick & Nelson Department Store window displays during the Christmas season, 1940-1970? Automated figure is of young male figure in clothing of Charles Dickens era. Figure is slightly leaning over a hurdy gurdy or street organ. Figure wears long red cloth with wide cape and black cuffs with white lace at hem, black pants, black shoes, and black top hat decorated with a gold ribbon. Pair of large gold flat buttons on front of coat are held in place with long pins. Figure made of wood covered with plaster (possibly a small commercial mannequin). Figure's face is handpainted. Face has turned up nose, closed mouth and exaggerated pink cheeks. Added hair made of long strands of black yarn. Top hat has wide brim with upturned sides. Musical instrument made of wood and painted olive green. It sits on single leg which is painted gold. Hand crank on right side. Front is decorated with curlicue design of silver glitter and sequins. Added gold flame like form on right side. Raised rectangular section on top is decorated with gold trim and green felt cut into heart and leaf shapes. Drum is round. Sides are decorated along bottom with large red felt triangles with gold trim. Smaller triangles extend from top and are green. Electric cord is fitted through hole in back.
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    [Van Eaton Grocer]
    Creation Date: ca. 1914
    Catalog ID: 2010.149.19.2
    Photograph of the Charles J. Van Eaton Grocery store, 326 4th, Olympia, WA, Thurston County. It is in a multistory brick building with stone pediments. There are two tall storefront windows with a central tall doorway. The words Van Eaton and Grocer are painted on the storefront windows, behind which we can see produce in the windows and also cans stacked on shelves. A retractable awning is over the front. Seven men and a little girl are posed on the paved sidewalk in front. From left to right: 1) a man with an overcoat with a velvet trim collar; he has a cigar in his mouth; 2) a slender, older man with a dark overcoat and hat; 3) a man in long duster-type coat with white cap, and an envelope in his hand; 4) a middle-aged man with a dark suit, white shirt and tie, and a hat, holding paper in his hand; 5) a small girl dressed in a fancy coat with fur trim and a fur muff; 6) a man dressed in outdoor wear with a hat and rough boots; 7) an older man with overcoat and hat and a beard; and 8) a middle aged man with homburg hat and a suit. The building is on a corner and the paved sidewalk extends along the street to the right of the building. A pile of snow may be visible in the distance. To the left of the building is a pharmacy. We can see storefront windows, and signs reading Drugs, and [pha]rmac[y]. There is also a retractable awning over the pharmacy. Robert Esterly, photographer
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    A Christmas Greeting from the State of Washington - Olympia
    Creation Date: ca. 1895
    Catalog ID: C1982.18.30.36
    Call Number: C1982.18.30.30
    Reproduction of a drawing or engraving by Edward Lange, mounted on card stock. The image is an idealized view of the city of Olympia, WA, Thurston County, looking from west to east over Budd Inlet. West Olympia is in the foreground. A stream with a broad outlet (probably Schneider Creek) empties into Budd Inlet. A road crosses the stream, leading to a barn. A wheelbarrow is parked in front of the barn. Another structure, possibly a cowshed, is to the side of the barn. A road stretches along the west side of the inlet and over the stream. Coming along the road is a horse and buggy, and a trolley. On the other side of the street is a residential structure, possibly an idealized version of the homestead of Konrad and Albertina Schneider. A porch is on the north side of the residence, and there is an ell extending from the southern side. There is a circular driveway, and a garden on the north side of the residence. On the inlet side of this residence a railroad track, the Port Townsend and Southern, runs on pilings over the water. Two trains are approaching each other on the tracks, one from the north and one from the south. In mid-distance is the Fourth Avenue (Long) bridge, connecting West Olympia from Olympia. Buildings are built on top of the bridge. The City of Olympia is in the distance. We can see the old (original) Capitol building, the Olympia hotel, and several other commercial and residential buildings. The Northern Pacific track runs along the waterfront of the Deschutes Estuary, with a train running along it. Towering over the city are two mountains. These are misplaced depictions of Mount Rainier and another mountain, possibly intended to be Mount St. Helens. There are several ships on the waters of Budd Inlet. "Mt. Rainier" and "Tumwater" are identified on the image.