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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.