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    [souvenir spoon]
    Creation Date: ca. 1900
    Catalog ID: 2018.73.7
    Teaspoon size souvenir spoon, made by Joseph Mayer & Bros., ca. 1900. The three-dimensional, figural spoon is made of sterling silver with gold wash on front and back of bowl. Engraved on the bowlis illustration of a lighthouse and around it, smaller buildings and windmill. Engraved above: Government Lighthouse; engraved below: Westport Wash. The handle is in the shape of a salmon with gold tail, fins, and head. In raised gold letters on its side: Grays Harbor / Salmon. The finial is somewhat round with curlicues on side, rays on top to produce scalloped form. At center is an illustration of a small house with smoke coming out of chimney; trees are on either side. On the back, the top is undecorated except for curlicue border. Fish design is on the back without statement on side. Stamped on top of bowl back: Sterling, and maker's mark of a triangle with fleur-de-lis at center. The donor's family said the silver souvenir spoons were given to seamen as mementos at the end of a voyage. The men then traded them to the donor's grandather for drinks at the bar, the Oxford Bar, located on the southwestern corner of Fourth Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle, WA. The bar was managed by William Deitchler and Otto Tietjens, beginning in about 1897.
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    back: "Belcher Photos 1083 Adams Street Olympia, Washington" "#5138" Hand written on image: back: "J.E. Dickens, Publisher of Puget Sound Express, Steilacoom, Wash. 1870's"
    Creation Date: ca. 1880-1900
    Catalog ID: C1959.233X.2
    Call Number: C1959.233X.2
    Portrait of a young man with short curly hair, large muttonchop sideburns and a mustache. He wears a dark jacket, white shirt, and striped tie with large tiepin.
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    Onalaska Lumber Train [Onalaska Lumber Co., Tacoma]
    Creation Date: Aug. 11, 1921
    Catalog ID: 2009.34.35
    Call Number: 2009.34.35
    Black and white, fairly close cellulose nitrate negative image of Locomotive no. 708, in image right foreground, facing a line of at least 12 railroad cars, piled with lumber from the Onalaska Lumber Co., photographed in Tacoma, Pierce County, WA, Aug. 11, 1921. Five men are posing for the photographer, in image center, near the front of the locomotive. Three of them may be train crewmen. The railroad cars extend from image center into image left background. The lumber in the first 3 cars is cut into large diameter square beams. Marvin D. Boland.Black and white, close cellulose nitrate negative image of the side of a delivery truck, which is loaded with furniture inside the open sided truck, and also tied to the open sides, tied to the top of the truck, and tied on a loading platform at the truck rear, on a Tacoma, Pierce County, WA commercial street, Aug. 14, 1918. The truck is probably owned by Modrall & Co., a store at 801 Pacific Avenue, and appears to be showing the load capacity of the truck. Sign on side of truck: Auto Delivery Co., Local & Long Distance Moving. Among the visible items on the truck are a bed spring, chairs, and a piece of wicker furniture. A 4 storey commercial building is in image center and right background. Marin D. Boland.
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    [matchbook advertising Hargreaves and Orkney]
    Creation Date: ca. 1930 - 1955
    Catalog ID: 2016.24.101
    Matchbook advertising Hargreaves and Orkney, Yakima, WA, ca. 1930 - 1955. Cardboard matchbook is yellow, light green, red, and white with black and white print. On front flap is wide yellow horizontal band with alternating green, red, and white stripes. On back flap is advertisement for insurance with illustration of covered wagon with oxen and human figures with mountains and clouds in background. Inside cover is gray with black print. Four matches with red heads remain. Staple at bottom, on striker. Printed on front: ASK/ HARGREAVES & ORKNEY/ 16 North 2nd Street/ YAKIMA, WASHINGTON/ PHONE: 2-8558/ Close Cover Before Striking. Printed on back: ORGANIZED 1894/ OREGON MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE CO./ PIONEER MUTUAL OF THE WEST/ SINCE 1894/ OREGON MUTUAL/ FIRE INSURANCE CO./ McMINNVILLE, OREGON. Printed on top: "Save With Safety". Printed on bottom: Universal Match Corp., Portland. Printed on inside: When you buy/ Oregon Mutual/ fire insurance you/ SAVE UP TO 20%/ OUR OVER HALF CENTURY RECORD/ ASSURES YOU/ PROTECTION WITH/ SAFETY/ This saving is possible/ because we accept/ NO BAD FIRE RISKS/ No stronger or better/ fire insurance anywhere./ STANDARD NON-ASSESSIBLE/POLICIES.
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    [souvenir spoon]
    Creation Date: ca. 1910-1920
    Catalog ID: 2018.73.11
    Teaspoon size souvenir spoon, made by Watson Company, Attleboro, MA, ca. 1910-1920. The three-dimensional, figural spoon is made of sterling silver. Inscribed in raised letters on small, oval shaped bowl: Court House; Council Bluffs, IA. Bowl is gold washed on front and back. The bowl is turned up at tip. The stem is slightly curved and has an embossed illustration of wheat, eagle, and Plains Indian man with headdress. The top of the handle is round with triangular top and curlicue trip. In raised letters below tip: IOWA. Below is a man standing at attention with U.S. flag behind him. The back is has an illustration of the State Capitol Building with name in raised letters above it. Raised flowers are above. On handle stem, there is a raised decoration of a corn cob with leaves; small flowers below. Lower end has mark for manufacturer (crown W lion) and "Sterling." on back of bowl is an engraved D form. The donor's family said the silver souvenir spoons were given to seamen as mementos at the end of a voyage. The men then traded them to the donor's grandather for drinks at the bar, the Oxford Bar, located on the southwestern corner of Fourth Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle, WA. The bar was managed by William Deitchler and Otto Tietjens, beginning in about 1897.
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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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    [ceramic fragments]
    Creation Date: 1843-1866
    Catalog ID: 1995.137.401.226
    21 small ceramic fragments: 12 white glazed; 1 tan glazed, 8 with no intact glaze. First fragment flat, rectangular with intact white glaze on 2 obverse sides, broken on all edges. Second fragment triangular chip with intact white glaze on one flat surface. Third fragment small irregularly shaped rim fragment with intact white glaze on rim, extending to glazed slightly concave surface, raising sharply at rim edge. fourth fragment irregular elongagated shape with intact white glaze on two obverse surfaces; one suface heavily chipped and flat; obverse surface long concavely curved and concavely rounded. Fifth fragment triangular rim fragment with intact white glaze on rim and two obverse surfaces; rim is thin; both obverse surfaces flare to thicker, flat plane width away from rim edge (0.1 to 0.3 cm.) Sixth fragment small, chipped and broken on all sides; intact white glaze on one slightly convex surface. Seventh fragment small, irregular flat chip with intact white glaze on one flat surface. Eighth fragment thin flat, broken on all edges with intact white glaze on slightly concavely curved surface. Ninth fragment small rectangular piece broken on all edges, with intact white glaze on one flat surface. Tenth fragment with intact white glaze on two obverse surfaces; very slightly curved; all edges broken. Eleventh fragment irregularly shaped and heavily chipped, with small amount of white glaze on slightly convex surface. Twelfth fragment narrow with intact white glaze on two obverse flat surfaces and all edges broken. Thirteenth fragment narrow (0.3 cm) rounded, lipped rim with main body of piece irregularly shaped and chipped of all glaze. Forteenth fragment chipped on all surfaces and all edges broken. Fifteenth fragment irregular chip with no intact glaze. Sixteenth fragment irregular chip with no intact glaze. Sixteenth fragment irregular shape with no intact glaze. Eighteenth chip with all broken edges and chipped surfaces with no intact glaze.Nineteenth fragment irregular small piece with no intact glaze. Twentieth fragment thin chip with not intact glaze. Twenty-first fragment small sliver with intact grey-tan on one concave surface.