History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

29 April, 2011

The Seattle of Former Days

Why Seattle? Well, it follows naturally on the coffee theme, doesn't it? Actually, no, it's simply because I got into the archives of the University of Washington. Whether you know Seattle or not, I think it's terribly interesting to look at a city of today, yesterday. In the days before Starbucks, even. 

An aerial view of Seattle waterfront c. 1930. Source

Fruit and veg vendors at Pike Place Market c.1920. Source

L. C. Smith building, Seattle's oldest skyscraper, 1914.  Source A photograph of this building, now known as the Smith Tower, is here

A very early Pike Place market, c. 1908. Source

And Pike Place market slightly later, c. 1910. Source

The glorious interior of the Fifth Avenue Theatre, c. 1930. Source

1 comment:

werenotdeep said...

The top photo, the landscape of downtown Seattle, had to have been taken after 1940. The Nakamura Federal Courthouse (then just the "United States Courthouse") was completed in 1940, and is clearly visible just up and to the right of center.

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