Bon Marché Collection, 1889-1999  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Bon Marché (Department store)
Title
Bon Marché Collection
Dates
1889-1999 (inclusive)
1905-1970 (bulk)
Quantity
13 boxes including 10 oversize
Collection Number
2009.20
Summary
Scrapbooks, ledgers, photographs, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and papers from the Bon Marché (now Macy’s) department store located in Seattle, Washington
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1890 Edward and Josephine Nordhoff moved from Chicago to Seattle and opened their store the Bon Marché. The name means “good market” and was chosen as a reference to the Maison à Boucicault au Bon Marché, a store Nordhoff had greatly admired as a young man living in Paris. Originally located in the Belltown district of Seattle at First and Cedar streets it moved downtown in 1896. Starting with the Nordhoff’s savings of $1,200, thirty-three years later in 1923 annual sales were up to $8 million. The Nordhoffs worked together in striving for success keeping the store open from 7am to 9pm most days. Josephine worked in the store and learned the Chinook trade language to better help Native American customers. Edward brought pennies from the East Coast, introducing the one-cent coin to Seattle shoppers and thus was able to price products for less.

After moving downtown the Bon acquired an entire block and expanded upward with notable construction happening in 1911, 1929, 1950, and 1955. In 1911 an eight-story building designed by John Graham Sr. was erected connecting with two other buildings also belonging to the Bon. In 1929 an Art Deco building also designed by Graham Sr. was erected taking up an entire block and cementing the Bon’s place as an important downtown landmark. The Northgate branch opened in 1950 and it was an integral part of one of the first malls in the nation. In 1955 the downtown store expanded upward by three floors creating the seven-story building found there today.

After Edward Nordhoff’s death in 1899 Josephine remarried to Frank McDermott and they along with Edward’s brother Rudolf Nordhoff continued to run the Bon until 1928 when it was sold to Hahn Department Stores. Five years later Hahn Stores was bought by Allied Stores Corporation. The store continued to do well with branches opening all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. In 1992 Federated Department Stores, Inc., which also owned Macy’s, bought Allied Stores Corp.. It wasn’t until 2003 that a name change was introduced; the Bon-Macy’s name didn’t last long and in 2005 it was officially changed to Macy’s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of textual materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and one 16mm film reel from the Bon Marché (now Macy’s) department store in downtown Seattle. The scrapbooks cover branch openings at Northgate, Southcenter, and Tacoma stores, as well as events, art exhibits, and window displays from the downtown store. Textual materials include ledgers, payrolls, annual reports, staff newsletters, newspaper clippings, papers, catalogs, and ephemera. Photographs are broken down into the following subseries’: branch stores, exteriors of the downtown Seattle store, interiors of the downtown Seattle store, construction, Santa Claus appearances, parades, the Bon Marche stables, Faraway staff picnic, portraits, and slides. Many prints have accompanying copy negatives. Much of the material present is also included in the centennial publication “1890-1990: A Century of Success” published in 1989 for the Washington Centennial. The film reel depicts Christmas scenes inside the downtown store circa the 1970s

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Bon Marché Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Scrapbooks, 1950-1981Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
10
2009.20.1: The Biggest Store West of Chicago
Newspaper clippings; 21 photographs of 1954 groundbreaking on Bon Marchè roof
1954, 5 April 1954
13
2009.20.2 : Tacoma Mall
Newspaper clippings; covers building of and opening; 25 photographs with three negatives; also contains loose envelope with informational packet
June 1961- August 1964
13
2009.20.3: Southcenter
Newspaper clippings; 23 photographs with captions of grand opening
July 1968, 31 July 1968
11
2009.20.4: Mark Tobey Exhibition to benefit Cornish School of Allied Arts
Tobey Exhibit April 23 - May 3 introduction of “Idea House” in the Bon Marchè, newspaper clippings; 12 photographs
March - May 1969
11
2009.20.5: Dr. Seuss's Grinch Christmas
Newspaper clippings; thank you notes; 79 photographs
1970 November - December
11
2009.20.6 : Orient Expressed
125 photographs, of events, performances, kite flying, interiors; newspaper clippings; press release
9-26 September 1979
12
2009.20.7: September Affair II
Invites; newspaper clippings; 30 photographs from event
19 September 1970
12
2009.20.8: The Outpost
Memos and press releases; newspaper clippings; 39 photographs
March - April 1981
7
2009.20.9: The Bon Marché presents Christmas in Foreign Lands
Removed from scrapbook; store display Christmas 1959; press releases; 31 photographs; newspaper clippings
Christmas 1959
8/2
2009.20.10 : The Bon Marché Northgate
Removed from scrapbook; newspaper clippings
circa 1950

Ledgers / payrolls / minutes, 1902-1936Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
2009.20.11: “Accounting Department, The Bon Marché” monthly budgets
1926-1931
3
2009.20.12: Bon Marché Bldg., Appraisal, Green Building, Seattle, WA, Valuation Engineers Inc.
17 March 1917
3
2009.20.13: Payroll
1902-1903
3
2009.20.14: Private ledger, P.L. #2
February 1907-January 1912
3
2009.20.15: Ledger
1912-1918
3
2009.20.16: Minutes
April 1934 - Feb 1936

Annual Reports, 1922-1985Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/4
2009.20.56: Annual report
1922
1/1
2009.20.17: Annual reports
1945-1949
1/2
2009.20.18: Annual reports
1950-1951, 1953-1954, 1955-1957
1/3
2009.20.19: Annual reports
1959-1964
1/4
2009.20.20: Annual reports, annual meeting of stockholders (1967)
1965-1968, 1970-1971
1/5
2009.20.21: Annual reports
1972-1976, 1985
1/6
2009.20.22: First quarter report
1978

Newspaper clippings / advertisements, 1897-1992Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
8/1
2009.20.86: Five full page newspaper advertisements
18 April 1897; 27 August 1909; 3 July 1915; 14 November 1930; undated
6/1
2009.20.81: Framed copy; Seattle P-I; “The Bon Marché News”
15 July 1900
4/2
2009.20.54: Early 1900s copies of advertisements; newspaper clippings of advertisements
circa 1900s
1/11
2009.20.27: Women’s Wear Daily newspaper clipping “Standard Stock-Sales Ratios for the Department Store”
5 May 1928
6/1
2009.20.81: Copies of newspaper ads; full page ad for Tacoma mall branch opening; copies of illustrations for history of the Bon Marché
1940s-1960s
1/33
2009.20.49: Everett Branch opening invite, newspaper clipping
1949
1/13
2009.20.29: Newspaper clippings, various, downtown expansion
1950-1955
1/36
2009.20.52: Yakima and Spokane Branches, newspaper clippings
1964, 1969
1/31
2009.20.47: Capital Mall City Olympia Branch, newspaper clippings
1978
4/8
2009.20.60: Newspaper clipping, Encore activities
1981
1/28
2009.20.44: Newspaper clippings
1992

Counter Chat / Catalogs / Magazine articles, 1914-1979Return to Top

Counter Chat was a company publication for employees

Approximately 55 copies of Counter Chat from 1950-1961 and 1 copy of the employee newsletter "Happening" from 1987 are also available in the repository, in collection 2008.27, Bon Marché Newsletters.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4/5
2009.20.57: Various catalogs
6 catalogs
General catalog (1914); toy catalog (1959); housewares catalog (1971); home sale catalog (1979); Everett Mall store catalog (circa 1980s); Imports catalog (undated).
1914 - circa 1980s
1/7
2009.20.23: Counter Chat; single page with negative
May, December 1929; May, Oct. 1933; June, July 1934
1/8
2009.20.24: Counter Chat
September 1934 - March 1961
4/6
2009.20.58: Vogue patterns “compliments of the Bon Marché”
1 April 1939
6
2009.20.80: “Boomtown’s new buying habits” article, in two plastic sleeves
undated
1/9
2009.20.25: Better Building Business; Business Week; Seattle Business
8 August 1929; 23 November 1950; May 1960; 17 November 1973;

Ephemera, 1903-1999Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1/10
2009.20.26: Miscellaneous
Letter from Santa in envelope (1903), packer’s slip (1917), contract and sales slips (1949), address label on part of a box (circa 1930s), billing for charga-plate 8 May 1951
1903-1951
1/19
2009.20.35: Letterhead, envelope
circa 1960s, 1970s
1/17
2009.20.33: Employee pamphlets
circa 1965
1/29
2009.20.45: Benaroya Hall pamphlet
1998-1999 season

Miscellaneous, 1918 - circa 1980sReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
6
2009.20.79: “Christmas in the Northwest” vinyl LP
undated
5/1
2009.20.66: Sheet music
“Ziegfeld Follies 1919”, “Carmelita”, “Turn back the universe and give me yesterday”, “We’ll never let our old flag fall”, “I hate to lose you I’m so used to you now”
circa 1918
4/3
2009.20.55: Sheet music
“The navy took them over and the navy will bring them back”, “My Belgian rose”, “Any bonds today?”
1918
1/15
2009.20.31: Bon charga-plate, credit cards
circa 1950s - circa 1980s
1/18
2009.20.34: Amy award; Varsity Shop
1967; 1957-1958

Histories / branch information, 1932-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4/1
2009.20.53: Various written histories, The Legend of Frango Chocolate book, centennial book
1950-1990
1/12
2009.20.28: Policies and prices
19 February 1932
1/14
2009.20.30: Anniversary information; newspaper clipping (1960)
1955, 1960, 1980
1/24
2009.20.40: News releases, fact sheets on 1989 remodeling, timeline of Bon Marché
October 1987 - May 1989
1/34
2009.20.50: Northgate Branch
Hobartizer (July 1950), press release for 1950 opening, history, newspaper clippings
1950-1962
1/32
2009.20.48: Columbia Center Branch
Newspaper clippings, store opening invite, information packet
1961
4/7
2009.20.59: Skybridge
Various skybridge information, French article and other newspaper clippings, memos on radio broadcasts, heliport
1960-1962
1/16
2009.20.32: Opening of home furnishings floor at downtown branch
Invites, newspaper clipping, memos on
Sept. 1962 - March 1963
1/31
2009.20.47: Bellevue Branch
News releases for 1984 August opening, Premiere East benefit, thank you letters - check orders
1984
1/35
2009.20.51: Tacoma Branch
Newspaper clippings; guide; award for Christmas decorations (1965), Certificate of Commendation (1966)
1963-1966
9
2009.20.78: Christmas Star
~28 design drawings for Christmas star, angels, nativity scene, one photograph of the Christmas star
circa 1957

Exhibitions / events / community involvement, 1969-1988Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1/21
2009.20.37: Dr. Seuss Time Machine,
Newspaper clippings, thank you letters
November-December 1970
1/20
2009.20.36: Exhibits Information
Encore (1981), Century of success fashion exhibit inventory (1980s), Rodin (1970)
1970 – 1981
1/22
2009.20.38: September Affair
News releases for I, II, III, invitation for II
1969-1971
1/23
2009.20.39: September Affair III
Newspaper clippings
September 1971
1/25
2009.20.41: Community service
pamphlets, letters
circa 1980s
1/26
2009.20.42: Northwest Black Pioneers
"Tacoma" Northwest Black Pioneers: A Centennial Tribute publication; "Northwest Black Pioneers: A Centennial Tribute" pulication; pamphlet; copies of newspaper clippings
1988
1/27
2009.20.43: Washington Centennial
pamphlets; inventory, calender and directory of Centennial opportunities, events; certificate awarded to the Bon for participation
1988

:  Photographs, 1889-circa 1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box

Container(s) Description Dates
Allied Western Group Binder
Box/Folder
2/1
2009.20.93: Allied Western Group Binder
1 of 4; C.C. Anderson, Boise, ID; Bon Marché, Eugene, OR; The Paris of Montana, Great Falls, MO; C.C. Anderson, Lewiston, ID; all photos three hole punched
1954
2/2
2009.20.94: Allied Western Group Binder
2 of 4; Bon Marché, Longview, WA; C.C. Anderson, Ogden, UT; C.C. Anderson, Pendleton, OR; C.C. Anderson, Richland, WA (one large, one postcard); all photos three hole punched except postcard
1954
2/3
2009.20.95: Allied Western Group Binder
3 of 4; Bon Marché Palace, Spokane, WA (drawing); Bon Marché, downtown Tacoma; C.C. Anderson, Idaho Falls, ID; C.C. Anderson, Twin Falls, ID; Bon Marché; all photos three hole punched
1954
2/4
2009.20.96: Allied Western Group Binder
4 of 4; Walla Walla, WA; Bon Marché, Yakima, WA; Bon Marché, downtown Seattle, WA; all photos three hole punched
1954
Branch stores
undated
Box/Folder
2/5
2009.20.97: Bellevue
Four 8"x10" photographs of drawings / presentation for the remodeled 1987 Bellevue Bon
circa 1987
2/6
2009.20.98: Bellevue
Five 8"x10" photographs of presentation for the remodeled 1987 Bellevue Bon, one 8"x10" of exterior of remodeled Bon at Bellevue Square with negative
circa 1987-1988
2/7
2009.20.99: Bellingham
One 8"x10" of 1957 building, downtown Bellingham with negative
on verso - “old BOB until 1988”
circa 1957- 1960s
2/8
2009.20.100: Columbia Center
Two 8"x10"copies of Columbia Center Bon with negative
1969
2/9
200.20.101: Distribution Center at Tukwila
One 8"x10" photograph of drawing of distribution center
1968
2/10
2009.20.102: Eugene
One 8"x10" with matting, “The Bon Marché Eugene” on matting former Russell’s department store
circa late 1960s
2/11
2009.20.103 - 2009.20.105: Everett
Building used to house Rumbaugh-MacLaine. One 8"x10" photograph and one 8x5 photograph of same image (2009.20.104), 8"x10" on verso - “EOB before 1969 face lift”; 8"x10" of interior toy department with negative (2009.20.105); One 1977 8"x10" photograph of exterior with negative (2009.20.103)
circa 1950s-1960s, 1977
2/12
2009.20.106: Home Store
One 8"x10" photograph of drawing of an independent Home Store with negative; negative of Home Furnishings Clearance store; negative of Home Store
circa 1980s
2/13
2009.20.107: Longview
One 8"x10" photograph of Longview branch, building used to house Longview Merk. In 1987 was replaced by Bon in Three Rivers Mall
circa 1960s
2/14
2009.20.108 - 2009.20.111:  Northgate
8"x10" of exterior, with negative; 8"x10" of ribbon cutting, with negative; 8"x10" of ribbon cutting with negative; 8"x10" of group in office signing contracts, Rex Allison standing in pinstripes with negative
2009.20.108 - written on verso - “1950 Northgate Grand opening prizes”; 2009.20.109 - written on verso - “Principals - left - Rex Allison, center - Frank Radford, right - Mrs. Radford (strike through), Mrs. Winifred Hines" ; 2009.20.110 - written on verso - “2-hour TV show day of opening Northgate store” “l to r - Frank Radford, Mrs. Radford [Winifred Hines], Rex Allison, Bill O’Mara (King TV)”
1950
2/15
2009.20.112:  Northgate
8"x10" of night time exterior of 1950 building with 1950s cars in foreground; 8"x10" of night time exterior of 1950 building with fireworks, full parking lot in foreground with two negatives
Written on verso of night time exterior without fireworks: “NOB original store 1950”, “First shopping center! in the country!!”
1950
2/16
2009.20.113:  Northgate
Amoeba shaped cutout from photograph depicting shoe department; 8"x10" of lunchtime modeling; 8"x10" male in army(?) uniform and female eating cake; 8"x10" of female clerk assisting male patron
circa 1950s
2/17
2009.20.114: Northgate
8"x10" of kitchen with crew; 8"x10" of stock boys; 8"x10" of women stocking shelves; 8"x10" of how-to demonstration with crowd
written on verso of how-to demonstration photograph - “Monday nite Applesmae? Dept Deep Freeze Demonstration”
circa 1950s
2/18
2009.20.115:  Northgate
two 8"x10"s of first anniversary cake with crowd, with negative; 8"x10" of men and boys looking at TV displays; 8"x10" of fashion show in auditorium with band and various appliances - stoves, fridges, washing machines; 8"x10" of Davy Crocket display with customers (1952)
written on verso of TV watching photograph - “Wed. nite Northgate Capehart display”
circa early 1950s
2/19
2009.20.116 - 2009.20.119: Northgate
8"x10" “Everett Consumer Council meets at Northgate 1950s” with negative; 8"x10" crowd watching TV in store with negative; 8"x10" of interior, Christmas crowd with negative; 8"x10" of ceramics section with staff (5 women, 2 men)
circa 1950s
2/20
2009.20.120: Northgate
8"x10" view of Northgate walkway; 8"x10" of “Pickard 200 Deluxe Sedan” giveaway with car and four women for “C-Day Jubilee”, note with it about using it for advertising; two 8"x10"s of interiors of housewares center sans people with one negative; two 8"x10"s of men and women stocking, or packing products
circa 1950s- 1960s
2/21
2009.20.121: Northgate
8"x10" exterior with empty parking lot, on verso - “NOB after 1963 remodel”; color 8"x10" of exterior from full parking lot; 6x10 photograph of color drawing of exterior of remodeled Northgate Bon Marché; 8"x10" photograph with cardboard backing, exterior
1960s
2/22
2009.20.122: Northgate
8"x10" interior Christmas display decorative gifts section; two 2"x4" photographs of “Go’in Quackers” display with realistic male mannequin at Northgate Duck Shop
circa 1970s- 1980s
2/23
2009.20.123: Sea-Tac
3"x10" photo of color drawing of exterior of a Bon Marché with parking lot
written on verso - “Sea-Tac Mall” “FMB”
undated
2/24
2009.20.124: Spokane
8"x10" exterior; night time street level exterior shot; 8"x10" night time exterior Christmas display, Virgin and child image under “BM”; two 8"x10"s with backing, of exterior with one negative
The old Palace took the Bon Marché name in 1948 but didn’t become a Bon branch until 1963
written on verso of exterior - “The Bon Marché Palace - Spokane, Wash. June 19, 1948”
circa 1948-1960s
2/25
2009.20.125 - 2009.20.128: Tacoma
8"x10" exterior of downtown Tacoma building with negative; One 4"x6" interior photograph of opening at mall with negative; 8"x10" photograph of exterior on opening day with full parking lot and crowds with negative; One 8"x10" with backing of exterior and parking lot with two negatives
circa 1950s - 1960s
2/26
2009.20.129: Tacoma
Five 3"x4" night time photographs of exterior of Bon at Tacoma Mall with Christmas decorations from parking lot; 4"x10" photograph of drawing of exterior from parking lot taped to paper; 4"x6" photograph of same drawing in color; 8"x10" color exterior photograph from parking lot; two 8"x10"s color photographs of exterior, one night time; 8"x10" B/W of the daytime exterior
circa 1960s - 1970s
Box
5
2009.20.76: Transparency
10"x12" transparency of Tacoma mall Bon Marché
undated
Box/Folder
2/27
2009.20.130: Walla Walla
Three 2"x4"s of exterior; One 8"x10" with backing exterior circa 1960s
circa 1960s - 1989
2/28
2009.20.131: Yakima
One 8"x10" of exterior with negative
circa 1970s
Exteriors of downtown store
Box/Folder
2/29
2009.20.132; 2009.20.133: 1890 exterior with group
two 8"x10"s copies of “1890” exterior with (from left to right starting with tallest man in doorway - A. M. Schillestad, Oliver S., Mr. Bart, Miss, Miss Luc, Miss Rig, Mrs. Patte, Miss Bart, Miss Boy, Mr. West, Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Nordhoff, Miss Simpe, Mr. Wheeler, Miss Horg, Miss Sp, Miss Doty) with negative; One 8"x10" copy close-up of three people, (one man in between two women) in a doorway at the 1890 Bon Marché building at First and Cedar Streets
1890
2/30
2009.20.134; 2009.20.135:  1896 Building - 2nd and Pike
8"x10" exterior Second and Pike; One 8"x10" copy and 3x6 of exterior Second and Pike circa 1900 with negative
1900
2/31
2009.20.136:  1896 Storefront - 2nd and Pike
One 8"x10" and two 8"x10" copies (one exact, one close up) of exterior 1896 building at 2nd and Pike Streets
1900
2/32
2009.20.137: 1902 Building with three floors
6"x8" with matting of exterior
circa 1902
2/33
2009.20.138; 2009.20.139: Window display
8"x10" copy corner window display at entrance for “The Bon Marché Men’s & Boys Store” with negative; 6"x8" with matting of window display featuring a replica of the 1902 three story Bon Marché building with negative
1902
4/10
2009.20.63: Exterior
Drawing from photograph, exterior of Bon Marché at 2nd and Pike (3 stories)
circa 1905
8
2009.20.88: 1902-1904 exterior
10"x18" with black matting
circa 1902
2/34
2009.20.88: “1902 Second & Pike”
two 8"x10" copies; one 8"x10" with matting; with negative
circa 1902
Box
6
2009.20.85: Exterior
10"x12" and 8"x10" photograph of exterior of 1904 building
1904-1907
Box/Folder
2/38
2009.20.142:  Bon Marché electric sign
6"x8" with matting with negative
1906
4/11
2009.20.64: Bon Marché at 2nd and Pike
One 10"x12" and two 8"x10"s of exterior
1908
2/39
2009.20.143: Exterior with lots of pedestrian activity
8"x10"
in poor condition
circa 1910
2/40
2009.20.144: Exterior street view looking north
two 8"x10" copies with negative
circa 1910
Box
5
2009.20.73: 1911 Building
12 1/2"x14 1/2" photograph with broken backing of the Bon Marché from the south looking north along Second Ave 1911 building with negative
written on verso - “after 1911, 3 buildings of the Bon Marché, 8 story on left, 5 in middle, 4 at North end of block - all connected”
1911
8
2009.20.89: Photograph of 1911 exterior
12"x19" with black backing
written on verso - "1912 buildings which made up the Bon Marché from 1911 to 1929"
1912
Box/Folder
2/41
2009.20.89; 2009.20.90: 1911 exterior
One 8"x10" of 1911 exterior (2009.20.89); one cardboard backed photo almost same image (2009.20.90) with negative
written on verso of 2009.20.90 - “1912 before electric signs were re-installed”
1912
2/42
2009.20.145:  1911 Building
8"x10"; 8"x10" copy, exterior of 1911 building with streetcars with negative
circa 1920s
6/2
2009.20.82: Panorama
Bon Marché employees on rooftop with negative
undated
2/43
2009.20.146: 1929 Building
One 8"x10" with touched up copy of exterior, 1929 building
circa 1929
Box
5
2009.20.75: 1929 Building
Exterior of 1929 Bon Marché
undated
Box/Folder
2/44
2009.20.147: 1929 Building three different exteriors
two 8"x10"s of exterior with one negative, one 3"x5"; one negative with billboard advertisting "12 acres of floor space, new home of the Bon Marché"
circa 1929 - 1950s
2/46
2009.20.148: Window display
One 3"x4" of glove window display with two people in display
undated
8/4
2009.20.91: 1929 building
Three photographs of exterior
1951
2/45
2009.20.91: 1929 building
two 8"x10" photographs of exterior
one with type written note: "On August 5, 1929 the new 4-story Bon Marché opened occupying a full city block between 3rd and 4th Avenues..."
1951
2/47
2009.20.149: Expansion advertisment
two 8"x10"s, one of view from 3rd ave entrance doors with poster promoting new fifth and sixth floors; one of young woman taking a pamphlet from a stand alone poster promoting the new fifth and sixth floors; two 8"x10"s of two well dressed women just outside the Bon Marché door, Bon Marché nameplate in center with one negative
circa 1950s
2/48
2009.20.50: After expansion
two 8"x10"s, one of drawing of the expanded Bon March, one a night time photograph of exterior with negative; five 2"x3" - three exteriors, two interiors of home section
circa 1955
2/49
2009.20.151: Parking garage
Six 8"x10"s, some aerials of parking garage, some of helicopters landing on garage; 4"x6" transparency of aerial view of garage; strip of five negatives of parking garage with note
typewritten note to Paul Unmacht (at Bon Marché) from Rus Young (at Seattle Times) reads: "Jim got some postcards, colored pictures of your garage and we made black and white slides of them for use at the New Orleans annual Newspaper Advertisiting Executives Association convention in a presentation on what to do about downtown..." dated 25 January 1965
circa 1960s
2/50
2009.20.152:  Skybridge
Four 8"x10"s, two photographs of drawings of the skybridge, one exterior with skybridge in center Bon Marché on right; 6"x7" street level of skybridge
circa 1962
2/51
2009.20.153: Exteriors
Seven 8"x10"s of exterior, four after 1955 expansion, one with window display “Carnevale”; one with view looking west down pine – Bon Marché on right; negative with Brockman store at lower left, "Olympian Hiawatha" billboard at lower right
circa late 1950s- early 1960s
2/52
2009.20.154: Exterior / World’s Fair
Four 8"x10", five 3"x4"s of exterior with flags for the World’s Fair
1962
2/53
2009.20.155: Christmas Star
Three 8"x10" with two negatives, one color 3"x5" of Christmas star at dusk
undated
Box
5
2009.20.74:  Christmas Star
Aerial photograph of Bon Marché with Christmas star and downtown extending east and north
circa 1965
Box/Folder
2/54
2009.20.156: Orient Expressed Exterior
Three 8"x10"s, two of Orient Expressed banners on exterior, one of staff photo at corner of Pine and Fourth
1979, undated
Box
: Santa Claus
undated
Box/Folder
2/36
2009.20.140:  Santa Claus
One 6"x8" with matting, exterior with crowd out front and in second story windows, before Santas arrival with negative
1902
2/37
2009.20.141:  Santa Claus outside Seattle store
One 6"x8" with matting, exterior with crowd out front and in second story windows, Santas arrival in Bon Marché carriage with negative
1902
Box
5
2009.20.68:  Santa Claus
One 9"x12" photograph with backing of Santa Claus outside Bon Marché, on back “after 1912” with negative
circa 1910s
5
2009.20.67: Santa Claus
One 8"x10" photograph with matting, “The Home of Santa Claus Presents for Everybody”
undated
Box/Folder
2/65
2009.20.169:  Santa Claus on carriage
One 8"x10" with matting, Santa on carriage “To the Bon Marché”, in a back lot, sign in middle ground reads “To McDonald’s Carriage Shop” with negative
1914
Construction
Box
5
2009.20.69: Construction
Photograph with matting in poor condition showing business open during expansion construction
1901
Box/Folder
2/55
2009.20.157; 2009.20.158:  Construction
two 8"x10"s, one of night time excavation for 1929 Bon Marché, on front - “Teufel & Carlson night crew - on new Bon Marché", on verso - “1:30 A.M.”, one of daytime excavation, on front - “Teufel & Carlson, bldg. contractors - Rushing work on the New Bon Marché” with negative
1927
2/56
2009.20.159; 2009.20.160:  Image of Rooftop groundbreaking for construction at downtown Seattle Bon Marché, 1954
 Image of Rooftop groundbreaking for construction at downtown Seattle Bon Marché, 1954
1955 expansion. two 8"x10"s of rooftop groundbreaking. One shows four men - left to right - Larry Lean, Allan Pomery, Rex Allison, John Graham Jr., on front signed “To Rex Allison with best wishes Mayor Allan Pomery 1954” with negative, Second shows 18 men including Rex Allison to the left of center and Mayor Allan Pomery to the right of center breaking ground with negative
1954
2/57
2009.20.161:  Construction
1955 expansion. two 8"x10"s, one with building just about finished; one with construction just started; one 2 ½" x 2 ½" of rooftop workers; Six 3"x5"s of interior during construction; negative showing new three floors during construction
1954 - 1955
2/58
2009.20.162: Construction
1955 expansion. Six 8"x10"s street views of workers, lumber, one of sign listing the companies working on the expansion
1954
2/59
2009.20.163: Construction
Downtown mall project. Four 8"x10" photographs of drawings pertaining to the “downtown mall project”. Two of blueprints, two of drawings, note along with the photographs from Wells B. McCurdy to Rex Allison saying these are for Allisons personal files
27 November 1959
2/60
2009.20.164: Construction
Four 8"x10"s showing the skybridge being lifted into place
1962
Horse drawn carriages / Bon Marché Stables
undated
Box/Folder
2/61
2009.20.165: Carriage with driver and horses
8"x10" copy of “Seattles Greatest Department Store The Bon Marché” carriage with driver and horses; 4"x6" of almost exact same photo except has a billboard in the background for Standard Furniture Co.; 8"x10" copy of carriage and horses in front of the “Bon Marché Garage” on Western
circa 1900 -1914
2/62
2009.20.166: Delivery wagon
8"x10" copy, 4"x6" original of Bon delivery wagon with driver and horses. Colman Dock in background
circa 1900
Box
5
2009.20.72: “The Bon Marché Stables”, with horses and carriages
8"x10" photograph with matting, sepia toned with negative
circa 1900
5
2009.20.72:  “The Bon Marché Stables”, with horses and carriages
8"x10" photograph with matting
circa 1900
5
2009.20.71: “The Bon Marché Stables”, building only
8"x10" photograph with matting
circa 1900
5
2009.20.70: Black horse outside the Bon Marché stables
One 8"x10" photograph with matting
circa 1900
Box/Folder
2/63
2009.20.167:  Carriage with driver and horses
One 6x8 photograph with matting, “Seattles Greatest Department Store The Bon Marché” carriage with driver and horses on street, sign for “The Home of Santa Claus” in background
written on verso - “Bon Marché ‘free bus’ carriage circa 1908”
circa 1908
2/64
2009.20.168: Carriage
One 4 1/2"x6" photograph with matting, “Associated Tea & Coffee Co.” on small carriage, man, horse
written on verso - “Wm G. Robinson 555 Galen ‘Bess’, 1910”
circa 1910
Interiors
Box/Folder
2/66
2009.20.170: Interiors
Four 8"x10" copies of interiors of various departments without people with one negative, Café on the sixth floor of the Union Street Store; Ladies’ Rest and Writing Room; the Daylight Bakery
circa 1902- 1911
2/67
2009.20.171: Interiors
Five 8"x10" copies of interiors of various departments without people; the first three depict - “Men’s and Boy’s clothing” = the main floor of the Union Street block; canned goods; the millinery salon
circa 1902- 1911
2/68
2009.20.172: Interiors
Seven 8"x10" copies of interiors, two showing staff, five showing female and child mannequins, “Where little folks are clothed” with two negatives; One 8"x10" copy showing window display of bridal dresses
circa 1902- 1911
2/69
2009.20.173: Interiors
One 6"x8" photograph with matting and two copies of interiors with negative
circa 1902- 1907
2/70
2009.20.174: Skylight interior
One 6"x8" with matting, copy of skylight in rotunda area with negative
written on verso - “light well looking out from 2nd floor Bon Marché Seattle, Wa.”
December 1902
2/71
2009.20.175: Interior
One 6"x8" with matting, interior
circa 1902
2/72
2009.20.176: Interior
One 6"x8" with matting, interior, “The New Bon Marché” is written on the wall with a light fixture for the “o”
circa 1902
2/73
2009.20.177: Interior
One 8"x10" interior with triangular Christmas trees
circa 1912-1917
2/74
2009.20.178:  24th anniversary cake display
One 8"x10". Flower decorations and five putti dolls with outstretched arms surround 24 birthday cakes each with an increasing number of candles. Behind the cakes is a sign advertising 24th anniversary sales.
1914
2/75
2009.20.179:
Five 8"x10" photographs of drawings of 1929 interiors with captions with three negatives;
1929
2/76
2009.20.180:  Interior of escalator
One 8"x10" of escalator with crowd, on verso - “1929 first escalators in Seattle, The Bon Marché” with negative
1929
6/1
2009.20.81: “The Story of the Bon Marché”
Four enlarged copies of illustrations for the publication "The Story of the Bon Marché"
undated
2/77
2009.20.181: Christmas scene - interior
One 8"x10" group of children sitting in a circle, Christmas decorations on ceiling, to the right group of on lookers
undated
2/78
2009.20.182: Dinner
One 8"x10" of very large group eating dinner at long tables in the downtown Bon Marché with negative
1933
2/79
2009.20.183:  Tube room
One 8"x10" of “Tube room”, cash office in basement backhall where tubes connected to each register location, with negative
1940
2/80
2009.20.184: Interiors
Three 8"x10"s, two state “Ivy[?] bon sale dec 17” on verso one with the year 1943, the other 1944 with one negative; One of three men and one woman standing in front of the “Boyo Corral”, man on left dressed as cowboy pointing a gun at man in middle who is getting a rubber lasso put over his head by the woman, all are laughing, on verso - “Hopalong Cassidy 1953 (struck through) 1949” with negative
circa 1940s
2/81
2009.20.185:  In-store events
Six 8"x10"s, one with crowd around Bendix store demonstration (1949); one with crowd and sign for “King County Sheriff Posse”; one of display for “A Cavalcade of Progess - 1929”; one group shot of kids and young adults for the “Bon Marché Alvino Rey Show with negative; one 4"x6" interior with mannequins “The Northwest Rooms”; of big crowd inside store
circa 1949-1950s
2/82
2009.20.186: Interior
One 8"x10" of boy selling newspapers in a crowd; One 2"x3" of girl and grandma in childrens shoe department
circa 1950s
2/83
2009.20.187: Christmas
Sixteen paper copies of 8"x10" images, one color, one 8"x10" (no people with columns decorated as trees (1954)), most of puppet displays, train models, some night time exteriors with 26 negatives
circa 1950s
2/84
2009.20.188:  Varsity Shop
One photo of empty interior, the other of eight young men who participated in a study for the Varsity Shop
written on verso - “Sitting left to right - Gary Rauen, Seattle; Camden Hall, Ballard; Pete Werle, Queen Anne; Standing left to right - John Coast, Lincoln; Wayne Booth, West Seattle; Rich Eisen; Dennis Collins, Franklin; Jerry Akita, Cleveland”
1958-1959
2/85; 4
2009.20.189:  Image of Birds-eye view of fashion modeling at Bon Marché, circa 1950s
 Image of Fashion modeling at Bon Marché, circa 1950s
Four 8"x10", three of fashion modeling on first floor of downtown store, one shows an in-store demonstration with three negatives; Three strips of fashion show original negatives (in box 4)
circa 1950s
2/86
2009.20.190: Fashion shows
Four 8"x10"s, one of bridal show, one of fashion show at Olympic Hotel (early 1960s), fashion show (1956), Lunch time fashion show at the Jet Room Restaurant
circa 1950s- 1960s
2/87
2009.20.191: Skybridge
One 8"x10", one 4"x6", nine 2"x3", 8"x10" of Dick Keplinger radio host, one of the 2"x3" is of him in radio booth; 4"x6" features Rex Allison on left; the other eight 2"x3"s are of people walking on the skybridge
1962
2/88
2009.20.192:  Image of Crowd entering the Bon Marché from newly opened skybridge, 1960
 Image of Advertisement for Bon Marché skybridge, 1960
Four 8"x10", one is of a boy looking at a newspaper ad with negative, one is of a woman looking at a newspaper ad, two show the first customers to enter the Bon via the skybridge
1962
2/89
2009.20.193:  TV personalities / Christmas
Four 8"x10"s, two of in-store TV personality appearances by Brakeman Bill and Miss Elaine with negative, Bozo the Clown, Stan Boreson, Wunda Wunda with negative; one of crowd entering from Pine Street entrance with roses with negative; interior with crowd from Christmas 1967 with it is a business card from Seattle Times “pully power of the Seattle Times” James T. Dillon
circa 1960s
2/90
2009.20.194: Grinch
Five 8"x10"s of crowd visiting Santa and the Grinch, one is contact sheet
1970
2/91
2009.20.195: Dr. Seuss book display
Five 8"x10" of Dr. Seuss book displays, one of elevator to Toytropolis, Christmas 1970
1970
2/92
2009.20.196: Grinch and Santa Claus
Three 8"x10"s of crowds with Grinch and Santa, one 3"x3" of Santa and Grinch, negative strips
1970
2/93
2009.20.197: Grinch and Santa
Eight 8"x10"s, three of crowds with Grinch and Santa; Five showing people waiting in line for Dr. Seuss Time Machine
1970
2/94
2009.20.198:  Grinch and Santa
Three 8"x10"s of Toytropolis elevator, Grinch cave, crowd and Santa and Grinch
1971
2/95
2009.20.199: Grinch and Santa
Twelve 2"x2" wallet photos of kids with the Grinch and Santa
1970- 1971
2/96
2009.20.200: Dr. Seuss characters
Three 4"x6", two 2"x3" of Dr. Seuss characters
1970- 1971
2/97
2009.20.201: Interiors
Two 9"x11" contact sheets with four photos on each; remodeled interiors with four negatives
undated
2/98
2009.20.202: Remodeled interiors
Seven 8"x10", Six of newly remodeled interiors with four slips of paper describing the changes and materials used, one of shopping bags with Bon logo
circa 1989
2/99
2009.20.203: Metro tunnel opening
Ten 2 1/2"x4" of metro level tunnel opening
undated
8/3
2009.20.87: Christmas
Four contact sheets of photographs of children at Christmas
undated
8/5
2009.20.92: Interiors
Three photographs
undated
drawer
4b.6
2009.20.232: Interior sketches
Seven copy negatives of interior sketches with captions
circa 1980s-1990s
Box
: Parades
undated
Box/Folder
2/100
2009.20.204: Potlatch Parade
One 5"x7" with matting, women in car covered in flowers, in background “Golden Potlatch Seattle 97" seal
circa 1911
2/101
2009.20.205: Potlatch Parade
One 5"x7" with matting, car covered in flowers, stuffed polar bear, “King of the North”
circa 1911
2/102
209.20.206:  Parade
One 8"x10" with matting, view of parade with Bon Marché in background. 1908 photograph of the Great White Fleet (Atlantic Fleet) parade. The Fleet was sent by President Teddy Roosevelt on a peacetime goodwill tour around the world beginning December 16, 1907 and ending February 22, 1909. The parade in Seattle had an attendance of over 300,000 people and included members of the Army, National Guard, and fraternal orders.
26 May 1908
2/103
2009.20.207: Parade
One 8"x10" with matting, view of parade with Bon Marché in background. 1908 photograph of the Great White Fleet (Atlantic Fleet) parade. The Fleet was sent by President Teddy Roosevelt on a peacetime goodwill tour around the world beginning December 16, 1907 and ending February 22, 1909. The parade in Seattle had an attendance of over 300,000 people and included members of the Army, National Guard, and fraternal orders.
26 May 1908
2/104
2009.20.208: Parade
Duplicate of 2009.20.206
26 May 1908
2/105
2009.20.209: Parade
One 7"x9" street view of parade with Bon Marché in background
1912
2/106
2009.20.210: Parade
Two 7"x9" street views looking north above parade with Bon Marché on left, cars covered in flowers, large flags in center
circa 1912-1917
Box
6
2009.20.84: Parade
One 8"x10" with matting photograph of 29 piece band with American and British flags
undated
: Faraway - Staff Picnic
Photographs from scrapbook of staff picnic at the McDermotts summer property on the Olympic Peninsula near Longbranch
Box/Folder
2/107
2009.20.211: Faraway – Staff Picnic
Five 7"x9" photographs with cloth backing from scrapbook, two of dock with people arriving “Faraway”; One interior; one portrait of girl with flower hat with negative; one of view of Puget Sound
circa 1910s - 1920s
2/108
2009.20.212: Faraway – Staff Picnic
Six 7"x9" photographs with cloth backing from scrapbook; four of games; one of group of seven girls eating with negative; one of landscaped grounds with Puget Sound in background
circa 1910s - 1920s
2/109
2009.20.213: Faraway – Staff Picnic
Four 7"x9" photographs with cloth backing from scrapbook - two of tennis courts; one group shot; one of swimming with Bainbridge ferry (?) in background
circa 1910s - 1920s
2/110
2009.20.214: Faraway – Staff Picnic
Five 7"x9" photographs with cloth backing from scrapbook - four of swimming beach area with crowd; one of treehouse
circa 1910s - 1920s
2/111
2009.20.215: Faraway – Staff Picnic
Five 7"x9" photographs with cloth backing from scrapbook - two full length portraits of man in woman's dress with one negative; two group photos of eight men dressed as women with one negative; one photo of two men standing
circa 1910s - 1920s
: Portraits
undated
Box/Folder
2/112
2009.20.216: Portraits
Two 8"x10"s copies of full length portrait of Josephine Nordhoff McDermott (1871-1920) with one negative; two 8"x10"s copies of bronze plaque dedicated by employees to Josephine Patricia McDermott; 8"x10" copy of portrait of Rudolf Nordhoff (original 1926 Seattle Times, this one made for the Bon Marché Centennial exhibit) with negative; One 8"x10" copy, one reproduction from undated publication, portrait of Edward Nordhoff with one negative
Written on verso of photograph of bronze plaque - “founder of the Bon Marché Josephine Patricia Nordhoff McDermott bronze plaque from employees - was in previous store - is currently in center of elevator wall, under the clock in Seattle store.”
circa 1890s - circa1950s
2/113
2009.20.217: Frank McDermott portrait
with negative
circa 1902 - 1917
Box
4
2009.20.65: Framed Frank McDermott portrait
circa 1920s
Box/Folder
2/114
2009.20.218: Photograph of painting of Frank Radford, Portrait of Mrs. Schmitz
One 8"x10" copy of painted seated portrait of Frank Radford; 4"x6" of Mrs. Schmitz
Written on verso of photograph of Frank Radford - “Pic #1 Mr. Radford 1870-1952, pres. Bon Marché 1929 to 1948, Started as a ‘wrapper’ in 1906
undated
Box
5
2009.20.77: Rex Allison with portrait of Radford
circa 1950s
Box/Folder
2/115
2009.20.219: Group photographs during meeting for 1950s downtown construction
One 8"x10" of Laurence (Larry) Lean (managing director) sitting at desk about to write; 8"x10" of John Graham (architect) looking at photo of 1929 Bon Marché and drawing of Bon after upward expansion; 8"x10" of Lean and Rex Allison (VP Allied Store Corp., Western Group manager) looking at large drawing of the Bon after expansion, Allison has left hand up above the drawing; 8"x10" portrait of Lean standing with open binder with picture of 1929 building; 8"x10" of (left to right) seated Graham, standing Lean, seated Allison with negative; 8"x10" of Rex Allison smiling on the telephone; 8"x10" of (left to right) seated at desk Graham, Lean, Allison with blueprints on desk with negative
1955
2/116
2009.20.220: Portraits
Five 4"x6"s, Three of Robert Campeau with one negative; one of Wilbur J. Fix; one of Mr.Graves (buyer) and Miss Kafenbuger(?) (buyer) with negative, two original negatives of Mr. Walsh
circa 1970s, 1980s
2/117
2009.20.221: Robert Campeau
Eleven 4"x7"s of event at Four Seasons Olympic, Robert Campeau in most photographs
undated
: September Affair
undated
Box/Folder
2/118
2009.20.222: September Affair II
Six 8"x10"s of September Affair II
1970
2/116
2009.20.223: September Affair II
Six 8"x10"s of September Affair II - two of dining tables in volunteer park Seattle Art Museum (SAM), four with attached captions – Portrait of Luis Estevez; group portrait: seated SAM hostess Mrs. Richard E. Lang and chairman Mrs. Robert S. Beaupre; half of the executive committee - Mrs. Robert W. Thomas, Mrs. Charles Kaplan, Mrs. Robert B. Dootson, Mrs. Robert S. Beaupre, Mrs. John J. Beaupre, Mrs. Robert E. Miller, Mrs. David Bingham; part of executive committee – Mrs. Robert M. Miller, Mrs. Robert B. Dootson, Mrs. Robert W. Thomas, Mrs. Charles Kaplan
1970
: Bon Marché produced history of business and building changes
undated
Box/Folder
2/120
2009.20.224: History
Seven 8"x10" copies of pamphlet for the Bon showing how the exterior has changed and photos of the interior with captions and some historical information
circa 1912
: Seattle photographs
Box/Folder
4/9
2009.20.62: 1889 Fire
circa 1889
2/121
2009.20.225: 1889 fire
One 4"x6" backed photo, “Ruins of Yesler Block, Seattle, Wash” on front, on back "Jenny Eelandsson, from H.C.W."
1889
Box
6
2009.20.83: A-Y-P-E
Photograph with matting from the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition
1909
Box/Folder
2/122
2009.20.226: Seattle photographs
Three 8"x10"s of various Seattle views, one depicts view from Sorrento Hotel, on verso - “Diners at the hotel Sorrento’s ‘Top O’ Town’ enjoy a view of the snow-bright, rugged Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound”, one of sailboats on Lake Washington, on verso - “Seen here are one of many sail boat races held during the spring, summer and fall.”, one Of a steamer on Puget Sound, on verso - “Alaska Steamship Company steamer ‘Iliamna’ is seen clearing Pier 42, Seattle, with a deck load of seventeen 40-foot trailer vans for Alaska.”
undated
Postcards / Non Photograph Images
undated
Box/Folder
2/123
2009.20.227: Postcards
Six postcards: circa 1910 exterior from street; 1929 exterior on verso - “1949”; Bon Marché baseball team; Blakley Mill with Bon Marché advertisement on back; two postcards of Paris Bon Marché taped together with two negatives
on verso of Paris postcard typed message from Bessie Campbell to Mr. Walsh - “Mr. Walsh: several years ago when I was in Paris, I stepped out of my left bank hotel and looked down the street, I was amazed to see in blazing lights BON Marché. Since I store was named for this Store I thought you might enjoy these two views of our Mother Store. Bessie Campbell
circa 1910 - 1988
2/124
2009.20.228: Various images
Firehouse at 3rd and Pine with negative, bust of Chief Seattle, exterior of 1907 downtown building with negative, exterior of proposed 1955 expansion, interior of 1989 remodeling
circa 1900 - circa 1989
drawer
5a.3.6
2009.20.229: Christmas film
16mm film with sound
circa 1970s
Slides
undated
Box/Folder
2/125
2009.20.230: Slides
Eleven slides for special events second floor with envelope
undated
2/126
2009.20.231: Slides
Seventy-Nine slides of exteriors, staff, credit cards, Christmas star, night time aerials with Christmas star
circa 1990s

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