Austin Seward photograph collection, circa 1900-1930s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Seward, Austin, 1885-1974
Title
Austin Seward photograph collection
Dates
circa 1900-1930s (inclusive)
Quantity
700 photographs including 4 albums, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
1980.6877
Summary
Photographs include Seattle, Bainbridge Island, buildings, scenery, logging, ships, planes, foreign monuments, products from Joseph Mayer & Brothers, cremation urns, funeral products and various artifacts.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Austin Seward was born May 4, 1885 and died in May of 1974. Sources say he spent time working as a sheriff, mill worker, politician, and dairy operator, among other things. Seward worked as a local photographer for Pierson’s studio in the early 1920s. He was also a photographer for Bainbridge Studios.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 4 photograph albums and loose photographs (approximately 700 photographs in total) depicting a wide range of subjects. Some of the photographs are stamped Pierson Studios, some Bainbridge Studios, some with both studio names, and others were not stamped at all. Some of the photographs are identified and/or dated, but many are not. Many of the photographs were taken in Seattle and include scenic and aerial views, downtown views, clocks, buildings and commercial photography. One of the albums contains photographs that highlight various products made by Joseph Mayer & Brothers Company in Seattle. There is also an album that contains photographs and specifications of cremation urns and other funeral products. There are many miscellaneous photographs with subjects including scenery, logging, ships, planes, foreign monuments, and artifacts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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.

Alternative Forms Available

View selections from the collection in digital format by clicking on the camera icons in the inventory below.

Preferred Citation

Austin Seward Photograph 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.

Albums, circa 1900-1930sReturn to Top

4 albums
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
.4:  Image of Aurora Avenue Bridge construction, ca. 1931
 Image of J.E. Standley and young girl in front of Alaska Indian Totem Pole, ca. 1925
 Image of Joseph Mayer & Bros. worker with clock dial for Chehalis County Courthouse, ca. 1910
 Image of Man and woman with eggs at J.F. Jappe’s Farm, Alderwood Manor, ca. 1925
143 photographs 8"x11"
Includes Volunteer Park, scenery, commercial photography, business interiors and exteriors, houses interiors and exteriors, Tatoosh Range, Drummond Lighterage Co. barge, Sovereign Gas Station, logging, Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Co., Montlake Bridge, Mt. Rainier, Aurora Bridge, Herbert Hoover, Alaska Indian Totem Pole at “Totem Place” West Seattle, Chatterton Bakeries, Eddie Hubbard with the Boeing B-1, Columbus Hospital Nurses, J.F. Jappe’s Farm – Alderwood Manor, farming, Invalid Coach Service – Shepard, YWCA pool.
circa 1900-1930s
Box/Folder
1/1-28 circa 1900-1930s
Box
1
.6: Album
115 photographs 8"x11"
Includes various objects from Jos. Mayer & Bros. such as: medals, buckles, pins, coins, rings, and platters.
circa 1900-1930s
1
.7: Album
46 photographs 8 ¼”x 11 ½”
Includes cremation urns, memorial tablets, vases, and emblems of fraternal organizations. Includes identifications and specifications.
circa 1900-1930s

Photographs, circa 1900-1930sReturn to Top

257 photographs
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
.8-12: Lake Union aerial views
circa 1900-1930s
2/2-3
.13-18: Seattle aerial views
1930 March 30
2/4-5
.19-27: Seattle aerial views
circa 1900-1930s
2/6
.28-30, .33: Downtown Seattle streets and buildings
Includes Pioneer Square, unidentified streets, Second Avenue & Columbia (Financial District), Dexter Horton Building.
circa 1920
2/6
.31: Unidentified Seattle streets
circa 1900-1930s
2/6 circa 1925
2/7
.34, .37-40:  Downtown Seattle streets and buildings
Includes Metropolitan Theatre, White Building, unidentified Seattle streets.
circa 1925
2/7
.35: Downtown Seattle
circa 1930
2/7
.36: Unidentified Seattle streets
circa 1920
2/8
.41-42: Denny Regrade and Washington Hotel
circa 1900
2/9
.43-45: Northern Life Tower
circa 1930
2/9
.46-47: Seattle buildings
Includes National Bank of Commerce, Masonic Temple.
circa 1915
2/9
.48-49:  Seattle buildings
Includes Nurses Home Columbus Hospital, Civic Auditorium.
circa 1900-1930s
2/10
.50, .52-53: Seattle buildings
Includes Harborview Hospital, Dexter Horton Building, Medical Dental Building.
circa 1920
2/10
.51, .54, .56: Seattle buildings
Includes Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building, Cheasty Building, Melhorn Building.
circa 1930
2/10 circa 1925
2/11
.57-59: Seattle buildings
Includes the Bon Marche, Olympic Hotel.
circa 1920
2/11 circa 1915
2/11
.61: Continental Hotel
circa 1900-1930s
2/12
.62, .64, .66-67: Seattle buildings
Includes Marlborough House, Sheffield Apartment, L.W. Sutter Silver Shop, J.J. Bleitz Undertaking.
circa 1900-1930s
2/12
.63: Faneuil Hall
circa 1930
2/12
.65: Unidentified apartments
circa 1930
2/13
.68, .71: Unidentified buildings
circa 1930
2/13
.69: Unidentified school
circa 1900-1930s
2/13
.70: Unidentified building
circa 1925
2/14
.72-77:  Image of Lone Pine Bar and Odd Fellows Hall on dirt road, ca. 1905
 Image of Madison Street cable cars next to Lennon's store on Second Avenue, Seattle, ca. 1910
 Image of Two men with horse drawn delivery wagons outside of Kristoferson's Dairy, Seattle, ca. 1914
Includes downtown Seattle views, Madison Street cable car, unidentified church, Kristopherson’s Dairy and Western Union Telegraph & Cable Office, Lone Pine Bar, unidentified rural road.
circa 1900-1930s
2/15
.78-82: Seattle views
Includes Seattle views, Union Street Station Great Northern Railroad, Lake Union.
circa 1900-1930s
2/16
.83-89: Commercial photography and scenery
Includes commercial photography, Spring’s Jewelry Store, Pierson Studio, Mountain Lakes Water Company, Lake Hannon, Lake Fontell, Cherry Creek, Lake Marion, Young’s River, Tolt River.
circa 1900-1930s
2/17
.90, .93-94:  Seattle businesses
Includes Tower Coffee Shop, Van de Kamp’s Bakery.
circa 1920
2/17
.91: Pacific Catering Service
circa 1925
2/17
.92, .95-97:  Image of Van de Kamp’s Bakery windmill-shaped building, Seattle, ca. 1930
 Seattle Tent & Awning Co. employees, Seattle, circa 1925
Includes Van de Kamp’s Bakery, Seattle Tent and Awning Company, M. Seller Company.
circa 1900-1930s
2/18
.98-100, .102-103: Seattle and Bainbridge Island businesses
Includes unidentified lobby, Smith Tower Annex interior, Bainbridge Beauty Shop (Winslow, Washington), hardware store interior, Star Machinery Co.
circa 1900-1930s
2/18
.101: Al’s Tonsorial Express portable barber shop
circa 1930s
2/19
.104-106: Restaurant interiors
circa 1900-1930s
2/20
.107-111: Seattle buildings
Include building interiors, banks.
circa 1900-1930s
2/21 circa 1900-1930s
2/22
.116a-b: Pacific Coast Steel Corp
circa 1900-1930s
2/23 circa 1900-1930s
2/23
.122: University of Washington crew
1928
2/24-27
.123-145: Logging
circa 1900-1930s
2/28
.146-152: Ships
Include ships, shipbuilding, Winslow Shipyard
circa 1900-1930s
2/29
.153-157:  Ships
Includes Eagle Harbor, ships, Captain Backland aboard C.S. Holmes, hospital ship, West Seattle Ferry.
circa 1900-1930s
2/30
.158-160, .162-163: Ships
Includes ships, Bremerton ferry, bridges, ship C.S. Holmes.
circa 1900-1930s
2/30
.161: Port of Seattle Pier
1931
2/30
.164: Sailing ship St. Paul, steamships Jacob Luckenback and Amazon Maru
circa 1920
2/31
.165: Steamships Wheatland Montana and President Madison
circa 1925
2/31
.166-170: Ships
Includes passenger ferries at Port of Seattle Pier 3, Eagle Harbor, Naval vessels, Seattle waterfront, ships sailing.
circa 1900-1930s
2/32
.171-176:  Boeing airplanes
Includes Boeing P314 float plane #NX18601, airplanes, Boeing B1 U.S. mail plane at Lake Union with Eddie Hubbard
circa 1900-1930s
2/32
.177: Boeing Airplane Company assembly room
1927 June 7
2/32
.178: Boeing Navy Fighter airplane
1927 September 14
2/33-34
.179-190: Homes, interiors and exteriors
circa 1900-1930s
2/35
.191: Home exterior
circa 1915
2/35
.192-196, 198: Homes, interiors and exteriors
circa 1900-1930s
2/35
.197: Kitchen
circa 1925
2/36
.199-200: Asian monuments
circa 1900-1930s
2/37
.201-205: Scenic views
Includes scenery, Saw Tooth Range White Pass and Yukon Railroad track by Ed Andrews.
circa 1900-1930s
2/38
.206-212: Scenery
Includes flowers, scenery, Mt. Rainier.
circa 1900-1930s
2/39
.213-215: Airship America, Redding, California
1909 July 3
2/40
.216-229: Objects and artifacts
Includes paint brushes, art deco, sea shell, pendants, books, necklaces, planting pots, mining car, Briggs & Stratton one cylinder gasoline engine with gear reduction device on left side, Native American artifacts, Persian rug.
circa 1900-1930s
2/41
.230-235, .237-242: Miscellaneous
Includes many miscellaneous photographs including railroad, foreign photographs, trail drive, Canadian Pacific Railroad, totem pole, family wedding scene, dog with shark, canine, White Pass and Yukon Railroad.
circa 1900-1930s
2/41
.236: Lloyd Transfer Company
circa 1915
box-folder:oversize
3/1
.243: Seattle waterfront
1929
3/1
.244-245: University of Washington from SE corner of campus
1933
3/1
.246: Unidentified bridge
1931 January 6
3/1
.247-248: Aerial views of downtown Seattle
1929 July 27
3/1
.249: Aerial view of downtown Seattle
circa 1900-1930s
3/2
.250-254: Waterfront and ships
Includes harbor, ships, waterfront, lumber port, ship being cut up for scrap.
circa 1900-1930s
3/2 circa 1920
3/3
.256-258: Scenery
Includes various scenic photographs and Snoqualmie Falls.
circa 1900-1930s
3/3
.259: Looking west upon 76, six miles above Monte Cristo
1929 August 13
3/4
.260, .262-264:  Miscellaneous
Includes lumbering; 1320 Queen Anne Avenue built by Fred Anhalt; Bainbridge Beauty Shop, Winslow, Washington; dance floor circa 1900-1930s.
circa 1900-1930s
3/4
.261: Washington Athletic Club
circa 1930
3/5
.273: Aerial view of University of Washington campus
circa 1930

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Boat & ship industry--Washington (State)--Bainbridge Island
  • Boat & ship industry--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Clocks and watches
  • Commercial organizations--Washington (State)--Bainbridge Island
  • Commercial organizations--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Commercial photography
  • Crematoriums--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Houses--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Lumber Industry--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Urns
  • Vessels
  • Waterfronts --Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Waterfronts--Washington (State)--Bainbridge Island
  • Personal Names :
  • Seward, Austin
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bainbridge Studio
  • Boeing Aerospace Company
  • Joseph Mayer & Brothers
  • Pierson Photo Co.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bainbridge Island (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Aerial photographs
  • Landscape photographs
  • Photographs