Photographs of the Seattle Hardware Company, approximately 1907-1950s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographs of the Seattle Hardware Company
approximately 1907-1950s (inclusive)
approximately 1907-1926 (bulk)
29 photographic prints ; various sizes
Collection Number
Photographs of Seattle Hardware Company buildings and employees
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Seattle Hardware Company started in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle in 1883. After their building was lost in the Great Fire of June 6, 1889, the company leased a barn from the Seattle Street Railway Company. They stayed in this location, on the corner of Pike Street and Second Avenue, for one year. In 1890, the Seattle Hardware Company returned to the Pioneer Square neighborhood and occupied the Colman building on First Avenue and Marion Street. They stayed there until 1905, when they moved to their own seven-story building on the corner of First Avenue South and King Street.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes photographs of buildings and people associated with the Seattle Hardware Company. The photographs primarily show offices and warehouses, and employees working and at picnics.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Exterior viewsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
box:oversize item
XH1 1
Seattle Hardware Company building and warehouse
1/1 2-3 1920?
1/2 4
 Seattle Hardware Company warehouse building and railroad tracks
Asahel Curtis, Seattle (photographer)
Chinese characters are written on front of photograph.
1/2 5
 Seattle Hardware Company building
Roger Dudley, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
between 1950 and 1960?
1/3 6 between 1900 and 1910?
1/3 7
Sailing ships at dock with logs floating in the foreground
between 1880 and 1910?

Interior ViewsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/4 8 between 1930 and 1960?
1/4 9 between 1920 and 1940?
1/5 10 1922
1/5 11
 Employees working in office
Asahel Curtis, Seattle (48066) (photographer)
1/5 12 1925
1/5 13
 Employees working in office
Asahel Curtis, Seattle, WA (55373) (photographer)
1/5 14
Smallfield Photo Service, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
between 1940 and 1960?
1/6 15 1907
1/6 16-18
 Sorting and packing hardware products
Asahel Curtis, Seattle, Washington (35947, 35948, 35951) (photographer)
1/7 19
 Employees in overalls
Asahel Curtis, Seattle, Washington (35952) (photographer)
1/7 20
 Warehouse filled with barrels
Asahel Curtis, Seattle, Washington (35586) (photographer)
Chinese characters are written on front of photograph.
1/7 21 between 1920 and 1930?

Employees and employee activitiesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/8 22
 Three seated men
Pierson and Company, Seattle , Washington (photographer)
between 1918 and 1923
1/8 23
 Fred White, Walt Anderson, W.J. Ford and others seated around table
Columbia Commercial Studio, Portland, Oregon (photographer)
between 1920 and 1930?
OS4 24
 Group of men, probably employees of the Seattle Hardware Company.
Romans Photographic Company, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
The men are identified on the back of the photograph.
between 1903 and 1920
OS3 25
 Group of men, possibly the management of the Seattle Hardware Company.
Some identifications on verso of the photograph.
between 1900 and 1930?
1/8 26
 Group of men, probably employees of the Seattle Hardware Company
Fisher-Croft Company (photographer)
Some identifications are listed on accompanying page.
M291 27
Seattle Hardware Company picnic at Wildwood Park
Pierson Co, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
July 14, 1917
OS4 28 between 1917 and 1918
XH2 29
Seattle Hardware Company picnic, Fortuna park
Gowan (photographer)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle Hardware Company--Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941 (photographer)