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Seattle and Washington State stereocard collection, circa 1919-1928

Overview of the Collection

Title
Seattle and Washington State stereocard collection
Dates
circa 1919-1928 (inclusive)
Quantity
31 photographic prints on stereo cards (1 box) : stereograph ; 3.5 x 7 in.
24 modern contact prints : stereograph
30 negatives (1 box) : stereograph
Collection Number
PH0655
Summary
Stereoscopic views of various locations around Seattle including downtown, parks, University of Washington , lakes, Sand Point Naval Base and some views in Sammamish Valley
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The negatives are not available for viewing without permission. Contact the Special Collections division, University of Washington Libraries.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Stereographs were a popular form of photography in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Two stereoscopic pictures were mounted side by side on a card approximately seven inches wide and three inches tall. When viewed through a stereoscope or special glasses, the image appeared to be three-dimensional.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection comprises stereoscopic views of Seattle and Washington locations, landmarks, waterways, and events between 1919 and 1928. Highlights include Wide Awake, the first elephant purchased for Woodland Park Zoo; naval ships and small personal craft using the Ballard Locks; Blethen Chimes on the University of Washington campus; the ground breaking ceremony for the Sand Point Naval Air Station, cherry trees in Kirkland and logging scenes.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View selections from the collection in digital format.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the Special Collections division, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

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

SeattleReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Aerial views
Box item
1 1
Lake Union looking northeast
undated
1 2-3
Seattle  
undated
1 4
View towards Harbor Island and West Seattle  
undated
Downtown Seattle
Box item
1 5a-b
Parade on 1st Avenue viewed from Cherry Street
5a is a stereocard. 5b is a modern print.
Caption reads "Returning from France."
circa 1920
1 6
First Avenue parade with horsemen  
circa 1919
1 7
First Avenue parade with marching band  
circa 1919
1 8
Looking north along 2nd Avenue from Yesler  
undated
1 9
Looking towards 2nd, 3rd and Queen Anne.  
undated
1 10
Looking northwest along 2nd Avenue
undated
1 11
Yesler Hill with City Light Building and trolley  
Caption reads "Seattle--Yesler Hill."
undated
1 12
County-City Building with Seattle Shriners' Camp  
Located at 3rd Avenue and James Street, the County-City building is now the site of the King County Courthouse.
circa 1922
1 13
County-City Building with assembly  
May 30, 1922
Parks
Box item
1 14 a-b
Boardwalk and crowd at Alki Beach  
14a is a stereocard. 14b is a modern print.
undated
1 15
Seawall and boardwalk, Alki Beach  
undated
1 16
Bathhouse and swimmers at Alki Beach  
undated
1 17
Green Lake Park
undated
1 18 a-b
Trees and shore at Lincoln Beach  
18a is a stereocard. 18b is a modern print
undated
1 19
Wrecked ship on the shore of Richmond Beach  
undated
1 20
Seward Park bathhouse  
The bathhouse was built in 1927.
circa 1927
1 21 a-b
Wading pool in Volunteer Park  
21a is a stereocard. 21b is a modern print.
undated
1 22
Picnickers in Woodland Park  
undated
1 23
Woodland Park  
"Seattle--Under the maples, Woodland Pk."
undated
1 24
Swimmers at Woodland Park Beach  
undated
1 25
Eight year old Elephant with visitors at the Woodland Park Zoo  
The elephant is quite possibly Wide Awake--the Woodland Park Zoo's first elephant, purchased in 1921.
1921
University District and Sand Point Naval Station
Box item
1 26-27
Blethen Chimes, University of Washington campus  
The 12 bells of Chimes Tower were donated by Colonel A.J. Blethen. They were enclosed in the tower in 1914.
circa 1914
1 28
Engineering Building (formerly the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Machinery Hall)  
undated
1 29
Engineering Building (formerly the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Machinery Hall) and water tower  
undated
1 30
Rainier Vista with Sylvan Theater in the distance
circa 1911
1 31-32
Sylvan Theater, University of Washington campus  
The focus of the Sylvan Theater-- the four iconic columns reading "Loyalty" "Industry", Faith" and "Efficiency"-- were moved to their current location in 1911 from the Territorial University.
circa 1911
1 33 a-b
Three people walking on a residential street
33a is a stereocard. 33b is a modern print.
undated
1 34
Sand Point Aviation Field, Seattle  
On June 19, 1920 Navy officers and elected officials held a ground breaking ceremony for the Sand Point Naval Air Station.
circa 1920
Waterways
Box item
1 35
Chittenden Locks  
caption incorrectly reads: "Small lock--Lake Washington Canal"
undated
1 36
View across Lake Washington towards Mt. Rainier  
undated
1 37
Lake Washington looking east
undated
1 38
Children on the shore of Lake Washington  
"Lake Washington, looking NE from Denny Estate."
undated
1 39
Lake Washington, looking southwest from Denny Estate
undated
1 40 a-b
Three automobiles on Lake Washington Boulevard  
40a is a stereocard. 40b is a modern print
undated
1 41
Lake Washington Cut, Portage Bay and Union Bay
undated
1 42
Ship and boats in Lake Washington Cut  
undated
1 43-44
Montlake Bridge  
The Montlake Bridge was finished in 1925
circa 1925
1 45
View from Capitol Hill looking NE across Portage Bay to Montlake Cut, Seattle  
undated
1 46
University Bridge  
The bridge opened on July 1, 1919
circa 1919

Outside SeattleReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Known locations
Box item
1 47
Cherry Trees in Kirkland  
undated
1 48
Woman sitting in Hudson Park in Edmonds, Washington
undated
1 49
State House in Olympia, Washington. Viewed from across the water.  
The legislative building with its distinctive dome was completed in 1928
circa 1928
1 50
Railroad tracks near Lake Sammamish, Washington  
undated
1 51
Sammamish River, Washington  
undated
1 52
Sammamish Valley, Washington
undated
1 53
Vancouver, B.C. viewed across the water
undated
Unknown locations
Box item
1 54
Spar tree, loaded rail car and logging crew  
undated
1 55
Felled trees, steam donkeys, and spar tree  
undated