Phyllis Owen A Snapshot Diary of the Owens photograph album, 1947  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Owen, Phyllis M
Title
Phyllis Owen A Snapshot Diary of the Owens photograph album
Dates
1947 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 album: 182 photographs (1 box) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
PH0811
Summary
Photograph album documenting the Owen family in 1947
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

Access to original album restricted. Permission of curator required for viewing. Contact Special Collections for more information. A photocopy version of the album is available for viewing.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Phyllis Marshall Owen was born to Philip Herbert Owen and Lillie May Hahn. Phillip and Lillie Owen married in Victoria, B.C. in February 2, 1916. Sometime before World War II, the Owen family moved from Maine to Washington. Phillip Owen died some time before 1942. During World War II, Phyllis worked in the Boeing Aircraft Company as an inspector.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs capturing a year in the life of the Owen family in 1947. Mostly photographed by Phyllis Owen, the photographs depict daily scenes around her house in the White Center neighborhood of Seattle, as well as outings including the Boeing Inspection Department Picnic, oystering on the Hood Canal and other activities throughout Seattle and the surrounding region. Still lifes of trees, flowers, and cats are interspersed throughout a running narrative of trips to Hood Canal, Woodland Park, the Puyallup Fair, and their cabin on Bremerton. The album is heavily annotated with her observations and personal details of friends. She also points out the growing network of electrical lines and an electrically lighted blimp at the Puyallup Fair.

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Photocopies are available for reference use.

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Container(s) Description Dates
Page item
1 1 Title Page "To the Petersons-A Snapshot Diary of the Owens for 1947- Seattle, Washington" 1947
2 2a-e Views of the Owen house before and after a snowstorm 1947
3 3a-d  Lillie and Phyllis Owen gathering oysters at Hood Canal with Blanche Tallent and her family
Handwritten caption on album page: "When mother and I went oystering on Hood's Canal with Blanche Tallent, lady I worked with, + her family. Oysters are all over the beach, on stones and fastened together in bunches."
April 4, 1947
4 4a-d  Group picnicking on the oysters they gathered at Hood Canal April 4, 1947
5 5a-f Lillie and Phyllis Owen with Mrs. Hausen at Woodland Park on Mother's Day May 1947
6 6a-e Scenes of Phyllis Owen and Mrs. Hausen at Woodland Park and zoo animals May 1947
7 7a-g Zoo animals and children riding on pony cart at Woodland Park May 1947
8 8a-f Deer and swans at Woodland Park May 1947
9 9a-f Dodie, Mary Scalf, Lillie Owen and others wild blackberrying in West Seattle
Handwritten caption on album page: "Dodie- a girl I worked with who had brain operation- taken day before she went to hospital on July 22nd."
July 21, 1947
10 10a-c Blanche Tallent and two of her children, Pat and Sharron
Handwritten caption on album page: "Blanche is the lady I visited so often at Bremerton this summer. These are the 2 younger of her 3 children. I went to the Y.M.C.A. dances with her older daughter, Colleen. I worked with Blanche at Boeing."
1947
11 11 Lillie Owen at Woodland Park
Handwritten caption on album page: "Taken by Mrs. Hauder, when we went to Iowa State Picnic with her on July 27."
July 27, 1947
12 12a-f  Boeing Inspection Department Picnic, with Mary Scalf, Lillie and Phyllis Owen, and others
Handwritten caption on album page: "Me with some other I work with (Dodie in center with bandana-bandage showing)."
August 3, 1947
13 13a-f Tiger the cat on a bed August 19, 1947
14 14a-d Tiger the cat, flowers, and a peach tree on the south side of the house Summer 1947
15 15a-d  Lillie and Phyllis Owen, Mrs. Hausen and her niece at the Puyallup Fair September 18, 1947
16 16a-c  Photos of a blimp and Lillie and Phyllis Owen, Mrs. Hausen and her niece eating caramel apples at the Puyallup Fair
Handwritten caption on album page: "Blimp advertising Mobil oil & Gas. Electronically lighted sign, complete with animated red flying horse. Flew over Seattle for several weeks."
September 18, 1947
17 17a-g Scenes around the home and garden on Armistice Day November 11, 1947
18 18a-g Scenes of trees and front yard around house November 11, 1947
19 19a-f  Scenes of Bremerton ferry and crossing
Handwritten caption on album page: "Mother and Mable Harriman, ferryman's wife and Harriman's houseboat."
October 16-21, 1947
20 20a-g Lillie Owen working on cabin on Bremerton
Handwritten caption on album page: "Mother mending roof...cleaning rain barrel."
October 16-21, 1947
21 21a-d Views of a cabin and canyon in Bremerton October 16-21, 1947
22 22a-f Forest scenes near house in Bremerton October 16-21, 1947
23 23a-e Bremerton dirt road with new electric light poles
Handwritten caption on album page: "Mother picking huckleberries on back of our place."
October 16-21, 1947
24 24a-e Cabin and beach between Lee and Dugdale homes
Handwritten caption on album page: "Front porch looking across at Squaxon."
October 16-21, 1947
25 25a-f  Views of Dugdale house and another cabin
Handwritten caption on album page: "New house on hill just north of log cabin- built by son of people owning cabin. Is wired for electricity!"
October 16-21, 1947
26 26a-d Logging road and driftwood along beach October 16-21, 1947
27 27a-f Cabin in forest clearing
Handwritten caption on album page: "Tarp's place-Front half of house completely gone. Some Seattle people now own it and have fired up tent house under trees."
October 16-21, 1947
28 28a-f Beach scenes with Lillie and Phyllis
Handwritten caption on album page: "McDougal's place- On beach below us. Squaxon Indiand Reservation across bay."
October 16-21, 1947
29 29a-g Lillie and Phyllis Owen walking north along beach from McDougal's place October 16-21, 1947
30 30a-h Lillie and Phyllis holding black cat
Handwritten caption on album page: "Tommy- our orphan."
1947
31 31a-e  Owen home in White Center
Handwritten caption on album page: "Organ box still on front porch."
1947
32 32a-e  Neighborhood scenes on Thanksgiving Day
Handwritten captions on album page: "Corner of 18th & 100th where Orchard was; looking across fill where swamp was; our new fire station- at corner of fill shown above."
November 27, 1947
33 33a-e  Scenes of downtown Seattle with Union and King Street stations November 27, 1947
34 34a-d Downtown Seattle street scenes on Thanksgiving Day
Handwritten caption on album page: "14th Ave. and E. Pine St. where Grandma Owen lives; Mother window gazing and waiting for bus at 14th Ave and E. Pike St."
November 27, 1947
35 35a-f  Portraits of Owens and Keyes in front of house
Handwritten caption on album page: "Thanksgiving dinner with Mr. & Mrs. Howard Keyes & adopted daughter Carol- (14 months old). This is the lady mother took care of about 5 years ago."
November 27, 1947
36 36 Christmas postcard photograph of Lillie Owen 1947
37 37 Christmas postcard photograph of Phyllis Owen 1947

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs