Collection on the Pacific Outfitting Company, 1907-1991  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Collection on the Pacific Outfitting Company
Dates
1907-1991 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 box, (.42 cubic feet)
Collection Number
2008.3.18 (accession)
Summary
Materials related to the history of the Pacific Outfitting Company in Seattle, mostly photographs along with some business documents and other items
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

The Pacific Outfitting Company was founded in 1907 as a part of a larger chain of stores, including the Eastern and Columbia Outfitting Companies. The corporation was founded in 1887 by Alfred Shemanski, a Polish immigrant. Pacific opened in Seattle in a storefront at 422 Pike Street, and eventually set up stores in Spokane and Bellevue. Pacific started as a clothing store for women, soon expanding to sell men’s apparel as well. The store was managed by Max Lipman from 1912 until his death in 1953. Lipman used World War I to establish the store by gaining a monopoly on credit. Lipman was also able to keep the store open during the Depression, something many of his neighbors were not able to do. Pacific was also one of the first companies in Seattle to organize a union. Besides being a capable manager, Lipman was very heavily involved in the community, and as the community expanded, so did the store. Upon Lipman’s death in 1953, his son Herbert took over management. The store continued to remain in business until 1991, when the corporation was dissolved.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The majority of the collection is made up of photographs. These photos range from the store’s early days to the days of their liquidation sale. Subjects depicted include the store, employees and clothing. Business documents include store license, minutes, by-laws, meetings and stocks. Other materials include promotions for credit and bonds. The transcript of an interview with Herbert Lipman provides background on the family and the history of the store.

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

Collection on the Pacific Outfitting Company, 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.

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Black and white photographs
Folder
1
.1: Eastern Outfitting Co. building storefront
circa 1910-1940
2
.2:  Man with seven women in front of store
Pacific Outfitting Co. store at 3rd Avenue near Seneca Street. Identifications on verso.
circa 1910-1940
3 circa 1910-1940
4
.4: Two women in the women’s section of store
Mounted
circa 1910-1940
5
.5: Room with chaise lounge
‘Compliments of Electric Heating and Light Co.’ written on back
circa 1910-1940
6
.6: Max Lipman in store with large group
Photograph was taken after a dance contest sponsored by Pacific Outfitting Co.
1932
7
.7: Group at Managers Competition Banquet, Pacific Outfitting Co.
1928 May
8
.8: Pacific Outfitting Co. storefront at 422 Pine Street
circa 1910-1940
9
.9: Employees of company
Mounted
circa 1910-1940
10
.10:  Pacific Outfitting Co. storefront
Display in window welcoming Loyal Order of Moose.
circa 1919
11
.11: Security Benefits Association Drill team
Wearing uniforms furnished by Pacific Outfitting Co.
1929
12
.12: Max Lipman
Mounted
circa 1910-1940
13
.13: Max Lipman
Mounted
circa 1910-1940
14
.14: Employee photo
Half-tone reproduction
circa 1930
15
.15: Alfred Shemanksi
Written on verso: Founder and President of Pacific Outfitting Company 1908-1966
circa 1910-1940
16
.16:  Employee photo
Some individuals identified on accompanying photocopy.
circa 1910-1940
17
.17: Svea Male Chorus
Wearing coats and trousers by Pacific Outfitting Co.
1955
18
.18:  Seattle meter maids
Accompanied by copy of newspaper article showing the photo.
Wearing uniforms provided by Pacific Outfitting Co.
circa 1940-1960
19
.19: Woman in meter maid uniform looking in store mirror
circa 1940-1960
Color photographs
Folder
24
.26: Man at desk
Identified as "manager."
circa 1960-1990
30
.34: Pacific Outfitting Co. store interior and exterior
8 35mm color negatives
circa 1960-1990
32
.36-.40: Interior of Pacific Outfitting Co. store
5 items
circa 1960-1990
32
.41-.46: Interior of Pacific Outfitting Co. store
6 snapshots
circa 1960-1990
32
.47-.52: Interior of Pacific Outfitting Co. store
6 snapshots
circa 1960-1990
33
.53-.55: Shoppers at Pacific Outfitting Co. store
3 snapshots
circa 1960-1990
33
.56-.62: Exterior of Pacific Outfitting Co. store
7 snapshots
circa 1960-1990

Business documentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
20
.20: Registration of Trademark Certificate
Trademark of ‘One and One Half Sale.’
Advertisement for sale is attached to certificate.
1975
21
.21: Stock contract
1909
22
.22: Pacific Outfitting Co. stock shares
1908-1930
36
.69: Pacific Outfitting Co. ledger book
Includes minutes, business licenses, trustees’ meetings, stockholder meetings, by-laws, Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Administrative Dissolution.
1907-1991

AdvertisementsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
29
.33: Copy of advertisement for Pacific Outfitting Co.
“The Home of Cheerful Credit”
circa 1940-1960
34
.63: Advertisement for Pacific Outfitting Co.
Nitrate negative
circa 1910-1940
34
.64: Advertisement for Pacific Outfitting Co.
Nitrate negative
circa 1910-1940
34
.65: Advertisement for Pacific Outfitting Co.
Nitrate negative
circa 1910-1940
34
.66: Advertisement for Pacific Outfitting Co.
Nitrate negative
circa 1910-1940

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
23
.23: Credit book
1916
23
.24: King County Deputy Sheriff card for Max Lipman
1950
33
.25: Discount card for U.S. War bonds during World War II
circa early 1940s
24
.27: Employee identification card for Herbert Lipman
circa 1940-1960
25
.28: Letter from family hypnotherapist
Inquiring about an unused incentive check he found
circa 1940-1960
26
.29: The Third Avenue Association flyer
circa 1940-1960
26
.30: Price list for official uniforms for Seattle Transit System
2 copies
1949
27
.31: The Seattle Eagle, Fraternal Order of Eagles newsletter
Includes obituary for Max Lipman
1953 May
28
.32: “Cheerful Credit” interview transcript
Transcript of an interview with Herbert Lipman about the Lipman family and the history of the Pacific Outfitting Co., conducted by Carla Wulfsberg in 1983.
1983
31
.35: Patriotic card, "I'm Proud to be an American"
Pledge of Allegiance on one side and the Star Spangled Banner on the other, with cloth flag attached at top. Compliments of the Pacific Outfitting Company
circa 1940-1960
35
.68: Letter from Oscar Pearson to Herbert Lipman
Letter includes Pearson's remembrance of Max Lipman and the store during the Great Depression.
1990

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Clothing stores--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Retail trade--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs