Anonymous Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition postcard album, 1909  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Anonymous Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition postcard album
Dates
1909 (inclusive)
Quantity
49 postcards; 1 album cover (1 folder) ; various sizes
Collection Number
PH0433
Summary
Postcards from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle
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

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) held in Seattle, Washington, was the spectacular result of nearly 10 million dollars and four years of effort. The Klondike Gold Rush made Seattle the dominant city in the Pacific Northwest, as the major supplier to Alaska. The goal of the 1909 AYPE was to show off the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle, and to display the value of commercial trade with the Pacific Rim. When Japan agreed to participate, the AYPE became a truly international, multi-cultural event, which planners of the AYPE hoped would demonstrate cooperation between people from around the world. On a less philosophical level, city officials also hoped that the exposition would encourage people to relocate to the growing metropolis of Seattle.

Officials soon decided on the largely wooded grounds of the University of Washington, situated on Lake Washington, with Mount Rainier visible in the distance. The first $650,000 for the AYPE was raised by proud Seattleites, who bought "shares" of the exposition. Much of the rest was funded by the sale of public lands and by the Washington State legislature, with the understanding that the buildings built for the exposition would become part of the University of Washington at the end of the AYPE. John and Frederick Olmsted, son and stepson of Frederick Law Olmsted, prominent landscape architects in their own right, designed much of the AYPE grounds.

Thanks to two years of planning and the huge sums of money raised, the AYPE grounds and exposition were everything the planners had hoped for. It was a fascinating mix of ethnic diversity and crass commercialism, but it clearly appealed to the people of the United States. Over 80,000 people attended the AYPE on opening day in June 1909, and by closing day (October 16, 1909) 3.7 million people had paid to see attractions such as the Igorrote Village, and the Indian and Eskimo exhibits.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Postcards from the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition. Most are from the "Official Post Card" series from the Portland Post Card Co. and many were made from Frank Nowell photographs.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

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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
Folder item
1 1  Auditorium, Administration and Fine Arts Building (x27)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 2  Arctic Brotherhood Building (x56)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 3  Varied Arts Building
Globe Novelty Co (Publisher)
1909
1 4  Music Pavilion (x122)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 5  Mines Building and Agricultural Palace (x138)
Portland Post Card Co
1909
1 6  Administration Building (x6502)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 7  Forestry Building
Caption on front: Forestry Building at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, constructed with logs from the timber hub of the Northwest, Snohomish County--The County that Counts
1909
1 8  Machinery Hall (x61)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 9  Agricultural, European and Alaska Buildings (x81)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 10  Agricultural Building at night (x144)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 11  Agricultural Building (x6130)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 12  Manufacturers Building (x123)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 13  Emergency Hospital (x6506)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 14  Hawaii, Oriental and Manufacturers Buildings (x68)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 15  European Foreign Exhibit Building (x47)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 16  Oriental Foreign Exhibit Building (x58)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 17  Alaska Monument (x140)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 18  Nanaimo Bastion, Vancouver B.C. Daily World Headquarters 1909
1 19  Part of Nome Circle (x79)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 20  Cascade Court and Machinery Hall (x45)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 21  Looking toward Lake Washington over Geyser Basin (x120)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 22  Looking west on Lake Washington Avenue(x6129)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 23  Looking West on Yukon Avenue (x6131)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 24  Yukon Avenue from Cascade Court (x66)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 25  Vancouver Avenue (x57)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 26  Looking East Showing Agricultural and Manufacturers Building (x6122)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 27  Colonnades of the Agricultural Building (x6134)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 28  Vista from steps of Agricultural Building (x44)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 29  Agricultural Building and Oriental Foreign Exhibit Building (x33)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 30  Hawaii and Oriental Foreign Exhibit Buildings from European Building (x75)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 31  End of the European Foreign Exhibit Building at night (x130)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 32  European Foreign Exhibit Building (x32)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 33  Oriental Foreign Exhibit Building (x124)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 34  Front entrance of European Foreign Exhibit Building (x60)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 35  Manufacturers Building (x6118)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 36  Manufacturers Building (x1619)
Edward H. Mitchell (Publisher)
1909
1 37  End Elevation, Manufacturers Building (x6123)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 38  Colonnades of the Manufacturers Building (x6132)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 39  Southeast end Manufacturers Building (x1615)
Edward H. Mitchell (Publisher)
1909
1 40  Steps of the Manufacturers Building and Machinery Hall (x30)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 41  Manufacturers, King County and Machinery Hall (x76)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 42  Manufacturers and Oriental Foreign Exhibit Buildings (x39)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 43  War Dance of the Natives, Igorotte Village. (x5346)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 44  Group of Natives, Igorotte Village. (x5349)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 45  Igorotte Pipe Makers showing primitive furnace, Igorotte Village. (x5348)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 46  Tim-tee-mou, Igorotte boy, Igorotte Village. (x5310)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 47  Scene from diorama "The Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac"
E. W. McConnell (Publisher)
Caption on front: Principal scene in the great naval battle spectacle "The Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac"
1909
1 48  Advertising postcard with image of a Native-American on a rug
Caption on front: This is an exact reproduction of the velvet rug 27-60 manufactured at the Seattle A.Y.P. Exposition by the Hartford Carpet Co. Our First Customer. I saw this Rug Weaving.
1909
1 49  Emergency Hospital (x6506)
Portland Post Card Co (Publisher)
1909
1 50  AYP leather album cover with drawing of totem poles 1909

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909 : Seattle, Wash.) --Pictorial Works
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Postcards