Our Daily Sykes #162 – Flower Show

We do not know the date or scope (kinds of plants) of this show nor do we know for certain that it is what we suspect, the old Civic Auditorium, before its Century 21 remodel. We do know that Horace Sykes recorded the slide - it is in his collection - and that he loved flowers, especially orchids. (Click to Enlarge)

Follows two photos of an auto show that were pulled from an old album that also had no explanations, except those of context.  All the identifiable scenes were from Seattle.  These, I think, are also from the Civic Auditorium that was built for our amusements just in time for the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Please compare these with the flower show for similar features – not of what is being shown but of the place.   Is it the same auditorium?

A. Curtis look at the nearly new Auditorium ca. 1930. The old Ice Arena is to the left of it. It may be a candidate for both shows, although they seem too large for it to me. Note the ravages of the last of the Denny Regrades, the scar on the left.
Horace Sykes card for entry or participation in an unidentified orchid show.

A Dumbfounding Addendum to the Addendum – Sandison's Mysterious Version

Jean and Ron and all the schleps that see, here is something to ponder: the celebrated Bellingham recorder, J. Wilbur Sandison’s version of that same stretch on Chuckanut Drive that we published together directly below this addendum.   I think it is Sandison who stood on the rock that Jean climbed and bushwhacked to the top and not Jukes, another productive Bellingham photographer who recorded the version that we used in “Washington Then and Now.” (Or does the rock sprawl?)   Study the limbs and power poles, count the fence posts, consider the near-by curve in the highway.  What do you think?

Compare Sandison's Chuckanut with Juke's (two subjects below,) and conclude, if you will, which of the two Bellingham photographer's stood on Jean's rock.

Addendum: Chuckanut Drive & The Thrilling Everett-Bellingham Interurban Trestle Below It.

Looking south on Chuckanut Drive, this elevated prospect (from a roadside rock) reveals a portion of the equally "thrilling interurban trestle" below it.

Jean have you anything to add to this – perhaps the now-then of this same scene (sans the trestle) that we included in our book Washington Then and Now?

Of course, Paul.  Give me just a moment to track them down……

This location was a puzzle on my first pass down Chuckanut. The first real clue was provided by the elevation of the original photographer. A large boulder, now surrounded by trees, provided an obvious potential perch.  But the tree cover obscured the bay below. Proof positive was the pull-out, center-left in all three photos, just before the road curves away.

I include, for curious viewers, the original perspective atop the boulder (I used a ladder and pole to replicate the view without the trees in front):

Tree-blocked view
Hardling a clipping, but Ron Edge sent it and it may be off his wall. A framed version of the top Chuckanut Drive record (or one very much like it) with the artist identified. But did the signed Engberg both photograph the scene from the rock and hand color it? Don't know. Ron might?
  • Our Daily Sykes #161 – Slide Sandwich

    There is no place like this, but there are two. This is a Sykes sandwich. Very rare! While putting some of his Kodachrome transparencies into glass holders for protection, Horace noticed (or experimented) that two overexposed landscapes when sandwiched together would create a surreal effect and still let enough light through to be seen. These two Sykes' are inordinately difficult to identify. {Click to Enlarge)

    Mixed Addendums for the Central Bus Terminal & Colman Dock


    [This Clipping has now returned – but not yet Warren posing with the repeat.  Here, at least, is the text, and surprisingly it named the man holding the bundle of newspapers in the pix above.]


    When the Seattle-Everett Interurban stopped running 50  years ago (Correction: it has now been 70 years, nearly.) it wasn’t with a whimper.  Car No. 53 pulled into the Seattle depot on the evening of Feb. 20, 1939, loaded with passengers feeling peeved over the trolley line’s demise.

    The Interurban ran on its own tracks south of Everett until it reached Seattle’s Northwest 85th Street where it crossed onto city tracks for its final run to the terminal here at Eighth and Steward.  When the city started to pull up its trolley lines in 1939, the Interurban – its patronage increasingly depleted by new auto owners – had little choice but to call it quits.

    Now on the golden anniversary (in 1989) of that forced retirement, the 30 years of the Seattle-Interurban’s service are recalled by Northwest rail enthusiast Warren Wing in his book, “To Seattle by Trolley.”  In the contemporary photo (yet to be uncovered for this printing)  Wing poses, book in hand, beside a Greyhound bound for Bellingham.  The North Coast Line’s Interurban also reached Bellingham, although a bus was required between Everett and Mount Vernon, where the passengers transferred again to rail for the last leg to Bellingham some of it over a thrilling trestle below Chuckanut Drive.  (We have n0w put up a pix of that “thrilling trestle” and you will find it “above” under “Chuckanut Drive & The Everett Interurban Trestle Below It.”)

    Wing stands a few steps from the spot where in the historical scene dispatcher Delisle Manning prepares to hand over a bundle of Seattle Post-Intelligencers to Car No. 53’s motorman.  Behind Manning, the North Coast Line’s Limited Seattle is cooling after a five-hour run form Portland on old Highway 99.  Both scenes were photographed at what in 1939 was called the Central Stage Terminal and since the 40s the Greyhound Depot.  The terminal was built in 1927.

    The Seattle-Everett Interurban begins a trial run to Seattle with a VIP pose in Everett on April 30, 1910. Regular service began in two days. (Courtesy Warren Wing)
    The Everett-Seattle Interurban passing the Alderwood-Manor station. (Courtesy Warren Wing)
    Approaching the depot at 8th and Stewart. Note the dark facade of the Orpheum Theater at 5th Avenue, far left.


    Like the photograph shown with the freature for which this is an addenbum, this view was also photographed by the A.Curtis studio, and from the Marion Street Overpass. But this one also shows the "ground" floor with Ye Old Curiosity Shop facing the sidewalk. Courtesy Waterfront Awareness
    Another low-resolution montage of the Puget Sound fleet. This one shows three of the ferries that kept their California names - look to the bottom for the sisters Shasta and San Mateo. The City of Sacramento is also down there (with its bow cut away for motorcars), and the former Great Lakes steamer the Iroquois was also still around when this montage was completed. But when was that? Answers solicited and published. Use the "comments" entrance please.