Waking fresh from the long night of repeal for daylight savings 2010 Jean awakened to a sky with promise, and when it fulfilled he set out to take more repeats or “nows” for our upcoming show next spring at the Museum of History and Industry. He will return to put here our Highway #2 parts of Washington Then & Now later with Startup Addendum #2. Meanwhile I’ll search my collections for Stevens Pass (and routes) related illustrations, most of them what is called by their dealers and consumers, “Real Photo Postcards.” Depending upon how rare, some of these can be precious, indeed! My scans are mostly taken from loaned prints or from internegatives I have made from loaned prints. I learned early on to take nearly every precaution making my internegs – cleaned prints, polarized lights and lens, tech-pan high resolution 35mm black and white film. Consequently, what you see will be quite close to what I saw when I recorded or scanned the original. In some instances if the original was faded or cluttered with wear I have attempted to fix it with a little “photoshop polish.”
Showing now a slew of odd pictures identified by location, we will “startup” at Everett and stop at Wenatchee. Some of these will relate directly to what Jean will put up with the Startup Addendum #2. We will keep the captions short – mostly This is a sample only.
Marysville Old & New
Thanks to the popularity of “real photo postcards” we have faithful and often detailed historical views of most communities nation-wide. The first years of the 20th century was the time of greatest enthusiasm for this sharing and collecting and the date 1913 is postmarked on the rear of this record of the old Marysville business district on First Avenue looking west from State Street.
The three-story Marysville Hotel on the right is impressively fronted with an open veranda. If the three women standing at its second floor were not preoccupied for the moment with the unnamed “postcard artist” they might have looked a little ways south across First Avenue to the Marysville waterfront on Ebey Slough or two blocks west to the railroad tracks that first brought trains to town in 1889.
That was the old Marysville. Walt Taubeneck’s mother recalled for him how when the Pacific Highway first entered Marysville in the 1920s from the east on Third Avenue, “First Avenue wasn’t cutting it. It was built for boats and the railroads not automobiles. One by one the businesses moved north.”
Taubeneck, an expert on the history of Snohomish County logging, is one of the stalwarts of the Marysville Historical Society. His friend Arthur Duborko is another. In 1922 the Duborko family was living temporarily in the Marysville Hotel when it burned down. The seven-year-old Arthur was playing a quick game of marbles on the rug with a cousin before the two planned to take off for school. After someone started yelling “fire upstairs!” the boys dropped their marbles and started throwing furniture out the window. The quick thinking second grader went on to become Marysville’s mayor.
Marysville was founded in the 1870s as a trading post for the Tulalip Reservation. Now its citizens regularly shop at the Tulalip Mall. An alternative is the Marysville Mall, whose unadorned rear wall, seen here on the right of the “now” view, fronts First Avenue west of State Street. (The above first appeared in The Seattle Times Pacific Mag in late Sept. 2005.)