Seattle Now & Then: A look across Skid Road, 1884

(click to enlarge photos) When Ron Edge, one of Seattle’s busy and insatiable heritage explorers, first shared this panorama with me I was both excited and thankful.  I have remained so. Ron found it among about a dozen other pioneer Theodore Peiser photos from the 1880s that were recently added to the Seattle Public Library’s … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: A look across Skid Road, 1884

Seattle Now & Then: Maryland Place in West Seattle

(click to enlarge photos) Although certainly not obvious, the setting of the slender two-story home standing at the base of West Seattle’s Duwamish Head in our “then” is repeated in Jean Sherrard’s “now.”  It is the red and gray modern residence held in a verdant caress just this side (to the east) of California Boulevard … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Maryland Place in West Seattle

Seattle Now & Then: The First (and Forgotten) Alki Natatorium

(click to enlarge photos) In today’s “now” scene, West Seattle’s savvy Bob Carney poses for Jean Sherrard on Point Place Southwest, a short block that leads from Alki Avenue Southwest and dead-ends at the green campus of the Alki Point Lighthouse. Its light first penetrated the ordinarily peaceable waters of Puget Sound in 1913 after … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The First (and Forgotten) Alki Natatorium

Seattle Now & Then: Mark Tobey in the Market

(click to enlarge photos) The posers in Jean Sherrard’s “repeat” are members of a new creation: the Pike Place Market Historical Society. By studied accord the members have concluded that Mark Tobey, the celebrated artist posing beside the artfully stacked Red Delicious apples in our “then,” prefigured their position.  Both are standing at the cusp … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Mark Tobey in the Market

Seattle Now & Then: The Phinney Ridge Ferris Wheel

(click to enlarge photos) Recently while retired U.W. Archivist Rich Berner and I sat side-by-side looking at old photos together in the now old Museum of History and Industry Library, Rich pulled from an archival box this week’s subject and turned it to me.  Instantly I felt that happy “Eureka” rush, for here, I was … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: The Phinney Ridge Ferris Wheel