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

REPEAT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT revisited – before MOHAI MOVES Mid-June Next

(Click TWICE to Enlarge) This Friday afternoon (April 6, 2012) while visiting the MOHAI library with Ron Edge to process illustrations for the second volume of Rich Berner’s “Seattle in the 20th Century” series, I took a break and revisited the “Repeat Photography” exhibit that Jean, Berangere and I curated.  The exhibit opened last April, … Continue reading REPEAT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT revisited – before MOHAI MOVES Mid-June Next

Seattle Now and Then: Christian Scientists

(click to enlarge photos) First Church of Christ Scientist on Seattle’s Capitol Hill needed three services to celebration the completion of their sanctuary on Sunday June 7, 1914.   The Seattle Times reported that “following the unostentatious custom of the Scientists, there will be no joy-making.”  There would, however, be music from the church’s new three … Continue reading Seattle Now and Then: Christian Scientists

Seattle Now & Then: Biker's Choice

(click to enlarge photos) I met Frank Cameron during my first year of contributing this feature to Pacific Northwest, where for the June 6,1982 issue I described him as the “complete cyclist; he rides them, repairs them, and researches them.”   Frank was then the bike repairman for Bucky’s Messenger Service, and he had recently published … Continue reading Seattle Now & Then: Biker's Choice