Category Archives: Shameless Commerce


Montesano girls - Count the Stars and Stripes


You may have noticed that here – recently and often – you cannot notice.  The blog is up and down regularly as of late.  Now it is up for as long, I hope, as it takes to write that we are looking for alternatives to our present server.   In Paris, Berangere is too far away to fix it.   Wherever – now in Wallingford – I don’t know how.  And so Jean has had to stretch his work bench to handle these – to use now two rarely used categories from our “All Gategories” list for this blog –  “unintended effects” and this “shameless commerce.”   Last Sunday’s now-and-then got no “extras” to the title story about the regrade on Spring Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues because, again, we could not “write to” or add additional contributions to the blog.  This coming Saturday/Sunday we hope to elaborate on the Repertory Theatre feature that will be published in Pacific – we think – and I will then contribute as well a few of the missed “extras” to the Spring Street story.  Meanwhile we await our fates while trying to keep our faiths.  But then what became of these students (below) in the well-ordered typing and shorthand class at the Wilson Business College in Seattle, ca. 1900?

Human Hair - usually yours or a relative's - Art (not for sale - courtesy Granite Falls Historical Museum)
Pedestrians at First and Wall, March 7, 2013

'The Elephant and the Owl' by Pineola

Whether or not you attended our (Another) Rogues’ Christmas show, there’s still time to grab a wonderful stocking stuffer for the music lover in your life.

Yep, it’s Pineola’s latest CD, The Elephant and the Owl, comprised of songs written for and inspired by the stories told at Short Stories Live at Town Hall this past Sunday. A truly remarkable collection we most highly recommend. Available for purchase or download at the Pineola website.

A Blog Apologia – Our First – "Thanks for the Memories"

We are, you see, back with the blog.  A brief history of our collapse: it began about two weeks ago soon after the Riverside feature got posted Jan 22.  After that it sputtered and then died.  It complaints might have reminded you of an original VW bug engine wanting more power.  And without understanding why – except for relief – we gave it . . . more power.   So now we are up and running more expensively.

It has been explained to us that for blogs dorpatsherrardlomont is an unusually “rich” example.  Blogs are ordinarily terse and modestly illustrated.   That has always been Jean’s instruction, and Ron thinks that we should still start linking a lot of what we offer into folders that are kept in other places and accessed with other programs, but without much loss of speed.  So we will probably do that – eventually.  But for now it seems like with new speed and capacities we will make it up our seven hills (in Seattle) sans sputter.  We will start again making more memories.

Our Shop


Looking for gifts for the NW history buff in your life? Below, you’ll find a selection of books (and DVD) from Paul’s personal stock, including a few hard-to-find, limited edition items.

Additionally, we’ll sign, seal, and deliver personalized copies of our books in the next day’s mail.


Washington Then & Now

We have 100 copies in stock and are selling them at nearly 20% off the cover price.
Author signed
156 pp
($38.38, includes tax, S&H)


‘Seattle Chronicle’

Paul’s acclaimed Seattle history video, now available on DVD ($23.80 – includes tax, S&H)


‘Building Washington’

This encyclopedic work by Paul Dorpat and Genevieve McCoy won the 1999 Governor’s Writers Award. A must-have guide to Washington state.
Author signed
422pp 9×12″
($58 – includes tax, S&H)


‘Seattle Now & Then, Vol. 1’

Author signed
280 pp 8×11.5″
($36.20 – includes tax, S&H)


‘Seattle Now & Then, Vol. 3’

Author signed
240 pp 8×11.5″
($36.20 – includes tax, S&H)