Our fourth and final quarterfinal of the Library Jewels tourney is here: a collection of photos by Asahel Curtis and others going up against a Dr. Seuss World War II booklet on malaria. The winner will advance to the tourney semis next week. You can vote for your favorite just by using the online poll below. The poll closes Thursday at 9 a.m., so don’t forget to vote!
It’s hard to beat classic photographs, especially when Asahel Curtis is behind the lens.
That was evident, as a collection of photos by Curtis and other photogs led the State Library Jewels online poll for March. The photo collection captured 40 percent of the votes. The precursor text to Jean-Marie-Raphael Le Jeune’s Chinook shorthand took second with 32 percent, followed by an 1897 post route map of Washington (28 percent).
We’ll begin the April edition of our Archives Treasures blog series later this week, so be watching.
We’ve finished showing off the three State Library Jewels for March, and it’s now up to you and others to choose your favorite.
The three Library Jewels are an 1897 post route map of Washington, a collection of photos taken between 1920 and 1940 by Asahel Curtis and other photographers, and rare text that is the precursor text to Jean-Marie-Raphael Le Jeune’s famous Chinook shorthand.
You can vote by going to the online poll below. You have until this Friday at 4 p.m. to vote for your fave. Get busy!
If you’re looking for historical black-and-white photos of anything about Washington state, a great place to check is the Washington State Library. One of its collections of classic photos is the second Library Jewel for March.
This collection features shots taken by Asahel Curtis and other photographers sometime between 1920 and 1940. The Curtis photo above features a young girl in a pear orchard in the Yakima Valley.
The third and final Library Jewel will be featured soon, so watch for it.
From Digital Archives: Blossom time in Wenatchee Valley ?>
(Photo courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives)
If you’re ever in the mood to look at cool, classic photos of Washington places, just check out the photo collections in our Digital Archives website. There are thousands of shots to see, including this Asahel Curtis lantern slide photo of fruit tree orchards blossoming in the Wenatchee Valley in the spring of 1928. You can see the Columbia River in the distance.
Fishing is a favorite outdoor activity for many Washingtonians, whether casting from a riverbank or dock, or from a boat bobbling on a river or off the coast.
If you’re looking for some nostalgic photos of people fishing on a river in the mountains, look no further than your Digital Archives.
The top photo was taken by famed outdoor photogs Bob and Ira Spring. We don’t know the river, but we do know it was taken sometime around 1950. Esteemed master photographer Asahel Curtis took the image below, which features someone fishing on an unidentified river around 1920. Both shots are from the General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005.
Leading wire to wire, the Asahel Curtis glass photographic negatives of Grand Coulee Dam was the overwhelming winner in April’s State Library jewels online poll.
The Curtis negatives took first with 62 percent, well ahead of the Seattle World’s Fair Commission records (31 percent) and W.E. McCroskey’s poem about Northwest Pioneers (7 percent). The image above is one of the few color negatives in that collection. The black-and-white negatives feature the dam’s construction.
Next week we’ll begin a blog series about May’s Archives treasures, so be sure to watch for that and choose your favorite out of the three items featured.
Photo courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives
If you created a short list of great photographers from the Pacific Northwest, Asahel Curtis likely would be on it. During his 44-year career that began just before the start of the 20th century, Curtis captured many stunning shots across a wide range of subjects, including downtown Seattle, the mountains and Native tribes.
Many of Curtis’ images are part of an impressive collection found at the State Digital Archives’ Conservation Department, Planning and Development Division. More of Curtis’ work can be seen in the collection at the University of Washington Special Collections and the Washington State Historical Society. Go here to learn more about the Digital Archives.
One of Curtis’ most beautiful collections is a series of colorized lantern slides. (One of the slides is of Chelan Canyon, shown above.) The unique collection caught the eye of Rich Remsberg, a researcher who produces an online feature for NPR called “Found In the Archives.” As the name suggests, it showcases interesting archival collections. Here is a link to his recent blog post about the Lantern Slide Show collection.
From Remsberg’s blog post on Curtis and his lantern slides: (more…)