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Library tourney quarterfinal #4: Asahel Curtis photos vs. Dr. Seuss booklet on malaria

Library tourney quarterfinal #4: Asahel Curtis photos vs. Dr. Seuss booklet on malaria

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! Dr. Seuss World War II booklet on malaria Collection of photos by…

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Asahel Curtis photo collection tops Library Jewels poll

Asahel Curtis photo collection tops Library Jewels poll

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…

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Time to vote for your favorite Library Jewel!

Time to vote for your favorite Library Jewel!

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…

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Library Jewel #2: Collection of photos by Asahel Curtis, others

Library Jewel #2: Collection of photos by Asahel Curtis, others

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Library) 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…

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From Digital Archives: Blossom time in Wenatchee Valley

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. Please follow and like us:

From Digital Archives: mountain fishing photos

From Digital Archives: mountain fishing photos

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…

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Curtis dam negatives top Library jewels poll

Curtis dam negatives top Library jewels poll

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Library) 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…

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Time to vote on favorite State Library jewel

Time to vote on favorite State Library jewel

With the end of April comes the online poll to determine this month’s favorite State Library “jewel.” The three items featured this month include the “Pioneers of the Northwest” poem written by  W.E. McCroskey; Seattle World’s Fair Commission records and other materials; and photo negatives of Grand Coulee Dam taken by famed Northwest photographer Asahel Curtis. Now we need you to choose which one you like best. Just go to the online poll below and pick your fave. The poll…

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Archives’ Curtis collection gets NPR’s attention

Archives’ Curtis collection gets NPR’s attention

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…

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Didyaknow…?

Didyaknow…?

… Washington-themed note cards are being sold for bargain prices through the Secretary of State’s Office!?  The Archives Division recently slashed prices for three separate packages of note cards: Early Statehood note cards are scanned images of Washington trademark designs from 1892 and 1895; this pack includes eight cards and envelopes for $3. The Salmon Run note cards feature salmon trademark designs from1982 and 1897; eight cards and envelopes are being sold for $4. And, the Asahel Curtis note cards display beautiful scenes of Washington landscapes taken in 1925….

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