Library Jewel #2: 1873 picnic photo

Library Jewel #2: 1873 picnic photo

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(Image courtesy of Washington State Library)

When you live in a beautiful state like Washington, it’s a given that most people will find a way to enjoy the outdoors. One popular option going back to our territorial days is picnicking.

The State Library has this 1873 photo showing how the pioneers did it. (Notice there isn’t any KFC or pop or tortilla chips!) This shot features the Ralstons, one of Tacoma’s pioneering families, enjoying a meal out in the woods. The sepia photograph makes it hard to distinguish the individuals.

Our third and final Library Jewel is coming soon, so be ready for it.

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