Here is one of our volunteers, Christine Palmer, happily sorting through the skirt layers on a Norman Norell gown from the 1950s. The same gown is in the Met’s collection here.
Vaudeville Costume, c. 1923. It was worn by Esther Van Veley who was born in Everett and was a dancer on the Vaudeville circuit in the 1920s. She worked with a partner, Ray Lawrence, on an act with the stage name “Van and Valey”. He did recitations and she danced. They performed throughout the West, in Montana, Utah, and California. Their act was usually called “The Act Beautiful” and was notable for its elaborate lace backdrop. One of the dances she performed was “The Novelty Peacock Dance.” This costume was mostly likely for that dance.
The research for this object was done by one of our wonderful volunteers, Dina Moreno.
Matt Damon, is that you?? This is a painting in our collection of Walter Horace Henry. He was the son of Horace Chapin Henry who established the Henry Art Gallery as well as the Firland Tuberculosis Hospital in what is now Richmond Highlands in the Shoreline area.
For many years, Seattle’s industries closed on Labor Day, and trade union members marched in the annual Labor Day parade. In 1918, the United States’ armed forces were still fighting in Europe. Union members serving at forts and naval stations in the Seattle area marched in the parade in uniform. The Seattle Times reported that 40,000 union members were expected to take part in the day’s activities .
This photo shows Seattle’s annual Labor Day parade in 1918 as it passes the County-City Building. A group of sailors marches beside a Red Cross float.
This poem is by Collin LeBeau who was a participant in our Teen Poetry Program held in partnership with the Seattle Public Libraries! In this program, we explored captivating images from our archives and created poems using vintage typewriters. This poem was inspired by a photo from the 1950s depicting the night sky over downtown Seattle.
To celebrate the 1st week of school, we’re throwing back to the classroom of yesteryear. This ca. 1905 photo shows the classroom at Yesler School, which was located near the intersection of 36th Avenue NE & NE 47th Street.
These shoes are dated to around 1960 and the mark on the sole says “Michele, Fifth Avenue, Paris, hand lasted.” The donor, Fay Suttles Olsen gave us around 20 pairs of women’s shoes of various styles. She was an artist who worked on window displays at The Bon Marche department store in Seattle.
A swirly, Art Nouveau print on a 1904 silk blouse from our collection.
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Who wore it better? On the right is a late 1880s dress that is now on display at MOHAI in the “Toklas & Singerman” case, representing a Seattle store window just before the Great Seattle Fire. We don’t know for sure that this dress has a Seattle connection, and it is a very high end fabric probably imported from Paris, but is conceivable—now that Washington was a state and the railroad was here—that a store in Seattle could procure this level of goods. And, in keeping with the Kim K. theme, this shape of this dress is a lot curvier than many of the tiny, thin 19th century dresses we have in our collection.