Bertha Knight Landes was the first woman to be elected mayor of a major American city and, to date, the only woman mayor of Seattle. In her single term (1926-1928), she improved law enforcement, expanded the programs of the parks department & improved the management of City Light. Sounds like Bertha the tunneling machine has a lot to live up to.
Park Ranger Charles Browne and climbing party, Mount Rainier National Park, 1930
Ranger Charles Browne, at far left, is shown here with a party of climbers, perhaps other rangers. The men hold ice axes, and are probably about to begin a climb.
Join us this Free First Thursday as we explore the ways innovations in outdoor gear have changed the ways we explore and enjoy the Northwest.
· In 1938 the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company opened the Snoqualmie Ski Bowl near Hyak and it became an immediate success, due in part to the fact you could take the train instead of risking your life on the Cascade Highway (now I-90). The special weekend trains included a baggage car equipped with ski checking racks and waxing tables and a recreation car with live music. Riders were encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in. This January 1939 photo shows a group of young skiers singing and playing music as they travel on the Milwaukee Road ski train.
On February 26, 1927, the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company started long-distance service between Seattle and Great Britain. Anyone with a telephone could arrange to call between 5:30 am and 10 am Pacific Coast Time. The rate to London was $87.00 for the first three minutes, and $29.00 for each additional minute. Talk about steep international calling rates!
In this photo, General Manager C. P. Morrill of the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph makes a test call to London the day before the start of long-distance service between Seattle and Great Britain. The other men are listening to the six-minute conversation.
Vicious Puppies Crew performing at the Legacy of Seattle Hip Hop
Young women at the Rhinestone Christmas Ball, Seattle, 1956
These debutantes, making their social debut at the fourth annual Rhinestone Ball in Seattle, are all dressed white ballgowns. To our 21st century eyes, their frothy strapless dresses seem very bridal. But in the 1950s the strapless look was reserved for evening, whereas most weddings were morning or daytime affairs. Brides were usually decked out with long sleeves—think of Grace Kelly’s high-necked, full-sleeved lace wedding gown. All of the young ladies participating in the ball were college students, and the Rhinestone Club gave out scholarships as part of the event.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection
Draze will perform with Nya-J this Saturday at the Legacy of Seattle Hip Hop at MOHAI.
Revealing Queer opens TODAY! Seattle Magazine Cover, 1967. Photo courtesy of Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project.
Farewell, Shirley Temple! You will always be in our hearts and in our collection! 1930s-era Shirley Temple doll on display at MOHAI.