Vanishing Seattle (Images of America)

by Clark Humphrey

Paperback, 2006




Arcadia Publishing (2006), Edition: First Edition, 128 pages


Though Seattle is still a young city, growing and changing, much of its short past is already lost-but not forgotten. Generations of Seattleites have fond memories of restaurants, local television shows, stores, and other landmarks that evoke a less sophisticated, more informal city. This new book explores Seattle at a time when timber and fish were more lucrative than airplanes and computers, when the city was a place of kitschy architecture and homespun humor and was full of boundless hope for a brighter future. These rare and vintage images hearken back to the marvels of the 1962 World's Fair, shopping trips to Frederick & Nelson and I. Magnin, dinners at Rosellini's, dancing at the Trianon Ballroom, traveling on the ferry Kalakala, rooting for baseball's Rainiers, and local personalities including Stan Boreson, J. P. Patches, and Wunda Wunda.… (more)

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LibraryThing member dr_zirk
This is a thoroughly enjoyable "picture book" recounting the physical history of Seattle through evocative black-and-white photographs. My biggest complaint is that few of the photos are dated, making it difficult to know (particularly with some of the downtown streetscapes) when a particular picture was taken. This type of information is critical to the value of any sort of historical text, and the omission is a serious oversight in Vanishing Seattle. That one complaint aside, this is an entertaining, if brief, visit to Seattle's recent past that manages to capture some of the flavor of what once was.… (more)


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