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Faces of China c1890s…

Faces of China c1890s…

This handsome-looking group of women is one image from an album of photographs c1890, acquired by a Scottish man serving in the colonial British army there at the time. We’ll never know who they are exactly – perhaps three sisters and an attendant? Notice the tiny...

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London’s Great Wheel – the one built in 1894…

London’s Great Wheel – the one built in 1894…

Who even knew that London had a Great Wheel back then? This Wheel was built in 1894-5 as part of the Empire of India Exhibition. It was 308 feet high and continued giving people a bird’s-eye-view of that part of London until 1906. The image, a photogravure, is...

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A Pioneering Northwest Woman…

A Pioneering Northwest Woman…

A remarkable Northwest pioneer, Phoebe Goodell Judson (1831-1936), along with her husband Holden, founded (and named) the town of Lynden in northwest Washington. In 1886 she started Northwest Normal School, which became Western Washington University. Her 1925 book, A Pioneer’s Search for an Ideal Home, was written from entries in the diary she kept upon leaving Canada for the Northwest in 1853.

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A Japanese photographer in a frontier Northwest town…

A Japanese photographer in a frontier Northwest town…

Frank (Sakae) Matsura, the Northwest photographer featured in this book by JoAnn Roe, had a fascinating, but somewhat mysterious life. His father and uncle were samurai, and he was descended from the 52nd emperor of Japan. Matsura (1873-1913) left Japan in the early 1900s, arriving in Washington State’s Okanogan country in 1903 living first in Conconully and then in Okanogan. He worked…

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An early 1900s watercolor caricature of a “budmash”

An early 1900s watercolor caricature of a “budmash”

Budmash is a Hindi term for a notorious character – a bad dude. This wonderfully ferocious-looking watercolor painting was done by George E. Macleod (1851-1910) and signed “G.E.M.” Macleod was a civil service commissioner in Oudh and Assam from 1870-1890s. The painting is one of several by Macleod, who was clearly talented, and are part of an archive of correspondence, photographs and caricatures…

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Faces of China c1890s…

Faces of China c1890s…

This handsome-looking group of women is one image from an album of photographs c1890, acquired by a Scottish man serving in the colonial British army there at the time. We’ll never know who they are exactly – perhaps three sisters and an attendant? Notice the tiny...

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London’s Great Wheel – the one built in 1894…

London’s Great Wheel – the one built in 1894…

Who even knew that London had a Great Wheel back then? This Wheel was built in 1894-5 as part of the Empire of India Exhibition. It was 308 feet high and continued giving people a bird’s-eye-view of that part of London until 1906. The image, a photogravure, is...

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A Pioneering Northwest Woman…

A Pioneering Northwest Woman…

A remarkable Northwest pioneer, Phoebe Goodell Judson (1831-1936), along with her husband Holden, founded (and named) the town of Lynden in northwest Washington. In 1886 she started Northwest Normal School, which became Western Washington University. Her 1925 book, A Pioneer’s Search for an Ideal Home, was written from entries in the diary she kept upon leaving Canada for the Northwest in 1853.

read more
A Japanese photographer in a frontier Northwest town…

A Japanese photographer in a frontier Northwest town…

Frank (Sakae) Matsura, the Northwest photographer featured in this book by JoAnn Roe, had a fascinating, but somewhat mysterious life. His father and uncle were samurai, and he was descended from the 52nd emperor of Japan. Matsura (1873-1913) left Japan in the early 1900s, arriving in Washington State’s Okanogan country in 1903 living first in Conconully and then in Okanogan. He worked…

read more
An early 1900s watercolor caricature of a “budmash”

An early 1900s watercolor caricature of a “budmash”

Budmash is a Hindi term for a notorious character – a bad dude. This wonderfully ferocious-looking watercolor painting was done by George E. Macleod (1851-1910) and signed “G.E.M.” Macleod was a civil service commissioner in Oudh and Assam from 1870-1890s. The painting is one of several by Macleod, who was clearly talented, and are part of an archive of correspondence, photographs and caricatures…

read more
Faces of China c1890s…

Faces of China c1890s…

This handsome-looking group of women is one image from an album of photographs c1890, acquired by a Scottish man serving in the colonial British army there at the time. We’ll never know who they are exactly – perhaps three sisters and an attendant? Notice the tiny...

read more
London’s Great Wheel – the one built in 1894…

London’s Great Wheel – the one built in 1894…

Who even knew that London had a Great Wheel back then? This Wheel was built in 1894-5 as part of the Empire of India Exhibition. It was 308 feet high and continued giving people a bird’s-eye-view of that part of London until 1906. The image, a photogravure, is...

read more
A Pioneering Northwest Woman…

A Pioneering Northwest Woman…

A remarkable Northwest pioneer, Phoebe Goodell Judson (1831-1936), along with her husband Holden, founded (and named) the town of Lynden in northwest Washington. In 1886 she started Northwest Normal School, which became Western Washington University. Her 1925 book, A Pioneer’s Search for an Ideal Home, was written from entries in the diary she kept upon leaving Canada for the Northwest in 1853.

read more
A Japanese photographer in a frontier Northwest town…

A Japanese photographer in a frontier Northwest town…

Frank (Sakae) Matsura, the Northwest photographer featured in this book by JoAnn Roe, had a fascinating, but somewhat mysterious life. His father and uncle were samurai, and he was descended from the 52nd emperor of Japan. Matsura (1873-1913) left Japan in the early 1900s, arriving in Washington State’s Okanogan country in 1903 living first in Conconully and then in Okanogan. He worked…

read more
An early 1900s watercolor caricature of a “budmash”

An early 1900s watercolor caricature of a “budmash”

Budmash is a Hindi term for a notorious character – a bad dude. This wonderfully ferocious-looking watercolor painting was done by George E. Macleod (1851-1910) and signed “G.E.M.” Macleod was a civil service commissioner in Oudh and Assam from 1870-1890s. The painting is one of several by Macleod, who was clearly talented, and are part of an archive of correspondence, photographs and caricatures…

read more