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The Emerald City

One short day
In the Emerald City
One short day
Full of so much to do
Ev’ry way
That you look in the city
There’s something exquisite
You’ll want to visit
Before the day’s through

From Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, by Stephen Schwartz

A different Emerald City, but you’ll still want to visit. A collection of  Seattle souvenirs.

(Point of Order: These collectibles are not mine. OK, they are mine now, but I was not the visitor. Ahem, this clarification is to circumvent any sassy questions. I have shared with my children that in the sweet innocence and newfound knowledge of kindergarten, I earnestly asked my grandmother if she came on the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Maria. It was not well accepted by Grandma, but uproariously funny to my kids.)

Beginning with the classic memento, postcards.

Looking East on University StreetVintage Seattle Postcard, Ye Olde Curiosity  Shop

Established in 1899 and run by the fifth generation of the Standley family. (Visit the shop facebook page, if you dare.)

Vintage Seattle Postcard, Totem Pole

Pioneer Square

The postage for these cards is just 1¢. Perhaps collected during a trip to Seattle’s first World’s Fair, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909?

A Seattle view on a quite snazzy compact.

What to see, what to do in the Emerald City?  The back of the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop postcard is jammed full of ideas.  Here is the top half,

Vintage Seattle Postcard Detail from Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

A brochure from the Smith Tower, completed in 1914, it was the tallest building on the West Coast for almost 50 years.

Smith Tower Observatory, vintage brochureInside it states that Seattle has 29 banks, 707 miles of paved roads and an annual summer temperature of 62°.  (One of the former owners was restauranteur Ivar Haglund. Keep clam.)

The beautiful University of Washington Quad, when it was just a Tri and before the famous cherry trees were planted.

University of Washington, Quad, Kind of

From the book, Three-Quarters of a Century at Washington

UW vs Idaho Football Ticket 1938

The Washington Huskies and the Idaho Vandals.

 University Way, “The Ave” in 1941.

The Ave, Seattle 1941

From the book, Three-Quarters of a Century at Washington”

University Bookstore (opened in 1900) and Bartell Drugs (1890) still going strong today. Unfortunately, cannot say the same for Wiseman’s Day & Nite.

Detail from a Camp Fire Mints box. Not necessarily a souvenir, but interesting. 1956 Seattle Camp Fire Girls Mint BoxOr maybe I’m just hungry

Vintage Seattle PI Christmas Recipes

Seattle Recipe Contest. I’m thinking 70s?


Thanks for coming!  You can also check out vintage Seattle Maps.

PS, Always curious, I did look up a bit Emerald City info.

Seattle was established in 1851 and the Emerald City nickname began in 1981

1¢ postcard postage was effective between 1872-1917,  1919-25, 1928-52.

Final score on for the UW – Idaho football game played October 1st 1938 in Seattle was 12-12. (And again, no I was not there.)  UW also won the Apple Cup that year, 26-0.

The Smith Tower pamphlet states UW enrollment in 1928 was 11,100. How many Huskies are there now? Fall 2014 enrollment was 44,786 undergraduates, with 13,829 more enrolled in graduate studies.

One Thought on “The Emerald City

  1. Janet P on 11 July, 2015 at 1:51 pm said:

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane. I, too, was not there during those times.

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