Historical Postcards

A small collection of postcards provides a flavor of Seattle's charm during the early years of the 20th Century. The bulk of these cards were collected as part of the Don Sherwood Parks History Collection. This exhibit showcases 19 images from the collection.

Seattle Parks

 Kinnear Park  Kinnear Park
Title: Umbrella Seat, Kinnear Park, Seattle
Date: 1909
Publisher: No. 524. Hopf Bros., Importers. Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany.
Text on reverse: Kinnear Park is the only Seattle Park which overlooks Puget Sound. The grounds are beautifully kept. The Umbrella seat is made of Cedar bark.
Title: Kinnear Park, Seattle
Date: circa 1920s
 Mt. Baker Park  Madison Park
Title: Japanese Pagoda Lantern in Mt. Baker Park, Seattle, Wash.
Date: 1938
Publisher: Leland Lund, Tacoma, Wash.
Text: A gift from Kojiro Matsukatu of Kobe Japan.
Note: The donor's name should be Matsukata.
Title: White City [Madison] Park, Seattle, Wash.
Date: 1909
Publisher: Portland Post Card Co. Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany.
 Title: A corner of Madison Park, Seattle, Wash. Date: 1909 Publisher: Portland Post Card Co. Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany.  Title: A Shady Walk at Madison Park, Seattle Date: circa 1907 Publisher: Lowman and Hanford S. and P. Co. Pub. Seattle, Washington. Printed in Germany.
Title: A corner of Madison Park, Seattle, Wash.
Date: 1909
Publisher: Portland Post Card Co. Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany.
Title: A Shady Walk at Madison Park, Seattle
Date: circa 1907
Publisher: Lowman and Hanford S. and P. Co. Pub. Seattle, Washington. Printed in Germany.
 Title: Leschi Park, Seattle, Wash. Date: 1910 Publisher: Lowman and Hanford Co., Publ., Seattle, Wash. No. 2027.  Title: Looking toward Observation Tower, City Park [Volunteer Park], Seattle, Wash. Date: 1909 Publisher: Portland Post Card Co. Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany.
Title: Leschi Park, Seattle, Wash.
Date: 1910
Publisher: Lowman and Hanford Co., Publ., Seattle, Wash. No. 2027.
Title: Looking toward Observation Tower, City Park [Volunteer Park], Seattle, Wash.
Date: 1909
Publisher: Portland Post Card Co. Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany
 Title: Observatory and Reservoir, Volunteer Park, Seattle, Washington Publisher: Made in America by Edw. H. Mitchell at San Francisco.  Title: The Lincoln Playground, Wading Pool and Sand Courts, Seattle, U.S.A. Date: August 1918 Publisher: Lowman and Hanford Co., Seattle, U.S.A. Photographer: Webster and Stevens
Title: Observatory and Reservoir, Volunteer Park, Seattle, Washington
Publisher: Made in America by Edw. H. Mitchell at San Francisco.
Title: The Lincoln Playground, Wading Pool and Sand Courts, Seattle, U.S.A.
Date: August 1918
Publisher: Lowman and Hanford Co., Seattle, U.S.A.
Photographer: Webster and Stevens
 Title: Madrona Park, Seattle, Washington Date: 1909 Publisher: Portland Post Card Co., Portland, Ore. Seattle, Wash. Printed in Germany.  Title: Entrance to Woodland Park, Seattle, Wash. Date: 1909 Publisher: Portland Post Card Co. Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany.
Title: Madrona Park, Seattle, Washington
Date: 1909
Publisher: Portland Post Card Co., Portland, Ore. Seattle, Wash. Printed in Germany.
Title: Entrance to Woodland Park, Seattle, Wash.
Date: 1909
Publisher: Portland Post Card Co. Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. Made in Germany.

Other Seattle Buildings & Sites

 Hungerford Hotel  Kirkpatrick's - Seattle's Outstanding Restaurant
Title: Hungerford Hotel, Seattle, Washington
Publisher: MWM, Aurora, Mo.
Text: Hotel Hungerford. 4th Ave. at Spring Street, Seattle, Wash. An Ultra Modern, Downtown Hotel. Close to Everything.
Title: Kirkpatrick's - Seattle's Outstanding Restaurant
Publisher: MWM, Aurora, Mo.
Text: Kirkpatrick's. 416 Union Street. Seattle, Washington. Seattle's Outstanding Restaurant.
 Machinery Hall - Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition  Seattle by Night - Second Avenue and the 42 Story Smith Tower
Title: Machinery Hall - Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
Date: 1908
Publisher: Portland Post Card Co., Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore.
Text: Official Post Card, Copyrighted 1908, A.Y.P.E. Co.
Title: Seattle by Night - Second Avenue and the 42 Story Smith Tower
Date: 1930
Publisher: C.T. Johnston Co., Seattle, U.S.A.
Text: This great building with 600 offices with exterior trim of bronze and interior of steel, finished to resemble highly grained mahogany. Besides possessing every convenience required in the business day, has a Chinese Room adjoining and opening onto the observation balcony. This magnificent room is highly decorated in heavy and finely carved Chinese Teakwood, wrought by native workmen, embellished with myriads of porcelain panels in varying designs, replicas of more gorgeous, visited each year by thousands who are afforded a beautiful vista of Seattle, the bay and lakes and the snow capped mountain ranges, with Mount Rainier and Mount Baker in the distance.
 Ye Olde Curiosity Shop - Most Unique Shop in the World  Y.M.C.A., Seattle, U.S.A.
Title: Ye Olde Curiosity Shop - Most Unique Shop in the World
Date: 1922
Publisher: TB, Cambridge, Mass.
Text: Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Colman Dock, Seattle, is the only real Curiosity Shop today in the U.S. --Geo. G. Heye, Founder of The Museum of the American Indian, New York City, 1922.
Title: Y.M.C.A., Seattle, U.S.A.
Date: 1918
Publisher: Lowman and Hanford Co., Seattle, U.S.A.
 Washington Shipping Corporation, Harbor Island  First Avenue Looking North, Colman Building, Seattle
Title: Washington Shipping Corporation, Harbor Island
Date: 1910
Publisher: Lowman and Hanford Co., Seattle, U.S.A.
Photographer: Frank H. Nowell
Title: First Avenue Looking North, Colman Building, Seattle
Date: 1910
Publisher: Lowman and Hanford S. & P. Co. Pub., Seattle, Washington
 Alaska Building, Seattle, Washington  City Hall Park, Frye Hotel and the 42 Story Smith Tower, Seattle
Title: Alaska Building, Seattle, Washington
Publisher: Rhodes 10 Cent Store, Seattle, Wash.
Title: City Hall Park, Frye Hotel and the 42 Story Smith Tower, Seattle
Photographer: Frank H. Nowell
 Pioneer Place, Seattle, Washington  Looking up James Street on the left, Yesler Way on the right, from Pioneer Square, Seattle
Title: Pioneer Place, Seattle, Washington Title: Looking up James Street on the left, Yesler Way on the right, from Pioneer Square, Seattle
Photographer: Nowell & Rognon
 City Hall, Seattle, Wash.  
Title: City Hall, Seattle, Wash.
Date: ca. 1910
Photographer: F.H. Nowell