Long time readers of MetroSpokane understand that we're suckers for old-timey photos of Spokane and the surrounding area. So when we had a chance for a free copy of a book we jumped on it. The book, Historic Photos of Washington State, is written by Whitworth professer Dale Soden, and as you'd expect it's chock-full-o-photos. Cool old photos.
What stood out for us is the book's emphasis on the experience of the everyday Joe at the early part of last century. Loggers, storeowners, miners, farmers, railroad employees, and the native tribes. You soon realize just how rugged the landscape was, and here people were carving lives right out of the heart of it...sometimes literally. True to the Northwest theme, work by famed Northwest photographers Edward and Asahel Curtis figure prominently in the collection.
If nothing else fans of engineering and the built environment will love the views of Washington cities and towns, while rural types should be happy with the inventory of farming and logging life. While we would have liked to have seen more of Spokane, the chance to glance at those parts of Washington unfamiliar to use were a good trade off. Highly recommended.
- Historic Photos of Washington State [Turner Publishing]