Car Freshener

In the Spring of 1912 the Mayor’s daughter Lottie Kandle showed up at the Rose Show Parade in this understated ride. Clearly tapping into the same timeless sense of style that fuels Lady Gaga’s gift for making a great entry, Lottie started with a unique and expensive Thomas Flyer automobile and went from there into a rolling garden theme, a theme so intense that it pretty much consumes the three girls riding in the back seat. This black and white photo begged to be in color in the days before color film and it is a wonderful example of the sometimes subtle art of hand tinted photography.rose car

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1905 Parade Car
1919 Parade Car

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This site is about the way history, in this case of a city and it's surrounds, is remembered or recorded in stories and small bits of memory. It's also about the way images and stories go together, how they inform and enrich each other and how we as thinking people fill in the content between a narrative and a visual document. So here is my city in time past, the way it looked and the people and events that create its character. For more than 20 years I have taught a 5 credit course on the History of Tacoma at the University of Washington Tacoma. With an average of 30 or 40 students a year, each doing a research paper as their primary focus for the course, I have benefited from many paths of inquiry and many researched and assembled stories. Here are some of them in the retelling along with the treasures of photographs and images in the collections of the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Public Library, University of Washington Digital Archives, Washington State Archives at the Office of the Secretary of State, Library of Congress, Washington State University, Alaska State Library, and many other archives, libraries and private collections.

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