• Wedding Invitation of Orion O. Denny and Narcissa Latimer, March 31, 1889

    Wedding Invitation of Orion O. Denny and Narcissa Latimer, March 31, 1889

    Denny, Narcissa Latimer, 1851-1900; Denny, Orion O., 1853-1916

    Narcissa Latimer married Orion Denny on March 31, 1889. Orion was the son of Arthur and Mary Denny and first white male born in Seattle. He served as president of the Denny Clay Company.

    Identifier: spl_lj_071

    Date: 1889-03-31

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  • The gates of Paradise

    The gates of Paradise

    Kunishige, Frank A.

    Frank Asakichi Kunishige was born in Japan on June 5, 1878. He came to the United States via San Francisco in 1895. After graduating from the Illinois College of Photography, he opened a small photography studio in San Francisco. Kunishige moved to Seattle in 1917. In the same year, he married Gin Kunishige and began working in the studio of Edward S. Curtis where he became acquainted with Ella McBride who he worked for in later years. Kunishige was well known for his use of Pictorialism, a popular painterly style of photography. He developed his photographs on "textura tissue," a paper of his own creation, which allowed him to produce almost dreamlike prints. His work was featured nationally and internationally in exhibitions and publications such as Photo-Era and Seattle's Town Crier. In 1924, Kunishige became one of the founding members of the Seattle Camera Club, a group of local photographers including Kyo Koike, Yukio Morinaga, Iwao Matsushita and Fred Y. Ogasawara who gathered to share techniques and ideas, as well as their deep love of the medium. Although the group was initially solely Japanese, they soon welcomed more members including Ella McBride, their first female member. When World War II struck and the country's Japanese internment policy was put in place, Kunishige and his wife were forced to leave Seattle for Idaho where they were interned at the Minidoka camp. After their release, Kunishige spent two years working at a photography studio in Twin Falls, Idaho but eventually returned to Seattle due to his poor health. Frank Kunishige passed away on April 9, 1960.

    Identifier: spl_art_367924_08

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  • Arthur Bickford, ca. 1880

    Arthur Bickford, ca. 1880

    Meason, L.E.; Meason Studio

    Photograph taken by L.E. Meason in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Clara Latimer Bickford was the daughter of Alexander and Sarah Latimer and sister of Narcissa Latimer Denny. She married Arthur Farrington Bickford in 1888 in Minnesota. They lived in Seattle from roughly 1892-1900 before moving to Oregon.

    Identifier: spl_lj_037

    Date: 1880?

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  • Unknown man in Shenandoah, Iowa, ca. 1880

    Unknown man in Shenandoah, Iowa, ca. 1880

    Brewer, W.H.

    Photograph taken by W.H. Brewer in Shenandoah, Iowa.

    Identifier: spl_lj_032

    Date: 1880?

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  • Narcissa, Alice, Hattie, Clara and Emma Latimer, ca. 1880

    Narcissa, Alice, Hattie, Clara and Emma Latimer, ca. 1880

    Narcissa Latimer Denny was the daughter of Alexander and Sarah Latimer. She had four sisters: Eliza Alice Latimer Fowler (1856-1934), Harriet Ellen Latimer Stephens (1859-1938), Clara Latimer Bickford (1861-1934), and Emma Chesney Latimer Reynolds (1864-1946). The three women standing in the back are Emma, Narcissa and Clara. The two women sitting are Alice and Hattie.

    Identifier: spl_lj_044

    Date: 1880?

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  • Unknown girl, ca. 1865

    Unknown girl, ca. 1865

    Tintype portrait of unidentified girl.

    Identifier: spl_lj_017

    Date: 1865?

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  • Unknown man in Galesburg, Illinois, ca. 1880

    Unknown man in Galesburg, Illinois, ca. 1880

    Harrison, Thomas

    Photograph taken by Thomas Harrison in Galesburg, Illinois.

    Identifier: spl_lj_043

    Date: 1880?

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  • Waldo Lake Or., Camp Edith, ca. 1900

    Waldo Lake Or., Camp Edith, ca. 1900

    Identifier: spl_lj_068

    Date: 1900?

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  • "Monterey" gunboat in Port Orchard dry dock, ca. 1896

    "Monterey" gunboat in Port Orchard dry dock, ca. 1896

    The Port Orchard Dry Dock mentioned in the caption is likely the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

    Identifier: spl_lj_067

    Date: 1896?

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  • Orion and Narcissa Denny home, ca. 1890

    Orion and Narcissa Denny home, ca. 1890

    Warner & Randolph

    Orion was the son of Arthur and Mary Denny and first white male born in Seattle. He served as president of the Denny Clay Company. In the 1890 City Directory, Orion Denny is listed at 1108 Seneca on the NW corner of Boren and Seneca. When his wife, Narcissa, died in 1900 her obituary mentioned that the couple at lived at the 1108 Seneca address for several years. In 1905, Denny constructed a larger mansion designed by Bebb & Mendel on the same street corner (which then went by the address 1204 Boren). It's possible that the home shown here is the home where Denny lived from approximately 1890-1905 before the newer mansion was constructed. The Bebb and Mendel mansion was torn down in 1972.

    Identifier: spl_lj_055

    Date: 1890?

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