Suzanne Hittman Collection of the Pike Place Market
Preview up to 100 items from this collection below. Explore the early history of the Pike Place Market through letters, receipts, plans, rental agreements and other documents related to the market’s business.
Portrait of Giuseppe (Joe) and Assunta Desimone
Portrait of Giuseppe (Joe) and Assunta Desimone taken in a Salt Lake City Studio. Joe Desimone, a businessman and farmer who gained his wealth by selling his goods at Pike Place Market, bought ownership of the main market arcades from Arthur Goodwin in 1941. His son, Richard Desimone, inherited the property after his father's death in 1946.
Identifier: spl_sh_00016View this item
Pencil sketches of CCC camps: K.P. duty - peeling spuds.
Date: 1934View this item
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to John J. Rowan regarding the New York Central market, November 28, 1927
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to John J. Rowan thanking him for providing contact information for those in charge of the New York Central market.
Date: 1927-11-28View this item
Contract between Pike Place Public Markets, Inc. and Mrs. O.H. Pound, June 15, 1927
Contract between Mrs. O.H. Pound and Pike Place Public Markets, Inc. presenting the terms of her lease for Lunch of All Nations in stall 3 of the Municipal Market Building.
Date: 1927-05-17View this item
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to Councilman E.L. Blaine regarding the lighting bill for the new stalls at Pike Place Market, December 31, 1927
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to Councilman E.L. Blaine raising concern over the fact that the City Lighting Department had cut off power to 50 newly built Pike Place Market stalls which had been turned over to the city. Goodwin asks that Blaine see that the bill is paid so that the stalls are not left in darkness.
Date: 1927-12-31View this item
Pike Place Market post office
Pike Place Market post office and postal worker. The office has signs for drafts and money orders, stamps, travelers checks and a telephone pay station.
Identifier: spl_sh_00004View this item
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to Frank Goodwin regarding a proposal for the expansion of Pike Place Market, March 21, 1927
Arthur Goodwin letter to Frank Goodwin regarding a proposal for the expansion of Pike Place Market which he plans to submit to the City for approval. The plan calls for the extenson of the Pike Place Arcade by 192 feet to allow for 31 new farmers stalls.
Date: 1927-03-21View this item
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to Mrs. Patterson regarding her complaints about flower vendors outside her shop, November 30, 1927
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to Mrs. Patterson responding to her complaints that the flower vendors outside her shop at Pike Place Market are harming her business. Goodwin dismisses her complaint stating that he can see no way that the vendors are interferring with her business and there must be some other cause if it is suffering. Goodwin states 'We have done everything possible ourselves to assist you; your rent is not exhorbitant and we feel that we can do nothing further to assist you. We hope, however, that you will be able to build a business in this location, as it has enjoyed a good patronage for many years past.'
Date: 1927-11-30View this item
Letter from Edward S. Curtis to Harriet Leitch, May 11, 1950
Letter from Edward Curtis to Harriet Leitch in which he further discusses the Pan-American Scientific Research Association expedition to the Amazon. Curtis describes the route the expedition would take up the Amazon River to the town of Manaus where they would establish their headquarters for the duration of the trip. Curtis notes that the expedition is now unlikely to move forward due to friction in the group directed towards the leader, Fred J. Matzler. He writes "No words can express my disappointment in the collapse of the Pan American Expedition. During all my active life time I have wanted to see the Amazon and the Andes Mountains."
Date: 1950-05-11View this item
Winter dance time
Helmi Juvonen was born in Butte, Montana on January 17, 1903. She worked in many media including printmaking, painting and paper-craft. She attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she met artist Mark Tobey with whom she was famously obsessed. Although she was diagnosed as a manic-depressive in 1930, she gained wide appreciation in the Northwest for her linocut prints depicting Northwest Indian people and tribal ceremonies. She worked with a number of artists on the Public Works of Art Project including Fay Chong and Morris Graves. Over the years, her mental health deteriorated and in 1960 she was declared a ward of the state and was committed to Oakhurst Convalescent Center. She was much beloved and had many friends and benefactors (including Wes Wehr) and was able to have exhibitions despite the confinement. She died in 1985.
Date: 1946View this item