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.
A message to the West
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_49View this item
Invitation from the City of Seattle by its mayor and council to visit the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in the city of Seattle between 1 June 1909 until 16 October 1909
Printed invitation to be sent to invitees and signed by the Mayor and President of the Council. With colored A.Y.P.E. seal. “The City of Seattle, by its Mayor and Council, extends to [space for invitee name] a cordial invitation to visit the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition to be held in this City from June the first to October sixteenth, one thousand nine hundred and nine. [signed] President of the Council, Mayor.”
Date: 1909View this item
Jewish Transcript v. 1, no. 7, Apr. 22, 1924
Date: 1924-04-22View this item
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to D.Z. Gourman instructing him to stop selling certain products, November 12, 1927
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to D.Z. Gourman letting him know that they have received complaints from other vendors at Pike Place Market over the fact that Gourman is now selling goods such as cranberries and nuts at his stall. Goodwin instructs Gourman to stop selling these items, stating 'As a grocery, you certainly have more lines than any other business in the market and we canot contenance your converting your place into lines that conflict with specializers, who depend entirely on these commodities for their business.'
Date: 1927-11-28View this item
Pencil sketches of CCC camps: drying room; Lake Cushman, Wash.
Date: 1934View this item
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to H. Greenberg regarding his display at the Economy Department Store, June 21, 1927
Letter from Arthur Goodwin informing H. Greenberg that he will be able to use one of the show windows at the Economy Department Store for his displays.
Date: 1927-06-21View this item
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to Carl F. Kruse regarding his lack of advertising support for Pike Place Market, November 9, 1927
Letter from Arthur Goodwin to Carl F. Kruse admonishing him for not advertising in the newspaper for the anniversary of Pike Place Market. Goodwin reminds Kruse that the terms of his lease require that he advertises to the amount of ten percent of his rent. He states 'We notice that you are advertising liberally your other locations, and I want to say quite frankly that we are not at all pleased with your attitude toward the Pike Place Market.'
Date: 1927-11-09View this item
Letter from Pacific Northwest Theatres, Inc. to Arthur Goodwin regarding the United Artists Theatre in Pike Place Market, February 26, 1927
Letter from Pacific Northwest Theatres, Inc. asking permission from Arthur Goodin to install a lighted sign for the United Artists Theatre (formerly known as the Liberty Theater) at Pike Place Market. The letter states that the sign will not only help the United Artists Theatre but other businesses as well because 'the sign will light up what is at the present time a rather desolate spot.'
Date: 1927-02-26View this item
Vancouver's sloop on reef in Queen Charlotte's Sound
Parker McAllister, born in 1903 in Massachusetts, was a Seattle Times artist from 1924 to 1965. McAllister started his career as an illustrator at 14 for a Spokane publication; he joined the art staff at the Seattle Times in 1920. His first Sunday magazine cover was a poster-type illustration celebrating the University of Washington crew races in spring 1924. During McAllister's career, he created illustrations depicting “local color” events and situations now routinely handled by photographers. As the technology improved, he expanded his repertoire - he illustrated articles, drew covers for special sections and the weekly Seattle Sunday Times Magazine, and drew diagrams, comics, cartoons, and portraits for the Times’ editorial page. In 1956, an exhibition of his watercolor and oil paintings of Pacific Northwest scenes and historical incidents - including some paintings from the “Discovery of the Pacific Northwest” series - were exhibited at the Washington State Historical Society Museum in Tacoma. He was also a member of the Puget Sound Group of Men Painters. McAllister retired from the Seattle Times in 1965; he passed away in Arizona in 1970.
Date: 1956View this item
Date: 1934View this item