I suppose if this blog really was up and running, we’d be obliged to post announcements each day about the University of Washington Libraries closure, wax eloquently about epic Pacific Northwest snowstorms past, and have facts at the ready about this unprecedented (is it?) three-day (and counting) campus-wide suspension of operations.
As it is, I feel as if I’ve been trying to figure out the exact location pictured in this nifty image from the Special Collections Division for several days now. It looks to me like the intersection of Queen Anne Avenue and Roy Street, but I may be wrong.
What is going on in this photograph? Is the (No. 2) electric streetcar stranded in the snow or is it in the process of transporting passengers down the hill (which, if so, is more than can be said about our present Metro service, 92 years later). It’s hard to say, but it looks as if the latter may be true since there is what appears to be another streetcar running further up the hill (but then again it also could just be stuck).
But, to be fair, if the quality of our public transportation cannot be said to have improved substantially in many ways over the intervening years, then neither can it be said of our cataloging practices.
I confess. The current image on this blog’s banner is not technically from the Pacific Northwest Collection, but it does come from the Special Collections Division. It is part of a digitized image of the cover of a souvenir menu celebrating the 1940 golden anniversary of the legendary Seattle department store, Frederick & Nelson. That store, alas, closed its doors for good in 1992 (although the downtown Seattle building remains as the Nordstrom flagship location), but its memories linger on in the Special Collections Division.
You can can find this particular menu and 739 other ones in the Historical Menu Collection (PH Coll 617) by perusing the online finding aid. A limited selection of images of other menus from this collection also is available through the Special Collections portion of the UW Libraries Digital Collections site.
In a perfect world, you also would find a corresponding record for the collection in the libraries’ online catalog, but there’s another one to add to the cataloger’s to-do list.