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This sampler of photographs from the collections of the King County Archives is itself a snapshot of some of the places, lives and times of people who called twentieth-century King County their home.

Health, safety, recreation and transportation are some of the topics that appear in these photographs. Please click on the thumbnails at the right for larger images and descriptive text. Links in the captions lead to other pages that are part of the King County Archives Web site. There, you'll find more photographs, maps, drawings and additional text information.

This online exhibit, prepared in honor of Washington State Archives Month 2008, is based on a display ("A Baker's Dozen: Images of King County from the Collections") originally created in 2003 by Assistant Archivist Helice Koffler.


Home sweet home, King County style!

King County's former Department of Public Works used this photograph of an unidentified King County farmhouse in its 1981 annual report to illustrate a graph representing rural demographics. But the photograph also depicts a specific structure on a specific site, at a particular time. As such, the photograph may also be of interest to property researchers and family historians. The King County Archives holds many photographs that may have been originally created or used for one purpose--as here, to illustrate a set of statistics--but which, by also incidentally depicting other subjects, may appeal to different types of researchers. Houses, businesses and other structures often appear in images created by King County photographers. For more information about researching and identifying property and structural photographs that may be held by the King County Archives, please visit our photographs web page.

Department of Public Works photograph files: Community Relations and Communications (Series 415), Box 1, Folder 43. (Photo ID 415.0316)

1__House_ 2__Wharf_
90_2_2588_home_health_care 4__TB_Bus_
482__Man_and_duck 6__Hooverville_
7__Mole_ 8__Lake_Wilderness_bridge_
9__Marine_Drive_Bridge_ 10__Cow_
11__Woman_Walker_ 12__Clint_Eastwood_


3__Rock_bunker_ 162_01_432_Neighborhood_cover

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