Format size and image quality clearly suggest these were taken by a professional photographer. Because the images show numerous Everett and Snohomish businesses, it is likely they were taken for a particular contracted purpose. What is known about the photos has come entirely from information given at the time of the donation, evidence revealed in the images themselves, identifications made by old timers, and research done in local newspapers and the Polk’s city directories. Calendars, circus posters, and other paper notices appear on the walls in enough of the views to reasonably date the series as having been taken in the summer of 1907.
Bert Brush, Clara and Alice Rigby, and Jesse Myers were the major commercial photographers working in Everett in 1907, but no definite connection has been made to any particular studio. It is equally possible that they were taken by an itinerant photographer. Please contact the Everett Public Library’s Northwest Room if you have further information about the collection or an individual photo.