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On the eve of the boom that began the city of Everett, a Seattle photographer traveled by sternwheeler to the townsite on Port Gardner Bay, toting his tripod, view camera and a heavy parcel of unexposed glass plates. The month was October, the year 1891, and the man behind the camera was dapper, mustachioed Frank La Roche. His job: fulfilling a commission for the management of the Puget Sound Wire Nail and Steel Company, one of the industries which was to line the perimeters of Henry Hewitt’s “City of Smokestacks.”
King and Baskerville Studio
Despite the short duration of King and Baskerville's time in Everett, the images they created have been saved and treasured in several forms over the years. Views were assembled into special scrapbooks, and early residents kept individual mounted prints from this series. Photographer John Juleen copied some during the 1920s for use in William Whitefields’s “History of Snohomish County”.
When George W. Kirk arrived in the Pacific Northwest, he was forty years old and ready to retire as a photographer. He settled in Chehalis in 1888 and began raising raspberries, soon expanding his burgeoning fruit business to Puyallup. By 1891 he boasted of a four-ton yield from a single 1-½ acre tract, and, at that point, it could be truly said that G.W. Kirk had abandoned photographic art for agriculture. His re-entry into the world of lenses and acetic acid a few years later can only be understood as a response to needs that ran much deeper than simple matters of vocational choice.
The J. A. Juleen Studio operated as one of Everett’s most important commercial photo studios from 1908 to 1954. John Juleen ran the business from 1908 to 1935; John’s wife Lee (Lena Dalquist Juleen) took over after John's death, and ran the studio until she died in 1955. During its years of operation, the studio produced thousands of images of Everett businesses, industry, residents, street views, and local scenery. Juleen's street and scenery photography was so popular that many images were issued in a successful postcard collection in the 1930s.
From the high peaks of the "Boeing Boom" to the low valleys of the "Boeing Bust," the 1970s was a time of dramatic, irrevocable change in Everett history.