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Landscape, Washington State, Paradise Inn, Asahel Curtis, Vintage Photograph (Sold)

Asahel Curtis (1874-1941)
Rainier Series – Paradise Inn and Tatoosh in Winter
American: c. 1921
Hand-colored gelatin silver print in vintage wooden frame
Signed and numbered 40766 by the photographer in the negative
11 x 17 inches, image

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Vintage photograph of a sunlit mountain landscape on Washington State’s Mt. Rainier, looking down at the Paradise Inn covered with snow drifts. The Tatoosh Range is in the background. The inn was built in 1917 and is still operated on the site, which is part of the Mt. Rainier National Park. It has been designated a “historic hotel” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Contemporary photos of it can be found online.

Description

The Asahel Curtis Photo Company was primarily a commericial studio specializing in photographing the landscape, towns and industries of the Pacific Northwest. Curtis sold a collection of his work documenting the region to the University of Washington Library in 1940, where it still resides, a major picture of archive of Washington State in the first four decades of the 20th century (see The University of Washington Library Digital Collections). Asahel Curtis began his photographic career working in the studio established by his older brother Edward S. Curtis, who is famous for his photographs of Native Americans. Correspondence from the photo librarian of the Washington State Historical Society, which holds Curtis’ negatives in their archives, verified the title and date of this photograph.

References:

“About the Asahel Curtis Photo Collectio.,” University of Washington Digital Collections.http://content.lib.washington.edu/Acurtis/more-info.html

“The Paradise Inn.” WorldWeb Travel Guide. http://services.worldweb.com/tourism-pegasus.html?mode=displayhotelinfo&hotel_id=43037

Additional information

Century

20th Century