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See it now, see it then at museum photo exhibit

Post by News Tribune Staff on Jan. 17, 2009 at 5:50 am |
January 17, 2009 5:50 am

The past and the present will be on view side-by-side at the Washington State History Museum starting Saturday when a photo exhibit titled "Washington Then and Now" opens to the public.

Among the 100 photos in the exhibit is a yesterday/today pairing of pictures of downtown Tacoma (the older view taken sometime in the 1900s) and shots of a dirt road winding up to Mount Rainier in 1903 and a paved contemporary highway following the same route. The oldest photo was taken sometime in the late 1850s and is an image of the home of pioneering entrepreneur Henry Yesler in the heart of what is now Pioneer Square.

Originated by historian Paul Dorpat, the exhibit is an expansion of his "Then and Now" feature that has been running for years in the Seattle Times. Unlike the Times’ images, which concentrate on Seattle scenes, the photos at the museum are of scenes from throughout the state.

The exhibit will run through June 21.

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