include Seattle, Bainbridge Island, buildings, scenery, logging, ships, planes,
foreign monuments, products from Joseph Mayer & Brothers, cremation urns,
funeral products and various artifacts.
Museum of History &
Industry Sophie Frye Bass
Austin Seward was born May 4, 1885 and died in May of 1974. Sources
say he spent time working as a sheriff, mill worker, politician, and dairy
operator, among other things. Seward worked as a local photographer for
Pierson’s studio in the early 1920s. He was also a photographer for Bainbridge
The collection consists of 4 photograph albums and loose photographs
(approximately 700 photographs in total) depicting a wide range of subjects.
Some of the photographs are stamped Pierson Studios, some Bainbridge Studios,
some with both studio names, and others were not stamped at all. Some of the
photographs are identified and/or dated, but many are not. Many of the
photographs were taken in Seattle and include scenic and aerial views, downtown
views, clocks, buildings and commercial photography. One of the albums contains
photographs that highlight various products made by Joseph Mayer & Brothers
Company in Seattle. There is also an album that contains photographs and
specifications of cremation urns and other funeral products. There are many
miscellaneous photographs with subjects including scenery, logging, ships,
planes, foreign monuments, and artifacts.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public by appointment.
Restrictions on Use :
The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in
the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research,
publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI
before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to
all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may
require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.
Preferred Citation :
Austin Seward Photograph Collection, Museum of History & Industry,
The collection has been divided into two series: albums and loose
photographs. The loose photographs are organized loosely by subject.
Acquisition Information :
Donor: Evelyn “Lyn” Seward Damewood (widow of Austin Seward); 1980.
Processing Note :
One of the albums (1980.6877.5) was disassembled for preservation
purposes and separated into several different folders. The original order of
the album pages has been retained.
Items .1, .2, and .3 were removed from the collection and added to
Museum library reference. The collection starts at .4.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in
Includes Volunteer Park, scenery, commercial photography,
business interiors and exteriors, houses interiors and exteriors, Tatoosh
Range, Drummond Lighterage Co. barge, Sovereign Gas Station, logging,
Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Co., Montlake Bridge, Mt. Rainier, Aurora Bridge,
Herbert Hoover, Alaska Indian Totem Pole at “Totem Place” West Seattle,
Chatterton Bakeries, Eddie Hubbard with the Boeing B-1, Columbus Hospital
Nurses, J.F. Jappe’s Farm – Alderwood Manor, farming, Invalid Coach Service –
Shepard, YWCA pool.
28 folders containing 139
Album taken apart and separated into folders. Includes various
objects from the Jos. Mayer & Bros. Company such as: clocks, medals,
buckles, pins, coins, rings, and platters.
Includes various objects from Jos. Mayer & Bros. such as:
medals, buckles, pins, coins, rings, and platters.
46 photographs8 ¼”x 11 ½”
Includes cremation urns, memorial tablets, vases, and emblems of
fraternal organizations. Includes identifications and specifications.
Includes downtown Seattle views, Madison Street cable car,
unidentified church, Kristopherson’s Dairy and Western Union Telegraph &
Cable Office, Lone Pine Bar, unidentified rural road.
.78-82: Seattle views
Includes Seattle views, Union Street Station Great Northern
Railroad, Lake Union.
.83-89: Commercial photography and
Includes commercial photography, Spring’s Jewelry Store,
Pierson Studio, Mountain Lakes Water Company, Lake Hannon, Lake Fontell, Cherry
Creek, Lake Marion, Young’s River, Tolt River.
.90, .93-94: Seattle businesses
Includes Tower Coffee Shop, Van de Kamp’s Bakery.
.91: Pacific Catering Service
.92, .95-97: Seattle businesses
Includes Van de Kamp’s Bakery, Seattle Tent and Awning Company,
M. Seller Company.
.98-100, .102-103: Seattle and Bainbridge Island
Includes unidentified lobby, Smith Tower Annex interior,
Bainbridge Beauty Shop (Winslow, Washington), hardware store interior, Star
.101: Al’s Tonsorial Express portable
.104-106: Restaurant interiors
.107-111: Seattle buildings
Include building interiors, banks.
.112-115: Hamilton’s Resort at Fletcher Bay
.116a-b: Pacific Coast Steel Corp
.117-121: Seattle Cedar Lumber
.122: University of Washington crew
Include ships, shipbuilding, Winslow Shipyard
Includes Eagle Harbor, ships, Captain Backland aboard C.S.
Holmes, hospital ship, West Seattle Ferry.
.158-160, .162-163: Ships
Includes ships, Bremerton ferry, bridges, ship C.S. Holmes.
.161: Port of Seattle Pier
.164: Sailing ship St. Paul, steamships
Jacob Luckenback and Amazon Maru
.165: Steamships Wheatland Montana and
Includes passenger ferries at Port of Seattle Pier 3, Eagle
Harbor, Naval vessels, Seattle waterfront, ships sailing.
.171-176: Boeing airplanes
Includes Boeing P314 float plane #NX18601, airplanes, Boeing B1
U.S. mail plane at Lake Union with Eddie Hubbard
.177: Boeing Airplane Company assembly
.178: Boeing Navy Fighter airplane
.179-190: Homes, interiors and exteriors
.191: Home exterior
.192-196, 198: Homes, interiors and exteriors
.199-200: Asian monuments
.201-205: Scenic views
Includes scenery, Saw Tooth Range White Pass and Yukon Railroad
track by Ed Andrews.
Includes flowers, scenery, Mt. Rainier.
.213-215: Airship America, Redding,
.216-229: Objects and artifacts
Includes paint brushes, art deco, sea shell, pendants, books,
necklaces, planting pots, mining car, Briggs & Stratton one cylinder
gasoline engine with gear reduction device on left side, Native American
artifacts, Persian rug.
.230-235, .237-242: Miscellaneous
Includes many miscellaneous photographs including railroad,
foreign photographs, trail drive, Canadian Pacific Railroad, totem pole, family
wedding scene, dog with shark, canine, White Pass and Yukon Railroad.
.236: Lloyd Transfer Company
.243: Seattle waterfront
.244-245: University of Washington from SE
corner of campus
.246: Unidentified bridge
1931 January 6
.247-248: Aerial views of downtown
.249: Aerial view of downtown
.250-254: Waterfront and ships
Includes harbor, ships, waterfront, lumber port, ship being cut
up for scrap.
.255: Winslow Harbor Bainbridge Island
Includes various scenic photographs and Snoqualmie Falls.
.259: Looking west upon 76, six miles
above Monte Cristo
1929 August 13
.260, .262-264: Miscellaneous
Includes lumbering; 1320 Queen Anne Avenue built by Fred Anhalt;
Bainbridge Beauty Shop, Winslow, Washington; dance floor circa 1900-1930s.
.261: Washington Athletic
.273: Aerial view of University of