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Shafer Historical Museum - Photographs
Much of the Shafer Museum's photo collection consists of digital scans of originals that have been returned to their owners. Prints made from these scans are available for browsing at the museum in three-ring binders. Kit McLean Cramer, the museum's photo archivist, has a database to help search by subject (e.g. "skis or skiing"). She was out of town when I visited, so I looked through all the binders that were available. These notes record which binders I looked at and which photos were interesting. Catalog numbers are of the form xxxx.yyy.zzz. If no specific photos are listed for a given collection, it means I found nothing noteworthy. I made crude copies of several photos for later reference. Winter travel to and from the Azurite Mine was done using snowshoes more often than skis. Many winter photos at the museum depict men on snowshoes.
Blende collection, 2004.002.001-009
Book Two, 2003.001.180-309
Book Three, 2003.001.310-359
Byrum collection, 2006.027.001-065
Cotner collection, 2006.024.001-021
Cotton collection, 2004.008.001
Drake collection, 2004.007.001-019
Filer collection, 2005.019.001-003
Flagg collection, 2004.004.001-030
George collection, 2005.016.001-068
Graves collection, 2005.017.001-061
- 2005.017.013: Bill and Tom Graves (as young kids, c. 1936) on skis at the Graves ranch. One kid is on a single, rather wide ski. Neither has a pole or stick.
- 2005.017.017a: Bill and Tom Graves stand on skis at Pearrygin Lake on the Graves ranch (c. 1938). Each holds a single, thin stick.
- 2005.017.017b: Bill and Tom Graves climb on skis at Pearrygin Lake (c. 1938, fine).
- 2005.017.045: Josh Graves with dog, hunting on skis in an open field (c. 1945).
Hasse collection, 2004.001.001-068
- 2004.001.032: Unidentified man on skis holding a single long pole. Caption says he is at the Haase-Kennison cabin.
Horn collection, 2006.023.001-058
- 2006.023.028: Carlyle Batie and Homer (kids) on skis in a brushy field. Each carries a single long pole.
- 2006.023.033: "Stonebreaker's dogs." A dog team pulls a sled below a semi-open slope. (2 pictures)
Imes collection, 2006.026.001-029
Krinke collection, 2006.022.001-017
LaRue collection, 2005.018.001-005
Leaning collection, 2003.001.342-344
Lince collection, 2006.020.001-???
- 2006.020.022: Three photos of dog sleds on their way to the Azurite Mine. One depicts a dog team in woods near a snow covered cabin. The other two depict teams on an open, rounded ridge near timberline, probably at Cady Pass (one is nearly fine).
Miller collection, 2004.003.001-032
Northcott collection, 2006.021.001-121
- 2006.021.104: A skier and snowshoer stand in snow outside a building in Mazama. The snowshoer is Ed Kagle.
- 2006.021.106: Mazama men standing outside with skis. L-R: Ed Kagle, Harry Dunham, Guy Sharp.
Parrish collection, 2004.009.001-029
Risley collection, 2004.006.001-030
Selections from catalog, 2004.008.002-036
Stokes collection, 2004.005.001-045
Sullivan collection, 2005.014.001-058
Therriault collection, 2004.010.001-019
- 2004.010.010: Dog sled to Azurite Mine in open country with widely spaced trees. The team appears to be following an established trail.
Waller collection, 2005.012.001-032
- 2005.012.015: Lydia Lyons-Blevins-Rivers trapping in the Harts Pass area (c. 1925, fine). She is on skis holding several fur pelts in one hand and a stout pole in the other. She has a pistol on her belt. Her dog "Bingo" is nearby. She is trapping with her husband (Blevins).
- 2005.012.030: Four photos of Lydia Lyons-Blevins-Rivers on a ski trip to Harts Pass in 1942-43.
- 2005.012.031: Six photos of Lydia Lyons-Blevins-Rivers and a man, presumedly her husband, on a ski trip to Harts Pass in 1942-43.
Webb collection, 2005.013.001-225
- 2005.013.115: Ed Kikendall driving a dog sled to the Azurite Mine.
Wenatchee World Photos, 2005.015.001-003
Wetsel collection, 2003.001.316
White collection, 2004.011.001-015
Display PhotosThe following photos were displayed in the museum. I didn't find these in a three-ring binder.
- "Mail and supplies to Azurite. Weekly contract by Chuck and Ed Kikendall. Trips also made to rescue sick miners." Photo depicts two men with a pair of loaded dog sleds, fairly close up (fine).
- "Mining crew digging out cable line after airdrop barely missed footbridge. Cable buried in 13 ft. of snow." The men are working on snowshoes in a ravine.
- "Winter transportation 1933. Driver Al Tye, Dick Horn and Bill Cooper." The men are operating a tractor in snow, towing a loaded sled.
The Shafer Museum has just one skiing artifact, a pair of eight-foot skis "Made in 1913 and worn by local trapper on the upper Methow River. Donated by Curt Ott." The skis show remarkable refinement, with ridge tops and grooved bases. They have no edges and little if any sidecut. The bindings are still intact--leather straps nailed to the sidewalls.
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