The Pacific Northwest Forum
Volume 6, Number 4, Pages 22-35
Summer, 1981

Spokane Centennial Photo Survey

In 1981 Spokane celebrated its centennial. The Eastern Washington State Historical Society and the Department of History at Washington State University sponsored a photo exhibit, consisting of old Spokane pictures from the Libby Collection and new pictures taken by Richard Heinzen, Mark Moore, and Belinda Starkie.

In his introductory remarks at the opening of the exhibit Professor James Hunt of Whitworth College quoted remarks made by Edward Streichen, one of America's foremost photographers on his 90th birthday: "When I first became interested in photography...my idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth and almost as delicate as a tender plant."

The photos on the following pages are arranged in pairs to show how photos not only explain man to man, but also help us reach across the years to see how we have changed and how we have remained the same.

The Libby Collections are published here with the permission of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society. The exhibit, called Spokane and Her People: Past and Present, was funded in part by the Burlington Northern Foundation and the Washington Commission for the Humanities.

 

Selling Things: Central Market, photo from the Libby Collection courtesy of the
Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington

 

Selling Things: White Elephant Surplus Store, 1981, photo by Belinda Starkey

Recreation: Morgan Park Beach, Loon Lake, 1919, photo from the Libby Collection
courtesy of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington

 

Recreation: Riverfront Park, 1981, photo by Richard Heinzen

 

Early Spokane Homes, 1926, photo from the Libby Collectioncourtesy
of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington

 

Older Spokane Homes Today, 1981, photo by Belinda Starkey

 

Glover Field: Indian Encampment, 1925 or 26, photo by Frank W. Guilbert

Glover Field Today, 1981, photo by Mark Moore

 

The Completely New: David and Linda Shea House, 1981, photo by Belinda Starkey

 

The Old and the New: Methodist Church and MacDonalds, 1981, photo by Belinda Starkey

 

Sickness and Death: Photo of a Deceased Child, date unknown, photo from the Libby Collection
courtesy of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington

 

Sickness and Death: New Surgical Wing at Deaconess Hospital, 1981, photo by Richard Heinzen