Creator
Irvin Plitt
Time Period
1936-1955
Entries
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Plitt Collection

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Plitt Collection

Irvin Plitt was a photographer who settled in the Palmer area in the late 1940's and operated photo-related businesses in the town through mid 1955, including the Palmer Photographic Center and the Palmer Drug Store. The collection includes 74 images including numerous local residents, soldiers, fishing related facilities at Goose Bay, and Palmer main street businesses.

Image is of a farmstead showing a colony barn, house and garage, viewed looking east across a field with trees in foreground and mountains in back ground. Lazy Mountain and Byer’s Peak are prominent.
Image shows a crowd of people in foreground facing a burning building, flames & smoke exit doors and windows while two men hose water on the flames.
Image shows a small boat launch facility at the army fish smoking facility at Goose Bay. A wooden skiff with outboard motor and several barrels are in foreground at the base of a bluff. Stairs and slide rails rise from the beach to the top of the bluff.  The fish drying rack is visible on top of the bluff. Three soldiers are evident: one at the bottom of the stairs holding a camera is identified as Irv Plitt, one is at the top of the stairs & one is by the drying rack viewing the bay through a telescope identified as having been captured from the Japanese at Atu Island. Soil and gravel stratigraphy of the bluff is evident below the drying rack.
Image is a summer scene showing six small boys sitting on a farm hay wagon with shrubs and forest beyond.
Image is of the old log church at Eklutna Village, facing the front entry. Prominent is the bell tower over the entry porch. Scattered trees adjacent and snow-clad mountains beyond.
Image is of the front (west side) of the log Lutheran church with grass expanse in front and birch trees beyond.
Image is of the front (west side) of the Palmer Lutheran log church with birch trees in foreground and a mountain beyond. A sign is visible in the left foreground and a plaque is visible on the church wall.
Image is of the interior of the Palmer Protestant Church, unoccupied pews in foreground, a closed casket in front with floral bouquets prominent.
Image is a low oblique showing a Matanuska Colony farmstead in foreground and another in middle ground, fields of shocked grain, and snow-capped Pioneer Peak in background.
Image shows two women and small child standing in a garden with a Colony farmstead behind them and forest beyond.
Image shows a fish smoking & drying rack established by the Army at Goose Bay on Cook Inlet. A stack of split firewood is in near foreground in front of the drying rack holding a large number of hanging salmon. A canvas tarp covers part of the structure. A Quanset Hut is visible behind the rack with forest beyond.
Note on reverse of photo indicates the image shows soldiers Irv Plitt (left) and another identified as “Glass”, standing next to the salmon drying facility at Goose Bay and viewing the bay through a Japanese telescope captured at Atu Island.
Image shows a partially cut grain field with a grain binder machine in foreground and several shocks of grain.  Buildings of a farmstead are visible in middle ground with forest and snow-capped mountains beyond.  Lazy Mountain and Beyer’s Peak are evident.
Image shows a white house and white outbuildings including two small chicken houses and a small greenhouse. Several white chickens are apparent and milk cans are next to the outbuilding near the house. A bicycle and sawbuck are in the foreground, a field in middle ground with forest and mountains visible beyond. This appears to be another view of House#1.
Image shows an early spring view of a log house with entry porch, a car parked next to the porch, a small doghouse next to the porch, an uncovered greenhouse in foreground, forest and snow-clad mountains beyond. This appears to be the south side of House#4.
Image is a summer view of a log house with a gate post and rail fence in foreground. A woman appears to stand behind the gate post. An outbuilding and part of a car are visible in middle ground, trees and mountains are evident beyond. This appears to be the north side of House#3.
Image is an early spring view of a house with snow patches in the yard. A small boy is playing in the snow. A pickup truck is parked next to the house, an outbuilding is in the middle ground with trees and snow-clad Pioneer Peak beyond. This appears to be a later view of House#4.
Image is a winter view of a log house with a woman standing in the entry porch area, forest is visible beyond.
Image shows a white house and small white outbuilding with a greenhouse attached, clothesline posts adjacent, tilled ground in foreground, forest and mountains in background.
Image shows a summer view of a woman and seven small children standing at the trail near the foot of Lazy Mountain. The slope up the mountain to the peak is prominent in back ground, a portion of a cabin is evident in middle ground. Portions of the trail across the cleared field are evident.
Image shows the track-side view of the Matanuska depot building looking south, with a semaphore signal pole on the left, both wood and concrete dock in foreground, a baggage cart, and a flower box with strings attached to the wall to support climbing flowers. No flowers are evident.
Image is an east-facing aerial oblique of Palmer and surrounding area including John Bugge’s homestead, the Palmer airport, Matanuska River and mountains beyond, including Lazy Mountain.
Image shows the south end of the Palmer railroad depot and Koslosky’s department store across the street beyond. Automobiles parked in front of Koslosky’s are partly visible. The Valley Hotel under construction next to the store is partially visible. The hotel was constructed in 1946-47 & opened in 1948. Evidence of its partial completion identifies the photo date as probably 1947.
Image is a street scene of downtown Palmer businesses with vehicles parked in front. Numerous signs are evident and a variety of vehicles. Gravel street is in foreground, white clouds overhead.
Image is of downtown Palmer storefronts and automobiles parked in front on a snow-covered street. Business signs are visable.
Image is of downtown Palmer storefronts and an automobile parked in front. Business signs are prominent for a Market, Barber Shop & Palmer Photographic Center.
Color image shows storefront “Palmer Photo Art” & “Johnson’s Barber Shop” with a car parked in front, snow on ground & car.
The image shows a summer view of the northern end of Koslosky’s Department Store occupied by Matanuska Valley Bank with the bank signs in the windows. A truck is parked in front of the bank. A workman is visible standing on a ladder at the top story window of the Valley Hotel at right.
Image shows a springtime scene of excavation for construction of the Palmer Drug Store with a pile of gravel in foreground & a “cat” in the hole pushing out more. The Valley Hotel is prominent across the street. Cars & trucks are parked along the street. A man is on the “cat” and another is walking in the street. Houses & a Quonset Hut are visible in middle ground with forest and snow-laced Talkeetna Mountains beyond.
Image shows a concrete block basement, brick chimney & basement floor joists in foreground, a gravel pile and street beyond. The Matanuska Valley Bank in Koslosky’s building and the Valley Hotel are prominent across the street. Two cars & a pickup are parked along the street.
Image is a street scene of downtown Palmer businesses with vehicles parked in front. Numerous signs are evident and a variety of vehicles. Gravel street in foreground, snow-clad mountains in background.
Image shows the town of Palmer viewed from Bugge’s Hill looking east. Gravel road bed and trees in foreground, snow-capped mountains with clouds overhead in background. Lazy Mountain and Byer’s Peak are evident. This photo was probably taken the same day as the one coded Man@1-Plt in the Plitt collection.
Image shows a pick-up truck with words painted on the cab, side door and tail gate advertising signs and the Palmer Sign Co. Three buildings are partially visible in middle ground with forest and mountains faintly visible beyond.
Image is of an army photographer setting up his view camera. Location is atop homesteader John Bugge’s hill with fields and forest land in foreground and middle ground. Mountains beyond. Camera is oriented for photographing the town of Palmer. This photo was probably taken the same day as the one coded Man@1-Plt in the Plitt collection.
Image is of Alaska Railroad engine #554, blowing black smoke, on tracks in central Palmer with ARRC staff housing and the "Dorm" in middle ground beyond.  Forest and mountains in background.
Summer view of two people perched atop a rock facing away from the camera toward rugged mountains to the south. Two cans and a water bottle on the rock suggest a repast.  Prominent is the mountain known at the time as Beyer’s Peak, latter shown on maps as Matanuska Peak.  While the name on the photo is spelled “Buyer’s”, research indicates that the name originated in reference to Herman Edward Beyer, thought to be the first person documented to have climbed the peak in 1942.
Image is a summer view of the west side of the Palmer school building with three trees in foreground and the flag pole evident.
Image shows the Palmer railroad depot viewed from the southwest corner, including railroad tracks in foreground, an ARRC pickup truck, a railroad semaphore signal, part of the Palmer water tower, power poles, and smoke from the powerhouse. On the dock is a man moving a freight cart, a loaded freight cart, and several milk cans. Rail cars are on the siding behind the depot and mountains are partly visible in background.
Image is of a farmstead showing a colony barn, house and garage, viewed looking east across a field with trees in foreground and mountains in back ground. Lazy Mountain and Byer’s Peak are prominent.
Title

Bailey Colony Farm

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony Farm

Description

Image is of a farmstead showing a colony barn, house and garage, viewed looking east across a field with trees in foreground and mountains in back ground. Lazy Mountain and Byer’s Peak are prominent.

Location

Colony Tract #152 near Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a crowd of people in foreground facing a burning building, flames & smoke exit doors and windows while two men hose water on the flames.
Title

Bert’s Drug Fire

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Bert’s Drugstore on Fire

Description

Image shows a crowd of people in foreground facing a burning building, flames & smoke exit doors and windows while two men hose water on the flames.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a small boat launch facility at the army fish smoking facility at Goose Bay. A wooden skiff with outboard motor and several barrels are in foreground at the base of a bluff. Stairs and slide rails rise from the beach to the top of the bluff.  The fish drying rack is visible on top of the bluff. Three soldiers are evident: one at the bottom of the stairs holding a camera is identified as Irv Plitt, one is at the top of the stairs & one is by the drying rack viewing the bay through a telescope identified as having been captured from the Japanese at Atu Island. Soil and gravel stratigraphy of the bluff is evident below the drying rack.
Title

Boat Launch Facility

Creator

Unknown Army Photographer

Subject

Army Site

Description

Image shows a small boat launch facility at the army fish smoking facility at Goose Bay. A wooden skiff with outboard motor and several barrels are in foreground at the base of a bluff. Stairs and slide rails rise from the beach to the top of the bluff. The fish drying rack is visible on top of the bluff. Three soldiers are evident: one at the bottom of the stairs holding a camera is identified as Irv Plitt, one is at the top of the stairs & one is by the drying rack viewing the bay through a telescope identified as having been captured from the Japanese at Atu Island. Soil and gravel stratigraphy of the bluff is evident below the drying rack.

Location

Goose Bay, Alaska

Image is a summer scene showing six small boys sitting on a farm hay wagon with shrubs and forest beyond.
Title

Boys On The Hay Wagon

Creator

Unknown, probably Irv Plitt

Subject

Children

Description

Image is a summer scene showing six small boys sitting on a farm hay wagon with shrubs and forest beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of the old log church at Eklutna Village, facing the front entry. Prominent is the bell tower over the entry porch. Scattered trees adjacent and snow-clad mountains beyond.
Title

Church 12

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Eklutna Russian Orthodox Church

Description

Image is of the old log church at Eklutna Village, facing the front entry. Prominent is the bell tower over the entry porch. Scattered trees adjacent and snow-clad mountains beyond.

Location

Eklutna, Alaska

Image is of the front (west side) of the log Lutheran church with grass expanse in front and birch trees beyond.
Title

Church 4

Creator

Unknown, possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Lutheran Church

Description

Image is of the front (west side) of the log Lutheran church with grass expanse in front and birch trees beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the front (west side) of the Palmer Lutheran log church with birch trees in foreground and a mountain beyond. A sign is visible in the left foreground and a plaque is visible on the church wall.
Title

Church 5

Creator

Unknown, possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Lutheran Church

Description

Image is of the front (west side) of the Palmer Lutheran log church with birch trees in foreground and a mountain beyond. A sign is visible in the left foreground and a plaque is visible on the church wall.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the interior of the Palmer Protestant Church, unoccupied pews in foreground, a closed casket in front with floral bouquets prominent.
Title

Church 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Funeral setting in Palmer Protest Church

Description

Image is of the interior of the Palmer Protestant Church, unoccupied pews in foreground, a closed casket in front with floral bouquets prominent.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a low oblique showing a Matanuska Colony farmstead in foreground and another in middle ground, fields of shocked grain, and snow-capped Pioneer Peak in background.
Title

Colony Farm 14

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony Farms

Description

Image is a low oblique showing a Matanuska Colony farmstead in foreground and another in middle ground, fields of shocked grain, and snow-capped Pioneer Peak in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley Near Bodenburg Butte

Image shows two women and small child standing in a garden with a Colony farmstead behind them and forest beyond.
Title

Colony Farm 3

Creator

Unknown-Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Two Women & Child and Colony Farmstead

Description

Image shows two women and small child standing in a garden with a Colony farmstead behind them and forest beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a fish smoking & drying rack established by the Army at Goose Bay on Cook Inlet. A stack of split firewood is in near foreground in front of the drying rack holding a large number of hanging salmon. A canvas tarp covers part of the structure. A Quanset Hut is visible behind the rack with forest beyond.
Title

Fish Drying Rack 1

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Army Site

Description

Image shows a fish smoking & drying rack established by the Army at Goose Bay on Cook Inlet. A stack of split firewood is in near foreground in front of the drying rack holding a large number of hanging salmon. A canvas tarp covers part of the structure. A Quanset Hut is visible behind the rack with forest beyond.

Location

Goose Bay, Cook Inlet, Alaska

Note on reverse of photo indicates the image shows soldiers Irv Plitt (left) and another identified as “Glass”, standing next to the salmon drying facility at Goose Bay and viewing the bay through a Japanese telescope captured at Atu Island.
Title

Fish Drying Rack 2

Creator

Unknown Army Photographer

Subject

Army Site

Description

Note on reverse of photo indicates the image shows soldiers Irv Plitt (left) and another identified as “Glass”, standing next to the salmon drying facility at Goose Bay and viewing the bay through a Japanese telescope captured at Atu Island.

Location

Goose Bay, Alaska

Image shows a partially cut grain field with a grain binder machine in foreground and several shocks of grain.  Buildings of a farmstead are visible in middle ground with forest and snow-capped mountains beyond.  Lazy Mountain and Beyer’s Peak are evident.
Title

Grain Binder and Grain

Creator

Unidentified but probably Pitt

Subject

Grain Harvest on Valley Farm

Description

Image shows a partially cut grain field with a grain binder machine in foreground and several shocks of grain. Buildings of a farmstead are visible in middle ground with forest and snow-capped mountains beyond. Lazy Mountain and Beyer’s Peak are evident.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a white house and white outbuildings including two small chicken houses and a small greenhouse. Several white chickens are apparent and milk cans are next to the outbuilding near the house. A bicycle and sawbuck are in the foreground, a field in middle ground with forest and mountains visible beyond. This appears to be another view of House#1.
Title

House 2

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Colonist House & Outbuildings

Description

Image shows a white house and white outbuildings including two small chicken houses and a small greenhouse. Several white chickens are apparent and milk cans are next to the outbuilding near the house. A bicycle and sawbuck are in the foreground, a field in middle ground with forest and mountains visible beyond. This appears to be another view of House#1.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows an early spring view of a log house with entry porch, a car parked next to the porch, a small doghouse next to the porch, an uncovered greenhouse in foreground, forest and snow-clad mountains beyond. This appears to be the south side of House#4.
Title

House 3

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Colonist House

Description

Image shows an early spring view of a log house with entry porch, a car parked next to the porch, a small doghouse next to the porch, an uncovered greenhouse in foreground, forest and snow-clad mountains beyond. This appears to be the south side of House#4.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a summer view of a log house with a gate post and rail fence in foreground. A woman appears to stand behind the gate post. An outbuilding and part of a car are visible in middle ground, trees and mountains are evident beyond. This appears to be the north side of House#3.
Title

House 4

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Colony House

Description

Image is a summer view of a log house with a gate post and rail fence in foreground. A woman appears to stand behind the gate post. An outbuilding and part of a car are visible in middle ground, trees and mountains are evident beyond. This appears to be the north side of House#3.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is an early spring view of a house with snow patches in the yard. A small boy is playing in the snow. A pickup truck is parked next to the house, an outbuilding is in the middle ground with trees and snow-clad Pioneer Peak beyond. This appears to be a later view of House#4.
Title

House 5

Creator

Unknown, Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Colony House

Description

Image is an early spring view of a house with snow patches in the yard. A small boy is playing in the snow. A pickup truck is parked next to the house, an outbuilding is in the middle ground with trees and snow-clad Pioneer Peak beyond. This appears to be a later view of House#4.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a winter view of a log house with a woman standing in the entry porch area, forest is visible beyond.
Title

House 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

House, Log House, Snow, Woman

Description

Image is a winter view of a log house with a woman standing in the entry porch area, forest is visible beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a white house and small white outbuilding with a greenhouse attached, clothesline posts adjacent, tilled ground in foreground, forest and mountains in background.
Title

House 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Colony House and Outbuilding

Description

Image shows a white house and small white outbuilding with a greenhouse attached, clothesline posts adjacent, tilled ground in foreground, forest and mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a summer view of a woman and seven small children standing at the trail near the foot of Lazy Mountain. The slope up the mountain to the peak is prominent in back ground, a portion of a cabin is evident in middle ground. Portions of the trail across the cleared field are evident.
Title

Lazy Mountain Outing

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Woman & Children on Lazy Mountain Trail

Description

Image shows a summer view of a woman and seven small children standing at the trail near the foot of Lazy Mountain. The slope up the mountain to the peak is prominent in back ground, a portion of a cabin is evident in middle ground. Portions of the trail across the cleared field are evident.

Location

Lazy Mountain Near Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the track-side view of the Matanuska depot building looking south, with a semaphore signal pole on the left, both wood and concrete dock in foreground, a baggage cart, and a flower box with strings attached to the wall to support climbing flowers. No flowers are evident.
Title

Matanuska Depot

Creator

Unknown (Possibly Plitt)

Subject

Matanuska Railroad Depot

Description

Image shows the track-side view of the Matanuska depot building looking south, with a semaphore signal pole on the left, both wood and concrete dock in foreground, a baggage cart, and a flower box with strings attached to the wall to support climbing flowers. No flowers are evident.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image is an east-facing aerial oblique of Palmer and surrounding area including John Bugge’s homestead, the Palmer airport, Matanuska River and mountains beyond, including Lazy Mountain.
Title

Palmer Air View 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Aerial view of Palmer

Description

Image is an east-facing aerial oblique of Palmer and surrounding area including John Bugge’s homestead, the Palmer airport, Matanuska River and mountains beyond, including Lazy Mountain.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the south end of the Palmer railroad depot and Koslosky’s department store across the street beyond. Automobiles parked in front of Koslosky’s are partly visible. The Valley Hotel under construction next to the store is partially visible. The hotel was constructed in 1946-47 & opened in 1948. Evidence of its partial completion identifies the photo date as probably 1947.
Title

Palmer Depot 1

Creator

Unknown-Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Railroad Depot & Koslosky’s Store

Description

Image shows the south end of the Palmer railroad depot and Koslosky’s department store across the street beyond. Automobiles parked in front of Koslosky’s are partly visible. The Valley Hotel under construction next to the store is partially visible. The hotel was constructed in 1946-47 & opened in 1948. Evidence of its partial completion identifies the photo date as probably 1947.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a street scene of downtown Palmer businesses with vehicles parked in front. Numerous signs are evident and a variety of vehicles. Gravel street is in foreground, white clouds overhead.
Title

Palmer Street #2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Downtown Palmer

Description

Image is a street scene of downtown Palmer businesses with vehicles parked in front. Numerous signs are evident and a variety of vehicles. Gravel street is in foreground, white clouds overhead.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of downtown Palmer storefronts and automobiles parked in front on a snow-covered street. Business signs are visable.
Title

Palmer Street 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Downtown Palmer Buildings & Automobiles

Description

Image is of downtown Palmer storefronts and automobiles parked in front on a snow-covered street. Business signs are visable.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of downtown Palmer storefronts and an automobile parked in front. Business signs are prominent for a Market, Barber Shop & Palmer Photographic Center.
Title

Palmer Street 4

Creator

Unknown, Probably Irv Plitt

Subject

Downtown Palmer Buildings & Business Signs

Description

Image is of downtown Palmer storefronts and an automobile parked in front. Business signs are prominent for a Market, Barber Shop & Palmer Photographic Center.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Color image shows storefront “Palmer Photo Art” & “Johnson’s Barber Shop” with a car parked in front, snow on ground & car.
Title

Palmer Street 5

Creator

Unknown-Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Downtown Palmer Buildings & Business Signs

Description

Color image shows storefront “Palmer Photo Art” & “Johnson’s Barber Shop” with a car parked in front, snow on ground & car.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

The image shows a summer view of the northern end of Koslosky’s Department Store occupied by Matanuska Valley Bank with the bank signs in the windows. A truck is parked in front of the bank. A workman is visible standing on a ladder at the top story window of the Valley Hotel at right.
Title

Palmer Street 6

Creator

Unknown-possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Matanuska Valley Bank

Description

The image shows a summer view of the northern end of Koslosky’s Department Store occupied by Matanuska Valley Bank with the bank signs in the windows. A truck is parked in front of the bank. A workman is visible standing on a ladder at the top story window of the Valley Hotel at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a springtime scene of excavation for construction of the Palmer Drug Store with a pile of gravel in foreground & a “cat” in the hole pushing out more. The Valley Hotel is prominent across the street. Cars & trucks are parked along the street. A man is on the “cat” and another is walking in the street. Houses & a Quonset Hut are visible in middle ground with forest and snow-laced Talkeetna Mountains beyond.
Title

Palmer Street 7

Creator

Unknown-Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Drug Store Excavation

Description

Image shows a springtime scene of excavation for construction of the Palmer Drug Store with a pile of gravel in foreground & a “cat” in the hole pushing out more. The Valley Hotel is prominent across the street. Cars & trucks are parked along the street. A man is on the “cat” and another is walking in the street. Houses & a Quonset Hut are visible in middle ground with forest and snow-laced Talkeetna Mountains beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a concrete block basement, brick chimney & basement floor joists in foreground, a gravel pile and street beyond. The Matanuska Valley Bank in Koslosky’s building and the Valley Hotel are prominent across the street. Two cars & a pickup are parked along the street.
Title

Palmer Street 8

Creator

Unknown-Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Drug Store Construction

Description

Image shows a concrete block basement, brick chimney & basement floor joists in foreground, a gravel pile and street beyond. The Matanuska Valley Bank in Koslosky’s building and the Valley Hotel are prominent across the street. Two cars & a pickup are parked along the street.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a street scene of downtown Palmer businesses with vehicles parked in front. Numerous signs are evident and a variety of vehicles. Gravel street in foreground, snow-clad mountains in background.
Title

Palmer Street 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Palmer, Alaska

Description

Image is a street scene of downtown Palmer businesses with vehicles parked in front. Numerous signs are evident and a variety of vehicles. Gravel street in foreground, snow-clad mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the town of Palmer viewed from Bugge’s Hill looking east. Gravel road bed and trees in foreground, snow-capped mountains with clouds overhead in background. Lazy Mountain and Byer’s Peak are evident. This photo was probably taken the same day as the one coded Man@1-Plt in the Plitt collection.
Title

Palmer View From Bugge's Hill 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Palmer, Alaska

Description

Image shows the town of Palmer viewed from Bugge’s Hill looking east. Gravel road bed and trees in foreground, snow-capped mountains with clouds overhead in background. Lazy Mountain and Byer’s Peak are evident. This photo was probably taken the same day as the one coded Man@1-Plt in the Plitt collection.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a pick-up truck with words painted on the cab, side door and tail gate advertising signs and the Palmer Sign Co. Three buildings are partially visible in middle ground with forest and mountains faintly visible beyond.
Title

Sign Truck

Creator

Unknown, probably Irv Plitt

Subject

Palmer Sign Company Truck

Description

Image shows a pick-up truck with words painted on the cab, side door and tail gate advertising signs and the Palmer Sign Co. Three buildings are partially visible in middle ground with forest and mountains faintly visible beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of an army photographer setting up his view camera. Location is atop homesteader John Bugge’s hill with fields and forest land in foreground and middle ground. Mountains beyond. Camera is oriented for photographing the town of Palmer. This photo was probably taken the same day as the one coded Man@1-Plt in the Plitt collection.
Title

Vern Brickley, Photographer

Creator

Unknown, Probably Irv Plitt

Subject

Man

Description

Image is of an army photographer setting up his view camera. Location is atop homesteader John Bugge’s hill with fields and forest land in foreground and middle ground. Mountains beyond. Camera is oriented for photographing the town of Palmer. This photo was probably taken the same day as the one coded Man@1-Plt in the Plitt collection.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of Alaska Railroad engine #554, blowing black smoke, on tracks in central Palmer with ARRC staff housing and the "Dorm" in middle ground beyond.  Forest and mountains in background.
Title

“Alaska Railroad at Palmer”

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Train Engine In Palmer, Alaska

Description

Image is of Alaska Railroad engine #554, blowing black smoke, on tracks in central Palmer with ARRC staff housing and the "Dorm" in middle ground beyond. Forest and mountains in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Summer view of two people perched atop a rock facing away from the camera toward rugged mountains to the south. Two cans and a water bottle on the rock suggest a repast.  Prominent is the mountain known at the time as Beyer’s Peak, latter shown on maps as Matanuska Peak.  While the name on the photo is spelled “Buyer’s”, research indicates that the name originated in reference to Herman Edward Beyer, thought to be the first person documented to have climbed the peak in 1942.
Title

“Beyer’s Peak, Alaska”

Creator

Unknown-Possibly Irv Plitt

Subject

Two People Atop A Mountain Viewing Other Mountains

Description

Summer view of two people perched atop a rock facing away from the camera toward rugged mountains to the south. Two cans and a water bottle on the rock suggest a repast. Prominent is the mountain known at the time as Beyer’s Peak, latter shown on maps as Matanuska Peak. While the name on the photo is spelled “Buyer’s”, research indicates that the name originated in reference to Herman Edward Beyer, thought to be the first person documented to have climbed the peak in 1942.

Location

Chugach Mountains Near Palmer, Alaska

Image is a summer view of the west side of the Palmer school building with three trees in foreground and the flag pole evident.
Title

“Palmer School Bldg. Matanuska Valley-B-7”

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Palmer School Building

Description

Image is a summer view of the west side of the Palmer school building with three trees in foreground and the flag pole evident.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the Palmer railroad depot viewed from the southwest corner, including railroad tracks in foreground, an ARRC pickup truck, a railroad semaphore signal, part of the Palmer water tower, power poles, and smoke from the powerhouse. On the dock is a man moving a freight cart, a loaded freight cart, and several milk cans. Rail cars are on the siding behind the depot and mountains are partly visible in background.
Title

“Railroad Depot-Palmer, Alaska”

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Palmer Railroad Depot

Description

Image shows the Palmer railroad depot viewed from the southwest corner, including railroad tracks in foreground, an ARRC pickup truck, a railroad semaphore signal, part of the Palmer water tower, power poles, and smoke from the powerhouse. On the dock is a man moving a freight cart, a loaded freight cart, and several milk cans. Rail cars are on the siding behind the depot and mountains are partly visible in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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