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Wade, Cope Collection

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A baseball game is in progress between Palmer and Anchorage teams at Palmer with a batter at the plate, the catcher and umpire in position, and spectators in the background.
A baseball game is in progress, a batter, catcher and umpire are in position at the plate with spectators beyond
At home plate during a lull in a basball game on the Palmer community center quad, a local dignitary stands at bat while the umpire stands asside and spectators watch.
A crowd is gathered on the Palmer community center quad to watch a baseball game.
Local residents gather on the sidelines of a baseball game in Palmer while their team takes a break from the action.
A man stands on the pitcher's mound of the ball field in Palmer's community center quad and is using a megaphone to make announcements to the crowd.  Community center buildings, trees and mountains are behind.
A view of the infield shows a pitcher pitching on the mound and other players behind.  Community center buildings, trees and mountains are beyond.
Thirteen men in baseball uniforms pose together as a local team and umpire with local Palmer-area mountains recognizable in background.  Uniforms exhibit letters CVFD, interpreted to stand for "Colony Volunteer Fire Department"., identifying them as a local Palmer team.
A crowd stands watching a baseball game on the Palmer community center quad with community center buildings in the background.  A young boy sits on a timber on the ground in foreground.  Mountains are visible in far background.
Early spring view of the Knik River bridge looking from the south end at the temporary plank approach down the length of the bridge with Bodenburg Butte directly in the distance.  Patches of snow are evident and the water level is low in the river.
View of the south end of the Knik River bridge looking north.  The temporary plank approach is still in place.  A car is in the foreground approaching the bridge.  Bodenburg Butte and Lazy Mountain are visible in background.
Summer view from the south end of the Knik River bridge looking north.  A car approaches the bridge over the gravel fill that has replaced the temporary planks.  Water level is high in the river.  Bodenburg Butte is visible at the north end of the bridge and mountains are evident in background.
Image is a summer view of the Matanuska River bridge near Palmer taken from the north end down-stream side looking west.  In foreground is what appears to be a boat launch way down to the water.
Image is of the Palmer school bus fleet of eight buses parked in front of the creamery building across the street from the Palmer school.  Part of the creamery building, the post office and the powerhouse smoke stack are visible behind.  Two men stand near the far bus and children are visible in the near bus.
Five men pose in the Colony Cabinet Shop among many tools used to construct the cabinetry for the colony homes and other new buildings.  Some cabinets under construction are visible.
Image shows some of the tools in the carpentry shop used by builders of the colony  buildings
Five horseback riders lead the Palmer Fourth-of-July parade marchers along a gravel road.  Four marchers in military uniforms carry a large American flag directly behind the horses and they are followed by members of the local fire department.
A young girl, identified as Darlene Higginbotham, waits with the parked busses in front of the creamery for the Palmer 4th-of-July parade to begin.
A crown is gathered on the quad in front of the speaker's platform as two floats from the Palmer 4th-of July parade arrive.  Men of the local fire department are prominent in foreground, the Teachers Dorm is in middle ground behind the crowd.
Don Irwin speaks to the crowd gathered for the 1936 Fourth-of July celebration on the Palmer community center quad in front of the new school building.  An open window on the top floor of the school revels a photographer taking photos of events below and responsible for some of the related images in this collection.
A clown entertains the assembled crowd gathered on the community center quad during Palmer's 1936 Fourth of July celebration.
A crowd is gathered at a booth with a sign advertising "KING DODO" and appear to be watching some unidentified activity in the booth.
People are gathering at the corner of what is now Alaska Street and Evergreen Ave. in Palmer during the 1936 Fourth-of-July celebration.  Some people are walking on the gravel streets, a decorated car is on Alaska Street in front of the buildings. Many of the people appear to be watching some activity in a booth with a sign advertising "KING DODO" at the north end of the building along Evergreen Ave.  A water tower structure is evident behind the corner building.
A group of children dance holding hands on the community center quad as they celebrate "Palmer Day", May 15-1937.
Children are holding hands and dancing on the quad in front of the Trading Post as adults look on.
Girls prepare to do the May Pole dance on the quad.  Part of the Trading Post and other community center buildings are beyond.
Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department march in the 1936 Forth-of-July parade.  A large American flag is carried by the second rank of marchers.
Children are dancing around the May Pole on the quad with adults looking on behind and the gym in background.
Young boys are gathered on the ball field east of the school building in preparation for foot races to be held as part of "Palmer Day" celebrations.  Adults look on from behind and the east side of the school building and other building to the south form the background.
Children and adults are gathered at the flag pole on the west side of the school.  At center is the "Palmer Day" queen on her high-backed "throne".  Next to her is the presumed king in front of a piano.
A group of people is gathered around the community center flag pole watching the laying of a "cornerstone" at the base of the pole.  Don Irwin stands next to a wheelbarrow and a man installing the stone.
Image shows a band marching up "Market Street" (now Dahlia Ave.) in Palmer with cars parked in foreground and the Creamery building in middle ground beyond.
Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department march in Palmer's Fourth-of-July parade.  A youngster has joined the group in the first rank.
Four men sit on the decorated bed of a truck playing various musical instruments as a float in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.
A pickup truck, decorated with bunting as an entry in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade, has three people riding in the bed and a young boy riding on the running board.  One man in the back is holding a surveyor's stadia rod while the other two are wrapped in a costume.  Flags are visible beyond the hood of the truck
A pick up truck, decorated with bunting, holds a throne-like chair in back upon which is seated a pretty young girl.  A sign over her head says "Matanuska Maid".  Two people are evident in the cab of this float in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.
A pick up truck, wrapped in bunting, carries a young girl seated on a throne-like chair in the back.  Two people are visible in the cab, one, a young boy at the wheel guiding this float in the 1936 Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer.
A late model car, festooned with flags and ribbon and followed by a bus, takes its place in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.  A member of the local fire department is apparent on the sideline along with other men.
A young girl dressed in a simple clown suit and holding a small American flag, stands ready to join the Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer.  A pickup truck is partially visible behind.
View is of the Colony farmstead of Walt & Melva Pippel showing the house, wellhouse, barn and part of a field.
Cold frame covers are evident in foreground, a vintage truck with water barrels on the back is just beyond the cold frames.  A small field is beyond with a fringe of trees in background.
Image is a spring view across several cold frames with the covers raised to show plants growing below.  A truck with water barrels on the back is at the side with an unplanted clearing beyond.   Heavy brushy forest is the background.
Image is a springtime view across a cleared field to a low hillside where several cold frames with white covers are installed.  A truck, with water barrels evident on the back, is parked nearby.  Several people stand at left.
Image is a summer view of a log house with white trim in foreground and a colony barn with a "barrel vault" roof beyond.
A new colony "Cottage", appearing externally complete, along with two other small buildings, an exposed pitcher pump and some scattered lumber, sits on bare ground next to the road to Matanuska and the railroad tracks south of Palmer.  Pioneer Peak with new snow on top is in background.
Image is of a barnyard with cows and chickens in foreground, a Colony barn and shed in middle ground, a white frame Colony house beyond, and Pioneer Peak with new snow on top in background.
Image is a summer view of a two-story log house, identified as belonging to Colonists Joe & Albertina Sieber.  The yard has been cleared of construction material, a wooden fence is partially visible at right, a clothesline is partially visible at left, and the cold frames against the house stand open.  The spruce/birch forest forms the background.
A Matanuska Colony house constructed of spruce logs on the main walls and dimension lumber, painted white, on the upper part under the roof and the single dormer.
Image is of a Matanuska Colony house. The base walls are of unpeeled spruce logs, the upper part under the roof is of dimension lumber.  Cold frames are installed under the windows on the south side of the house.  A pile of lumber is in the foreground.
Image is of a white Matanuska Colony frame house within a heavily forested setting.  A greenhouse structure is attached to the exterior south-facing wall. A large pile of stove wood is visible in the woods near the house.
Image is of the north and west sides of the Colony manager's house with two cars parked in front.  Another staff house is partially visible behind.  Pioneer Peak forms the background.
Image shows a white house with a hip roof identified as one of the houses within the Matanuska Colony community center furnished for personnel working for the colony administration.  Pioneer Peak forms the background.
Image is of a small log house on newly cleared land at the edge of the forest.
Image is of a white frame house in a close forest setting, identified as a Matanuska Colony home.
A small log house sits in a heavily forested setting with pioneer Peak in the background.  The family "outhouse" is visible in the trees and the original tent home is seen behind the house.
"Colony Kid" Bud Bouwens stands next to his young horse as he shows it at the first Matanuska Valley Fair in Palmer.  The lumber skeleton of a building is behind which was covered with tarps to provide an animal barn for the fair.
Four young people sit on their horses waiting for the 4th of July parade to begin.  Two men stand behind.
A youngster sits astride a white horse in Palmer's community center with two buildings behind.  The rear part of another horse is visiblw at left.
"Colony Kid" Adelbert "Bubs" Ring shows his 4-H project calf at the first Matanuska Valley Fair in Palmer.  A white blanket over the calf's back identifies them as part of the "Midnight Sun 4-H Club".
A group of seven children are seated on a grassy slope with buckets of current berries they have picked.  Trees and brush are behind.
A young girl, identified as Delores Bouwens, is showing her small bucket full of berries as she stands next to a large bucket of berries picked by the older children she is with on their outing seen in photo "Colony Kids 15".
Two young boys stand in a field of head-high grain in the Matanuska Valley.
A black pickup truck with several children riding in the back and a sign on the side identifying a 4-H club forms a float for the 1936 4th-of-July parade in Palmer.  Two other automobiles are visible behind.
Two little boys in their parade costumes are drinking from bottles as they stand in front of a pickup truck after the 4th-of-July parade.
A summer view of the small office building in the community center next to the Trading Post.  It shows the completed construction of the included three small offices with tree tops showing behind.
A late summer view of the small office building in the community center next to the Trading Post.  View is of the west (entrance) side of the building looking to the northeast.  The center entrance displays a barber pole and sign advertising the barbershop.
Image is an easterly view from the water tower showing some of the temporary buildings of the Palmer community center, the end of the rail spur, and homestead clearings beyond.
Image is a southerly view from the water tower with the powerhouse smokestack in foreground, several buildings in middle ground and the future Chugach Street clearing through homestead fields and trees in background.
Image is of the community center dormitory living room showing furniture and layout
Image shows furniture and layout of the community center dormitory living room.  A woman and a man sit reading newspapers.
Image shows the fireplace in the living room of the community center dormitory
View of the west end of the powerhouse in the Palmer community center showing an electrical transformer surrounded by a chain link fence with a sign "DANGER High Voltage" on it.
An early spring easterly view of the Palmer community center including the school, gym, dorm, and some staff houses.  Snow is still on the mountains in background but clear of the foreground.
Summer view overlooks construction begun on the foundation for the Co-op Creamery building in foreground, temporary tents in middle ground and the gym and school in background.
Scaffolds are erected on the south end of the new Co-op cannery building with one man working at the top and two others walking past.  Part of the Creamery building can be seen, also under construction.
View is looking at the intersection of the Co-op Cannery and Creamery buildings under construction with a temporary shed in the foreground and the tip of the powerhouse smokestack and the tank of the water tower visible above the roof.  A man is working on the roof of the Creamery building and another on the wall scaffold.
The image is of the north & east sides of the Co-op Creamery building under construction with scaffolds in place.  The rail spur tracks are visible in foreground.
A man on a Cat tractor and a man with a shovel backfill and grade the ground at the east end of Warehouse #1 in preparation for construction to begin on the Co-op Cannery and Creamery buildings.  The rail spur tracks are visible beyond and several tents are apparent beyond that at the edge of the forest.  One tent has a sign indicating it is storing gasoline.  Three men and a truck are in front of three other tents
View shows the south side of Warehouse #1 intersecting the west side of the Cannery building in Palmer's industrial complex.  A dump truck is parked in front of the Warehouse and several men are working around stacks of lumber and under a small roofed structure next to the Cannery.
Image shows men beginning to construct the foundation for Co-op Warehouse #2 in the industrial complex of Palmer's Community Center.  The recently constructed water tower is obvious in middle ground behinde and heavy forest is beyond.
View is of the south and east sides of the Co-op Warehouse under construction and mostly framed in. Two men are seen working on the roof.  The water tower is visible above the roof behind the building.
Image is a view of the front of the Co-op Trading Post and west side of the Cannery building in 1945 with automobiles parked in the lot and women shoppers walking from the store.
Image is of part of the Experiment Farm barn complex as it appeared in 1936
Numerous examples of sewing, knitting and crocheting articles are on exhibit at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair.
Numerous articles demonstrating sewing skills are on exhibit at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair
A wooden three-drawer chest, a desk with several drawers, and a bench made by a local craftsman are on display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair.
Image is of two chests of drawers made by a local craftsman and on exhibit at the Matanuska Valley Fair.
Image is of an alcove booth at the fair covered in white sheets and the interior sides and back hold posters advocating for good health.  A table and sink are in foreground.
Image is of a white sheet-covered corner fair booth holding posters advocating vaccination against Diphtheria, Small Pox, and Typhoid.  Two small desks are in center foreground holding handout information.
Image is of a floral display at the 1937 fair with vases of flower arrangements on a stair-step platform.  Two small signs are on the wall behind, one stating "No Smoking Allowed", and the other requiring that "Children Must Be Quiet and Remain Seated".
Image is of booth at the 1937 fair with a large central panel sitting on a table and telling about how Christmas Seals help save lives.  Posters hang on the wall behind discussing Tuberculosis. The Christmas Seal double-arm cross is prominent on the posters.  A large picture of a snow-covered cabin scene is in foreground at the bottom against the table.
Image is of a fair display with a white wall panel holding posters related to the dangers of Syphilis.  A small table in foreground holds handout material with a small sign instructing to "Take One".
Image is of an enclosed room with quilts hanging on the walls, a spinning wheel, jars of preserves and other objects on trestle tables, exposed pipes and globe lights overhead, and three people examining objects on display as part of the Matanuska Valley fair.  This image strongly appears to be of the 1936 fair rather than the one in 1937.  Why the photographer numbered it in the 1937 sequence or identified it as 1937 is unknown.
Image is of an enclosed room, identified as a basement Palmer school classroom, with numerous hand craft objects displayed on tables and along the wall.  Two men are viewing the exhibits.
Image is of a canned salmon display at the first Matanuska Valley Fair at Palmer in fall of 1936.  An array of cans of salmon on the table support a sign: "Matanuska Valley's First ANNUAL FAIR and ALASKA'S 58th NEW SALMON PACK FESTIVAL".  Hanging on the wall above is a picture of a leaping salmon.  Striped curtains are at both upper corners of the display and two ads for the salmon festival are tacked to the front of the table.
Sample bunches of grain stalks stand on a table in a display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair of grains and fodder plants grown in the region.  Field peas and other fodder plants lie on the table.
A display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair with grain and forage crop samples hanging on the wall surrounding a sign identifying it as an exhibit by the Wasilla 4-H Club.  Other product samples are displayed on two tables in front.
Many quilts and blankets made by local residents form a display at the first Matanuska Valley Fair at Palmer, Alaska in 1936.
Image is a brown tint news photo of a wide easterly view across a farm field with an apparent Colony farmstead at the far end.   A starkly white road leads past the field.  Heavy forest surrounds the scene with the mountains at the east end of Matanuska Valley in the background.  Dramatic clouds are overhead.
The image is a northerly view across a field of harvested grain formed into shocks to dry.  Evidence of the town of Palmer is seen through intervening trees at the far end of the field.  New snow caps the mountains in the background.
A baseball game is in progress between Palmer and Anchorage teams at Palmer with a batter at the plate, the catcher and umpire in position, and spectators in the background.
Title

Baseball 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A baseball game is in progress, a batter at the plate, the catcher and umpire in position and spectators watching

Description

A baseball game is in progress between Palmer and Anchorage teams at Palmer with a batter at the plate, the catcher and umpire in position, and spectators in the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A baseball game is in progress, a batter, catcher and umpire are in position at the plate with spectators beyond
Title

Baseball 2

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A baseball game is in progress, the batter swings and misses, the catcher and umpire are in position, spectators are beyond

Description

A baseball game is in progress, a batter, catcher and umpire are in position at the plate with spectators beyond

Location

Palmer, Alaska

At home plate during a lull in a basball game on the Palmer community center quad, a local dignitary stands at bat while the umpire stands asside and spectators watch.
Title

Baseball 3

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

During a pause in the action of a baseball game in Palmer, a local dignitary takes up the bat at home plate.

Description

At home plate during a lull in a basball game on the Palmer community center quad, a local dignitary stands at bat while the umpire stands asside and spectators watch.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A crowd is gathered on the Palmer community center quad to watch a baseball game.
Title

Baseball 4

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A crowd stands on the Palmer community center quad watching a baseball game.

Description

A crowd is gathered on the Palmer community center quad to watch a baseball game.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Local residents gather on the sidelines of a baseball game in Palmer while their team takes a break from the action.
Title

Baseball 5

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Spectators are gathered to watch a baseball game in Palmer while the local team takes a break from the action.

Description

Local residents gather on the sidelines of a baseball game in Palmer while their team takes a break from the action.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A man stands on the pitcher's mound of the ball field in Palmer's community center quad and is using a megaphone to make announcements to the crowd.  Community center buildings, trees and mountains are behind.
Title

Baseball 6

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A man stands on the pitcher's mound and uses a megaphone to make announcements to the crowd.

Description

A man stands on the pitcher's mound of the ball field in Palmer's community center quad and is using a megaphone to make announcements to the crowd. Community center buildings, trees and mountains are behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A view of the infield shows a pitcher pitching on the mound and other players behind.  Community center buildings, trees and mountains are beyond.
Title

Baseball 7

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A baseball game is in progress with the pitcher throwing a pitch from the mound.

Description

A view of the infield shows a pitcher pitching on the mound and other players behind. Community center buildings, trees and mountains are beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Thirteen men in baseball uniforms pose together as a local team and umpire with local Palmer-area mountains recognizable in background.  Uniforms exhibit letters CVFD, interpreted to stand for "Colony Volunteer Fire Department"., identifying them as a local Palmer team.
Title

Baseball 8

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A local Palmer-area baseball team pose for a team photo

Description

Thirteen men in baseball uniforms pose together as a local team and umpire with local Palmer-area mountains recognizable in background. Uniforms exhibit letters CVFD, interpreted to stand for "Colony Volunteer Fire Department"., identifying them as a local Palmer team.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A crowd stands watching a baseball game on the Palmer community center quad with community center buildings in the background.  A young boy sits on a timber on the ground in foreground.  Mountains are visible in far background.
Title

Baseball 9

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A croud stands watching a baseball game on Palmer's community center quad.

Description

A crowd stands watching a baseball game on the Palmer community center quad with community center buildings in the background. A young boy sits on a timber on the ground in foreground. Mountains are visible in far background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Early spring view of the Knik River bridge looking from the south end at the temporary plank approach down the length of the bridge with Bodenburg Butte directly in the distance.  Patches of snow are evident and the water level is low in the river.
Title

Bridge 4

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

View from the south end of the Knik River bridge down its length to the north.

Description

Early spring view of the Knik River bridge looking from the south end at the temporary plank approach down the length of the bridge with Bodenburg Butte directly in the distance. Patches of snow are evident and the water level is low in the river.

Location

Knik River, Alaska

View of the south end of the Knik River bridge looking north.  The temporary plank approach is still in place.  A car is in the foreground approaching the bridge.  Bodenburg Butte and Lazy Mountain are visible in background.
Title

Bridge 5

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A car approaches the south end of Knik River bridge to cross the temporary cribbed planking to reach the bridge itself. A summer view, the water level in the river is moderate.

Description

View of the south end of the Knik River bridge looking north. The temporary plank approach is still in place. A car is in the foreground approaching the bridge. Bodenburg Butte and Lazy Mountain are visible in background.

Location

Knik River, Alaska

Summer view from the south end of the Knik River bridge looking north.  A car approaches the bridge over the gravel fill that has replaced the temporary planks.  Water level is high in the river.  Bodenburg Butte is visible at the north end of the bridge and mountains are evident in background.
Title

Bridge 6

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A car approaches the south end of Knik River bridge, trees on both sides of the road are in leaf and the water level is high in the river.

Description

Summer view from the south end of the Knik River bridge looking north. A car approaches the bridge over the gravel fill that has replaced the temporary planks. Water level is high in the river. Bodenburg Butte is visible at the north end of the bridge and mountains are evident in background.

Location

Knik River, Alaska

Image is a summer view of the Matanuska River bridge near Palmer taken from the north end down-stream side looking west.  In foreground is what appears to be a boat launch way down to the water.
Title

Bridge 7

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Subject is the Matanuska River bridge neat Palmer looking at the down-stream side from the north end.

Description

Image is a summer view of the Matanuska River bridge near Palmer taken from the north end down-stream side looking west. In foreground is what appears to be a boat launch way down to the water.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the Palmer school bus fleet of eight buses parked in front of the creamery building across the street from the Palmer school.  Part of the creamery building, the post office and the powerhouse smoke stack are visible behind.  Two men stand near the far bus and children are visible in the near bus.
Title

Busses 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Eight buses of the Palmer school bus fleet are parked in a row in front of the Co-op creamery in Palmer.

Description

Image is of the Palmer school bus fleet of eight buses parked in front of the creamery building across the street from the Palmer school. Part of the creamery building, the post office and the powerhouse smoke stack are visible behind. Two men stand near the far bus and children are visible in the near bus.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Five men pose in the Colony Cabinet Shop among many tools used to construct the cabinetry for the colony homes and other new buildings.  Some cabinets under construction are visible.
Title

Cabinet Shop 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Five men pause in their work in the colony cabinet shop where they are constructing cabinetry for the new buildings of the colon.

Description

Five men pose in the Colony Cabinet Shop among many tools used to construct the cabinetry for the colony homes and other new buildings. Some cabinets under construction are visible.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows some of the tools in the carpentry shop used by builders of the colony  buildings
Title

Carpentry Shop 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Some of the tools in the carpentry shop await the builders of the colony buildings

Description

Image shows some of the tools in the carpentry shop used by builders of the colony buildings

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Five horseback riders lead the Palmer Fourth-of-July parade marchers along a gravel road.  Four marchers in military uniforms carry a large American flag directly behind the horses and they are followed by members of the local fire department.
Title

Celebration 1

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

The 1936 Palmer Fourth-of-July parade begins with five mounted horseback riders, followed by marchers carrying the American flag.

Description

Five horseback riders lead the Palmer Fourth-of-July parade marchers along a gravel road. Four marchers in military uniforms carry a large American flag directly behind the horses and they are followed by members of the local fire department.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A young girl, identified as Darlene Higginbotham, waits with the parked busses in front of the creamery for the Palmer 4th-of-July parade to begin.
Title

Celebration 10

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Young "Colony Kid" Darlene Higginbotham waits with the busses for the 1936 4th-of-July parade in Palmer to begin.

Description

A young girl, identified as Darlene Higginbotham, waits with the parked busses in front of the creamery for the Palmer 4th-of-July parade to begin.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A crown is gathered on the quad in front of the speaker's platform as two floats from the Palmer 4th-of July parade arrive.  Men of the local fire department are prominent in foreground, the Teachers Dorm is in middle ground behind the crowd.
Title

Celebration 11

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A crown is gathering near the speakers platform on the quad as two parade floats arrive

Description

A crown is gathered on the quad in front of the speaker's platform as two floats from the Palmer 4th-of July parade arrive. Men of the local fire department are prominent in foreground, the Teachers Dorm is in middle ground behind the crowd.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Don Irwin speaks to the crowd gathered for the 1936 Fourth-of July celebration on the Palmer community center quad in front of the new school building.  An open window on the top floor of the school revels a photographer taking photos of events below and responsible for some of the related images in this collection.
Title

Celebration 12

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Don Irwin addresses the 4th-of-July crowd gathered on the community center quad in Palmer in 1936.

Description

Don Irwin speaks to the crowd gathered for the 1936 Fourth-of July celebration on the Palmer community center quad in front of the new school building. An open window on the top floor of the school revels a photographer taking photos of events below and responsible for some of the related images in this collection.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A clown entertains the assembled crowd gathered on the community center quad during Palmer's 1936 Fourth of July celebration.
Title

Celebration 14

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A clown is in foreground with an assembled crowd behind him.

Description

A clown entertains the assembled crowd gathered on the community center quad during Palmer's 1936 Fourth of July celebration.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A crowd is gathered at a booth with a sign advertising "KING DODO" and appear to be watching some unidentified activity in the booth.
Title

Celebration 15

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A crowd is watching some unknown activity within a street-side booth advertising "KING DODO" during the Palmer 4th-of-JUly celebration.

Description

A crowd is gathered at a booth with a sign advertising "KING DODO" and appear to be watching some unidentified activity in the booth.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

People are gathering at the corner of what is now Alaska Street and Evergreen Ave. in Palmer during the 1936 Fourth-of-July celebration.  Some people are walking on the gravel streets, a decorated car is on Alaska Street in front of the buildings. Many of the people appear to be watching some activity in a booth with a sign advertising "KING DODO" at the north end of the building along Evergreen Ave.  A water tower structure is evident behind the corner building.
Title

Celebration 16

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

People are gathered at a booth advertising "KING DODO" at the corner of what are now Evergreen Ave. and Alaska Street in Palmer during the 4th-of-July celebration in 1936. Several buildings are evident and people and cars are on the street.

Description

People are gathering at the corner of what is now Alaska Street and Evergreen Ave. in Palmer during the 1936 Fourth-of-July celebration. Some people are walking on the gravel streets, a decorated car is on Alaska Street in front of the buildings. Many of the people appear to be watching some activity in a booth with a sign advertising "KING DODO" at the north end of the building along Evergreen Ave. A water tower structure is evident behind the corner building.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A group of children dance holding hands on the community center quad as they celebrate "Palmer Day", May 15-1937.
Title

Celebration 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Children are dancing on the quad during "Palmer Day" celebrations.

Description

A group of children dance holding hands on the community center quad as they celebrate "Palmer Day", May 15-1937.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Children are holding hands and dancing on the quad in front of the Trading Post as adults look on.
Title

Celebration 18

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Children are dancing on the community center quad

Description

Children are holding hands and dancing on the quad in front of the Trading Post as adults look on.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Girls prepare to do the May Pole dance on the quad.  Part of the Trading Post and other community center buildings are beyond.
Title

Celebration 19

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Girls get ready to do the May Pole dance as part of the "Palmer Day" celebration.

Description

Girls prepare to do the May Pole dance on the quad. Part of the Trading Post and other community center buildings are beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department march in the 1936 Forth-of-July parade.  A large American flag is carried by the second rank of marchers.
Title

Celebration 2

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department are marching in the 1936 Forth-of-July parade in Palmer. Some marchers are carrying a large American flag.

Description

Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department march in the 1936 Forth-of-July parade. A large American flag is carried by the second rank of marchers.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Children are dancing around the May Pole on the quad with adults looking on behind and the gym in background.
Title

Celebration 20

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Children are dancing around the May Pole during "Palmer Day" celebrations

Description

Children are dancing around the May Pole on the quad with adults looking on behind and the gym in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Young boys are gathered on the ball field east of the school building in preparation for foot races to be held as part of "Palmer Day" celebrations.  Adults look on from behind and the east side of the school building and other building to the south form the background.
Title

Celebration 21

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Young boys are preparing to run foot races during "Palmer Day" celebrations.

Description

Young boys are gathered on the ball field east of the school building in preparation for foot races to be held as part of "Palmer Day" celebrations. Adults look on from behind and the east side of the school building and other building to the south form the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Children and adults are gathered at the flag pole on the west side of the school.  At center is the "Palmer Day" queen on her high-backed "throne".  Next to her is the presumed king in front of a piano.
Title

Celebration 22

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A crowd is gathered around the "Palmer Day" queen and king next to the school and flag pole. A piano and pianist are also present suggesting songs were sung.

Description

Children and adults are gathered at the flag pole on the west side of the school. At center is the "Palmer Day" queen on her high-backed "throne". Next to her is the presumed king in front of a piano.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A group of people is gathered around the community center flag pole watching the laying of a "cornerstone" at the base of the pole.  Don Irwin stands next to a wheelbarrow and a man installing the stone.
Title

Celebration 24

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A crowd watches the installation of a "cornerstone" at the base of the community center flag pole.

Description

A group of people is gathered around the community center flag pole watching the laying of a "cornerstone" at the base of the pole. Don Irwin stands next to a wheelbarrow and a man installing the stone.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a band marching up "Market Street" (now Dahlia Ave.) in Palmer with cars parked in foreground and the Creamery building in middle ground beyond.
Title

Celebration 25

Creator

Unknown

Subject

A band marches up "Market Street" between parked cars on both sides of the street and pased the Creamery in Palmer.

Description

Image shows a band marching up "Market Street" (now Dahlia Ave.) in Palmer with cars parked in foreground and the Creamery building in middle ground beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department march in Palmer's Fourth-of-July parade.  A youngster has joined the group in the first rank.
Title

Celebration 3

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Several members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department, and one youngster, are marching in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.

Description

Members of the Colony Volunteer Fire Department march in Palmer's Fourth-of-July parade. A youngster has joined the group in the first rank.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Four men sit on the decorated bed of a truck playing various musical instruments as a float in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.
Title

Celebration 4

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Four men ride on the back of a decorated truck while they play musical instruments, including a tuba, trombone, accordion and drum set, as a float in Palmer's Fourth-of-July parade.

Description

Four men sit on the decorated bed of a truck playing various musical instruments as a float in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A pickup truck, decorated with bunting as an entry in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade, has three people riding in the bed and a young boy riding on the running board.  One man in the back is holding a surveyor's stadia rod while the other two are wrapped in a costume.  Flags are visible beyond the hood of the truck
Title

Celebration 5

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A decorated pick up truck, with three people in the back and one on the running board, serves as a float in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.

Description

A pickup truck, decorated with bunting as an entry in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade, has three people riding in the bed and a young boy riding on the running board. One man in the back is holding a surveyor's stadia rod while the other two are wrapped in a costume. Flags are visible beyond the hood of the truck

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A pick up truck, decorated with bunting, holds a throne-like chair in back upon which is seated a pretty young girl.  A sign over her head says "Matanuska Maid".  Two people are evident in the cab of this float in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.
Title

Celebration 6

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A pick up truck, festooned with bunting, carries the pretty "Matanuska Maid" in the 1936 Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer, Alaska.

Description

A pick up truck, decorated with bunting, holds a throne-like chair in back upon which is seated a pretty young girl. A sign over her head says "Matanuska Maid". Two people are evident in the cab of this float in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A pick up truck, wrapped in bunting, carries a young girl seated on a throne-like chair in the back.  Two people are visible in the cab, one, a young boy at the wheel guiding this float in the 1936 Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer.
Title

Celebration 7

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A pick up truck, wrapped in ribbon, carries a young girl on a throne-like chair as a float in the 1936 Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer.

Description

A pick up truck, wrapped in bunting, carries a young girl seated on a throne-like chair in the back. Two people are visible in the cab, one, a young boy at the wheel guiding this float in the 1936 Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A late model car, festooned with flags and ribbon and followed by a bus, takes its place in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade.  A member of the local fire department is apparent on the sideline along with other men.
Title

Celebration 8

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A decorated late model care, followed by a bus, is float in a Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer.

Description

A late model car, festooned with flags and ribbon and followed by a bus, takes its place in Palmer's 1936 Fourth-of-July parade. A member of the local fire department is apparent on the sideline along with other men.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A young girl dressed in a simple clown suit and holding a small American flag, stands ready to join the Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer.  A pickup truck is partially visible behind.
Title

Celebration 9

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A girl in a clown suit and holding an American flag, gets ready to join the 1936 4th-of-July parade in Palmer.

Description

A young girl dressed in a simple clown suit and holding a small American flag, stands ready to join the Fourth-of-July parade in Palmer. A pickup truck is partially visible behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

View is of the Colony farmstead of Walt & Melva Pippel showing the house, wellhouse, barn and part of a field.
Title

Colony Farm 33

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Summer view of the Pippel Colony farmstead including the house, wellhouse and barn

Description

View is of the Colony farmstead of Walt & Melva Pippel showing the house, wellhouse, barn and part of a field.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Cold frame covers are evident in foreground, a vintage truck with water barrels on the back is just beyond the cold frames.  A small field is beyond with a fringe of trees in background.
Title

Colony Farm 34

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Early spring view of cold frames in foreground with a truck parked behind them with barrels on the back for hauling water to the plant in the cold frames. A small clearing beyond awaits planting.

Description

Cold frame covers are evident in foreground, a vintage truck with water barrels on the back is just beyond the cold frames. A small field is beyond with a fringe of trees in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a spring view across several cold frames with the covers raised to show plants growing below.  A truck with water barrels on the back is at the side with an unplanted clearing beyond.   Heavy brushy forest is the background.
Title

Colony Farm 35

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Early spring plants are shown in cold frames with a vintage truck nearby used to haul water to them.

Description

Image is a spring view across several cold frames with the covers raised to show plants growing below. A truck with water barrels on the back is at the side with an unplanted clearing beyond. Heavy brushy forest is the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a springtime view across a cleared field to a low hillside where several cold frames with white covers are installed.  A truck, with water barrels evident on the back, is parked nearby.  Several people stand at left.
Title

Colony Farm 36

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Several people stand at left viewing the cold frames and water truck on the Pippel farm.

Description

Image is a springtime view across a cleared field to a low hillside where several cold frames with white covers are installed. A truck, with water barrels evident on the back, is parked nearby. Several people stand at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a summer view of a log house with white trim in foreground and a colony barn with a "barrel vault" roof beyond.
Title

Colony Farm 38

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

View of a Colony farmstead with log house and colony barn with distinctive "barrel vault" roof.

Description

Image is a summer view of a log house with white trim in foreground and a colony barn with a "barrel vault" roof beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A new colony "Cottage", appearing externally complete, along with two other small buildings, an exposed pitcher pump and some scattered lumber, sits on bare ground next to the road to Matanuska and the railroad tracks south of Palmer.  Pioneer Peak with new snow on top is in background.
Title

Colony Farm 39

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A colony house, two small outbuildings and an exposed water pump sit on bare ground as the beginning of a farmstead while new snow covers tops of nearby mountains indicate the summer construction seas is fast coming to an end.

Description

A new colony "Cottage", appearing externally complete, along with two other small buildings, an exposed pitcher pump and some scattered lumber, sits on bare ground next to the road to Matanuska and the railroad tracks south of Palmer. Pioneer Peak with new snow on top is in background.

Location

South of Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a barnyard with cows and chickens in foreground, a Colony barn and shed in middle ground, a white frame Colony house beyond, and Pioneer Peak with new snow on top in background.
Title

Colony Farm 40

Creator

Des Moines Sunday Register

Subject

Cows and chickens populate the farmyard in front of a Colony barn and house. Snow on the mountain beyond indicates that winter is approaching.

Description

Image is of a barnyard with cows and chickens in foreground, a Colony barn and shed in middle ground, a white frame Colony house beyond, and Pioneer Peak with new snow on top in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is a summer view of a two-story log house, identified as belonging to Colonists Joe & Albertina Sieber.  The yard has been cleared of construction material, a wooden fence is partially visible at right, a clothesline is partially visible at left, and the cold frames against the house stand open.  The spruce/birch forest forms the background.
Title

Colony Home 37

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A summer view of a log Colony house show a cleaned-up yard with a clothesline and wooden fence erected. Cold frames stand open to the sun.

Description

Image is a summer view of a two-story log house, identified as belonging to Colonists Joe & Albertina Sieber. The yard has been cleared of construction material, a wooden fence is partially visible at right, a clothesline is partially visible at left, and the cold frames against the house stand open. The spruce/birch forest forms the background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

A Matanuska Colony house constructed of spruce logs on the main walls and dimension lumber, painted white, on the upper part under the roof and the single dormer.
Title

Colony Home 38

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A log Colony house

Description

A Matanuska Colony house constructed of spruce logs on the main walls and dimension lumber, painted white, on the upper part under the roof and the single dormer.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of a Matanuska Colony house. The base walls are of unpeeled spruce logs, the upper part under the roof is of dimension lumber.  Cold frames are installed under the windows on the south side of the house.  A pile of lumber is in the foreground.
Title

Colony Home 39

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A Matanuska Colony house sits with the exterior construction apparently finished. A pile of lumber is stacked in front, possibly to be used to finish the interior. Cold frames are installed on the ground along the south wall to be used to start plants that will be transplanted into garden or field.

Description

Image is of a Matanuska Colony house. The base walls are of unpeeled spruce logs, the upper part under the roof is of dimension lumber. Cold frames are installed under the windows on the south side of the house. A pile of lumber is in the foreground.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of a white Matanuska Colony frame house within a heavily forested setting.  A greenhouse structure is attached to the exterior south-facing wall. A large pile of stove wood is visible in the woods near the house.
Title

Colony Home 40

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A white frame Matanuska Colony house with a small greenhouse attached is sitting in a forested setting.

Description

Image is of a white Matanuska Colony frame house within a heavily forested setting. A greenhouse structure is attached to the exterior south-facing wall. A large pile of stove wood is visible in the woods near the house.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of the north and west sides of the Colony manager's house with two cars parked in front.  Another staff house is partially visible behind.  Pioneer Peak forms the background.
Title

Colony Home 41

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Two cars are parked on the street in front of the Colony manager's house on a sunny summer day.

Description

Image is of the north and west sides of the Colony manager's house with two cars parked in front. Another staff house is partially visible behind. Pioneer Peak forms the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows a white house with a hip roof identified as one of the houses within the Matanuska Colony community center furnished for personnel working for the colony administration.  Pioneer Peak forms the background.
Title

Colony Home 42

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Image is of one of the houses constructed in Palmer's community center to house colony administrators and staff. A sunny summer day with clouds hanging over Pioneer Peak in background.

Description

Image shows a white house with a hip roof identified as one of the houses within the Matanuska Colony community center furnished for personnel working for the colony administration. Pioneer Peak forms the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a small log house on newly cleared land at the edge of the forest.
Title

Colony Home 43

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A newly constructed log house stands next to the forest.

Description

Image is of a small log house on newly cleared land at the edge of the forest.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image is of a white frame house in a close forest setting, identified as a Matanuska Colony home.
Title

Colony Home 44

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A white frame house sits in a close forested setting.

Description

Image is of a white frame house in a close forest setting, identified as a Matanuska Colony home.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

A small log house sits in a heavily forested setting with pioneer Peak in the background.  The family "outhouse" is visible in the trees and the original tent home is seen behind the house.
Title

Colony Home 45

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A new log colony house sits in a clearing surrounded by heavy forest.

Description

A small log house sits in a heavily forested setting with pioneer Peak in the background. The family "outhouse" is visible in the trees and the original tent home is seen behind the house.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

"Colony Kid" Bud Bouwens stands next to his young horse as he shows it at the first Matanuska Valley Fair in Palmer.  The lumber skeleton of a building is behind which was covered with tarps to provide an animal barn for the fair.
Title

Colony Kids 10

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

"Colony Kid" Bud Bouwens shows his young horse at the Fair.

Description

"Colony Kid" Bud Bouwens stands next to his young horse as he shows it at the first Matanuska Valley Fair in Palmer. The lumber skeleton of a building is behind which was covered with tarps to provide an animal barn for the fair.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Four young people sit on their horses waiting for the 4th of July parade to begin.  Two men stand behind.
Title

Colony Kids 11

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Four youngsters wait on their horses for the parade to start.

Description

Four young people sit on their horses waiting for the 4th of July parade to begin. Two men stand behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A youngster sits astride a white horse in Palmer's community center with two buildings behind.  The rear part of another horse is visiblw at left.
Title

Colony Kids 12

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A youngster waits on a white horse for "Palmer Days" activities to begin.

Description

A youngster sits astride a white horse in Palmer's community center with two buildings behind. The rear part of another horse is visiblw at left.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

"Colony Kid" Adelbert "Bubs" Ring shows his 4-H project calf at the first Matanuska Valley Fair in Palmer.  A white blanket over the calf's back identifies them as part of the "Midnight Sun 4-H Club".
Title

Colony Kids 13

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A young boy shows his 4-H project calf at the fair.

Description

"Colony Kid" Adelbert "Bubs" Ring shows his 4-H project calf at the first Matanuska Valley Fair in Palmer. A white blanket over the calf's back identifies them as part of the "Midnight Sun 4-H Club".

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A group of seven children are seated on a grassy slope with buckets of current berries they have picked.  Trees and brush are behind.
Title

Colony Kids 15

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Children of the Ring and Bouwens Matanuska Colony families are seated in an open patch of woods with buckets of wild red current berries they have picked

Description

A group of seven children are seated on a grassy slope with buckets of current berries they have picked. Trees and brush are behind.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

A young girl, identified as Delores Bouwens, is showing her small bucket full of berries as she stands next to a large bucket of berries picked by the older children she is with on their outing seen in photo "Colony Kids 15".
Title

Colony Kids 16

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Young girl is showing the small pail full of berries she has picked as she stands next to a large bucket full of berries

Description

A young girl, identified as Delores Bouwens, is showing her small bucket full of berries as she stands next to a large bucket of berries picked by the older children she is with on their outing seen in photo "Colony Kids 15".

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Two young boys stand in a field of head-high grain in the Matanuska Valley.
Title

Colony Kids 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Two colonist's sons, Jim and Bob Pippel, stand in a field of head-high grain in the Matanuska Valley.

Description

Two young boys stand in a field of head-high grain in the Matanuska Valley.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

A black pickup truck with several children riding in the back and a sign on the side identifying a 4-H club forms a float for the 1936 4th-of-July parade in Palmer.  Two other automobiles are visible behind.
Title

Colony Kids 18

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A group on children riding in the back of a pickup truck are part of a float in the 1936 Palmer 4th-of-July parade.

Description

A black pickup truck with several children riding in the back and a sign on the side identifying a 4-H club forms a float for the 1936 4th-of-July parade in Palmer. Two other automobiles are visible behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Two little boys in their parade costumes are drinking from bottles as they stand in front of a pickup truck after the 4th-of-July parade.
Title

Colony Kids 19

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Two little boys in their 4th-of-July parade costumes stand drinking soda from bottles

Description

Two little boys in their parade costumes are drinking from bottles as they stand in front of a pickup truck after the 4th-of-July parade.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A summer view of the small office building in the community center next to the Trading Post.  It shows the completed construction of the included three small offices with tree tops showing behind.
Title

Community Center 11

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

With construction completed, the small building in the community center stands ready to open its three office spaces for business.

Description

A summer view of the small office building in the community center next to the Trading Post. It shows the completed construction of the included three small offices with tree tops showing behind.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A late summer view of the small office building in the community center next to the Trading Post.  View is of the west (entrance) side of the building looking to the northeast.  The center entrance displays a barber pole and sign advertising the barbershop.
Title

Community Center 12

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

The small office building in the community center next to the Trading Post exhibits a barber pole and sign advertising the barbershop in the center of three office entries.

Description

A late summer view of the small office building in the community center next to the Trading Post. View is of the west (entrance) side of the building looking to the northeast. The center entrance displays a barber pole and sign advertising the barbershop.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is an easterly view from the water tower showing some of the temporary buildings of the Palmer community center, the end of the rail spur, and homestead clearings beyond.
Title

Community Center 13

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

An easterly view from the water tower shows some temporary buildings of the Palmer community center and homestead clearings in the trees beyond.

Description

Image is an easterly view from the water tower showing some of the temporary buildings of the Palmer community center, the end of the rail spur, and homestead clearings beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a southerly view from the water tower with the powerhouse smokestack in foreground, several buildings in middle ground and the future Chugach Street clearing through homestead fields and trees in background.
Title

Community Center 14

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

View from the Palmer water tower looking south over buildings of the community center and homestead clearings beyond.

Description

Image is a southerly view from the water tower with the powerhouse smokestack in foreground, several buildings in middle ground and the future Chugach Street clearing through homestead fields and trees in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the community center dormitory living room showing furniture and layout
Title

Community Center 15

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Image shows the furniture and layout of the community center dormitory living room

Description

Image is of the community center dormitory living room showing furniture and layout

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows furniture and layout of the community center dormitory living room.  A woman and a man sit reading newspapers.
Title

Community Center 16

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A man and woman sit reading newspapers in the community center dormitory living room

Description

Image shows furniture and layout of the community center dormitory living room. A woman and a man sit reading newspapers.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows the fireplace in the living room of the community center dormitory
Title

Community Center 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

The fireplace in the community center dormitory living room sits empty awaiting a fire to be laid

Description

Image shows the fireplace in the living room of the community center dormitory

Location

Palmer, Alaska

View of the west end of the powerhouse in the Palmer community center showing an electrical transformer surrounded by a chain link fence with a sign "DANGER High Voltage" on it.
Title

Community Center 18

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Summer view of the west end of the powerhouse in the community center showing electrical equipment inside a chain link fence

Description

View of the west end of the powerhouse in the Palmer community center showing an electrical transformer surrounded by a chain link fence with a sign "DANGER High Voltage" on it.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

An early spring easterly view of the Palmer community center including the school, gym, dorm, and some staff houses.  Snow is still on the mountains in background but clear of the foreground.
Title

Community Center 19

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

An early spring view of the community center including the school, gym, dorm and some staff houses

Description

An early spring easterly view of the Palmer community center including the school, gym, dorm, and some staff houses. Snow is still on the mountains in background but clear of the foreground.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Summer view overlooks construction begun on the foundation for the Co-op Creamery building in foreground, temporary tents in middle ground and the gym and school in background.
Title

Community Center 20

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Construction has begun on the Co-op Creamery building while the gym and school in background appear largely complete e

Description

Summer view overlooks construction begun on the foundation for the Co-op Creamery building in foreground, temporary tents in middle ground and the gym and school in background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Scaffolds are erected on the south end of the new Co-op cannery building with one man working at the top and two others walking past.  Part of the Creamery building can be seen, also under construction.
Title

Community Center 21

Creator

Unidentified, assumed to be Hewitts

Subject

Carpenters are building the south end of the Co-op Cannery building

Description

Scaffolds are erected on the south end of the new Co-op cannery building with one man working at the top and two others walking past. Part of the Creamery building can be seen, also under construction.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

View is looking at the intersection of the Co-op Cannery and Creamery buildings under construction with a temporary shed in the foreground and the tip of the powerhouse smokestack and the tank of the water tower visible above the roof.  A man is working on the roof of the Creamery building and another on the wall scaffold.
Title

Community Center 22

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

The Co-op Cannery and Creamery buildings are under construction.

Description

View is looking at the intersection of the Co-op Cannery and Creamery buildings under construction with a temporary shed in the foreground and the tip of the powerhouse smokestack and the tank of the water tower visible above the roof. A man is working on the roof of the Creamery building and another on the wall scaffold.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

The image is of the north & east sides of the Co-op Creamery building under construction with scaffolds in place.  The rail spur tracks are visible in foreground.
Title

Community Center 23

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

The Co-op Creamery building is under construction in Palmer's community center

Description

The image is of the north & east sides of the Co-op Creamery building under construction with scaffolds in place. The rail spur tracks are visible in foreground.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A man on a Cat tractor and a man with a shovel backfill and grade the ground at the east end of Warehouse #1 in preparation for construction to begin on the Co-op Cannery and Creamery buildings.  The rail spur tracks are visible beyond and several tents are apparent beyond that at the edge of the forest.  One tent has a sign indicating it is storing gasoline.  Three men and a truck are in front of three other tents
Title

Community Center 24

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Ground is being filled and graded to begin construction of the Creamery and Cannery buildings.

Description

A man on a Cat tractor and a man with a shovel backfill and grade the ground at the east end of Warehouse #1 in preparation for construction to begin on the Co-op Cannery and Creamery buildings. The rail spur tracks are visible beyond and several tents are apparent beyond that at the edge of the forest. One tent has a sign indicating it is storing gasoline. Three men and a truck are in front of three other tents

Location

Palmer, Alaska

View shows the south side of Warehouse #1 intersecting the west side of the Cannery building in Palmer's industrial complex.  A dump truck is parked in front of the Warehouse and several men are working around stacks of lumber and under a small roofed structure next to the Cannery.
Title

Community Center 25

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Several men are working next to the Cannery building around stacks of lumber and under a small roof cover. Their work is undetermined.

Description

View shows the south side of Warehouse #1 intersecting the west side of the Cannery building in Palmer's industrial complex. A dump truck is parked in front of the Warehouse and several men are working around stacks of lumber and under a small roofed structure next to the Cannery.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows men beginning to construct the foundation for Co-op Warehouse #2 in the industrial complex of Palmer's Community Center.  The recently constructed water tower is obvious in middle ground behinde and heavy forest is beyond.
Title

Community Center 26

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Men are seen constructing forms for the foundation of Co-op Warehouse #2 below Palmer's new water tower.

Description

Image shows men beginning to construct the foundation for Co-op Warehouse #2 in the industrial complex of Palmer's Community Center. The recently constructed water tower is obvious in middle ground behinde and heavy forest is beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

View is of the south and east sides of the Co-op Warehouse under construction and mostly framed in. Two men are seen working on the roof.  The water tower is visible above the roof behind the building.
Title

Community Center 27

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Warehouse #2 is under construction and mostly framed in with two men working on the roof.

Description

View is of the south and east sides of the Co-op Warehouse under construction and mostly framed in. Two men are seen working on the roof. The water tower is visible above the roof behind the building.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a view of the front of the Co-op Trading Post and west side of the Cannery building in 1945 with automobiles parked in the lot and women shoppers walking from the store.
Title

Community Center 28

Creator

Des Moines Sunday Register

Subject

Women shoppers are walking from the Co-op store past parked cars with the store and Cannery building behind them.

Description

Image is a view of the front of the Co-op Trading Post and west side of the Cannery building in 1945 with automobiles parked in the lot and women shoppers walking from the store.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of part of the Experiment Farm barn complex as it appeared in 1936
Title

Experiment Farm 35

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A summer view of part of the Experiment Farm barn complex in 1936

Description

Image is of part of the Experiment Farm barn complex as it appeared in 1936

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Numerous examples of sewing, knitting and crocheting articles are on exhibit at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair.
Title

Fair 10

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Locally produced examples of sewing, knitting and crocheting are on exhibit

Description

Numerous examples of sewing, knitting and crocheting articles are on exhibit at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Numerous articles demonstrating sewing skills are on exhibit at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair
Title

Fair 11

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Many articles showing fancy sewing skills are on exhibit

Description

Numerous articles demonstrating sewing skills are on exhibit at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A wooden three-drawer chest, a desk with several drawers, and a bench made by a local craftsman are on display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair.
Title

Fair 12

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Locally made furniture is on display at the fair

Description

A wooden three-drawer chest, a desk with several drawers, and a bench made by a local craftsman are on display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of two chests of drawers made by a local craftsman and on exhibit at the Matanuska Valley Fair.
Title

Fair 13

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A three-drawer chest and a six-drawer chest made by a local craftsman are on exhibit at the fair

Description

Image is of two chests of drawers made by a local craftsman and on exhibit at the Matanuska Valley Fair.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of an alcove booth at the fair covered in white sheets and the interior sides and back hold posters advocating for good health.  A table and sink are in foreground.
Title

Fair 14

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A white sheet-covered booth at the fair holds material advocating for good milk handling and good health

Description

Image is of an alcove booth at the fair covered in white sheets and the interior sides and back hold posters advocating for good health. A table and sink are in foreground.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a white sheet-covered corner fair booth holding posters advocating vaccination against Diphtheria, Small Pox, and Typhoid.  Two small desks are in center foreground holding handout information.
Title

Fair 15

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A fair booth advocates for Immunization and Vaccination against Diphtheria, Small Pox, and Typhoid

Description

Image is of a white sheet-covered corner fair booth holding posters advocating vaccination against Diphtheria, Small Pox, and Typhoid. Two small desks are in center foreground holding handout information.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a floral display at the 1937 fair with vases of flower arrangements on a stair-step platform.  Two small signs are on the wall behind, one stating "No Smoking Allowed", and the other requiring that "Children Must Be Quiet and Remain Seated".
Title

Fair 16

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Image shows a fair display of cut flowers and flower arrangements

Description

Image is of a floral display at the 1937 fair with vases of flower arrangements on a stair-step platform. Two small signs are on the wall behind, one stating "No Smoking Allowed", and the other requiring that "Children Must Be Quiet and Remain Seated".

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of booth at the 1937 fair with a large central panel sitting on a table and telling about how Christmas Seals help save lives.  Posters hang on the wall behind discussing Tuberculosis. The Christmas Seal double-arm cross is prominent on the posters.  A large picture of a snow-covered cabin scene is in foreground at the bottom against the table.
Title

Fair 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A fair booth provides information about Tuberculosis and promotes sale of Christmas Seals.

Description

Image is of booth at the 1937 fair with a large central panel sitting on a table and telling about how Christmas Seals help save lives. Posters hang on the wall behind discussing Tuberculosis. The Christmas Seal double-arm cross is prominent on the posters. A large picture of a snow-covered cabin scene is in foreground at the bottom against the table.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a fair display with a white wall panel holding posters related to the dangers of Syphilis.  A small table in foreground holds handout material with a small sign instructing to "Take One".
Title

Fair 18

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A fair display provides information regarding the dangers of Syphilis.

Description

Image is of a fair display with a white wall panel holding posters related to the dangers of Syphilis. A small table in foreground holds handout material with a small sign instructing to "Take One".

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of an enclosed room with quilts hanging on the walls, a spinning wheel, jars of preserves and other objects on trestle tables, exposed pipes and globe lights overhead, and three people examining objects on display as part of the Matanuska Valley fair.  This image strongly appears to be of the 1936 fair rather than the one in 1937.  Why the photographer numbered it in the 1937 sequence or identified it as 1937 is unknown.
Title

Fair 3

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Three people examine objects on display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair

Description

Image is of an enclosed room with quilts hanging on the walls, a spinning wheel, jars of preserves and other objects on trestle tables, exposed pipes and globe lights overhead, and three people examining objects on display as part of the Matanuska Valley fair. This image strongly appears to be of the 1936 fair rather than the one in 1937. Why the photographer numbered it in the 1937 sequence or identified it as 1937 is unknown.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of an enclosed room, identified as a basement Palmer school classroom, with numerous hand craft objects displayed on tables and along the wall.  Two men are viewing the exhibits.
Title

Fair 4

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Two men examine hand craft exhibits in a basement school classroom as part of the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair

Description

Image is of an enclosed room, identified as a basement Palmer school classroom, with numerous hand craft objects displayed on tables and along the wall. Two men are viewing the exhibits.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of a canned salmon display at the first Matanuska Valley Fair at Palmer in fall of 1936.  An array of cans of salmon on the table support a sign: "Matanuska Valley's First ANNUAL FAIR and ALASKA'S 58th NEW SALMON PACK FESTIVAL".  Hanging on the wall above is a picture of a leaping salmon.  Striped curtains are at both upper corners of the display and two ads for the salmon festival are tacked to the front of the table.
Title

Fair 5

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

A table-top display advertises the First Matanuska Valley Fair and 58th New Salmon Pack Festival.

Description

Image is of a canned salmon display at the first Matanuska Valley Fair at Palmer in fall of 1936. An array of cans of salmon on the table support a sign: "Matanuska Valley's First ANNUAL FAIR and ALASKA'S 58th NEW SALMON PACK FESTIVAL". Hanging on the wall above is a picture of a leaping salmon. Striped curtains are at both upper corners of the display and two ads for the salmon festival are tacked to the front of the table.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Sample bunches of grain stalks stand on a table in a display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair of grains and fodder plants grown in the region.  Field peas and other fodder plants lie on the table.
Title

Fair 6

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Image displays grains and fodder crops at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair

Description

Sample bunches of grain stalks stand on a table in a display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair of grains and fodder plants grown in the region. Field peas and other fodder plants lie on the table.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

A display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair with grain and forage crop samples hanging on the wall surrounding a sign identifying it as an exhibit by the Wasilla 4-H Club.  Other product samples are displayed on two tables in front.
Title

Fair 7

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

The Wasilla 4-H Club exhibit at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair shows grains and other vegetables produced by club members.

Description

A display at the 1936 Matanuska Valley Fair with grain and forage crop samples hanging on the wall surrounding a sign identifying it as an exhibit by the Wasilla 4-H Club. Other product samples are displayed on two tables in front.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Many quilts and blankets made by local residents form a display at the first Matanuska Valley Fair at Palmer, Alaska in 1936.
Title

Fair 9

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Homemade quilts and blankets are on display at the fair.

Description

Many quilts and blankets made by local residents form a display at the first Matanuska Valley Fair at Palmer, Alaska in 1936.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is a brown tint news photo of a wide easterly view across a farm field with an apparent Colony farmstead at the far end.   A starkly white road leads past the field.  Heavy forest surrounds the scene with the mountains at the east end of Matanuska Valley in the background.  Dramatic clouds are overhead.
Title

Farm 16

Creator

Des Moines Sunday Register

Subject

The view is of an apparent Colony farmstead at the far end of a field cleared from the surrrounding forest. Mountains at the east end of Matanuska Valley are evident in background under dramatic clouds.

Description

Image is a brown tint news photo of a wide easterly view across a farm field with an apparent Colony farmstead at the far end. A starkly white road leads past the field. Heavy forest surrounds the scene with the mountains at the east end of Matanuska Valley in the background. Dramatic clouds are overhead.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

The image is a northerly view across a field of harvested grain formed into shocks to dry.  Evidence of the town of Palmer is seen through intervening trees at the far end of the field.  New snow caps the mountains in the background.
Title

Farm 17

Creator

Hewitts Photo Shop

Subject

Shocks of newly harvested grain dot a field south of Palmer while new snow caps the Talkeetna Mountains to the north.

Description

The image is a northerly view across a field of harvested grain formed into shocks to dry. Evidence of the town of Palmer is seen through intervening trees at the far end of the field. New snow caps the mountains in the background.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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