Guide to the Photograph Album: In and Around Spokane, Washington 1889
PC 165

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Photograph Album: In and Around Spokane, Washington
PC 165
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.25 linear feet of shelf space. Oblong quarto album (14 x 18 cm.) containing ten black-and-white photographs mounted on five stiff card leaves. Most photographs ca. 11 x 13 cm. Period pencil captions inscribed in lower margins of photographs accompany each image. Album leaves are period papered boards. Album spine is blue fabric embossed with pattern in silver. "Boards are rubbed, scraped and bumped along with light soiling and some old mildew stains to pages" (from seller's description).
This album contains photographs of the Spokane area from the 1880s.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description] Photograph Album: In and Around Spokane, Washington, ca. 1889

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Scope and Contents note

"Photos include Monroe Street Bridge, Post Street Bridge, town scene looking north from Post Street, County Court House, Dam at City Water Works, Twickenham Ferry, 2 pictures of Coeur d'Alene in Idaho, 2 of the balloon ascension and parachute jump at Loon Lake. One of the photographs shows a parachute descent from a hot-air balloon at Loon Lake about 35 miles north of Spokane. The jumper is undoubtedly "Captain" Thomas S. Baldwin as he was the only daredevil making parachute attempts at this time. Baldwin was a 19th century circus aerialist who, after becoming fascinated with hot air balloons, modified his act in 1875 so that he could perform from a bar hanging below an airbag. He quickly became a star attraction at fairs all over the country, Canada, and the Far East, performing almost 3,000 acrobatic ascents. Noticing that the novelty of his act had begun to fade, Baldwin and his brother designed a light, flexible, and compact parachute. "In front of an audience at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on January 30th, 1885, Baldwin offered the park manager a deal - he would jump from a hot-air balloon for $1.00 per foot of height, with 2,000 feet being the maximum. The crowd, unknowingly, witnessed the first public descent in a parachute by an American, and Baldwin was soon dubbed 'The Father of the Modern Parachute.' Although Baldwin invented the first parachute harness, his jumps were nothing like those of today. Baldwin would ascend in a sitting position on a small seat beneath his balloon. When he reached the desired altitude, Baldwin would pull a rip panel in his balloon to release hot air, causing the balloon to begin a rapid descent. With the momentum needed to fill the parachute with air, Baldwin would then jump from the seat." (National Aviation Hall of Fame)" (seller's description).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2017
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased by WSU MASC in 2017.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Greg Matthews.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) -- Pictorial works.
  • Spokane (Wash.) -- Pictorial works.

Personal Name(s)

  • Baldwin, Thomas S. (Thomas Scott), 1854-1923 -- Photographs.


  • Coeur d'Alene
  • Photographs.
  • Spokane.

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