December 30, 2010
A big thanks goes to AJ, a visitor and blogger at thingamababy.com , for referring us to the following.
www.shorpy.com is a seriously great site for those who enjoy historic photos.
Per the site:
By creating a free account on Shorpy you can share your own vintage photographs. Visitors to the site are particularly interested in images from the dawn of photography to the 1940s. Best of all, becoming a member is free!
I found some local photos by searching “Humboldt” and you may find others by using other local search terms/locations.
WARNING ! You may want to make sure you’ve got some time before you check it out, as you’ll want to stay awhile…
December 29, 2010
H Street Arcata, c. 1913
It is very worth your while to keep clicking on this photo to enlarge.
There are business signs and people, as well as a couple of horse and buggy combinations, further up the street that are difficult to see in the smaller image.
December 27, 2010
Bayside Railroad, c. 1910 (McFarland)
Folks seemed to like the trains in Bayside…
I wish I had more info about a location but there was nothing else on the photo.
December 14, 2010
Pacific Telephone, 6th/F Streets, Eureka, 1914 (Woods)
There are so many great details in the photo. The March 1914 calendar for one. The stove. The dustpan, even, tells us something about these ladies and/or their employer.
As always, keep clicking on the photo to get greater detail.
December 13, 2010
“Nigger Joe Hill”, c. 1954 (HCHS)
First I apologize for the caption on the photo – it is horribly offensive.
Unfortunately it was the well-known name of that area of Eureka -which tells you something about the culture of Eureka in the 1950s.
I recently received this as a comment/question:
I was wondering if anyone knows much about ‘Joe’, one of the first black people to live in Eureka who built a house on County Lane, I think in 1912. I think I heard that he sold vegetables…..
Anything anyone could share would be greatly appreciated.
December 10, 2010
Will..., Richmond, McFarland, Stern, c. 1900 (McFarland)
The folks in Bayside are collecting photos and stories about their neighborhood for a special edition of the Arcata Eye and a community event to be held at the Bayside Grange sometime in January (I’ll post the details when we get closer to the date).
If you’ve got something you’re willing to share, please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pass your contact info on to the organizers.