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Map of Washington, 1904

George F. Cram and Company
1 map; 34 x 51 cm. From page 292-293 of Cram's unrivaled atlas of the world. Relief shown by hachures. Shows counties, cities and railroads. Scale ca. 1:1,300,000 On verso: portion of "City of Portland, Oregon." In lower margin: 292, 293. Index on verso.

Rand McNally New Commercial Atlas Map of Washington, 1912

Chicago : Rand McNally.
1 map : col. ; 48 x 66 cm. State capitals and County seats identified by symbols. A key to Railroads is located in the lower left. Shows Railroads and Steamship lines. Includes index of cities with a population of 1,000 or more. At top: "Library atlas of the world." Relief shown by hachures and spot highlights. Scale 1 in. = 15 miles [ca. 1:950,400].

"Robert" (Album 1 Image 8)

ca. 1928. "Robert" - portrait photo of young child, circa 1928, wearing a polka-dotted jersey with a large collar shirt. In 1930 Haffer received her first national exposure when this photograph of "Robert" was reproduced by the American Annual of Photography. (A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer, p. 106)

"Man in Derby" (Album 2 Image 34)

ca. 1928. "Man in Derby" - portrait of person (Ralph Rosenberg) in derby hat and dark suit holding a lit cigarette, circa 1928. Haffer would use this photograph as a basis for a print, made from wood or linoleum blocks in 1929. (A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer, p. 95)

"Onya la Tour" (Album 2 Image 45)

ca. 1933. "Onya la Tour" - portrait of person gazing upward. Dangling hoop earrings are in contrast with long dark hair. According to the book "A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer," title of a bas relief print which featured the same person was "Onya Latoor." It was possibly photographed in California. (A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer, p. 80)

"Study - Kay Harshberger" (Album 2 Image 46)

ca. 1930. "Study -Kay Harshberger" - portrait of person with head distorted, circa 1930. According to "A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer," this work was also titled Caricature. The distorted image was created in the darkroom by rotating the horizontal printing frame slightly on its vertical axis. (A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer, p.19)

"Isabel Morrison- Dancing Teacher" (Album 2 Image 47)

ca. 1930. "Isabel Morrison, Dancing Teacher" - circa 1930 portrait of person in kimono standing against a vertically striped wall with Chinese or Japanese characters written on it. According to the book "A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna haffer," Isabel Keith Morrison was a dancer and taught dance in Tacoma during the 1920s. She later moved to Los Angeles where she continued teaching and dancing in regional productions. (A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna haffer, p. 110; p. 20)

"Elizabeth Sale" (Album 2 Image 57)

"Elizabeth Sale" - portrait of person with drawn castle in background, only head and hands are visible. Elizabeth ("Bettie") Sale was a poet who collaborated with Virna Haffer to produce a book incorporating her poetry along with photographic illlustrations by Haffer. "Abundant Wild Oats" was never published although a prototype was made. (A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer, p. 116-information on Bettie Sale and "Abundant Wild Oats.")


U.S.O. #2, 713-15 Commerce St., circa 1946. During World War II, although black and white soldiers fought side by side, the United States Army was still segregated. In Tacoma, African American service men and women had their own USO Club at 713-15 Commerce. It was dedicated on September 4, 1942 and closed late in March of 1947. The Kaufman-Wolff building where it was located had previously housed the Soldiers and Sailors Clubhouse during World War I. USO #2 was enlarged in 1944 by adding an annex in the building to the north of the original club. The enlarged structure provided the following facilities: dark room, music room, hobby room, game room, showers, sleeping accommodations, library and snack bar. It was operated by the YMCA and staffed primarily by volunteers. (brochure from Recognition Ceremony USO Number Two on 3/30/1947; photograph by F.L. Powell of Tacoma).


On Sunday February 3, 1946, a dinner was held at the Tacoma USO #2, 713-15 Commerce St., honoring the 5th anniversary of USO operation. The United Service Organizations, or USO, was incorporated in New York Feb. 4, 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who believed it was important for private citizens to take responsibility for the on-leave recreation needs of service members. One of the guests of honor for the Tacoma celebration was Mayor Harry Cain, standing center, who attended with his wife Marjorie, last woman seated left. Seated to the right of Mayor Cain was Mr. Arthur Hayes, chairman of the club's operating committee. The other individuals at the table were unidentified. (TNT 2/3/1946, pg. A-7, 2/4/1946, pg. 1: photograph by F.L. Powell of Tacoma)


The performance by the 70 piece Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific Northwest, under the direction of Dr. Francis Aranyi, was one of the highlights of the USO Music Festival held July 28, 1946 at Point Defiance. The festival was held in the natural amphitheater at the entrance to the park. The concert drew over 7,000 listeners. It was also broadcast over the Mutual Network by KMO. (TT 7/27/1946, pg 2 and 7/28/46, pg 1; TNT 7/27/46, pg.1 and 7/29/46, pg. 1& 2) Photo by F.L. Powell, YMCA, Tacoma)


An unidentified majorette performs with the Seattle Elks Band at the USO Music Festival at Point Defiance Park on July 28, 1946. The band was one of many performers in the concert attended by over 7,000. (TT 7/27/1946, pg 2 and 7/28/46, pg 1; TNT 7/27/46, pg.1 and 7/29/46, pg. 1& 2; Photo by F.L. Powell, YMCA, Tacoma)

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