Foundation piles for the Smith Tower, ca 1910
No publisher or photographer is given on the front or reverse of this card or on the one below that shows the completed tower. Since both cards do have the same design on the reverse; however, most likely they were published about the same time by the same company dating them to 1914 or shortly thereafter. The original photos would have been black & white, then tinted before mass producing as postcards.
L.C. Smith Tower, ca 1914-1920
The next postcard below shows the tower after dark. Frank H. Nowell, who took many of the pictures for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in 1909, is identified as the photographer and the Loman & Hanford Co., of Seattle, published the card. Loman & Hanford was a stationery and printing company (1894-1955), later bought out by the Portland, Oregon company, J.K. Gill (1868 – 1999). Neither of these companies exist today.
Smith Tower after dark
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