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October 10, 2016

Seattle in the 1930s-40s: 46 Vintage Photos Show How the City Has Changed Over 80 Years

Seattle is a West Coast seaport city and the seat of King County, Washington. It is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the third largest port in North America in terms of container handling.

Let's take a look at these amazing vintage photos to see a Seattle from between the 1930s and 1940s.

Aurora Ave & Denny Way, Seattle, 1940

3rd and Pike, 1936

Cable car at Third and Yesler, 1940

8th and Olive, 1932

Chief Seattle statue at Fifth and Denny, 1936

Aerial of Seattle with Beacon Hill and SoDo, 1945

Lenora Street viaduct, Seattle, 1931

Alaskan Way, 1939

Lifeguard class at Green Lake, Seattle, 1936

Alaskan Way, 1939

Looking up Pike Street from First Avenue, 1930

Ballard Bridge, 1941

Newsstand at 12th & Union, Seattle, 1946

Bell Street viaduct under construction, 1931

Removal of streetcar tracks on Third Avenue, 1943

Broadway and John St., Seattle, 1934

Third Avenue looking north from Cherry Street, 1930

Broadway line at Second & Columbia, June, 1941

Broadway Market, Harrison and Broadway, 1937

Broadway Safeway, Broadway at Mercer, 1937

Denny Way, 1949

Diamond District, Seattle, 1944

Dooley's Restaurant, 1940

Fourth Avenue, 1937

In front of the Frye Hotel on 3rd and Yesler, 1945

International District, Seattle, 1945

Lake Union and Capitol Hill, 1945

Nickerson Street, Dexter Avenue and Westlake Avenue, 1949

Pioneer Square, Seattle, 1945

Queen Anne Hill and aircraft carriers, 1946

Safety island at Westlake and Olive, 1938

Seattle transit system line truck at Third & Pike, June 1946

Seattle transit system twin trolley coach at Third & Marion, April 9, 1947

Seattle transit twin trolley coach at Third & Union, March 1946

Seattle's waterfront, 1945

Second and Pike, 1934

Second Ave. south from Union St., Seattle, 1930

Second Avenue decorated for Potlatch celebration, 1934

Second Avenue, Seattle, 1944

Ship loading at Pier 39, Seattle, 1946

Snow on Capitol Hill, 1943

SoDo, Seattle, 1945

The Diamond District, Seattle, 1946

The Diamond District, Seattle, 1946

Up Yesler, Seattle, 1945

Westlake and Olive, 1949



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