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Historical photo: SS Seattle at dock

Posted: October 16, 2012 - 12:00am
This is an undated  photo of the S.S. Seattle somewhere in Alaskan waters. According to the University of Washington, photographer "Phinney S. (P.S.) Hunt was a photographer who worked in Alaska in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was born in Michigan on April 24, 1866 and lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan until age 18. He married in 1887 and relocated to San Jose, California, where he lived for several years before moving to Sacramento. He then moved to Valdez, Alaska in 1898 and worked as a photographer in Valdez and the surrounding communities. In 1915, he became the official photographer for the Alaskan Engineering Commission and moved to Anchorage. He died suddenly on October 14, 1917 while working in Seward."  Phinney S. Hunt/Alaska State Archive
Phinney S. Hunt/Alaska State Archive
This is an undated photo of the S.S. Seattle somewhere in Alaskan waters. According to the University of Washington, photographer "Phinney S. (P.S.) Hunt was a photographer who worked in Alaska in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was born in Michigan on April 24, 1866 and lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan until age 18. He married in 1887 and relocated to San Jose, California, where he lived for several years before moving to Sacramento. He then moved to Valdez, Alaska in 1898 and worked as a photographer in Valdez and the surrounding communities. In 1915, he became the official photographer for the Alaskan Engineering Commission and moved to Anchorage. He died suddenly on October 14, 1917 while working in Seward."

This is an undated photo of the S.S. Seattle somewhere in Alaskan waters. According to the University of Washington, photographer “Phinney S. (P.S.) Hunt was a photographer who worked in Alaska in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Michigan on April 24, 1866 and lived in Kalamazoo, Mich. until age 18. He married in 1887 and relocated to San Jose, Calif., where he lived for several years before moving to Sacramento. He then moved to Valdez, Alaska in 1898 and worked as a photographer in Valdez and the surrounding communities. In 1915, he became the official photographer for the Alaskan Engineering Commission and moved to Anchorage. He died suddenly on October 14, 1917 while working in Seward.” He was recording the birth of the Alaska railroad. Hunt was an early innovator in the use of electric light to record a night scene; one surviving night photograph shows mounded snow in an illuminated Valdez street in front of a row of shops.

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