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History is more than dates and events. History is images often as mundane as a shopper buying vegetables or a lost view of a neighborhood transformed by development. In the three decades following the midcentury mark, Seattle photographers captured the city day-to-day, to have their exposures published once, or not at all, and then relegated to the darkness of an archive. Historic Photos of Seattle in the 50s, 60s, and 70s compiles photos that recover some of the memories. Mary Randlett and Josef Scaylea are widely known and highly regarded for their work with light and film, and their work appears here. For some photos, the names of city employees and other professionals of lesser note, but no less skill, can be credited. And for many, the photographer's name is lost to time, but his work endures.
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Seattle writer and historian David Wilma wrote Historic Photos of Puget Sound and co-wrote centennial histories of Seattle City Light and Children's Hospital of Seattle. His research and script are the basis for The Power of Snoqualmie Falls, a video documentary that aired on public television. He has also researched and written hundreds of articles on Northwest history for www.HistoryLink.org, a free online encyclopedia. Some of his essays have appeared in the Seattle Times. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in history, Wilma serves on the Seattle Office of Professional Accountability Review Board providing civilian oversight of the Seattle Police Department. He volunteers as an advocate in court for abused and neglected children. In an earlier, 30-year career, Mr. Wilma worked in state and federal law enforcement. He enjoys visiting a second home on Whidbey Island with his wife of 38 years.