Pickett, J.T. (artist).
Portland, OR. The Morning Oregonian.
Newspaper supplement, 19 x 24 inches, originally folded into quarters, with engraved black and white view of Spokane Falls measuring 16 1/2 x 22 inches, mounted many years ago on thick stiff board 21 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches. A considerable amount of creasing and tearing occurred before mounting, including several tears entering image area (including a particularly noticeable curved tear and less than satisfactory re-alignment at the centre of the left edge). Margins of sheet chipped in several spots, not entering image area. Foxing to board itself. Sold with all faults. The piece shows its age, but the view of the city remains appealing, evoking a time when even utilitarian industrial works had a certain minimum standard of attractiveness. Information given at lower left draws attention to the sudden boom in the city's population: 100 people in 1880; 15,000 people eight years later. Spokane Falls is "The Center of a vast Agricultural, Lumbering and Gold and Silver Mining Region." It is also "The Manufacturing Center of Washington Territory and Idaho, possessing the greatest Natural Water Power in America." The piece was published as a supplement to the Morning Oregonian, as part of a Spokane Falls, W.T. Special Edition, Illustrated. Many people were involved in the production: "Sketched from a painting in the office of H. Bolster, by J.T. Pickett"; From the Press of A. Anderson & Co., Job Printers and Lithographers, 2 to 8 Alder St., Portland, Or."; the engraving was made by the Moss Co. in New York and published in the Portland-based newspaper The Morning Oregonian. Despite the condition issues, it is an impressive and uncommon piece of documentation of the expansion of the area at the end of the nineteenth century. Item #55785