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Catalog Number WF 1686
Caption Anacortes Appreciation Day
Description This view is of a gathering to witness "Anacortes Appreciation Day" festivities on the steps of the Federal Building (Post Office) on the northeast corner of Commercial and 6th. The date of the photo is based on Commercial Avenue businesses. No mention was found of Anacortes Appreciation Day in the local newspapers, but the event, created to bring more shoppers into the Commercial business district, had precedence in Anacortes. Local businessmen, via the Chamber of Commerce, had created numerous events to bring customers to Anacortes stores during the 1920s and 1930s. The 9-29-1921 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on the "Harvest Home Fair" where Anacortes businesses set up booths in the Rose Theater to display their wares for the public. The 6-16-1926 paper reported on Anacortes' first "Guest Day," sponsored by Anacortes merchants, where "hundreds of islanders" came to town as gusts of the community. They were met at the ferry dock, escorted through town, and served a meal at Eagles' Hall. The event was repeated the next year and followed up by "Patronize Home Industry" days, etc., during the 1930s. For a view of the speaker, see WF 1685.

This view looks north on Commercial Avenue. The buildings are, from left to right:
Goodwin-Benedict-Havekost Building (built in 1890); Matt Kingsley Insurance is on the ground floor, as is Amsberry's Cafe
Snyder's Pharmacy
Bank of Commerce Building, built in 1926, and housing People's National Bank
Medical-Dental Building, built in 1905, on the northwest corner of 5th and Commercial; known as the Empire Building, with Diamond Ten Cent Variety store in its ground floor
Nelson Building
unidentified building
Platt Building on the southwest corner of Commercial and 4th
Date 1941 c.
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects People
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Anacortes Appreciation Day
Federal Building
Chamber of Commerce
Harvest Home Fair
Rose Theater
Guest Day
Eagles' Hall
Patronize Home Industry
Goodwin - Benedict - Havekost Building
Matt Kingsley Insurance
Amsberry's Cafe
Snyder's Pharmacy
People's National Bank
Bank of Commerce Building
Empire Building
Medical-Dental Building
Diamond Ten Cent Variety store
Nelson Building
Platt Building
Object Name Negative