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Catalog Number WF 1519
Caption 1949 Marineer Parade - Orthopedic Guild float
Description This image from the 1949 Marineers' Pageant parade is of a boat float labeled, "S. S. Orthopedic" with children in the rear. The Anacortes Auxiliary of Seattle's Children's Orthopedic Hospital Guild was named for Dr. Samuel Gordon Brooks, a physician who practiced in Anacortes from 1912 until his death c. 1944. The importance of the Orthopedic Hospital's auxiliary guilds in providing accessible medical care for the Fidalgo Island community cannot be overstated. The guild raised funds that were vital to the operation of Children's Orthopedic, which then served the children of all of Washington's outlying communities in time of medical need. Children's Orthopedic was founded by Seattle women in 1907 and built on the devoted labor of thousands of women across Washington State through the guild system. Because of that system, many children from Fidalgo Island were treated at Children's, regardless of race, creed, color, or eligibility to pay. Guilds raised money through a variety of mechanisms from the annual Penny Drive to fashion shows, teas, and dances. See photos taken by Wallie Funk for views of Orthopedic Guild fundraisers. For other Orthopedic floats, see WF 1454, 1480.

South Side Texaco, at 18th and Commercial, changed markedly from its appearance in the late 1930s, early 1940s; see WF 1452-1462. Note the frame house behind the gas station. The gas station that stood here when it was "Mel's Signal Service" in 1939 was either heavily remodeled or torn down and replaced with another building. South Side Texaco was first listed here in the 1948 city directory; it was also listed in 1954, but not in 1962.
Date 1949
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Event - Marineer Pageant
Place - Anacortes, WA
People
Event - Parade
Structure - Business
Transportation - Land
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Marineers' Pageant
Parade
S. S. ORTHOPEDIC
float
Orthopedic Guild float
Orthopedic Auxiliary
Children's Orthopedic Hospital
Penny Drive
South Side Texaco
gas station
Object Name Negative