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Catalog Number WF 1477
Caption 1941 Marineer Parade - Lions Club float
Description #18 of the 1941 Marineer Parade series is of a Lions Club float featuring three girls in circus costumes with a large lion. The Anacortes Lions Club appears to have begun in 1937. Chicago businessman Melvin Jones began the organization in 1917. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. For other Lions Club images, see WF 1471, 1539, 1755.
Buildings visible, right to left:
unknown what this building is called, but it contains Fern Press, a printers and stationery store and Huey's Jewelry. Alex Thompson began Fern Press Printers c. 1929 at 916 6th Street. By 1937 he had opened a storefront at 408 Commercial, where he remained until c. 1950. Albert Huey purchased this jewelry business from J. C. Leadbetter in 1929 and went out of business shortly after this image was taken; see also WF 1094. The Leadbetter Clock is in front of the jewelry store.
the Brown Lantern Tavern opened here c. 1934 and is still operating as of 1-2009.
the Nelson Building, with the rounded windows above the marquee, is occupied by Kimsey's Foods. The Nelson Building was built in 1911; see 7-6-1911 ANACORTES AMERICAN. Kimsey Foods began here at 414 Commercial c. 1938-39. The business operated as a grocery store until the late 1950s.
at the northwest corner of Commercial and 6th is the Empire Building, known at this time as the Medical-Dental Building. The 4-27-1905 paper reported, "New brick building to be erected at corner of 5th and Commercial by Judge Joiner, Attorney Wells and E. L. McLean: Will be leased by Thornburg Mercantile Co." At this time the ground floor housed Anacortes Drug Company, more commonly known as Rexall Drug Store by locals, and the Diamond Ten Cent Variety Store. Anacortes Drug Company located here c. 1903-c.1962. Diamond Variety began c. 1939, after Allinger's Variety Store vacated the space; see WF 1444.
buildings past the Empire Building are not identified.
Date 1941
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Event - Marineer Pageant
Place - Anacortes, WA
Event - Parade
Structure - Business
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Marineers' Pageant
Lions Club
circus theme float
Fern Press Printers
Huey's Jewelry
Brown Lantern Tavern
Nelson Building
Kimsey's Foods
Leadbetter Clock
Empire Building
Medical-Dental Building
Thornburg Mercantile Co.
Anacortes Drug Company
Rexall Drug Store
Diamond Ten Cent Variety Store
Allinger's Variety Store
Object Name Negative