Seattle: Kinsey Photo. Ca 1930s. 11" x 14". Image size: 10-1/4" x 12-7/8". Most oblong format. Each photograph housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Light wear at edges, heavier to two of the photos. Minor soiling. Three images annotated on verso. Overall, a Very Good lot, sharp & clear. Item #48026
Group of nine large-format photographs depicting lumbering activities of the St. Paul & Tacoma Lumbering Company, Pacific National Lumber Company, and the Simpson Lumber Company. All are captioned in the negative, identifying Kinsey as the photographer. Clark Kinsey and his brother Darius (1869-1945) were two of the most important photographers documenting the logging and timber industries of the Pacific Northwest. Kinsey photographed the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest for thirty years, from World War I until his retirement in 1945.
The images here record not only the equipment & activity of the logging industry, but also of the timber cutters themselves, capturing their postures and expressions posed amongst the logs and machinery of their trade. Three of the images are annotated on the verso, two with some identifying names of the workmen in the photograph. Images are captioned as follows:
"No. 2. Camp #8. St. Paul & Tacoma Lmbr Co. / C. Kinsey Photo Seattle" -- Group photo of fourteen men posed in front of machinery.
"No. 5. St. Paul & Tacoma Lmbr Co. / C. Kinsey Photo" -- Group photo of fifteen men posed in front of a small building, empty flatbed rail cars in front.
"St. Paul and Tacoma Lbr. Co #5 / Kinsey Photo" -- Group photo of seventeen men posing with a giant felled log.
"No. 7 St. Paul & Tacoma Lmbr Co / C. Kinsey Photo" -- Logs on a railcar in the left foreground, with a tall trunk central, guide wires attached. A group of men poses in the background.
"Pacific National Lbr Co. / C. Kinsey Photo / No. 660" -- Logging scene with one very tall trunk central, guide wires attached, donkey engine working below it.
"Pacific National Lbr. Co. / C. Kinsey Photo / No. 665" -- Depicts four young men standing on a logging machine.
"Kinsey Photo / No. 5 Simpson Lbr. Co. Camp 3" -- A view of the camp taken from above. Captioned on verso "Camp 3".
"Simpson Camp #3 / Kinsey Photo #12" -- Twenty men seated on large logs on the left with machinery the center focus. Captioned on verso identifying most of the men.
"Simpson Camp #3 / Kinsey #12" -- Depicts a group of seven men standing atop a pile of logs. Captioned on verso identifying one man.
The University of Washington has a large collection of Kinsey's negatives and photographs, some of which they have digitized. Searching their database shows that the present images from the Simpson Lumber Company were likely taken in the 1930s, while the images of the other camps are undated, though we postulate they are from the same era, which coincides with Kinsey's most productive period.
All-in-all, an arresting group of large photographs documenting this important industry in the Pacific Northwest, by one of its most noted photographers.