|Title||Chinese Lion Dance on Seventh Avenue South, Seattle, ca. 1930 |
|Date||ca. 1930 |
|Caption||Chinese American communities often hold a Lion Dance at the time of the lunar new year or when a new business opens. In Seattle, during Chinese New Year, the lion dances through Chinatown and stops in front of businesses to wish them a prosperous year. The businesses offer the lion red envelopes of money, wrapped in lettuce leaves. The noise of the accompanying drums, gongs, cymbals and fireworks are believed to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck.|
In this photo, probably taken in the 1920s, a lion dances along Seventh Avenue South, between King and Weller Streets, accompanied by cymbals and drums. The lion costume covers two dancers, one inside the head and one in the back.
|Notes||Sign on building reads: Yook Gee Drug [Co.].|
Handwritten on image: China Town near New Years.
Handwritten on sleeve: New Years day - Chinese.
Caption by MOHAI staff.
|Subjects||Parades & processions--Washington (State)--Seattle; Chinese Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle; Drums--Washington (State)--Seattle; Commercial streets--Washington (State)--Seattle; Holidays--Washington (State)--Seattle; Chinese New Year |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle|
Chinatown/International District (Seattle, Wash.)
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||PI22398 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 glass negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in.; dichroic fog |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from print made from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |