|Title||Kathleen Rockwell (Klondike Kate), probably in Seattle, August 1929 |
|Caption||Kathleen Eloisa 'Klondike Kate' Rockwell was a chorus girl from Kansas who moved west to join a vaudeville company. After a brief time working in Skagway and Whitehorse, she arrived in Dawson City and worked as an entertainer and dance hall girl. Dancing in elaborate dress, using 200 feet of red chiffon, and sporting her own red hair, she was billed 'The Flame of the Yukon.' After a series of broken marriages, in 1933 she married a Norwegian miner, Johnny Matson, who had been taken with her for thirty years. She remarried after his death in 1946. While her life in the 1920's after the Klondike was not interesting or profitable, she self-published and capitalized on her life using dramatic titles such as 'Queen of the Yukon, ' 'Belle of Dawson, ' and insisting that she was the real Klondike Kate.|
This photo was taken after her exciting Goldrush days and prior to her marriage to Johnny Matson, probably while visiting the Seattle area.
|Notes||Handwritten on image: Kate Rockwell.|
Caption information sources: Women in Alaska's History; True Stories from the Yukon.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): August 22, 1929.
|Subjects||Entertainers--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Personal Names||Rockwell, Kathleen Eloisa, 1876-1957 |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5G.1884.1 |
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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. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 600 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |