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Transportation Photographs

Boeing 247, United Airlines mail plane, ca. 1935
Boeing 247, United Airlines mail plane, ca. 1935

Transportation Photographs is an ongoing digital collection of photographs depicting various modes of transportation in the Pacific Northwest region and Western United States during the first half of the 20th century. Examples of material included are: automobiles and roads; aviation with emphasis on the Boeing Co.; railroads, such as the Milwaukee Road, Northern Pacific Railway, and Great Northern Railway. Selections from our Ships Collection are also represented. These include images of the many steamships, schooners, and ferries that plied the Puget Sound and Alaskan waters. This is a growing collection. We will occasionally add new images and update records as new information is uncovered by research.

About the Database

The information for Transportation Photographs was researched and prepared by the UW Libraries Special Collections Division and Cataloging staff in 2001. Not all the photographs from the collection were included in this database. The images were scanned in grayscale using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600L and saved in .jpg format. Some manipulation of the images was done to present the clearest possible digital image. The scanned images were then linked with descriptive data using the CONTENTdm program. The original collections reside in the UW Libraries Special Collections Division as the Transportation Collection and the Ships Collection.

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Automobile touring, August 13, 1908
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Britain's National Railway Museum -- The 'exhiblets' are educational digital exhibitions which use the museum's collections to describe important events, discoveries and personalities in science and technology.


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Owl's Head Transportation Museum -- This extremely thorough website allows users to view items in their collection, as well as providing reference information and teaching materials covering many forms of pre-1920 motorized transportation.

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