• Creator
  • Webster & Stevens
  • Created Date
  • ca. 1921
  • Description
  • By the end of the 1920s, the single most valuable import coming through Seattle was Japanese silk. This luxury material came to Seattle on fast steamships and was sent by express train to eastern markets. Because it was both expensive and perishable, silk needed to be handled very carefully. One train carried a cargo of silk valued at $5 million.In this photo, the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway silk train speeds to the east. Electric... more
    By the end of the 1920s, the single most valuable import coming through Seattle was Japanese silk. This luxury material came to Seattle on fast steamships and was sent by express train to eastern markets. Because it was both expensive and perishable, silk needed to be handled very carefully. One train carried a cargo of silk valued at $5 million.In this photo, the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway silk train speeds to the east. Electric locomotives were often used for travel through tunnels because they did not produce poisonous fumes. less
  • Format
  • image
    photograph
    Scanned from original negative using Epson Expression 10000XL as 4350 pixel TIFF image in 16-bit grayscale, resized to 700 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop CS4, JPEG quality measurement 4
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