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Sources: Jordan SmithVintage Seattle and University of Washington Libraries

6 Responses

  1. Lorenzo

    Thanks for your work! I spend a lot of time watching these great photo galleries that are always so interesting and curious. These are moments that I really appreciate.
    Greetings from an Italian fan. Lorenzo.

  2. Jeff

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ye Olde Curiosity Shop….My father first took me there when I was probably 8 or 9; I take my kids there whenever we are in the neighborhood. It is still my favorite shop in the city. Anywhere that has real shrunken heads, multiheaded pigs in a jar, and two mummies on display is pretty cool. Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach, WA is another somewhat similar store – very heavy on the weird. :)

  3. djeseru

    Heh, “petrified snail, 67 lbs.” I’d love several hours of free time to browse through this place. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Trish

    Thanks for the great nostalgia here! As the current manager of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop I love to see these kinds of posts online. You have my open invitation to visit the shop- I can show you our collection of memorabilia we have saved from when the store opened in 1899 to the present. We have several letters from foreign dignitaries, newspaper articles, vintage ads etc.
    Thank you Jeff for your kind words and for your frequent visits! Please ask for me when you visit next, I’d love to give you and your kids a special tour with more info on the pieces and history of the shop!

  5. Jana

    Love these! I have a few old Ye Olde Curiosity Shop postcards on my website link. I don’t know if it was Trish above, but last year someone from YOCS was able to tell me what is still in their collection listed on one of my postcards (you have it, too – the one that has 14 items listed) so I shared that information on my blog page as well.


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