The Dream Theater

This is the Dream Theater from 1912 in Kent, WA.

Silent movies were a great source of entertainment for the community. Before this, The Magic Lantern was a light source device that would project images on the wall. Many were hand painted and photographs. With the use of live music, and constantly moving pictures, theaters became very popular. The Dream Theater used a pianola to add music to the movie. Also called a piano player, it had pre-programmed music recorded on metallic rolls. But, the trick is that there has to be a pianola player to push the pedals of the instrument. That became the main source of employment for musicians back in this time. But, the pianola player had to be careful. On the opening night of a thriller show, the scenes would be so terrifying that the pianola player would stop playing out of shock! Therefore, you would never want to go to the opening night of a thriller, because you knew the music would be unpredictable.

Seattle World’s Fair

A real bird’s eye view! That’s the Seattle Space Needle that we know and love.
It was described as: “Jewels gleamed from the intellect and imagination from some of the finest minds of America”. In the1962 world fair, It drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators. Now you can eat at the SkyCity restaurant, and really feel like you are on top of the world!

The Alvord Family

What a house! Mr. Alvord is here with his spouse! What a picture perfect family.

The house was built in the early 1880’s. It was located on 78th Ave South. One of the family members name may be Inez Shaffer.

Can you guess the price of this house in the 1880’s?

I’ll give you a hint the Bereighter home at The Greater Kent Historical Society cost $25,000 in the 1800s.

1960’s yearbooks

Here are photos of the 1960’s yearbooks.

You can see within 4 years how the art of the yearbook changes with history.  Starting at 1964 technology began expanding. A supercomputer was invented, going speeds of up to 3 million instructions per second. Now computers run instructions per second at mega hurts! You can see the difference in 1968, as this was a year of finding freedom. In 1968, Martin Luther King gave his speech, “I have a dream”. Interesting how art and history blend together!

 

Here are some quotes from the yearbooks themselves! Which one if your favorite?

 

1963: We now have the 60’s available at the museum!

1964: “We boast that all we know but we really know nothing”.

1965: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”-John F. Kennedy.

1966: “I came, I saw, I conquered”. Lynn Danielson and Gail Monroe.

1967: “STUDIES, I’ve got an essay due Monday, got any asprin?”.

1968: “We are enthralled by the imagry of life, and so searching for identity”.

1969: “The spectrum breaks–bursting–fufillment in all goals”.

 

If you think this catches you eye, come by the museum, there are some quite interesting photos and art from the 60’s in these yearbooks! You can see the history change with each year!