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Historic Postcards of Ketchikan, Alaska


To The History of Ketchikan, Alaska

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#10 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska This card was published by Edward H. Mitchell of San Francisco, and was mailed from Ketchikan in 1905. To see this image compared to one from 1911, click here.

#11 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska This card was published by Lowman & Hanford of Seattle, and was mailed from Ketchikan in December 1906.

#12 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska This card was published by Edward H. Mitchell of San Francisco, and was mailed from Washington to Maine in 1906.

#9 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska This card showing a sawmill on the Ketchikan waterfront was published by the Ryus Drug Co. in about 1908.

#8 - Postcard of the Ketchikan waterfront in 1910. The Ketchikan waterfront in 1910.

#7 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska Ketchikan in 1911.

#5 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska from 1912 A photo of Ketchikan in 1912.

#6 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska The Fortman Hatchery near Ketchikan in 1912. The largest salmon hatchery in the world.

#4 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska "Halibut boat landing at Ketchikan, Alaska, April 5, 1927, after a perilous voyage."

#1 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska "Ketchikan, proudly termed by the residents as the 'First City in Alaska,' is situated on the shores of Tongass Narrows, a distance of 660 miles from Seattle. Originally located as a cannery site, the city now has a population of 2,000 due to the development of the fishing and mining industries."
Printed by the HHT Co.

#13 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska "Ketchikan is the southernmost town in Alaska, and being the port of entry it is sometimes spoken of as the 'first city.' It is probably the most prosperous town in Alaska, for salmon and halibut have made it rich and given it large canneries and cold storage plants. It has a population of about 6,000."
Printed by the HHT Co.

#14 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska "Ketchikan is gradually developing a fishing industry second to no place in the world. The gross tonnage of halibut shipments is yearly increasing. Should the question arise as to the actual size of the largest halibut caught, any Ketchikan citizen will say: - But? It's a Ketchikan Halibut!"
Printed by the HHT Co., mailed from Petersburg, Alaska in May 1938.

#3 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska The new Federal Building and Post Office on the Ketchikan waterfront in the 1940s.

#2 - Postcard of Ketchikan, Alaska An aerial view of the city in the 1960s.


The historic postcards are in the collection of Murray Lundberg, and these images are ©2014 by Murray Lundberg.