Light and Power

  Thursday, March 29, 2007 – Permalink –


From a 13 year old girl

In 2003, I bought a post card on e-bay. It is a picture of the newly completed Stadium High School.

The postmark is October 12th, 1906. It was addressed to someone in Montezuma, Iowa.
(no street address)

In 2006 Stadium had its Centennial Celebration and I put the postcard on the web page.

Just the other day I received this email:

"The "Helen M who wrote the note alongside the picture of Stadium High (Tahoma High then) was my Mom....Helen McDonald, class of 1912.

In 1915 she married John Stedman Wood, also class of 1912. They raised 3 boys, Donald, Philip and myself...Jack M. Wood class of '41."

It's an itsy, bitsy, tiny world.

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  Monday, March 26, 2007 – Permalink –

Old Town Wet or Dry



The Subjects Strike Back

One more click and I squirt!



Wring 'em Out

Tacoma Foto Gang

Neither rain nor sleet; only gloom of night.



  Sunday, March 25, 2007 – Permalink –

Old Town

Pneumonia's challenge

The Tacoma Foto Gang Safari to the original Tacoma

Old Town (13 meg MMV)


  Friday, March 23, 2007 – Permalink –



See Scoble's take.


Old Stuff

This is you 100 years ago

" is a photo blog about what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating. We're starting with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee. One of his subjects, a young coal miner named Shorpy Higginbotham, is the site's namesake."

(It's also a blog with RSS)


  Wednesday, March 21, 2007 – Permalink –

The Danger of Cameras

Not Safe


  Tuesday, March 20, 2007 – Permalink –

Photographer's Rights

Know 'em or lose 'em

Photographer's Rights Card for US in PDF format

Photographer's Rights in Canada


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:

9 Ways to avoid invasion of privacy laws

State by State Summaries of US privacy laws impacting photographers

  • The Washington Supreme Court has left open the question of whether false lights similarity to defamation, and the First Amendment protections implicated in defamation claims, precludes the recognition of the false light tort. Eastwood v. Cascade Broadcasting Co., 722 P.2d 1295 (Wash. 1986).

  • Intrusion: Employees of a county medical examiners office were accused of displaying autopsy photographs in a manner that invaded the privacy of the relatives of the deceased pictured. The state Supreme Court unanimously found that a common law right to privacy exists in Washington and that the autopsy photographs clearly were private, and also that the relatives had a protectable privacy interest in the autopsy photographs. Reid v. Pierce County, 961 P.2d 333 (Wash. 1998).

  • Filming a pharmacy interior from outside, through a window, was protected because the film was shot from a place open to the public. Mark v. KING Broadcasting Co., 618 P.2d 512 (Wash. App. 1980), affd, 635 P.2d 1081 (Wash. 1981), cert. denied, 457 U.S. 1124 (1982).

  • A non-journalist who videotaped a demonstration won a declaratory judgment stating that a ban on recording oral communications did not apply to recording, with a readily visible device, conversations on a public street that are loud enough to be heard by others. Fordyce v. City of Seattle, No. C92-75WD (W.D. Wash. 1993).

Photographers Guide to Privacy

Thanks to


  Monday, March 19, 2007 – Permalink –

Old Town Quick Shots

Snap and run

The Tacoma Foto Gang will be in Old Townon the 24th.


Old Town (13 meg MMV)


  Wednesday, March 14, 2007 – Permalink –

Old City Hall II

The Tacoma Foto Gang March 13, 2007


  Wednesday, March 7, 2007 – Permalink –

Old City Hall

Out Again

The next outing for the Tacoma Foto Gang will be March 13th at the Old City Hall.

Up until recently there were offices and businesses in the Old City Hall. Hopefully there are areas that have not been too gentrified.

The Renaissance at Old City Hall

City Hall 1910

City Hall and Police station

Is there anything left to see in the Old Police Station across the street? I understood that they retained one of the old cells.

Joel [rootrider] asked:

"Are you talking about the old Northern Pacific building ("One Pacific") or another building?"

I think you're right, but I haven't heard it referred to by that address in awhile.

"In 1929, the Police Department moved across the street from the city hall to the newly completed Public Safety Building. This five story structure was designed to house the station and city jail, and was built adjacent to the old Northern Pacific Railroad headquarters building. Though an improvement on the previous station, it was too small. Soon, the police moved into the N.P. RR building, which came to be known as the Police Annex. Later expansion forced the purchase of a building at 710 Pacific Avenue, which housed the police garage and the juvenile division."

Tacoma Police History

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