Historic Tacoma

When finding the route to the Historic Tacoma event yesterday, I discovered a Tacoma icon was right on the way.  I’ve wanted to sketch this odd roadside attraction ever since I first learned of it from Chandler O’Leary’s sketch.

I left early enough to cope with the awful traffic and to have time to sketch Bob’s Java Jive.  This has been declared an historic building, though I read it’s also been condemned.  For many years it’s been a dive bar, not a coffee shop.

Once the sketch was done, it was on to the Historic Tacoma Postcard event.   It was held at The Arts and Crafts Press  It was wonderful to enjoy all the post card art in the setting of old fashioned presses!

Someone brought this typewriter to type one’s name on the bookmark we could print.  This is only slightly older than the model I used to type all my papers in graduate school!  Can you imagine?

More photos here.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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  1. Pingback: Postcards arrived | Red Harp Arts

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