Back to the Fifties : More Ketchikan Photos by Paulu Saari

Back to the Fifties

More Ketchikan Photos by Paulu Saari

In Ketchikan, the 1950s were years of promise, prosperity, growth, and change. The community's economy went through a major shift as the pulp mill came on line. Population grew by more than twenty percent. Business boomed. Compared to today, however, life in Ketchikan in the Fifties was simpler, slower, and - some would say - friendlier.

Throughout the Fifties, photographer Paulu Saari captured the images of the notable and the mundane of Ketchikan life - businesses openings, construction projects, lodge meetings, dances and parties, sports and recreation, comings and goings, etc. Many of his images were displayed at the Tongass Historical Museum in 2005, in an exhibit called "Boom Town." In this show, we offer an entirely different selection of Paulu Saari's Ketchikan photos.

Join us, as we go BACK TO THE FIFTIES.


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Back to the Fifties