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March 12, 2009

Recycled Newspaper: The East Side Journal, March 15th, 1934

Filed under: History, Kirkland, Recycled Newspaper — Brian Lutz @ 2:12 pm

In the course of the various newspaper research that I have been doing for this site and for my malls project, I have thus far not gone much earlier than the late Fifties, even though the newspaper archives available at the Bellevue Library provide papers going back quite a bit further.  Since I haven’t had a chance to go that far back yet, I decided that for this week’s Recycled Newspaper, I would be  going back 75 years and looking at the East Side Journal.  The closest one to today’s date that was available is the Thursday, March 15th1934 edition.  This was, of course, right near the heart of the Great Depression and the New Deal. Aside from the fact that a significant portion of the advertisements throughout the paper had the logo of the NRA (National Recovery Act)  on them somewhere, there wasn’t much sign of this, although a little bit more than a year after this particular issue was published the NRA would be overturned unanimously by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.  In spite of this, Kirkland still had its industrial base in the form of the Lake Washington Shipyards which did face some difficulties at this time, but when the war arrived they would go on to build more than 25 ships for the Navy and repair many more, employing as many as 8,000 workers at their peak until they closed in 1946 at the end of the war.  A photo of the shipyards from 1933 may be found here.

At this time, the combination of the shipyards and the fact that ferries across Lake Washington arrived at Kirkland’s waterfront made Kirkland the de facto heart of the Eastside, although beyond Kirkland’s downtown much of the rest of the area was still rural.  Bellevue was at this time an unincorporated area which consisted mostly of a handful of shops along Main Street, and beyond that the rest was mostly farms.  The shift that would position Bellevue at the heart of the Eastside that is today would not take place until after 1940 when the first floating bridge across Lake Washington opened. 

After the jump, a look at a few of the articles and advertisements from the March 15th 1934 edition of the East Side Journal.

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