Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred


by Paul Dorpat & Jean Sherrard

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A new and inspiring compilation of a lifetime of documenting the city's heritage by Seattle public historian, Paul Dorpat. The most compelling and essential of Paul's 1,800 photo-history columns for the Sunday magazine of The Seattle Times. Each stunning "then" image is paired with a new, matching full-color "now" image, photographed by Jean Sherrard.


Paul Dorpat’s and Jean Sherrard’s Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred is a brilliant, time-traveling, stereoscopic view of Seattle. It is no work of simple nostalgia — it contrasts past and present through historic images and deep research that put you in Seattle of old alongside Sherrard’s superb new photography rooted in the colorful present.

It shows the city as a continuum, provides context and records change. It should thrill Seattle-loving NIMBYs and YIMBYs alike, no mean achievement!

-- Knute Berger, Seattle author, Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps and the Myth of Seattle Nice

Paul Dorpat is the undisputed champion of telling the story of Seattle through photography. Paul’s partnership with contemporary photographer Jean Sherrard makes this book the jewel in the crown of the Seattle Now & Then series. This culminating compilation is a must-have for any collector of Northwest books.

-- Marie McCaffrey, co-founder of HistoryLink

Few people have done more to help Seattleites understand our city’s history than Paul Dorpat. Through the timely creation of Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred, he continues his long-term goal of revealing the myriad ways the physical and built landscape have morphed and yet also remained stable. In doing so, he helps put in perspective how and why we have re-imagined the city through boom and bust.

This is a book that will not only open viewers’ eyes to the past but also connect it to the present and perhaps help inform us to envision a better future.

-- David Williams, Seattle author, Too High and Too Steep, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City co-author, Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal

Author: Paul Dorpat & Jean Sherrard
ISBN: 9781933245539
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Documentary Media LLC
Publication Date: October 28, 2018

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