The Wilhelm Hester photographic envelopes (SAFR 14039, HDC 45) comprises two original manufacturers envelopes used for photographic
paper and a fragment of an original note from Hester, photographer. During the 1890s and early 1900s, Hester documented the
sailing ships and men of the Pacific Northwest export trade in grain and lumber. The note reads: "also tone up the last negt
that you retusht and if you can get 1 of each of the new once finsht so I can take orders for them tonight" signed Hester.
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Wilhelm Hester was born in October, 1872 in central Hamburg. With his brother Ernst, he came to the United States in 1890,
and from 1890 -1893 they lived in Montana. In the fall of 1893, they arrived in Seattle and began a practice of photography.
In 1898, Wilhelm went to Alaska for a year during the Klondike gold rush, then returned to Seattle.
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