On May 9, 2015 the Anacortes Museum Foundation celebrated the release of the new museum book “Pictures of the Past” by Wallie Funk (Elaine Walker editor, Bret Lunsford production editor, Lea DeVere assistant editor). It is lavishly illustrated with more than 180 photos -- most of them from the Anacortes Museum's massive Wallie Funk Collection.
Wallie Funk, editor and co-publisher of the Anacortes American newspaper in Anacortes, Washington, from 1950 to 1964, wrote a series of delightful Anacortes history stories, which ran as a guest column in the American from 1994 to 2001. This book reprints many of the best of those informative, humorous and surprisingly relevant columns. Topics include the history of early Fidalgo Island pioneers and Anacortes' founders; lumber and plywood mills; publishing and photography; the arrival of Shell Oil; the successful All-America City effort; the local fishing fleet; theaters; parks; local sports; the Anacortes Arts Festival and the Marineers' Pageant; and the development of hospitals, schools, and other public amenities.
The book is available at the Anacortes Museum’s gift shop and is on the shelves of other local booksellers.