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New York Or Duwamps?
Compromise Is Seattle

How would Seattleites like to live in Duwamps? Apparently, the naming of Seattle was a spur-of-the-moment affair. One of the earliest settlers of the city, Dr. Maynard, had applied to the territorial government for appointment as justice of the peace. The appointment was approved, and accompanying the official recognition was a copy of the plat of the tiny community.

It is said that someone in charge of such matters had written “Duwamps” across the drawing. Although this may have been an indication of the approximate location of the Duwamish tribe, it may also have been someone’s opinion of a good name for the little village on Puget Sound.

At any rate, the story says Maynard took it to mean that territorial officials had chosen Duwamps as the name for the new town. Since just a short time before, the people had been ready, in a burst of optimism, to name their town New York, they were not about to have Duwamps thrust upon them.

The solution was to find a name they did like. Dr. Maynard suggested it be called Sealth, the central figure of the native Indian population and one who was well liked by almost all of the settlers. Some thought his name, pronounced Indian fashion, to be too guttural; and it was awkward to say when Anglicized. Maynard is said to have suggested the “Seattle” version of Sealth’s name. There were no particular objections raised, and Duwamps faded away as the name for the village.

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Ornate Design Possible

Mahogany is a favorite wood for use in furniture during those periods when ornate design and detail are popular. It has an exceptional ability to hold fine and delicate carving.

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Christmas Postcards Feature All
The Usual Symbols

Christmas Postcard
Kittens join the mistletoe in extending Christmas greetings in this postcard from the early 20th century.

Christmas is the perfect time of the year to enjoy stamps and postcards. Christmas postcards are colorful and show many customs and fables related to the holiday.

The mistletoe is one of the designs that frequently appears. In Greek mythology, it was considered a charm against evil, with the name taken from the old English “Mistletoan,” which means “twig of basil.” It was considered sacred by the British Druids and supposedly contained many miraculous powers. In Roman times, it was a symbol of peace, and it was said that when enemies met under it, they discarded their arms and declared a truce until the next day. England was the first country to start the tradition of kissling under the mistletoe.

The poinsettia is also very popular with postcard artists. It is named for Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett, who found this colorful flower growing wild in Mexico, while he was serving as an American envoy from 1825 to 1829. The natives called the poinsettia the “Flower of the Holy Night.” Albert Ecke, a California farmer, is credited with the commercial development of this flower. His son inherited the business and made Encintas, California, the poinsettia capitol of the world for a time.

And, of course, the Christmas tree itself appears as a motif on many postcards. The decorated tree has been traced back to the year 1400, in what was then a part of Germany along the upper Rhine River. The tree has always been decorated in some manner since the custom began, with apples and wafers, paper or cloth roses, and sugar candy making up the early decorations. Candles, ribbons, toys, dolls, glittering beads, other ornaments and a star on top were later added.

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