a century and a half ago,
Whidbey Island was "discovered" by Master Joseph
Whidbey, first mate of Captain George Vancouver, English
explorer and navigator who anchored in the Straits of Juan
de Fuca and sent
his survey crews out in small boats. Indian tribes who lived
on Whidbey Island became the friends of the white man and
left many items of history for future generations.
Island is unique and was blessed by settlers who wrote about
their experiences, and some, notably John Maylor, who photographed
the area. Traveling photographers would visit the Island
occasionally to record those early families. Many were made
into postcards and those surviving copies are invaluable
to today's historian.
are indebted to Maylor, whose pictures of Oak Harbor in
the 1890s and in the first two decades after 1900, portrayed
folks of a difficult but gentler time before cars, electricity,
public water and sewers. De Ja Views is a historical pictorial
of Whidbey Island, mostly from Coupeville north. The photographs
have been supplied
over the years by people whose forebears were among the
early settlers who came from all over the civilized world
to find their Shangri-la.
1850s brought explorers and sea captains and disappointed
gold seekers to the Island where "land was free."
Some of their stories have been recorded elsewhere, but
their pictures illustrate that era of time most graphically.
They were a hardworking, idealistic and neighborly people.