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One of my French connections had this postcard and I had to bring it back home! For the dog lover, this is a charming portrait of a "purple" pup. For the historian, this is an interesting piece of memorabilia from Seattle's past. Clare Colegrove operated almost a dozen first-class restaurants in Seattle beginning in 1910. Among the notables was The Purple Pup.* Walter Clark bought the restaurant in 1933. A Seattle Times obituary notes that after the purchase, he "renamed it the Coffee Tavern ... ." Hence, my dating of the postcard to the 1930s or earlier. Also, the card is typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.25 inches.
Note what looks like a water stain verso, but it doesn't show through to the front. Virtually no surface wear and the only hint of age is the lower left corner tip, which is lightly creased..
*What I would love to know is what influenced Colegrove to name his restaurant The Purple Pup? Was there the slightest connection with Charles Demuth's watercolor of the same name? Painted about 1918 and simply described as "Cafe Interior: Self-portrait with Marcel Duchamp," Demoth's restaurant scene art was acquired by the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Also, it would be intriguing to know just how this Purple Pup made it all the way to France?!
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Colegrove's Purple Pup Iconic Seattle Restaurant Unused Postcard Circa 1930s
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