The Garland Theater (1945)

With the end of World War II in August 1945, the Garland Theater in Spokane, WA, opened its doors on November 22 of that year. Crowds lined up around the block to see the evening’s comedic double features: It’s a Pleasure and Double Exposure. The lobby, adorned with brown oak walls and floors covered in rose color carpet, was lined with baskets, flowers and well-wishes from Hollywood stars including Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby. Continue Reading

John Reed: Memories of Elegance at The Davenport Hotel

Is there a person more closely linked to Spokane’s famous hotel than John Reed? He journeyed with The Davenport Hotel since 1942, remaining along for the ride for nearly eighty years. In the process, he became an icon of Spokane history and culture. We mourn his passing, and remember him in this article originally printed in our book, “The Davenport Hotel.” Continue Reading

A Taste For Playing With Fire: Gussie Bollinger Loved Not Wisely, But Too Well

Leo Tolstoy began his novel Anna Karenina by saying: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Gussie Bollinger’s family was a frequent dumpster fire. Gussie loved too often, but not well, indeed, and by the end of her life, she collected a list of names: Carrie Augusta “Gussie” “Jessie” Leachman-Bollinger-Grady-Wellman-Trumbley-Smith-Allen. Continue Reading

Nostalgia Presents: “Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History” Episode 5: “Dr. Coyne’s Helicopter Airship”

On the newest episode of The King’s Guide, Chuck King introduces you to Dr. W.E.S. Coyne, a local dentist who once had an invention that was touted in 1910 as “The Greatest Achievement in History.” But by 1912, Coyne was no longer living in Spokane. Find out why in the latest episode of the King’s Guide! Continue Reading

J.W. McArthur, Pharmacist

By Tom McArthur Pictured above, J.W. McArthur standing at the doorway of his first pharmacy, at the corner of Sprague and Monroe, circa 1890. Today, the Fox Theater stands on this spot. Photo courtesy of the McArthur Family Archives. I smile every time I walk Continue Reading

Nostalgia Presents: “Chuck King’s Guide to Spokane History” Episode 2: The Crescent Department Store

“The Crescent is more than a list of addresses and general managers: It is a mural of faces and memories. It is the history of Spokane.” On Episode 2 of the King’s Guide, Chuck King delves into the spirit of The Crescent, and it’s profound Continue Reading

“Meet Me Under the Clock” at the Crescent Department Store

By Marla Meekhof Above, Santa arrives at the Crescent in 1926. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. A hot and muggy day welcomed the business people of downtown Spokane Falls when they opened shop on August 4, 1889. The West wind Continue Reading

Louis Davenport’s Italian Gardens: The Talk of the Town

By Nostalgia Magazine Staff Above, in 1922, Davenport’s Restaurant is remodeled, doubled in size, and re-opened as the Italian Gardens (Italian Renaissance architecture). Photo courtesy of the Davenport Hotel. Long before the Davenport Hotel had been conceived, the unassuming entrepreneur, Louis Davenport, opened a restaurant Continue Reading