'Pinteresting' items from King County’s history now online

King County Archives is hoping to pique interest in its vast collection of historical photos and documents through social media. The agency just launched several Pinterest boards, with dozens of historical photos now available online. Some of the photos have never been widely seen by the public before.

“Our agency has a huge number of items that document the history of our region,” said acting county archivist Janette Gomes. “By putting these pieces of King County’s past on Pinterest, we’re opening our collection to a wider audience. We hope people will help us spread the word and share the items they find most interesting by re-pinning them.”

Currently, the Archives boards on Pinterest have more than 100 photos, ranging from old maps to artwork to images of the 1962 World’s Fair. King County Archives plans to continue adding to the Pinterest collection in the coming months and years. What’s more, people are welcome to contact the Archives for more information about the images on Pinterest or to purchase copies for a nominal fee.

“We hope to spark people’s curiosity by showcasing some of the treasures residents can find in the King County Archives,” Gomes added.

To access the King County Pinterest boards, go to To contact the King County Archives, email archives@kingcounty.govor call 206-296-1538.

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