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Cornerspotter: The Totem Pole Loaning Industry Ain't What it Used to Be

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Cornerspotter is the Curbed Seattle feature in which we show you a historical photo taken somewhere in the city and you identify the location. Impress fellow Curbed readers with your knowledge by leaving guesses in the comments or send them to our tipline: seattle@curbed.com. We'll post the answer on Friday. And hey: no cheating!


Seattle Municipal Archives

Question: Does Totem Pole Loans only lend money to people making totem poles? That might be why they're not in that location anymore. Today you'll find a busy pizzeria in this spot and a some very quirky clothing shops next door. Believe it or not people can still use the payphone in almost that exact position though it doesn't look nearly as cool now. The days of parking head-on here are long gone, though. Good luck finding parking anywhere near here, actually. Pictured in 1973, where in Seattle are we?