Friday, July 26, 2013

Wildlife of Alaska: Mammals of our land

I've gathered 10 pictures of Mammals that inhabit Alaska, from playful brown bear cubs to an arctic wolf gazing his horizon. Enjoy life like the bear cubs below do!

Wildlife of Alaska: Mammals of our land

Did you have an animal encounter recently? What was your experience?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tough Alaska Chicks Series: Mary Joyce

Achievement In: Business and Adventure.

[caption id="attachment_235" align="alignnone" width="600"]Image courtesy of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections, ASL-P67-024b.- 1936 1936 - Image courtesy of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections, ASL-P67-024b.[/caption]

Mary Joyce was a pioneer southeast Alaska entrepreneur and adventurer. During the 1930s, she owned and operated a remote wilderness lodge, became the first woman radio operator in the Territory of Alaska, made a thousand-mile sled dog trip from Juneau to Fairbanks, and was a hunting guide, pilot, flight attendant, nurse, and candidate for Alaska Territorial Representative. She inspired news and magazine articles, poems, plays, books, movies, art and songs.

In 1928 Mrs. Eric L. Smith, of the Charles Hackley lumber fortune, hired Joyce as a private nurse for her son, Leigh Hackley “Hack” Smith, a decorated French Foreign Legion veteran of World War I. The Smiths, with Joyce, traveled Alaska’s Inside Passage in 1929. They visited Twin Glacier Camp, established in 1923 by Dr. Harry C. DeVighne, a Juneau physician. Hack, struck by the area, purchased the camp, located 40 miles northeast of Juneau and accessible only by boat or floatplane. Hack and Joyce ran the lodge, added buildings, guided hunters and raised Taku husky sled dogs until 1934 when Hack died on a hunting trip. His mother bought the camp, including 15 sled dogs, and deeded it to Joyce who renamed it Taku Lodge. That winter Joyce operated a radio station at the lodge for Pacific Alaska Airways’ twice-weekly Juneau-to-Fairbanks flight. Joyce became the first female radio operator in Alaska.

In December 1935 Joyce embarked with five dogs on an overland trek to represent Juneau at the Fairbanks Winter Carnival. She hired Native guides or traveled alone on her three-month, 1,000 mile trip. National media covered her adventure, noting the great distance, bitter -60ยบ F temperatures, primitive trails, and lack of communication, causing the American public to fear for her safety. Joyce flew the last leg to Fairbanks on March 26, 1936, where the mayor of Fairbanks awarded her a Silver Cup and the rare “Honorary Member” title from the Pioneers of Alaska. She completed her dog-mushing trip after the festival. “I wanted to see the country and experience some of the things the old-timers did,” she told reporters. “I just wanted to see if I could do it.”

Because of her knowledge of the remote country, Joyce hauled radio equipment by dog team for the Navy as it built defenses during World War II, was a consultant for construction of the Alaska-Canada Highway, taught survival skills to troops, and helped develop a new air route from New York to Fairbanks. An Associated Press article, “Alaska Woman Could Give Soldiers Lessons in Defense,” she is quoted: “It’s nothing . . . Most Alaska women can take care of themselves.” Explorer Norman Dawn chose Joyce to co-star as Taku Mary in a film, Orphans of the North (1940), shot in the Taku River region. Another film, The Flying Saucer (1950), is loosely based on the lives of Joyce and Hack Smith.

Mary Joyce

One of the first female pilots in Juneau, Joyce ended her piloting days with wounded pride after she collided with fishing gear on Gastineau Channel. A certified nurse, she spent two years as a flight attendant for Pacific Alaska Airways, a subsidiary of Pan American Airways, traveling the Alaska-Seattle-Montana routes. In the 1940s, Joyce sold her lodge and moved to Juneau where she was a nurse at St. Ann’s Hospital and where she later purchased the Top Hat and Lucky Lady saloons. She led the statehood parade in Juneau and cut the ribbon for the first Iditarod trail race in 1973.

Joyce was born in Baraboo, Wis. Motherless at 18 months, she and her brother were raised by an aunt and uncle. Graduating from Mercy Nursing School in Chicago, she moved to Hollywood in 1928 and Alaska in 1929. Except for a short stay in Wisconsin in the 1940s, Joyce lived in the Juneau area until her death in 1976. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery there. Today, Taku Glacier Lodge draws thousands of tourists each year and visitors can see the dogsled Joyce used on her 1,000-mile journey. In 2012 the Juneau Jazz & Classics group premiered a composition about Joyce written by her grandniece, titled “Nothing to Lose.”

-----Text taken from AlaskaWomensHallOfFame.-----

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska

To culminate my posts of Historical Photos of Alaska, I've gathered the following old pictures of Alaska's biggest city, Anchorage. The photos travel from ca. 1910 to ca. 1970 and include many memories. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

[caption id="attachment_200" align="alignnone" width="720"]4th Av. Stree Scene, Anchorage, Alaska View of Fourth Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, with traffic and cars parked along street. Businesses shown include: Anchorage Grill, Royal Bar, Robbins Shoes, Inc., Lucky's [groceries], Bi-Rite Drugs, I. Bayles Clothier, Anchorage Hardware, D & D Bar and Cafe, Koslosky's Store for Men, Coffey Simpson Insurance, Kennedy Hardware, Alaska Treasure Shop, and Leonard's Varieties, with McKinley Apartments in far background. Sep. 1956.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_203" align="alignnone" width="800"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of sidewalk construction and buildings on 4th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, looking east. Businesses shown include California Pool Room, Pioneer Steam Laundry, J. H. Smith Real Estate, New Method Dry Cleaners, Billy Butts Ice Cream Parlor & Reception Hall, Tony's Cafe, Bon Marche, Empress Theatre, MacDonald Tailors, Strye Photo Studio, A. Frodenberg & Son, City Auto Service, Alaska Labor Union, Anchorage Roller Skating Rink, and O. W. Bolte Hardware. 1917.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_205" align="alignnone" width="720"]Anchorage 1964 Earthquake Picture View looking west down Fourth Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, minutes after March 27, 1964 earthquake, with men walking on lowered street in foreground and line of people standing in background.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_209" align="alignnone" width="800"]Anchorage 1964 Earthquake Picture View of 4th Avenue and buildings after they dropped during the March 27, 1964 earthquake, Anchorage, Alaska, with contrast to those still at normal level. Businesses shown include D & D Bar and Cafe, Sportsman's Club, Mac's Foto, Frisco Bar and Cafe, Koslosky's Mens Wear, Pioneer Loan Co., Anchorage Arcade, Scandinavian Club Bar, BJ's Billiards, and Anchorage Westward Hotel.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_210" align="alignnone" width="750"]Old Picture of Anchorage, Alaska This is 4th Ave. taken from the Masonic Hall. The walk that leads to the right of picture is to the City Hall." Businesses shown include Sears Roebuck & Co., Lois Beauty Salon, Rexall Drug Store, Hewitt's Drug Store, Hewitt's Photo Shop, Cheechako Tavern, Alaska Star Airlines, North Pole Bakery, Anchorage Grill, Piggly Wiggly Market, Engebreth Hardware, and Alaska Transfer Co. 1940-1949.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_212" align="alignnone" width="756"]Old Picture 4th of July Parade Anchorage Alaska 1949 Fourth of July Parade on Fourth Avenue between E and F Streets, Anchorage, Alaska, with buildings shown on the north side of the street. Businesses shown include The Gitchell, Lee's Men's Wear, Food Center, Ship Creek Market, Dr. L.W. Hines, Optometrist, J. Vic Brown and Sons, Jewelers, Reed's, 515 Club, Gilman's Bakery, Lois Beauty Salon, and Victory Lounge. July 4, 1949.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_213" align="alignnone" width="800"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of Ship Creek area, Anchorage, Alaska, with tents and buildings. Businesses shown include The Crest House, Anchorage Fish Market, The Panhandle, Montana Pool Room, White Road House, and Riverside Hotel. 1915.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_215" align="alignnone" width="800"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska This photograph shows spectators lined up on the sidewalk of 4th Avenue, watching the Army band leading the Fur Rendezvous parade through downtown Anchorage. Two dogs are running loose in front of the band. Signs on buildings in background read (from left to right): Cheechako Tavern, Star Air Lines, North Pole Bakery, Anchorage Grill, and Piggly Wiggly. Feb. 1941.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_216" align="alignnone" width="598"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of a street corner in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The Smart Shop Ladies Apparel store is in the center of the photo, to its right is Koslosky's Menswear store, and above both is the Anchorage Westward Hotel. Circa 1950-1970.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_217" align="alignnone" width="720"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of Fourth Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska. Signs read: "Cheechako Tavern, Eats", "Star Air Lines", "North Pole Bakery", "Anchorage Grill Restaurant", "Drugs" and "Coca Cola". Photograph taken in 1937.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_218" align="alignnone" width="720"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, with a musher and his team of sleddogs in the foreground. The street is barricaded for one of the dogsledding events held during the Fur Rendezvous. Signs read: "Bert's Drug Store", "Arctic Gift Shop", "Empress", "Road Closed", "O.K. Cleaners", "Crocker's", and "The 7 Seas, Nite Club". Photograph taken in the 1940's.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_219" align="alignnone" width="720"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of Alaska Governor William Egan riding in car in parade along Fourth Avenue between E and F Streets during Fur Rondy celebration in Anchorage, Alaska, with spectators lined up behind fence and buildings in background. Signs on businesses read: "Mode O'Day Gifts" "McKinley Gifts" "Stewart's Photo" "J. Vic Brown & Sons Jewelers" "Carol's" and "[515] Club." Feb. 1964.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_220" align="alignnone" width="720"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska Anchorage International Airport terminal expansion. 1968-69.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_221" align="alignnone" width="497"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of sign on First National Bank of Anchorage at 4th Avenue and G Street in Anchorage, Alaska, with pedestrians and traffic on 4th Avenue in background. Sign advertises 23rd Annual Flower show sponsored by Anchorage Garden Club to be held in First National Bank of Anchorage lobby.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_222" align="alignnone" width="800"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of Hotel Anchorage looking north on E Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, Anchorage, Alaska. A Brown & Hawkins truck is to the right and black building on the left is Richter's Bath House. 1910-19.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_223" align="alignnone" width="757"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of downtown Anchorage, Alaska, at the northeast corner of 4th Avenue and E Street. Businesses shown include Alaska Airlines, Cheechako Tavern, Hewitt's Drug Store, and Anchorage Appliance. May 15, 1949.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_224" align="alignnone" width="461"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska Issues of Anchorage Daily Times and Anchorage Daily News on newspaper stands with headlines announcing Hawaii's statehood. March 12, 1959.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_225" align="alignnone" width="720"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of students registering for Anchorage Community College classes at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. Jan. 1964.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignnone" width="800"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska Anchorage's first hockey team, 1935.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_227" align="alignnone" width="720"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of Bert's Drug Store in Alaska Building on 4th Avenue between G and H Streets in Anchorage, Alaska. Other businesses shown include: Empress Theatre; J.B. Gottstein Co. Wholesale Grocers; The Bootery; Dr. Alexander, Dentist. March 3, 1956.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_230" align="alignnone" width="720"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of building housing Anchorage Daily Times on south side of 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, with paint store at left. Signs on buildings read: "Anchorage Daily Times" and "Dutch Paints." June 28, 1957.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_231" align="alignnone" width="629"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska Anchorage Ski Club patch. Between 1937 and 1966.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_232" align="alignnone" width="759"]Old Pictures of Anchorage, Alaska View of the Northern Commercial Company Building, near the corner of 4th Avenue and H Street, Anchorage, Alaska. Empress Theatre is to the left, and L W Fine Foods is on the corner of 4th Avenue and H Street. May 15, 1949.[/caption]

Thanks for dropping by, thanks to the Alaska University digital archives and special thanks to the photographers who took these amazing pictures. Don't forget to visit www.alaskachicks.com for your fashion needs, we ship fast nation and worldwide.

Monday, July 8, 2013

My first blog post ever!!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to try out this blogging stuff real quick! Technology and I don't get along very well, so I am practicing!! I wanted to start blogging so we can stay in touch a little bit better and so you can get to know me a little better!

Bear Paw Festival is happening this weekend 7-12, 7-13, 7-14 in Eagle River, Alaska. Bring the kids for a fun time, they have carnival rides and a parade on Saturday. Alaska Chicks Co. will have two booths there this year, because last year we were packed in too tight!! The new tree zip ups (all 6 or 7 colors) should be done for the festival!! We will also have some new kids pullovers and zip ups as well! We will also have our new children's book entitled, "Little Alaska Chick" hot off the press from Anchorage!

We have a little boy book coming out soon entitled, "Made tough in Alaska"

We will bring as much stuff as we can from Palmer so you have a great selection of shopping this weekend. I hope you all can stop by and say hi!! I plan on being there as much as possible!

(I also wanted to touch base about the Anchorage Saturday Markets. I was hoping to do a few this summer and will still try to make it at least once. My hubby just found out he has thyroid cancer and has had two surgeries already to remove the tumor and his other thyroid. He will be running very low on energy as he prepares to take radio active iodine. I always try to keep my family first ahead of my business, as they are what is most important in life, so for this reason I most likely will not be doing very many Saturday markets this summer. I just wanted to touch base with those of you who asked.)

[caption id="attachment_188" align="alignnone" width="551"]DSC_0186 (551x800) Here is a picture of a hutch I refinished. It is for sale in our Wasilla store, at 701 E Parks Hwy. Suite 100. We are right by Carrs grocery store, the tan building with the boardwalk and big wagon wheels. We share a space with 4 other chicks who own their own businesses![/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_182" align="alignnone" width="480"]This hutch needed help. The gold etching on the windows was the first thing to go! I scraped them off with a razor blade! I added a modern damask print to the back and painted the hutch black and distressed it for vintage style! The sealant shined it up nice! Sorry for the bad pic, all I had in the garage with me was my camera phone. This hutch needed help. The gold etching on the windows was the first thing to go! I scraped them off with a razor blade! I added a modern damask print to the back and painted the hutch black and distressed it for vintage style! The sealant shined it up nice! Sorry for the bad pic, all I had in the garage with me was my camera phone.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_183" align="alignnone" width="480"] I forgot to take a before pic, but this is what it looks like now! haha
Available in our Palmer retail location 840 s colony way.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_184" align="alignnone" width="480"]I was so happy to find this vintage locker! I have two, I did one in aqua blue that could be use for boy or girls room. Then I did this one in a fun lime green and added modern damask designs on the fronts. Perfect for an entry way or storage room. Great for the kids to each have their own locker! I was so happy to find this vintage locker! I have two, I did one in aqua blue that could be use for boy or girls room. Then I did this one in a fun lime green and added modern damask designs on the fronts. Perfect for an entry way or storage room. Great for the kids to each have their own locker! Both lockers are available at our Palmer retail location at 840 s colony way.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_162" align="alignnone" width="300"]This fun coffee table features a trendy chevron pattern in mint green. This fun coffee table features a trendy chevron pattern in mint green. It is available at our Palmer retail location 840 S Colony Way![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_192" align="alignnone" width="800"]I did this dresser and nightstand in a fun apple green color. Available in Wasilla shop at 701 E Parks Hwy. I did this dresser and nightstand in a fun apple green color. Available in Wasilla shop at 701 E Parks Hwy.[/caption]

I just want to also say a quick thanks to all my customers and fans. You are the best!!!! I appreciate your support and encouraging words! I will continue to do my best designing you unique and trendy clothing as well as fun, unique, and stylish pieces for your home!!

Blessings,

Charity

P.S. please feel post all your summer adventures to our Alaska Chicks page! We are working on making a photo album to share on facebook. We would love to share you fishing adventures, hiking trips, hunting trips, etc. etc.. (you don't have to be wearing Alaska chicks gear, we would just love it see your Alaskan adventures!) Thanks!

Fun New Upcycled Pieces!

New upcycled furniture available at our Palmer location!  Treat yourself (or gift a friend!) with a stylish chair, coffee table, or some fun, sturdy lockers for extra storage space.  Come see them for yourself, and add a pop of color to your summer!

840 S Colony Way (Inside Cover Ups) - AK 99645[gallery ids="159,160,174,164,163,162,161"]

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fascinating Old Pictures of Wasilla, Alaska

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Fascinating Old Pictures of Wasilla, Alaska

Thanks again to the Alaska University Archives for these magical pictures and to the photographers who made these ever living memories possible.