I've been hiding Morty Comix around Washington and Oregon as sort of little art bombs for awhile. Also sending them via US mail at random to hither and yon. Most of them are in secret places in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties. Have you come across one? Occasionally I'll hear from someone who was found by one of these little guys. This is an experiment in comix distribution and I'm attempting to gather data.
This method of artistic expression, being a bit unusual, has forced me to develop my own code of ethics in where and how I place them. The dropoff and documentation of this event, which frequently has the elements of a caper, has become more interesting to me than the comic art product itself.
Although the Morty Comix series is over 30 years old, it continues to evolve and is more fun to produce than ever.
"The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington. Evergreen's 1000 acre campus is located in a wooded area of rolling hills on the Cooper Point Peninsula, five miles northwest of downtown Olympia. The site includes 3,300 feet of undeveloped waterfront on Eld Inlet of Puget Sound."
"Olympia and Mt. Rainier, Washington. With Capitol Lake in the right foreground and majestic Mt. Rainier in the background Washington's State Capitol Buildings could not have a more beautiful setting, a short distance from Interstate 5 no visitor should miss these magnificently landscaped buildings."
I'm guessing 1978-1980. The card has written date of 12-29-80.
"Olympia, Washington. Capitol Lake in the foreground with the Harbor of Olympia and picturesque Puget Sound in the background."
Mid to late 1970s is my guess given the fact the Mothball Fleet is not in the distance. The card has a 1981 date written on the reverse. Notice the half-submerged railroad trestle along Deschutes Parkway.
This unusual photographic angle of course fills my head with thoughts of HORROR so HORRIBLE that I can scarcely bear to give them utterance.
"Olympia, Washington. The State Capitol buildings may be seen at right center. Mt. Rainier stands as a sentinel in the distance."
1969? The present day WSDOT building looks like it is still being put together. Plus the Capitol Park Apts. have not been torn down yet.
On the left, Budd Inlet ends at the "Isthmus," while the northern portion of the Fetid Lake of Doom takes center stage. The steam plant, otherwise known in Century 21 as the caiman wintering area, can be seen on the shore at the right, conveniently next to the railroad tracks for regional distribution. Now that the season is warming up they should be back out any day.
"Washington State Capitol, Olympia, Washington. Aerial view of State Buildings showing Capitol Lake, Puget Sound & Olympic Mt. Range in background."
OK, so the Olympics don't actually show up in this photo, but they would if they were not cropped out. At least on a clear day. Also, we would see the Mothball Fleet. Note the log boom past the 4th Ave. Bridge!
When this image is enlarged, the Capitol Center Building appears to be in the final phases of construction, dating this photo to the late summer of 1965.
"Olympia and Mt. Rainier, Washington. Capitol Lake and Olympia Municipal Park close to metropolitan shopping center -- complete swimming and playground facilities for all to enjoy. Mt. Rainier, eternal guardian, sixty miles in the background."
The Capitol Center Building can be seen on the left edge, but the old Hotel Governor is gone and the Fetid Lake of Doom still has quite a bit of industry around it. I'll take a guess this photo was taken 1966-1968.
"Washington State Capitol from Freeway. An impressive view of the State Capitol greets motorists on Interstate 5, near the city of Olympia. This modern, divided highway rolls down a long grade and skirts a lake which mirrors the dome of Washington's Capitol. The Capitol, patterned after the nation's home in Washington, D.C., is just a minute from the freeway."
"Washington State Capitol, Olympia, Washington. Aerial view of State Buildings showing Mount Rainier in the background."
The old Oly High School is gone, but Capitol Park Apartments remain. Meanwhile two big state buildings, the Dept. of Highways and the Employment Security Dept., have jumped across Capitol Way. Blocks and blocks of fine old homes have yet to be demolished as the Cap Campus expands. I place this around 1966-1969. The Fetid Lake of Doom, as usual, provides a hint of menace in the corner.
"Olympia, Washington -- This is the Capitol City of the State of Washington, and also is a port at the southern tip of Puget Sound."
A view of downtown Oly in the 1960s, looking north on Capitol Way. I could tell 100 stories just from using parts of this image as a starting place.