Rare Beatles in Seattle photos unveiled by MOHAI
The exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first trip to Seattle
By LYNSI BURTON, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will present starting Friday a pop-up exhibit of nine photos taken from the Beatles' first Seattle concert in 1964.
The display, which will be found in MOHAI's Grand Atrium, commemmorates the 50th anniversary of the rock legends' Northwest leg of their visit, made during their first trip to the United States.
Taken by Timothy Eagan, the images capture the Aug. 21, 1964 concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum.
Eagan, who would later become a P-I staff photographer, was 19 years old when he took the photos.
In addition to the pop-up exhibit, MOHAI will add 27 images to its online photo archives for public access.
In all, 80 negatives were donated to MOHAI by Timothy Eagan's brother, Mike Eagan.
The display will run through Sept. 1. Take a peek at a few of the featured photos, along with some other photos chronicling The Beatles' stay at the Edgewater during that same tour stop.
Moreover, Seattle Center will host a Beatles Week starting Monday, including Beatles-themed activities at the Seattle Children's Museum, a Beatles laser show, a cover band concert and an International Fountain program synchronized to Beatles music.
The Beatles play their first concert in Seattle, August 21, 1964 at the Seattle Center Coliseum Photos: Timothy Eagan, MOHAI, Timothy Eagan Collection
Paul McCartney arrives at the Edgewater Hotel, Aug.21, 1964. The photo is kept in a scrapbook made by Ann Wright, wife of former Edgewater Hotel manager Don Wright. (Photo courtesy Ann Wright)
From left, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon in room 272 of the Edgewater Hotel. The photo is kept in a scrapbook made by Ann Wright, wife of former Edgewater Hotel manager Don Wright. (Photo courtesy Ann Wright)
The Beatles fishing from a window in suite 272 at the Edgewater Hotel, Aug. 21, 1964. (Courtesy Edgewater Inn)
Ringo Starr fishes out an Edgewater Hotel window in Aug. 1964. Paul McCartney, left, and John Lennon watch. (William Lovelace/Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
From left, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have a meal at the Edgewater Hotel. The dishes The Beatles used during their last breakfast at the hotel were given to daughters of hotel manager Don Wright. (Photo courtesy Ann Wright)
Fans waited outside the Seattle Center Coliseum before The Beatles Aug. 21, 1964 concert. Legendary disc jockey Pat O'Day said it was the first concert of its kind at what's now KeyArea. (Stuart B. Hertz/seattlepi.com file)
Ann Wright, wife of former Edgewater Hotel manager Don Wright, still has a piece of the carpet from the suite The Beatles stayed in. The carpet was removed after the band left and sold at MacDougall's department store at Second Avenue and Pike Street. Proceeds went to what's now Children's Hospital Medical Center. (Casey McNerthney/seattlepi.com)
The Edgewater Hotel as seen in 2009 from Elliott Bay. (Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com)