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Favorite Archival Object: City Light Electric Car Prototype Photographs, 1968-1976
11/17/20222:34

In this installment, Seattle Municipal Archives' Photo Archivist Julie Irick presents several photographs featuring electric vehicles promoted by Seattle City Light between 1968 and 1976.

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Seattle Municipal Archives MATERIAL CITATIONS:
– Electric truck with Seafair Queen [Linda Andrews] (February 7, 1968), Item 78725, Record Series 1204-01: City Light Negatives
– Electric truck with Mr. Nelson (February 7, 1968), Item 78726, Record Series 1204-01: City Light Negatives
– Newhalem air view (1968), Item 198443, Record Series 1204-01: City Light Negatives
– Seattle City Light Superintendent Gordon Vickery demonstrates Electro Park charging station recharging the battery of a prototype electric car (1973), Items 181148, 181149, 181150, 181151, 181153, 181154, & 181155, Record Series 1204-01: City Light Negatives
– RT1, Electric car prototype (1976), Items 175211, 175213, 175216, 175218, 175219, 175220 & 175222, Record Series 1204-04: City Light Slide Collection
– RT1, Electric car prototype being built (1976), Items 184121, 184126, 184132, & 184137, Record Series 1204-04: City Light Slide Collection
– Skagit Project visitor's guide (circa 1969), Item 1201_12_010, Record Series 1201-12: City Light Brochures
– Seattle City Light Newsletter (May 3, 1973), Record Series 1207-01: Seattle City Light Newsletter, Box 2/Folder 11
– 1976 Annual Report (June 10, 1977), Record Series 1802-F6: Seattle City Light Annual Reports
– Lift Better Electrically (1960), Item 42, Record Series 1204-05: Seattle City Light Moving Images
– Seattle, Picture of a Young City (1976), Item 3165, Record 2613-09: Engineering Department Moving Images

ELECTRIC CAR COMPANY IMAGES
– Battronic brochure (1966)
– Battronic production photo album (1966)

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
– “Electric Truck is Moved to Skagit Project.” (1968, March 25). Seattle Daily Times , p. 49.
– “Electric Truck Proving Useful to City Light.” (1968, June 3). Seattle Daily Times , p. 8.
– Green, Stephen. “Now…the Volts Wagon.” (1976, September 25). Seattle Post-Intelligencer, p. 7.

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