Seattle, Washington 1900-1904

Tom went west to the gold rush town of Seattle, where he enrolled in penmanship at his brother's Acme Business School.  After just a few months Tom was hired as a pen artist, first at Maring and Ladd, and then at The Seattle Engraving Company. Though he was a commercial artist first, he did sketch and paint in his free time, sometimes when fishing with his brother.  One of his early oil paintings he gave the beautiful young Alice Eleanor Lambert. 

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watercolour In unknown photo engraving studio, possibly Seattle Engraving Company. Signed by Thomson in lower right corner. Maring and Blake, 2nd floor, Crescent manufacturing Co. 1904 Acquainted with Tom at the Shaw's boarding house, where she stayed on weekends. 2014 East Cherry St., Tom's Boarding House Diller Hotel Women Are Like That, 1904 Tom Thomson business card Watercolour 23 x 14.5 cm
George Thomson's Acme Business School

When Tom Thomson first arrived in Seattle, he studied penmanship at his brother's school, Acme Business College.

Alki Beach Park

For one disturbing year, she had been desperately in love with a tall, dark boy named tom, a commercial artist, who in the summer used to take her on street-car rides to Alki Point..."Women Are Like That, page 20

Pioneer Square

Not once after he had left had she been able to pass Pioneer Square with its ancient gaudy Totem Pole, where they had been wont to meet, without tearing pain in her heart." Women Are Like That, page 20

The Diller Hotel, 1224 First Avenue

When Tom first arrived in Seattle he worked as a lift operator at the Diller Hotel.

Seattle Engraving #115 3rd Avenue

Tom worked at Seattle Engraving until he left for Canada in late 1904 or early 1905.

Marring and Ladd 1901-

After a few months of studying at Acme Business College, Tom was hired by Maring and Ladd, a photo-engraving firm. When making a delivery to a competitor, Seattle Engraving, Tom was offered $10 more per week.

Marring and Ladd 1901-

After a few months of studying at Acme Business College, Tom was hired by Maring and Ladd, a photo-engraving firm. When making a delivery to a competitor, Seattle Engraving, Tom was offered $10 more per week.

Coleman Park

Site where it is believed that Tom painted his earliest known oil painting, later given to Alice Eleanor Lambert.

Shaw's boarding house 1901-04

Tom Thomson and his brother Ralph lived at Mable and P Pitt Shaw's boarding house at 2014 East Cherry Street. Ralph recalled that Tom looked over the family on the front porch and decided they were ok and "inside of two minutes the room was rented',  without even going inside. Ralph later married the Shaw's daughter, Ruth.

Shaw's boarding house 1901-04

Tom Thomson and his brother Ralph lived at Mable and P Pitt Shaw's boarding house at 2014 East Cherry Street. Ralph recalled that Tom looked over the family on the front porch and decided they were ok and "inside of two minutes the room was rented',  without even going inside. Ralph later married the Shaw's daughter, Ruth.

Shaw's boarding house 1901-04

Tom Thomson and his brother Ralph lived at Mable and P Pitt Shaw's boarding house at 2014 East Cherry Street. Ralph recalled that Tom looked over the family on the front porch and decided they were ok and "inside of two minutes the room was rented',  without even going inside. Ralph later married the Shaw's daughter, Ruth.

Shaw's boarding house 1901-04

Tom Thomson and his brother Ralph lived at Mable and P Pitt Shaw's boarding house at 2014 East Cherry Street. Ralph recalled that Tom looked over the family on the front porch and decided they were ok and "inside of two minutes the room was rented',  without even going inside. Ralph later married the Shaw's daughter, Ruth.

Shaw's boarding house 1901-04

Tom Thomson and his brother Ralph lived at Mable and P Pitt Shaw's boarding house at 2014 East Cherry Street. Ralph recalled that Tom looked over the family on the front porch and decided they were ok and "inside of two minutes the room was rented',  without even going inside. Ralph later married the Shaw's daughter, Ruth.