The rotary phone got my attention because I'm old enough to have used one. It was on display outside a Snohomish, Wash., antique store. The owner told me it provoked a comical reaction from a teen who stopped to inspect it. He had no idea how it worked. He moved his fingers over the rotary face as if it were a touch screen on a smart phone. Kids today! First Street, the town's historic business district, is great to visit if you like junk – good junk – like the phone. Antique shops crowd both sides of the street. The New Brunswick Hotel, built in 1905, anchors one end of First Street. It's a wonder the sign, smeared with rust, survived. The brick building was converted to apartments after a 1989 fire.


Antiques in Snohomish WA, Snohomish Wash. antiques, Historic Downtown Snohonish, Jeff King Photography
Historic Downtown Snohomish, Snohomish antiques, Snohomish WA, Jeff King Photography
Antiques in Snohomish WA, antiques, Historic Downtown Snohomish, New Brunswick Hotel, Jeff King Photography
New Brunswick Hotel in Snohomish WA, Historic Downtown Snohomish, Historic Downtown Snohomish, Snohomish Wash., Jeff King Photography