Here’s an amusing pair of photos from the Seattle Municipal Archives, spotted by Vintage Seattle.
At left, a real estate for sale sign posted on Perkins Lane in Magnolia in 1938. At right, a home on the very same Perkins Lane in 1954.
1938: Perkins Lane is slide-proof! The ground here is healthy and analysts feel certain it will stay that way.
1954: It looks like the foundation has kind of taken a deep breath and just corrected itself a little bit.
For more crystal clear reminders of why it’s never a good idea to trust a real estate salesperson’s predictions about the future (although the seller in this case may or may not have been a legally-defined “salesperson”), hit the full Friday Flashback archive.
(P.S. – I highly recommend taking some time to head over to Vintage Seattle and browse their archives. They’re always turning up fascinating stuff over there, like this fun series of photos of the Space Needle being built.)
[Note: Edited to make the intention of the paragraph after the photos more clear.]