A night in old Alexandria, ca. 1921
See revelers on the Masonic Temple stage for "A Night in Old Alexandria," Seattle Fine Art Society's annual costume ball for 1921.
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ARTHUR "LINK" LINGENBRINK, Seattle's long-lived commercial artist, is almost certainly posing here on the stage of the Masonic Temple — although, as yet, I have not found him among the roughly 200 costumed Egyptians.
Link was one of the Seattle Fine Art Society's more activist leaders in the 1920s. He had a knack for delivering inspirational messages about art and culture at club meetings while also organizing club events, like its popular costume balls.
His illustrating hand was fine and strong. For instance, for this Nov. 24, 1921, revelry titled "A Night in Old Alexandria," Link decorated the Masonic Temple with its Egyptian figures and symbols.
He was also celebrated for his tableaux, a then-popular art form that arranged actors and sets in re-creations of famous paintings — with figures — on stage.
Link loaned me his cherished print of this ball during one of my many visits to the exotic environment of his Capitol Hill home in the mid-1980s. I managed then to fill up a small suitcase with cassette recordings of Link's reminiscences. That the nonagenarian was an often-ecstatic narrator was appreciated because Link repeated his best stories.
It was only weeks before his death in 1987 at the age of 94 that Link stopped taking the bus to join his brother, Paul, in their storefront sign shop on the border of Capitol Hill and First Hill.
Check out Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard's blog at www.pauldorpat.com.