“Scoop” Jackson Clam Photo Comes Back to Everett Ivar’s Tuesday

February 25, 2013

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The photo will be revealed at 10:15am Tuesday Feb. 26th

That famous photo of Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson and Senator Warren G. Magnuson opening a bag of Ivar’s clams that disappeared after the Everett Ivar’s Seafood Bar was remodeled is going back up on the wall. Back on October 8th the Everett Ivar’s shut down for its first major remodel since it opened in 1986. When the restaurant re-opened in mid November one of the things that wasn’t in the “sleek new interior” was the photo of Jackson and Magnuson. That didn’t sit well with many long time customers who launched a campaign to bring the photo back. Here’s what the Public Relations folks at Ivar’s have to say…

As you may have heard, several pieces of historical artwork were taken down for refurbishing after an interior refresh at the Ivar’s Everett Seafood Bar in November – including a photo of Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson holding Ivar Haglund’s “clam stamps.” After several community members expressed concern over the absent photo, Ivar’s is now ready to re-hang the restored photo of the hometown hero and once-presidential hopeful during a “reveal” on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10:15 a.m.

The Everett Seafood Bar (1520 41st Street) will be celebrating the return of this much-loved image with tasty promotions, including a free treat for “reveal” guests on Tuesday (while the sweets last!) and a free Clam Snacker with entrée purchase from Tuesday, February 26 – Sunday, March 3. Scoop’s son, Peter Jackson, will also be on-site Tuesday morning to share a few words about his father’s role in the community and his friendship with Ivar Haglund.

The Scoop on the “Scoop” Photo

The black-and-white photograph shows Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson holding a sheet of clam stamps is in his Washington, D.C., office in 1960. Jackson shows off sample postal stamps, made to honor the America’s seafood industry, which feature a clam from the waters of Washington state. Also in the picture, Jackson’s Democratic colleague from the state, Sen. Warren G. Magnuson, is opening a bag of clams sent to the nation’s capital by Ivar Haglund himself. With them is Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, a Maine Republican, who lobbied to have the Maine sardine printed on the seafood industry postal stamp.

Released by Jackson’s office, the photo came with a caption that read something like this: “Any stamp honoring America’s seafood industry should depict the clam, not the sardine, Magnuson and Jackson, stoutly maintained today.” They urged Smith to amend her “sardine bill” to one urging the nation to “keep clam” instead. The Washington senators also forwarded Sen. Smith a supporting telegram from Ivar Haglund, which describes as “an outspoken supporter of Puget Sound clams.”

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