PULP

Paper napkin folder and packer, circa 1960. Photo by Irving Moulin, Whatcom Museum 2008.30.545

Paper napkin folder and packer, circa 1960.
Photo by Irving Moulin, Whatcom Museum 2008.30.545

Ongoing through 2013

For more than seventy years, Bellingham was a major producer of pulp, the raw material used in papermaking. Puget Sound Pulp & Timber, later Georgia-Pacific, exported pulp in bulk to paper manufacturers all over the world. On Bellingham’s waterfront, pulp went specifically to the manufacturing of tissue products, an industry established in 1925 by J.J. Herb and his Pacific Coast Paper Mills. An exhibition in the Lightcatcher building’s 2nd floor passageway featured a dozen historical photographs, from the Whatcom Museum Photo Archives, of highlights in the pulp and tissue making processes.