Constantly searching through the past for further explanation of the Filson story, we found this photograph hidden among past catalogs, antique letterpress equipment, and advertisements long gone from print. In the picture stands a young Ray Johnson, outfitted in a work-worn assortment of Filson Tin Cloth and a knowing smile. The photo was taken in the early 1920's while Ray was working in Castle Rock, Washington, located at the heart of the states' timber country. Regrettably, that's all the information we have on this photograph; it was hand-written and scrawled on the back of the print. In turn, our imaginations are flooded with the scent of rain-soaked Tin Cloth, dreary days at the foot of Mount St. Helens, and flights of adventure throughout the Pacific temperate rain forest. We're glad we were along for the ride.
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