During November 2012, the popular Ivar's Everett Seafood Bar, located at: 1520 41st Street, near Everett Memorial Stadium, temporarily closed its doors for its first major makeover since opening in 1986.
During this time several pieces of historical artwork were taken down, 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 image of the hometown hero and once-presidential hopeful during a “reveal” on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM.
The Everett Seafood Bar 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 26th – Sunday, March 3rd.
Scoop’s son, Peter Jackson, will also be on-site Tuesday morning, February 26th, to share a few words about his father’s role in the community and his friendship with Ivar Haglund.
The black-and-white photograph shows Sen. Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson holding a sheet of clam stamps 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 him as "an outspoken supporter of Puget Sound clams."