The latest annual report for Hecla Mining Company was a pretty big deal for helveticka: our 28th consecutive report for the Coeur d’Alene-based gold and silver producer. But it’s an even bigger deal for Hecla, who celebrates its 125th year in business in 2016. Capitalized for half a million dollars and incorporated in the state of Idaho October 14, 1891, the company’s stock initially sold for pennies, its solitary mine earned less than $200 a month, and its founder advised one shareholder to “sell quick.” Today, Hecla is the last of the pioneer mining companies of North Idaho’s fabled Silver Valley – and the largest primary silver producer in the United States. In addition to what’s found in a typical mining company’s annual report (financial reporting, project overviews, exploration updates, et al.) the 2015 book put this milestone in perspective, using historical photography to tell the story of a company shaped by the events of the past 125. helveticka provided creative direction, design, writing, and project management services for the report.
photo: J. Craig Sweat Photography