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Dixon family photographs

  • Org. Lot 1421
  • Collection
  • 1870-1945

Collection consists of six portraits of members of the Dixon family of Astoria, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, dated from approximately 1870 to 1945. Roscoe Dixon and his wife, Theresa Dixon, were early Black residents of Astoria. Roscoe Dixon owned Roscoe’s First Class Oyster Saloon in Astoria in the 1880s.

Dixon family

Portrait of Christine Mabel Dixon

A bust portrait of Christine Mabel Dixon as a young child. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Christine Mabel Dixon, Seattle, Washington."

Vancouver Photographic Company

Portrait of Chester Ingersol Dixon

A full-length portrait of Chester Ingersol Dixon as a young child. He is seated on a tricycle and is wearing a light-colored play dress and a wide-brimmed black hat. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Chester Ingersoll Dixon, born in Astoria, OR."

California Gallery (Astoria, Or.)

Portrait of Theresa Dixon

A three-quarter length portrait of Theresa Dixon. She is standing with one arm resting on a table beside a vase of flowers. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Theresa Antoinette Townes (Brown). Born in Macon, GA in 1858. Arrived by boat in Astoria. Was given by Sea Captain & daughter. Lived with them till the daughter married. Later married Roscoe Dixon. 1 son - Chester Dixon. Later 1 daughter - Mabel born in Seattle." The photograph is a copy print from an earlier photograph.

Portrait of Roscoe Dixon

A bust portrait of Roscoe Dixon. He is wearing a light-colored striped suit and has a handlebar moustache. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Roscoe Lee Dixon. Owner of Roscoe's Oyster House, Astoria, Oreg. Born in 1843. born in Richmond, Va. Sent by Underground Railroad to New Bedford, Mass. Later came west with part of the family and lived in Astoria until Railroad came to Portland, lost their business & moved to Seattle. 1 son- Chester Dixon born in Astoria about 1881?" The photograph is a copy print from an earlier photograph.

Portrait of Chester Ingersol Dixon

A three-quarter length portrait of Chester Ingersol Dixon wearing a United States Navy uniform. A handwritten note on the front of the photograph reads, "'Brother' Called to active duty 5-1-1942."

Portrait of Chester Ingersol Dixon

A full-length portrait of Chester Ingersol Dixon. He is wearing a United States Navy uniform and is standing beside a black car. He holds a pair of glasses in his hands. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Chester Ingersol Dixon. Born in Astoria, Oregon in 1882? Moved to Seattle, served in United States Navy for 37 years retired as chief torpedo man."