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Electric Building

Photograph showing the Electric Building at 621 SW Alder Street. A caption at the bottom of the photo reads “Electric Building, corner of Broadway and Alder). A woman in a dress stands in the street to the right of the building. The top of the Oregonian building can be seen in the background.

Portrait of T.W. Sullivan

Two portraits of the same man, taken twenty years apart. On the left portrait is the caption “Twenty years ago.” On the right, the man is older with the caption “today.” At the bottom of both images is written “T.W. Sullivan.”

Portrait of Charles Cooper

Two portraits of the same man, taken twenty years apart. On the left portrait is the caption “Twenty years ago.” On the right, the man is older with the caption “today.” At the bottom of both images is written “Charles Cooper – Entered service of C. & S.Ry. April 12th, 1892 as first assistant engineer in power plant. At present in charge of station ‘E’ power station P.Ry.L & P.Co.”

Portraits of James J. Hill and Clarence M. Clark

Two portraits of different men wearing suits. One man is older, with white hear and a bear, while the other appears to be younger and has a large mustache. Under the portraits a caption reads “James J. Hill of St. Paul and Clarence M. Clark of Philadelphia. These men caused greater investment of capital in and for the benefit of Portland and Oregon than any other two men.” (Image note: corner of negative is broken and missing).

Portland Electric Power Company, baseball team

Group portrait of men in baseball uniforms, with one man in a suit. The front row of men is seated, while the back row stands. In the background is a field and trees. A round sign in front of the seated row reads “Portland Electric Power Co. baseball” with a triangle logo and “Club” written in the middle.

Young man next to foliage

Portrait from the knees up of a man in a suit. He stands in front of a backdrop, with grassy foliage to his right. Under the photograph is a caption reading “Guess who it is?” The man individual is likely seen in PGE136-3 at an older age (O.B. Coldwell). Also written on the photograph is “Watson, 225 First Street, Portland Ore.”

Portrait of F.T Griffith

Two portraits of the same man, taken twenty years apart. On the left portrait is the caption “Twenty years ago” and “A Clerk.” On the right, the man is older and wearing glasses, with the captions “today” and “Our president.” See related image no. PGE136-6, PGE136-7.

Portrait of F.T Griffith

Two portraits of the same man, taken twenty years apart. On the left portrait is the caption “Twenty years ago” and “A Clerk.” On the right, the man is older with the captions “today” and “Our president.” See related image no. PGE136-5, PGE136-7.

Portraits of John Chambers and Jacob Miller

Two Portraits of different men. The image on the left is a full length portrait of a man in work attire and hat, standing next to a chair. Under the portrait is the caption “John Chambers, 1878.” On the right is a portrait of a man wearing a suit and vest, with the caption “Jacob Miller, 1893.”

Portrait of J.A Ryan

Two portraits of the same man, taken twenty years apart. On the left portrait is the caption “Twenty years ago.” On the right, the man is older with the caption “today.” At the bottom of both images is written “J.A. Ryan.”

Portland Electric Building, room 621

Interior photograph of room 621 in the Portland Electric Building, showing electric meters and phone system. Two desks can be seen, as well as a clock and ceiling light. A board on the far wall shows station and substations names. Building located at 621 Southwest Alder street in Portland.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Before the Dawn” written on a sign at the front. Three men in full white outfits stand on the left side, while three women in Native American garb pose on the float. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which depicts a Native American with animals and a tipi. On the right side of the frame, parade viewers can be seen along the side of the street standing in front of a brick building.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Life on the Plains” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes a horned oxen and and three women on horses. People viewing the floats stand along the road in the background.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Sacajawea and the Coming of the White Man” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, as well as Native American statues. Two men in full white outfits stand to the left of the float, while viewers are visible in the background.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “The Birth of Trade” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, and two individuals in a canoe. Several men wearing full white outfits pose while looking at the camera.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “In Harvest Time” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, a large bushel of wheat and two people riding oxen. A man in a full white outfit stands at the back of the float, while viewers can be seen at the right side of the frame.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Blazing the Trail of Steel” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes two seated women in front of a train, which is emerging from a lighted tunnel. Several individuals can be seen standing on either side of the float, all of which are slightly out of focus due to exposure.

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