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Horse car

Photograph showing a small horse street car, with “Columbia Land Improvement Co.” written on the side. The car sits on a track on a wooden platform. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame) with the caption “Horse Car.”

Horse cars

Photograph showing multiple horse-drawn streets cars, shown in front of a building. People stand near the cars while looking at the camera, and at least one horse can be seen, attached to the first car. Written on the side of the cars is “W.B.BT Co.” The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame) with the caption “In the Old Street Car Days.”

Portrait of Fred Cooper

Round portrait of the head and shoulders of a man with a mustache and uniform. Below the man is a caption that reads “40.” Other incomplete portraits are visible on the right and bottom of the frame. The same individual is photographed in PGE134-9.

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 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.”

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.

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.”

Employee portraits

Round portrait of the head and shoulders of a man with a mustache and uniform. He is wearing a brimmed hat with “Conductor” written across the front. Two other men in uniforms can be seen at either sides, wearing similar hats without adornment.

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.”

Horse car line on Grand Avenue and East Morrison Street

Photograph showing horse cars on the corner of Grand Avenue and East Morrison Street in East Portland. A wooden building can be seen on the corner, with other building visible behind. Two horse-drawn street cars can be seen at either sides of the frame, and three other horse-drawn carts with riders are visible near the center. Several men stand at the entrance to the building on the corner, looking at the camera. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame) with the caption “Horse car-line on Grand Ave and E. Morrison.” On the photo frame “Eastman, photo” is written.

Men at turntable with horse-drawn car

Photograph of a street car on a turntable, showing two men looking at the camera. A sign attached to the front of the car states “This Car Direct to City Park” and on the top of the car is written “Alder, Fifth, Jefferson, and Chapman.” One man wears a hat and overalls, while the other is wearing a hat and a black uniform. The turntable is wooden. The photograph is a reproduction of a pinned image (pins can be seen on the frame) with the caption “Dave Hunt at the Turn Table. Taken 15 years ago.”

Twenty year men

Photograph showing a group of men in an auditorium. Several men are seated on the stage, while one stands at the front. Other suited men sit in the audience facing the stage. Two American flags are hung at either side of the stage.

Employee portraits

Round portraits of the head and shoulders of men wearing uniforms. Each photograph is in a round frame. Below the man in the center of the frame is a caption that reads “20.” To the right of the central figure is an incomplete photograph of a trestle bridge.

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.”

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).

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.

Portland General Electric Photograph Collection

  • Org. Lot 151
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 1965

Negatives documenting company activities, including electrical infrastructure, employees, power generation and distribution throughout Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Cascade Range. Additional general images include streetcars and trains, street lighting, power line installation, Rose Festival floats, office buildings, car barns and bridges. Of particular note are dam building projects at Bull Run and along the Clackamas River (1910-1930), and early electric stations in Oregon City at Willamette Falls.

Portland General Electric Company

Employee portraits

Round portraits of the head and shoulders of men wearing uniforms. Each photograph is in a round frame. Below the man in the center of the frame is a caption that reads “30.” On the bottom right, a man is wearing a hat with “Conductor” embroidered on the front.

Employee portraits

Round portraits of the head and shoulders of men wearing uniforms. Each photograph is in a round frame. Below the man in the center of the frame is a caption that reads “18.” Embroidered on the front of his hat is “Conductor.”

Employees

Photograph showing a large group of seated men next to a stage in a large open room. Most of the men look at the camera, while others can be seen standing in the background next to large windows.

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