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Ilka Chase

A portrait of actress and radio host Ilka Chase, seated on a floral couch. Most likely taken in Portland. A cropped version of this photograph was published in the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, February 9, 1950 (negative 1 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Artist Louis Bunce

A portrait of artist Louis Bunce. He holds a cigarette in one hand, with folded arms (negative 1 of 4).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Lyle Watts, U.S. Forest Service Chief

A portrait of Lyle Watts, Chief of the United States Forest Service. He smiles towards the edge of the frame, with one arm resting on a table. Most likely taken in Portland (negative 2 of 2).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Bob Amsberry, actor

A portrait of actor Bob Amsberry, wearing a stripped suit and holding a tie. Amsberry was killed in an accident on Mt. Hood Highway in 1957 (negative 2 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Luncheon for Chinese General Li Hanhun, Portland

Chinese General Li Hanhun, seated with his wife (?), at Henry Thiele’s in Portland. Hanhun visited Portland in 1948 while on leave from China. A photograph from this series was published in the Oregon Journal on Wednesday, September 29, 1948 (negative 8 of 8).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

"Aunt Marie" Christensen, friend of disc jockeys

Radio enthusiast "Aunt Marie" Christensen, seated at a table in her Portland home. She tunes a radio with one hand while holding a teacup with another. At the time of her death in 1959, she had collected the autographs of approximately 1000 radio and television performers (negative 1 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Singer Lily Pons

A portrait of French-American singer Lily Pons, during a visit to Portland. She stands next to a bouquet of roses, arranged in a vase on top of a piano (negative 1 of 4).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Elaine Raymer, Amato's Super Club

A portrait of Elaine Raymer, a performer at Amato’s Super Club in Portland, at S.W. Broadway and S.W. Main Street. She wears a strapless dress and fishnet tights, while holding one leg in the air (negative 2 of 6).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Feather work expert Nellie Hartness

Portland feather work designer Nellie Hartness, holding two large feather dance fans. Behind Hartness is a glass case with other feather items. This photograph was published in the Oregon Journal on Monday, June 8, 1953 (negative 1 of 7).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Freda DeKnight, food editor of Ebony Magazine

A portrait of Freda DeKnight, food editor for Ebony Magazine, taken during a visit to Portland. She sits in an arm chair next to a window, holding one leg and the edge of her dress up (negative 2 of 10).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Hilo Hattie

Hawaiian singer and dancer Hilo Hattie during a visit to Portland. She sits in a chair next to a window while using a sewing machine. Next to her is a large vase of roses (negative 3 of 6).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Distance swimmer Florence Chadwick

A portrait of long distance swimmer Florence Chadwick. She sits in an armchair while holding a stack of letters. Most likely taken in Portland (negative 1 of 2).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Freda Jones illustrating how not to dress

Freda Jones, of the Maria Easterly Modeling Agency in Portland, demonstrating “how not to dress.” She wears pants and a polka-dotted short sleeve shirt, as she turns partially away from the camera (negative 1 of 5).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Charlotte Miller, Miss Oregon in Miss Universe contest

A portrait of Charlotte Miller, the “Miss Oregon” contestant for the “Miss Universe” contest, after returning home. She rests on a couch holding a panorama group photograph, smiling at the camera and resting her head on one arm (negative 1 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Caroline (Flanders) Couch with Caroline (Couch) Wilson and Mary Caroline (Wilson) Burns

Photograph showing Caroline Flanders Couch, her daughter, Caroline (Couch) Wilson, and grand-daughter Mary Caroline (Wilson) Burns. Georgina Burns is seated on her mother's lap. Note: photograph identifies middle woman as Clementine Lewis, but notes "should have been grandma Wilson."

Abell, Frank G., 1844-1910

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.

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.

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