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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

Gresham Station and Substation

Exterior photograph of the wooden Gresham train station and brick substation. Two railroad tracks pass in front of the buildings. A signed with “American Express Co” is mounted on the wooden building, in addition to painted distances to Portland and Cazadero. On the left, a doorway leads to a signed “waiting room” area.

Agriculture and animals

Photographs related to agriculture, horticulture, and animals from approximately 1920 - 1945. The bulk of the photographs depict people, animals, and scenes at fairs and livestock shows, probably the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon, and the Pacific International Livestock Exposition in Portland, Oregon. Other images depict topics such as cats, dogs, wild birds, poultry, and Tusko the elephant; farms and farmland; flowers, flower shows, and gardens.

Oregon Journal (Firm)

Flocking of the swallows

Manuscript on the spotting of a large group of swallows near a roadside. The author goes on to discuss how the birds are joined by other flocks to travel in large groups in order to hide their true numbers from predators.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Gresham Depot

Photograph of Gresham railroad depot with shuttered windows. A dirt road passes in front of the depot, and other wooden building structures can be seen to the left and right. Electric lines are visible throughout the frame.

Fawn Brooks holding cake and 4-H prize ribbon

Photograph of Fawn Brooks of Skyline Elementary School holding her prize winning angel-food cake and a prize ribbon. The ribbon bears the 4-H emblem and the text “Boys’ and Girls’ 4-H Clubs / First / Premium /1940.” The photograph was taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon and was published in the August 23, 1940 issue of the Oregon Journal.

Man with bull

Photograph of an unidentified man standing next to a bull. The man has one hand on his hip and is holding the bull’s lead rope in the other hand. Buildings are visible in the background. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Group of men with pigs

Photograph of a group of people and pigs in a grassy area next to a building. The number 3 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Men showing goats?

Photograph of unidentified men in a row, each one standing with an animal that could be a sheep or an Angora goat. Barns are visible in the background. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Boy with heifer or cow

Photograph of an unidentified boy standing next to a heifer or cow and holding the animal’s lead rope. Buildings are visible in the background. The number 5 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Woman looking at produce display

Photograph of an unidentified woman holding vegetables and looking down at produce arranged on a table at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. The number 15 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image.

People posing with car, possibly at county fair

Photograph of eight young women, a boy, and a man posing with an automobile parked on the lawn next to a building, possibly at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. The four women on the left are wearing matching costumes consisting of capelets, short dresses with a cross on the chest, and matching caps. The four women on the right are wearing matching costumes that include hats, neckerchiefs, and fringed vests. The man is wearing a suit and the boy is wearing a uniform. The people in the photograph are unidentified. Also see image Nos. 374N0575, 374N0585, 374N0587, 374N0588, 374N0589, 374N0590, 374N0592, and 374N0612.

Costumed young woman holding rabbit

Photograph of an unidentified young woman holding a rabbit. The woman is standing in the aisle between rows of cages, and she is wearing a costume consisting of a capelet and a short dress with a cross on the chest. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Also see image No. 374N0586.

Girl and two calves

Photograph of an unidentified girl standing between two calves and holding the calves’ lead ropes. The girl and calves are standing on the lawn near a building labeled “Poultry.” The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Four men, possibly police, on horseback

Photograph of four unidentified men mounted on horses and waving their hats in the air. Each man is wearing a badge and may be a law enforcement officer. Spectators are seated in stands in the background. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Young women posing with heifers

Photograph of three young women and a girl posing with with four heifers. They are standing on the lawn near a barn labeled “Cattle.” The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. The people in the photograph are unidentified.

Women cleaning and labeling canned food

Photograph of five unidentified women gathered around a small table. The women appear to be cleaning and labeling jars of canned food. More jars of food are arranged on shelves in the background. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Three costumed young women with cattle

Photograph of three unidentified young women posing with cattle. The women are wearing matching costumes consisting of a neckerchief and fringed vests, skirts, and armguards. They are standing on a lawn, and onlookers and buildings are visible in the background. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Also see image Nos. 374N0575 and 374N0586. Image note: Light leak on negative.

Boy with rooster

Photograph of an unidentified boy kneeling in the grass next to a rooster he is holding. Buildings are visible in the background. The number 12 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Image note: Photograph shows blue discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Woman and horse

Photograph of an unidentified woman standing next to a horse. She is looking at the horse and holding its lead rope. The woman and horse may be standing on a racetrack. The number 11 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Image note: Light leak on negative.

Woman and horse

Photograph of an unidentified woman standing next to a horse. She is looking upward at the horse and holding the animal’s lead rope. The woman and horse may be standing on a racetrack. The number 13 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Woman feeding horse

Photograph of an unidentified woman standing next to a horse in the doorway of a stall. The horse is eating from a large bucket the woman is holding. The number 6 is written on the negative and is visible in the upper left corner of the image. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Image note: Light leak on negative.

Boy standing on horse

Photograph of an unidentified boy standing on a horse lying on the ground on its side. Several unidentified men are watching from nearby. A building labeled “Horses” is visible in the background. The photograph may have been taken at the 1943 Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Also see image No. 374N0761.

Horse race at Gresham track

Photograph of nine horses racing on the track at the Multnomah County Fairgrounds in Gresham, Oregon. Horses listed on the scoreboard include Cleo’s Boy, Noyo, Brilliant Gold, Flying Zac, Fiddledeedee, and Tea Flight. The photograph could have been taken during the Multnomah County Fair, which included horse racing.

Horse race at Gresham track

Photograph of horses racing on the track at the Multnomah County Fairgrounds in Gresham, Oregon. Horses listed on the scoreboard include Green Jade, Sierra Snow, Tonopah Queen, Beau Remount, Prior Right, and Tule Booter. The photograph could have been taken during the Multnomah County Fair, which included horse racing.

Boy with prize-winning cow

Photograph of an unidentified boy posing with a cow, possibly at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. The boy is holding up a prize ribbon with the words “Boys’ and Girls 4-H Clubs / FIRST / Premium / 1938” on it. Buildings are visible in the background.

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