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Oregon Journal (Firm) World War, 1939-1945--War work--Oregon--Portland
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Oregon Victory Girl, Suzanne Burce

Portrait of Oregon Victory Girl, Suzanne Burce, later known as Jane Powell. She is standing in a yard and wearing her “Oregon V Girl” uniform with a hat. A porch and house can be seen in the background (negative 3 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Scrap metal drive at Lincoln High School

Students at Lincoln High School, during a scrap metal drive. Scraped pieces of automobile have been placed along a sidewalk, and students can be seen throughout the frame (negative 3 of 6).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Woman making Red Cross donation

A woman, wearing a long coat and fur, hands a check to a Red Cross nurse, most likely in Portland. The women are shaking hands over a table laden with objects and paper (negative 1 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Woman filling out book with Red Cross nurse

A woman is seated at a table and signing a book, while a Red Cross nurse points to a page. The binder book is on a table laden with paper and other objects (negative 2 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Oregon Victory Girl Suzanne Burce, with Carol Worth

Four people walk arm-in-arm down a street in Portland, including Susanne Burce (later known as Jane Powell), second from the right. Burce is wearing a skirt uniform and has her arm linked with a uniformed man. Next to Burce is singer Carol Worth, also linking arms with a man in uniform (negative 1 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Oregon Victory Girl Suzanne Burce, with Carol Worth and savings bond flag

A group of people standing behind a savings bond flag, including Suzanne Burce (center), wearing her Oregon Victory Girl Uniform. Second from the right is singer Carol Worth, also wearing a military style hat. Two men are holding the edges of the flag while the group stands in front of a board with numbers and signs (negative 11 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Oregon Victory Girl Suzanne Burce, with Carol Worth

Three women seated on a bench and smiling downward at a magazine. On the right is Susanne Burce (later known as Jane Powell) in her Oregon Victory girl uniform, sitting next to an unidentified woman in the middle. To the left is singer Carol Worth (negative 2 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Scrap metal drive at Lincoln High School

Students at Lincoln High School, posing with pieces of an automobile during a scrap metal drive in Portland. Several of the students are on top of the car, while others can be seen standing in the background. Another wrecked vehicle is next to the sidewalk (negative 4 of 6).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Women making Red Cross ditty bags

Women holding objects to place into a American Red Cross ditty bag, being held by another seated woman. One of the women is dressed in a Red Cross nurses uniform. At the bottom of the frame is a table laden with objects (negative 3 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Al Monner news negatives

  • Org. Lot 1284
  • Collection
  • 1936-1974

The vast majority of this collection is made up of negatives created by Al Monner for the Oregon Journal. A small number of negatives were likely created by fellow Journal photographer Ralph Vincent, also for the Oregon Journal. While it's likely that almost all the negatives in this collection were created as part of Monner's work for the Journal, some images may also be his personal work. Most of the negatives are black and white, with a handful of color images taken in the 1950s and 1960s. A small selection of images from 1936 to 1938 were likely taken during Monner's time at the Oregonian newspaper. Large-format negatives from 1936 to 1959 have been processed and inventoried, while 35mm film from 1959 to 1974 remains unprocessed.

The photographs highlight over 30 years of current events in and around the Portland area, with a smaller number taken elsewhere in the state. Yearly events, such as the Portland Rose Festival and the Pendleton Round-Up, are featured prominently. A substantial number of images from the 1940s show Portland war efforts during World War II, featuring photographs of shipyards, soldiers, and rationing efforts at home. A small number of photographs also show early incarceration of Japanese Americans. Monner also frequently photographed dam-building efforts on the Columbia River at Celilo Village, The Dalles, and Bonneville.

Also included are photographs of accident scenes, fires, explosions, new building projects, sporting events, contest winners, and important national figures visiting the Portland area. Taken together, the collection displays the breadth of Monner's work as a photojournalist, covering the everyday to the exciting.

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998