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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

Babe Steel with two racehorses

Photograph of a woman, Babe Steel of Gresham, standing between two racehorses. The horse on the left is Michaelmas, owned by Mrs. Ace Hoyle of Gresham. The horse on the right is Lanirap, owned by Steel. The photograph was taken before the opening of the 1943 Multnomah County Fair, probably at the fairgrounds in Gresham, Oregon. Image note: Light leak on negative.

Bettylou Bisch with calf

Photograph of a young woman kneeling next to a calf, probably at the Multnomah County Fairgrounds in Gresham, Oregon. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 5, Section 7 (home magazine) of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, August 22, 1943. The photograph had the following caption: “After a ribbon at the 37th annual Multnomah county fair will be many fine livestock entries like this Ayreshire calf, posed by Bettylou Bisch of Portland. Four-H members walk off with a good share of the blue ribbons each year for their home-grown calves.” The 1943 fair opened on Monday, August 23.

Booth promoting Townsend Plan

Photograph of three unidentified people in a booth providing information about the Townsend Plan, a pension proposal developed by Francis E. Townsend. The plan proposed a federal pension of $200 a month to Americans age 60 and older who pledged not to work and to spend the money within a month. This photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Boy and draft horse

Photograph of an unidentified boy standing next to a draft horse and holding the horse’s lead rope. They are on a lawn and a building is visible in the background. The number 6 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Boy feeding circus horses

Photograph of an unidentified boy balancing on the railing of a pen or trailer and holding out a fistful of food to the horses inside. The word “CIRCUS” is painted on the side of the enclosure. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon, which included circus performances in some years.

Boy feeding cow

Photograph of an unidentified boy kneeling in the straw next to a cow eating from a bucket. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

Boy playing horseshoes?

Photograph of an unidentified boy who may be playing horseshoes or a similar game. He is standing on a square of dirt with edges marked by a wooden frame, and has one arm and one leg extended as though he has just thrown an object. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

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.

Boy with champion sheep

Photograph of an unidentified boy kneeling in the grass next to a sheep at the 1941 Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Draped over the sheep’s back is a prize ribbon with the text: “Multnomah County Fair / Showman Sheep / Champion / Gresham, OR / 1941.” Image note: Light leak on negative.

Boy with cow

Photograph of an unidentified boy posing outdoors with a cow, possibly at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. A building with the word “FLORAL” on the roof is visible in the background. Image note: One corner of the negative is damaged.

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.

Boy with horse

Photograph of an unidentified boy standing next to a horse that is sitting on its haunches. The boy has one hand on the horse’s neck. In the background, several unidentified people are watching. The photograph may have been taken at the 1943 Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Also see image No. 374N0625.

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.

Boy with rabbit

Photograph of an unidentified boy standing next to the back of a truck. The boy has one hand on a rabbit that is sitting on top of a box in the truck bed. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

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.

Bull, possibly at county fair

Photograph of a bull outdoors on a lawn, possibly at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. At left, an unidentified man is holding the bull by a lead rope attached to the bull’s nose ring. A stadium is visible in the background.

Bull, possibly at county fair

Photograph of a bull standing next to a load of hay in a truck or wagon. The number 2 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.

Children looking at caged rabbits

Photograph of a group of unidentified children and teenagers looking at rabbits in cages, possibly the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon. Some of the children appear to be writing on small pads of paper. The number 1 is written on the negative and is faintly visible in the upper right corner of the image.

Children looking at chickens

Photograph of a group of children standing in an aisle between rows of chicken cages. Two of the boys in the group are holding chickens, and the other children are gathered around, watching. The photograph may have been taken at the Multnomah County Fair in Gresham, Oregon.

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