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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

Oak Grove project, trip to intake and Big Bottom

Photograph showing five men facing forward while standing in a line and holding a long wooden stick. Around the men is an area of knee-high foliage, and a wooden building in the background. (Image note: discoloration is visible at the top right corner of the negative. See related images PGE 16-131.1, PGE 16-131.2, PGE 16-131.4, PGE 16-131.5).

Oak Grove project, trip to intake and Big Bottom

Photograph showing five men standing in a group and facing forward, all looking at the camera. The man on the far right is holding a long wooden stick in his left hand. Around the group is knee high foliage, with a wooden building visible in the background. (Image note: discoloration is visible at top and right portions of the negative. See related images PGE 16-131.1, PGE 16-131.2, PGE 16-131.3, PGE 16-131.5)

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.”

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.”

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.

Night crew at Sellwood car barn

Photograph showing a night crew at the Sellwood car barn, with car #1093. The group is looking at the camera while standing in front of the train car. Two men stand on a step in the doorway, while others stand at ground level. All men are wearing work clothes, including either jackets or overalls.

Group with train car #1500

Photograph showing men and women with train car #1500. The train is on a hillside, and a small wooden platform is visible at the front. One man sits on the platform, while the others stand in a line behind him. A train conductor is visible on the right side of the train in a window. The women wear dresses and large hats.

Young man next to foliage

Portrait from the knees up of a man in a suit. He stands in front of a backdrop, with grassy foliage to his right. Under the photograph is a caption reading “Guess who it is?” The man individual is likely seen in PGE136-3 at an older age (O.B. Coldwell). Also written on the photograph is “Watson, 225 First Street, Portland Ore.”

East Ankeny car barn

Photograph showing employees with street car in front of the East Ankeny car barn. Written on the building is “PRL & P Co.” (Portland Rail Light & Power Company). Several men sit on the roof of the train, while others line up in the windows and in front. A wooden water tower can be seen in the background. Photograph is a reproduction of a framed image (frame is clearly visible).

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 Fred Cooper, Superintendent of Transportation

Photograph showing two portraits of Fred Cooper (Superintendent of Transportation of the Portland Rail Light and Power Company). On the left, is a portrait of Fred Cooper wearing a uniform, with a caption reading “Twenty years ago.” On the right, is another portrait also of Fred Cooper wearing a suit and tie with caption, “Today.”

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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