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Elephant parade float

Photograph taken from a side angle, showing a parade float in the shape of an elephant with a raised trunk. It is completely made of flowers, and includes a smaller elephant on the left side of the frame. In front of the flat, a man in a suit is faced away from the camera. Written on the negative is "50-495." (Image note: see related images PGE 50-500, PGE 50-501).

Parade float

Photograph showing the back of a boat-shaped parade float, which is made up of individual flowers. Written on the back in flowers is "PGE." In the background is another float, with people visible at the top. The floats sit on a paved road with a field and trees in the background. Written on the negative is "49-120." (Image note: see related images PGE 49-109.1 and PGE 49-111).

Parade float

Photograph taken from a front angle of a parade float, made of individual flowers, with "Little Toot" written on the side. The float is in the shape of a ship and is parked on the street next to a wooden fence. In the background a hillside with houses can be seen in the distance, as well as people standing in a street to the left. On the negative is written "49-111." (Image note: see related images PGE 49-109.1 and PGE 49-120).

Parade float

Photograph taken from a side angle of a parade float, made of individual flowers, with "Little Toot" written on the side. The float is in the shape of a ship and is parked on the street next to a wooden house. On the negative is written "49-109." (Image note: see related images PGE 49-111 and PGE 49-120).

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Discovery of the Columbia River” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs line the float, which is in the shape of ship with “Columbia” painted on the side. Several men and women dressed in sailing attire stand on the deck of the ship while looking at the camera.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Garden of Rosaria” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs line the float, which is in the shape of a garden with a fountain and royal gazebo. An individual dressed as a queen sits inside the structure, looking at the camera.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “The Wedding of the Oceans” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs line the ship-shaped float, which also includes a large globe and several individuals looking at the camera. The front of the boat includes a small battleship. Three men in white suits stand next to the float.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Apple Blossom Time in Oregon” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs and large apples adorn much of the float, and several individuals pose while looking at the camera. Flowers line the top of the float.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Blazing the Trail of Steel” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes two seated women in front of a train, which is emerging from a lighted tunnel. Several individuals can be seen standing on either side of the float, all of which are slightly out of focus due to exposure.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “In Harvest Time” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, a large bushel of wheat and two people riding oxen. A man in a full white outfit stands at the back of the float, while viewers can be seen at the right side of the frame.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “The Birth of Trade” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, and two individuals in a canoe. Several men wearing full white outfits pose while looking at the camera.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Sacajawea and the Coming of the White Man” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, as well as Native American statues. Two men in full white outfits stand to the left of the float, while viewers are visible in the background.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Life on the Plains” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes a horned oxen and and three women on horses. People viewing the floats stand along the road in the background.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Before the Dawn” written on a sign at the front. Three men in full white outfits stand on the left side, while three women in Native American garb pose on the float. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which depicts a Native American with animals and a tipi. On the right side of the frame, parade viewers can be seen along the side of the street standing in front of a brick building.

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

Arts, entertainment, and community events

Photographs, circa 1923 to 1936, of people and activities related to arts; entertainment; the Portland Rose Festival; and other community events, performances, and ceremonies. Arts-oriented images include portraits of dancers and musicians, primarily children, as well as photographs of actors, actresses, and theatrical productions or rehearsals. Photographs of the Portland Rose Festival include activities and portraits of festival queens and princesses. This series also includes photographs of parades and circus performers and performances.

Oregon Journal (Firm)

Shriners in formation at Multnomah Field, Portland

Photograph showing Shriners bands and patrols in formation on Multnomah Field in Portland. The stands are filled with spectators. The photograph may have been taken Thursday, June 24, 1920, during the Shriners convention held in Portland that year. Image note: Light leak on negative. The text “Grand Review of Shrine / Multnomah Field” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image No. 376G0317.

Shriners in formation at Multnomah Field, Portland

Photograph showing Shriners bands and patrols in formation on Multnomah Field in Portland. The stands are filled with spectators. The photograph may have been taken Thursday, June 24, 1920, during the Shriners convention held in Portland that year. Image note: The text “Grand Review of Shrine / Multnomah Field” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image No. 376G0405.

Troops marching on 6th Street, Portland, during War Activities parade

Photograph showing troops marching in formation past crowds of spectators on Sixth Street (now Southwest 6th Avenue) in Portland. The photograph was taken during the War Activities parade on Saturday, April 6, 1918. The parade was among events marking the issuance of the third Liberty Loan bond to finance the war effort during World War I. The Oregon Journal published a related photo, image No. 376G0309, and a story about the parade on the front page of the city edition on Sunday, April 7, 1918. See additional related image No. 376G0308.

Multnomah Guard marching on 6th Street, Portland, during War Activities parade

Photograph showing troops marching in formation past crowds of spectators on Sixth Street (now Southwest 6th Avenue) in Portland. The photograph was taken during the War Activities parade on Saturday, April 6, 1918. The parade was among events marking the issuance of the third Liberty Loan bond to finance the war effort during World War I. A cropped version of this photograph was published on the front page of the Oregon Journal city edition on Sunday, April 7, 1918. The photograph had the following caption: “The Multnomah Guard, Lieutenant Colonel John B. Hibbard commanding, made its first public appearance in War Activities parade Saturday.” The photograph accompanied a story headlined “Big Pageant Wins Cheers Of Throngs.” See related image Nos. 376G0308 and 376G0310.

Troops marching on 6th Street, Portland, during War Activities parade

Photograph showing troops marching in formation past crowds of spectators on Sixth Street (now Southwest 6th Avenue) in Portland. The photograph was taken during the War Activities parade on Saturday, April 6, 1918. The parade was among events marking the issuance of the third Liberty Loan bond to finance the war effort during World War I. The Oregon Journal published a related photo, image No. 376G0309, and a story about the parade on the front page of the city edition on Sunday, April 7, 1918. See additional related image No. 376G0310.

Royal Rosarians marching in patriotic pageant at Portland Rose Festival

Photograph showing Royal Rosarians marching in a V formation in a patriotic pageant at the Portland Rose Festival on Thursday, June 14, 1917. The photograph was taken at 6th and Morrison streets (now Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street. A cropped version of this photograph was one of four that were published on Page 14 of the Oregon Journal on Friday, June 15, 1917, under the headline “Civilians, Army, And Navy All Join In Portland’s Impressive Patriotic Demonstration Thursday Afternoon.” This photograph had the following caption: “Royal Rosarians make their usual favorable impression.” See related image Nos. 376G0105, 376G0106, 376G0153, 376G0154, 376G0155, 376G0156, 376G0157, and 376G0158.

Third Oregon Regiment marching in patriotic pageant at Portland Rose Festival

Photograph showing members of the Third Oregon Regiment marching in a patriotic parade in downtown Portland during the Rose Festival on Thursday, June 14, 1917. The street is lined with spectators A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 7, Section 3, of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, June 17, 1917, under the headline “Oregon’s Men in Arms Inspiring Feature of Flag Day Parade on Thursday Afternoon.” The photograph had the following caption: Men of Third Oregon Regiment passing east on Morrison Street through lanes of spectators thrilled at this spectacle of military preparedness.” See related image Nos. 376G0105, 376G0106, 376G0153, 376G0154, 376G0155, 376G0156, 376G0157, and 376G0159.

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