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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

Procession of Rose Festival court

Photograph showing the Portland Rose Festival court and members of the Royal Rosarians walking in two columns down a street near the Hoyt and Olympia hotels. The festival queen is carrying a large floral key to the city. At right, walking ahead of the procession, is Portland Mayor George L. Baker.

Participants in Portland Rose Festival clean-up campaign

Photograph showing a group of unidentified children and adults standing in front of a huge pile of papers, boxes, and other material stacked next to a building. Several of the men are wearing uniforms. A child on the left side of the image is holding a sign with the following text printed on it: “Clean up! / Spade up! / Paint up! / Dress up! / And / KEEP IT UP! / FOR OUR ROSE FESTIVAL.”

Rex Oregonus dismounting from elephant

Photograph of Tommy Luke, in the role of Rex Oregonus, sliding off a crouching elephant at Multnomah Civic Stadium during the 1929 Rose Festival. Rex Oregonus was co-regent with the Rose Festival queen. Portland Mayor George L. Baker is walking nearby on the right side of the image. The number 3 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Also see image No. 371N2998.

Rex Oregonus on Portland Rose Festival parade float

Portrait of a man wearing a robe, sash, and plumed turban. He is standing on a float with six young women in matching gowns and headdresses. The man is holding a key to the city made from radishes, beets, and carrots. The words “Rex Oregonus” are painted along the bottom of the float. This photograph was probably taken at the 1929 Rose Festival, when Tommy Luke was crowned Rex Oregonus, co-regent with the festival queen. The number 8 is written on the negative and is faintly visible in the lower right corner of the image. Also see image No. 371N4402.

1932 Portland Rose Festival Queen Frances Kanzler with court

Portrait of the 1932 Rose Festival queen and princesses, all wearing matching dresses. The queen, Frances Kanzler, is sitting on a throne and is holding a bouquet of roses. The princesses are sitting on the dais around and below her. A similar photograph, image No. 371N2994, was published on Page 2 of the Oregon Journal on June 5, 1932, under the headline “New Festival Queen and Her Royal Princesses.” That photograph had the following caption: “Queen Frances Kanzler, Washington high school senior, and her seven high school princes [sic] who will rule over Portland’s annual fiesta of the rose, June 16-17-18, in their royal robes. Front row, from left: Hazel May Bennett, Lincoln; Leone Hale Baker, Franklin; Florence Marie Kelly, Grant. Back row, from left: Miriam Alice Parsons, Roosevelt; Jeanne Van Dersal, High School of Commerce; Queen Frances; Garlyn Genevieve Morgan, Girls’ Polytechnic, and Ferol Helen Richardson, Jefferson.” Image note: Photograph shows discoloration due to deterioration of the negative.

Vincent, Ralph

United States Marines marching in Portland Rose Festival grand floral parade

Photograph showing a detachment of U. S. Marines marching at the head of the Portland Rose Festival’s grand floral parade on Friday, June 15, 1917. They are marching south on Sixth Street (now Southwest Sixth Avenue) near the intersection with Morrison Street (now Southwest Morrison Street). Spectators are lining the street. See related image Nos. 376G0106, 376G0153, 376G0154, 376G0155, 376G0156, 376G0157, 376G0158, and 376G0159.

Portland Rose Festival Queen Nina Kitts and King Mac Lewis

Photograph showing Rose Festival Queen Nina Kitts and King Mac Lewis riding in an open-topped car and raising their clasped hands. The photograph was taken on June 13 or 14, 1917. A cropped version of this photograph was published on the front page of the Journal on Thursday, June 14, 1917. See related image Nos. 376G0105, 376G0106, 376G0154, 376G0155, 376G0156, 376G0157, 376G0158, and 376G0159.

1942 Portland Rose Festival Princess Shirley Fowler posing with baking ingredients

Half-length portrait of Shirley Fowler, the 1942 Portland Rose Festival princess from Franklin High School. Fowler was later selected as the Rose Festival queen. She is standing at a table, facing slightly left, and smiling. On the table in front of her are a mixing bowl, a plate of eggs, a canister of baking powder, a bottle of liquid, and a canister of Hershey’s cocoa. She is holding a sifter in one hand. A cropped version of this photograph was published on the front page of the Oregon Journal “News & Views” section on Sunday, May 24, 1942. The page featured photographs of each Rose Festival princess and a brief story headlined “Princesses Off Duty.” This photograph had the following caption: “INVADER—Shirley Louise Fowler, Franklin high school princess, takes over the home economics laboratory to indulge her favorite pastime, baking a chocolate cake. (Good, too!).” See related image Nos. 375A0281, 375A0282, 375A0283, 375A0284, 375A0285, 375A0287, 375A0288, and 375A0292, which were published on the same page. Image note: The unconfirmed date “5/19/42” is written on the negative sleeve.

Vincent, Ralph

1942 Portland Rose Festival Princess Margaret Grasle, sitting at piano

Half-length portrait of Margaret Grasle, the 1942 Portland Rose Festival princess from Lincoln High School. She is sitting at a piano with one hand on the keys. She is facing right, looking toward the front, and smiling. A cropped version of this photograph was published on the front page of the Oregon Journal “News & Views” section on Sunday, May 24, 1942. The page featured photographs of each Rose Festival princess and a brief story headlined “Princesses Off Duty.” This photograph had the following caption: “PRACTICED WOMAN — That’s Margaret (‘Peggy’) Grasle, Lincoln high school princess and piano student for the last five years, taking time off from Rose Festival preparations to work on arrangements for the boys’ glee club, for which she is accompanist.” See related image Nos. 375A0281, 375A0282, 375A0283, 375A0284, 375A0285, 375A0286, 375A0287, and 375A0292, which were published on the same page. Image note: The unconfirmed date “5/19/42” is written on the negative sleeve.

Vincent, Ralph

1942 Portland Rose Festival court and crown bearer at coronation

Photograph showing Portland Rose Festival Queen Shirley Fowler on her throne at her crowning in the Portland Public Auditorium (now the Keller Auditorium) on June 10, 1042. Gathered around her are the Rose Festival princesses and the crown bearer. In the bottom row, from left, are Jean Hart from Jane Addams High School; Marlene Hohenleitner, crown bearer; and Leona Kunce from Girls Polytechnic High School. In the center row, from left, are Margaret Ann Tate from Commerce High School; Margaret Grasle from Lincoln High School; Janis Korlann from Grant High School; and Madelyn Devaney from Jefferson High School. In the back row, from left, are Janet Newman from Washington High School; Fowler, from Franklin High School; and Jean Grashorn from Roosevelt High School. A cropped version of this photograph was published on the second page of a two-page spread of Rose Festival photographs published in the Oregon Journal on Thursday, June 11, 1942. Image note: The number 3 is written on the negative and is faintly visible in the lower left corner of the image.

1942 Portland Rose Festival Princess Janis Korlann, Grant High School

Head and shoulders portrait of Janis Korlann, the 1942 Portland Rose Festival princess from Grant High School. She is smiling, facing to the left, and looking toward the front. She is wearing a blouse or dress and a corsage. The text “Rose Festival / Princess / Janis Karlann [sic] / Grant HS” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 375A0301 and 375A0302.

1942 Portland Rose Festival Princess Jean Grashorn, Roosevelt High School

Head and shoulders portrait of Jean Grashorn, the 1942 Portland Rose Festival princess from Roosevelt High School. She is smiling and facing slightly right. She is wearing a dress, necklace, and corsage. The text “Rose Festival princess 1942 / Jean Grosborn [sic] / Roosevelt HS” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 375A0303 and 375A0304.

1942 Portland Rose Festival Princess Leona Kunce, Girls Polytechnic High School

Head and shoulders portrait of Leona Kunce, the 1942 Portland Rose Festival princess from Girls Polytechnic High School. She is facing slightly left and is looking upward and toward the front. She is wearing a blouse or dress and a corsage. The text “Rose Festival princess 1942 / Leona Kuntz [sic] / Girls Poly HS” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 375A0306 and 375A0308.

1942 Portland Rose Festival Princess Madelyn Devaney, Jefferson High School

Head and shoulders portrait of Madelyn Devaney, the 1942 Portland Rose Festival princess from Jefferson High School. She is facing front, looking to the left, and smiling. She is wearing a dress, necklace, and corsage. The text “Rose Festival princess 1942 / Madelyn Denady [sic] / Jefferson HS” is written on the negative sleeve. See related image Nos. 375A0312 and 375A0314.

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