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Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson presenting police chief’s star to Burton K. Lawson

Photograph showing new Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson pinning the police chief’s badge on Burton K. Lawson’s lapel as an unidentified man watches. The photograph was taken in the city council chambers on Saturday, July 1, 1933, when Carson and Lawson were sworn in. A cropped version of this photograph was one of two that were published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on July 1, 1933, under the headline “Joseph K. Carson Jr. Becomes Mayor.” The photograph had the following caption: “Carson pins chief’s star on on Lawson.” See related image Nos. 371N0453, 371N0459, 371N0467, and 371N0469.

K. Miyako, Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson, and H. I. Satoh with cake replica of Japanese garden

Photograph showing K. Miyako, Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson, and H. I. Satoh with a cake replica of a Japanese garden. The photograph was taken in the Portland city council chambers at Carson’s inauguration on Saturday, July 1, 1933. A cropped version of this photograph was one of three that were published on page 3 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, July 2, 1933, under the headline “Highlights of a Mayor’s First Day in Office.” This photograph had the following caption: “Saturday was a red-letter day at Portland’s city hall and a hey-day in the life of Joseph K. Carson Jr., who at 9 a.m. became Mayor Carson. Many and varied were the important and colorful events of the day. Above, a cake replica of a Japanese garden, presented to the mayor by Portland Japanese. From left, K. Miyako, secretary of the Japanese association of Portland; the mayor and H. I. Satoh of M. Furuya company. The garden scene was the gift of the Nippon Yusan Kaisa Steamship company.” See related image Nos. 371N0452, 371N0459, 371N0467, and 371N0469.

Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson taking oath of office

Photograph showing (from left) George R. Funk, Burton K. Lawson, O. R. Bean, Joseph K. Carson, and J. E. Bennett standing in a row in the council chambers at Portland City Hall on Saturday, July 1, 1933. A cropped version of this photograph was one of two that were published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on July 1, 1933, under the headline “Joseph K. Carson Jr. Becomes Mayor.” The photograph had the following caption: “Scene in the council chambers today as the choice of the Portland voters last November succeeded Mayor [George L.] Baker. From left—City Auditor Funk reading Carson’s oath of office; Burton K. Lawson, newly appointed chief of police; O. R. Bean, new city commissioner; Mayor Carson taking his oath, and Commissioner Bennett, who began his four-year term today.” See related image Nos. 371N0452, 371N0453, 371N0467, and 371N0469.

Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson signing document at his inauguration

Photograph showing Portland Mayor Joseph K. Carson signing a document in the city council chambers at his swearing-in ceremony on Saturday, July 1, 1933. A cropped version of this photograph was published on the front page of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, July 2, 1933, under the headline “Signing on the Dotted Line.” The photograph had the following caption: “Thereby completing the official routine of becoming mayor of Portland. Thus Mayor Carson took full grip of the reins and began his four-year term Saturday as mayor of the City of Roses, succeeding George L. Baker. An assemblage that overflowed the council chambers witnessed the ceremony midst [sic] a profusion of flowers.” The photograph accompanied two stories about the new mayor and the inauguration events, headlined “Mayor Carson Pledges Economy” and “Mayor Busy Opening Day.” See related image Nos. 371N0452, 371N0453, 371N0459, and 371N0467.