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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

Group with 2000th Portland streetlight, before placement at Northeast 43rd Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street

Photograph showing a group of people standing with a streetlight, which has been placed on top of a cardboard box. The top of the light is open, with the reflective inner coating visible, while two individuals in the group hold the unit with their hands. Other boxes can be seen stacked in the background. Written on the box is "Ovalite Mercury Vapor Luminaire" and "Line Material Co. Milwaukee, Wis, USA."

Constance Smith made president of the Portland General Electric 50-50 Club

Photograph showing three women standing behind a table set with flowers. The woman in the middle is facing forward and smiling while holding a bouquet of flowers, while two other women stand to either side. Behind the group is a "Portland General Electric" decoration with paper streamers. Wrapped gifts can be seen on a high shelf behind the group.

Constance Smith made president of the Portland General Electric 50-50 Club

Photograph showing a smiling forward-facing woman holding decorative stick while pointed at a hand-made round poster board. The board is divided into sections and includes attached photographs and writing. On the right side of the frame are two small "Portland General Electric" logo decorations. Gifts can be seen on a high shelf above the woman, and a set table with flowers is in the foreground.

Women with card punch machine

Photograph showing two women standing next to a punch card machine. The woman on the right holds a stack of cards in each hand, with one stack being fed into the machine, while the woman on the left holds another stack. Closed blinds can be seen in the background. Written on the negative is "51-864."

Men shaking hands at an office party

Photograph taken from a side angle, showing two men shaking hands in front of a table. The individual on the right is holding an envelope, while a group of people looks on in the background. A cake can be seen on the right side of the frame. (Image note: see related images PGE 51-770, PGE 51-763).

Women looking at shrub

Photograph showing three women in jackets and hats looking at a shrub. The woman at the left side of the frame is holding a branch and smiling. In the background is a building and chain link fence. (Image note: see related image PGE 51-767).

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