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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.

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

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.”

Station E, engine exciter set

Photograph showing an engine exciter at Station E (northwest Portland, near the intersection of NW 21st Avenue and NW Sherlock Avenue). Two men in overalls stand to the left of the machine, looking at the camera. The man on the right is holding a small mechanical wheel.

Station B

Photograph showing two men standing next to a 500V vertical railway generator at Station B in Oregon City. Both men are looking at the camera, and a stairway ladder between them leads to the top of the generator.

Station B

Photograph showing a man standing next to a 500V vertical railway generator at Station B in Oregon City. The man is standing slightly to the right of the machine and is looking at the camera.

Bull Run, Little Sandy Dam, tower

Photograph showing two men standing next to a utility pole tower with insulators visible at the top. One man is wearing a suit and bowlers hat, while the other wears a long jacket, a hat, with tall boots and a pipe. Written on the negative is “Tower. Bull Run. 2-26-12 (69).

Oak Grove project, trip to intake and Big Bottom

Photograph showing four seated men in a automobile, taken on a trip to the Big Bottom area. In the background is a sort road and a hill made up of dirt and rocks. Written on the negative is “E301.09-O-170.” (Image note: small area of discoloration visible at the far right edge of the negative. See related images PGE 16-131.2, PGE 16-131.3, PGE 16-131.4, PGE 16-131.5).

Oak Grove project, trip to intake and Big Bottom

Photograph showing four men seated or standing next to a small creek in a wooded area. All the men look towards the camera, while the seated man near the center of the frame holds a crumpled newspaper on his lap. Written on the negative is “E301.09-O-170.” (Image note: see related images PGE 16-131.1, PGE 16-131.3, PGE 16-131.4, PGE 16-131.5)

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)

Oak Grove project, trip to intake and Big Bottom

Photograph showing five men and an automobile, taken on a dirt road next to a rocky hillside. Four of the men are seated in the vehicle, while a fifth stands. All the men are facing forward and looking at the camera. (Image note: slight discoloration at left side of image. See related images PGE 16-131.1, PGE 16-131.2, PGE 16-131.3, PGE 16-131.4)

Oak Grove project, first automobile at Davis Ranch

Photograph showing a group of forward facing people, taken next to an automobile. The automobile is facing to the side, and has open air seating. Tent cabins can be seen in the background. Written on the negative is “E301.09-O-235” and “R-12.” (Image note: significant discoloration can be seen along the right side of the negative).

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