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Portrait of Fred Cooper

Round portrait of the head and shoulders of a man with a mustache and uniform. Below the man is a caption that reads “40.” Other incomplete portraits are visible on the right and bottom of the frame. The same individual is photographed in PGE134-9.

Portrait of Fred Cooper, Superintendent of Transportation

Photograph showing two portraits of Fred Cooper (Superintendent of Transportation of the Portland Rail Light and Power Company). On the left, is a portrait of Fred Cooper wearing a uniform, with a caption reading “Twenty years ago.” On the right, is another portrait also of Fred Cooper wearing a suit and tie with caption, “Today.”

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.”

Employee portraits

Round portrait of the head and shoulders of a man with a mustache and uniform. He is wearing a brimmed hat with “Conductor” written across the front. Two other men in uniforms can be seen at either sides, wearing similar hats without adornment.

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. Frack

Full length portrait of T. Frack, wearing jacket and hat, with arms crossed. Written on the bottom of the photograph is “T. Frack, over 20 years ago.” The photograph is a reproduction of another image, with visible pins.

C.F. Swigert

Full length portrait showing two men in suits with a wooden log. The man on the right is seated, while the left is standing and is partially obscured by a piece of paper with pins. Under the right individual a caption reads “C.F Swigart, date unknown.”

Employee portraits

Round portraits of the head and shoulders of men wearing uniforms. Each photograph is in a round frame. Below the man in the center of the frame is a caption that reads “20.” To the right of the central figure is an incomplete photograph of a trestle bridge.

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.

Employee portraits

Round portraits of the head and shoulders of men wearing uniforms. Each photograph is in a round frame. Below the man in the center of the frame is a caption that reads “30.” On the bottom right, a man is wearing a hat with “Conductor” embroidered on the front.

Employee portraits

Round portraits of the head and shoulders of men wearing uniforms. Each photograph is in a round frame. Below the man in the center of the frame is a caption that reads “18.” Embroidered on the front of his hat is “Conductor.”

Employees

Photograph showing a large group of seated men next to a stage in a large open room. Most of the men look at the camera, while others can be seen standing in the background next to large windows.

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.”

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

Portrait of W. Traub

Full length portrait of W. Traub in uniform and hat. To the right of the photograph is written additional information, such as badge number, division and record. To the left additional information about another photographed individual can e seen (incomplete).

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