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Gilliam Portrait Studio and Camera Shop negatives

  • Org. Lot 1275
  • Collection
  • 1930-1970

Collection consists of approximately 600 negatives used to produce photographic postcards. The photographs date from 1930 to 1970 and depict landmarks, city streets, storefronts, and tourist destinations across Oregon. A selection of places and events represented in this collection include Breitenbush Hot Springs, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, The Pendleton Round-Up, Petersen Rock Garden, and Singing Springs Ranch. Also included are street scenes from cities and towns in all regions of the state.

Many of the negatives have original postcard series numbering and a photographer's signature written directly onto the film. Three photographers are represented in the collection; their signatures identify them only as Christian, Perkins, and Ellis. About 70 percent of the work in the collection is attributed to Christian. It is unknown whether the photographers were employed by the Gilliam Portrait Studio and Camera Shop. The studio was likely a purchaser or publisher of their negatives.

Gilliam Portrait Studio and Camera Shop

Hotel Chewaucan in Paisley, Oregon

View of the Hotel Chewaucan, located on a street corner in Paisley, Oregon. On the corner of the street is a sign designating the road as Oregon Highway 31 and a directional marker showing the distance and direction to nearby towns, including Bend, Lakeview, Bly and more. One automobile is parked in front of the hotel. The caption on the negative sleeve reads, "Search for robbers of Paisley post office" (negative 6 of 9).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

General Store in Paisley, Oregon

View of a road and businesses in Paisley, Oregon. On the left, several automobiles are parked in front of a store with a sign that reads, "Paisley Merc. General Merchandise." A large tree stands next to the store. Several other shops, including a grocery store, are visible to the right and up the street. The caption on the negative sleeve reads, "Search for robbers of Paisley post office" (negative 4 of 9).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Penguins Checked by Alan Best and Jack Marks at the Oregon Zoo

Two men kneel in the penguin enclosure at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. The man on the left holds his hand out to a group of approaching penguins. The man on the right smiles as a penguin stands in front of him. In the background, a small group of visitors watch the scene from above the enclosure. The caption on the negative sleeve reads, "Penguins checked by Alan Best, of the Vancouver B.C. zoo - and Jack Marks, Portland Zoo" (negative 1 of 8).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Penguins at the Oregon Zoo

A group of penguins walk in an enclosure at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. They walk away from a pool of water behind them. In the background, scattered visitors watch the scene from above the enclosure (negative 7 of 8).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Alice Miller, novice at St. Mary's of the Valley

Alice Miller, a novice at St. Mary's of the Valley. She is seated and wearing a religious habit. A portrait of Jesus Christ hangs on the wall behind her. This photograph was taken shortly after her father, Ivan Miller, filed a suit to have her removed from the Catholic convent against her will (negative 3 of 6).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Reed College students

A group of six students from Reed College in a planning meeting for an upcoming art show (negative 1 of 9).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Student in the Reed College library

A student holding a book of poetry in the Reed College library. She stands in front of a library bookshelf and is wearing a white button down blouse and pleated plaid skirt (negative 6 of 9).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Woman and toy poodle, Holy Family Mothers Club

A young woman holding a toy poodle during a Holy Family Mothers Club event. The woman is wearing a dirndl and is seated with the dog in her lap. The dog is wearing a large tulle-ruffle collar (negative 1 of 4).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Replacement Morrison Bridge alongside the old Morrison Bridge

A side-by-side view of the replacement Morrison Bridge under construction and the 1905 Morrison Bridge. A line of automobiles drives across the older bridge which is still in use. The draw spans on the new bridge are locked in their open position by members of the labor union during a strike over working conditions (negative 1 of 4).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Zoo train locomotive being placed on tracks

A locomotive for the Zoo train being lifted by a crane onto tracks at the Portland Zoo (later Oregon Zoo). Four men are crouched at the base of the train guiding the locomotive into place.

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Teenage patients at Emanuel Hospital

Two teenage patients at Emanuel Hospital playing chess. One patient is in a hospital bed with their foot elevated in a cast. The other patient is seated in a wheelchair beside the bed. A chess board is set up on the table between the two (negative 3 of 5).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Portrait artist at Park Blocks art show

A woman is in the process of painting a portrait of a young boy during an art show in the Portland Park Blocks. A sign hanging from the back of her easel reads, "Portraits by Betty, $1.00." (negative 8 of 9).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Firefighters at a structural fire

A group of Firefighters working to extinguish a structural fire at a hardware store on the corner of Vancouver Avenue and Russell Street. Several firefighters stand among smoking debris in the background of the photograph. In the foreground two Firefighters stand holding a fire hose. A young, African American boy stands beside them looking back at the camera (negative 2 of 2).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Miss Portland 1958 contestants

Contestants for the 1958 Miss Portland pageant. The women stand in a line on a grass lawn and wear matching white swimsuits and black high heels (negative 1 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Boats passing under lifted Interstate Bridge span

A sailboat and large barge passing under the lifted section of the Interstate Bridge between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington during the dedication ceremony for the newly constructed second span of the bridge (negative 16 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

William Howe Jr. and Alice Howe in hospital following Signal Fireworks Company warehouse explosion

William Howe Jr. and his Wife, Alice Howe, lying in hospital beds recovering from injuries received as the result of an explosion at the Signal Fireworks Company warehouse near SE 84th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. Their daughter, Mary Beth Howe, age 4, perished in the explosion. This photograph was published in the Oregon Journal July 6, 1958 (negative 1 of 8).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Men Working on Construction Site of Lloyd Shopping Center

A man drives heavy construction machinery next to a wrecking ball crane on the construction site of the Lloyd shopping center in Portland, Oregon. A second man stands next to the machine and looks at the camera. The construction site is a large, cleared, dirt area. The caption on the negative sleeve reads, "Men starting on Lloyd project after strike - R.A. Heintz (contractor), Owen M. Cork (mechanic), Chris Bespflug (oiler), Russell Clemence (crane operator), F.C. Scott (superintendent)" (negative 3 of 3).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Tigner Quadruplets on Their 12th Birthday

Four children stand side-by-side and smile behind a table in the social room of the Holy Rosary Church in Portland, Oregon. There are cakes, flowers, and a bowl of fruit punch on the table. They are the Tigner quadruplets, and they are celebrating their 12th birthday. Pictured left to right are Dee Jerry Tigner, Carole Tigner, Beatrice Tigner and August Tigner. Dee Jerry and August wear matching suits and Carole and Beatrice wear matching dresses. This photograph was published in the Oregon Journal on August 23, 1958 (negative 1 of 2).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

First Rain in Downtown Portland After Long, Dry Summer

A woman holding an umbrella stands on the corner of an intersection at SW 4th Avenue in downtown Portland. It is raining and the street is wet. Manning's Tea and the Farmer's Market are visible on the other side of the street. The caption on the negative sleeve reads, "First rain in Portland after long, dry summer" (negative 4 of 6).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Erika Kraft, Ice Skater

Erika Kraft sits on a chair with her arms around the back of the chair. She rests her chin on her hands and smiles while looking to the left of the camera. There is a window behind her. The caption on the negative sleeve reads, "Erika Kraft - featured skater with Holiday On Ice show" (negative 3 of 4).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

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