Russ Acheson, Washington High School football player Don Anderson, Washington High School football player L. Anderson, football player Arvin Burnett, High School of Commerce football coach T. Carey, Jefferson High School? football player Barney Carlson, Washington High School? football player Elmer Carlson, Washington High School football player Joe Chappell, Washington High School? football player Ray Clapp, football player George Colasuorno, football player Crockett, football player Marv Crofford, Jefferson High School? football player Curtin, football player Cannady, Daniels, and Armentrout, Grant High School football players Photograph of Skip Dickerson, football player Douglas, football player B. Ewen, football player Rex Forker, football player Aaron Frank on train, holding “Watch Oregon Win” sign Ted Giesecke, football player Gleason Ned Gleason, Grant High School football player Red Grange Red Grange Red Grange Red Grange and C. C. Pyle H. Hall, football player J. L. Harrington, football player
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Org. Lot 1368.A.4

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  • 1920 - 1940 (Creation)


135 cellulose nitrate negatives

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The Oregon Journal was an afternoon newspaper based in Portland, Oregon. Originally founded in March 1902 by Alfred D. Bowen under the name Evening Journal, Charles Samuel (“Sam”) Jackson purchased the newspaper that July and renamed it the Oregon Journal. Originally located in the Goodnaugh Building, the Journal’s offices moved to the Jackson Tower in 1912, where they remained until 1948, when the paper moved into the Public Market building on Portland’s waterfront. The Jackson family retained ownership of the paper until the death of C. S. Jackson’s son Philip in 1953.

The Journal was known for some innovations. It shipped additional issues to Oregon’s coastal towns during the summer months as a means of boosting circulation. It was also the first newspaper in the United States to own a helicopter, and its waterfront building included a helicopter pad.

The Journal was considered a rival to Portland’s other major newspaper, the Oregonian, throughout its existence. The Journal’s editorials favored the Democratic Party, in contrast with the Oregonian’s Republican leanings, and expressed what some labeled an anti-establishment tone. However, the two papers became intertwined as time went on. In the 1950s, the Journal began to suffer from revenue losses, and discussed the possibility of sharing production facilities with the Oregonian. For the first five months of the protracted Portland newspaper strike which began in 1959, the Journal and Oregonian published joint issues. In August 1961, the Oregonian Publishing Company, by then owned by newspaper mogul Samuel I. Newhouse, purchased the Journal for $8 million. With this sale, the Journal offices and production facilities merged with those of the Oregonian on SW Broadway, although the Journal retained its own editorial department and tone.

The Journal’s highest circulation was at 201,000 in March 1948. By 1982, circulation had reduced to a little more than 100,000, and the paper struggled to remain relevant in an age where afternoon newspapers were considered obsolete. The Journal published its final issue on September 6, 1982. The paper’s staff and production were then absorbed into the Oregonian.

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Photographs of football players, coaches, and games, taken circa 1920-1940. The photographs are probably primarily of players and teams from Portland high schools; many of the people, teams, and games are unidentified. Portland teams represented in the collection include Benjamin Franklin High School, Clinton Kelly High School of Commerce, Jefferson High School, Lincoln High School, Roosevelt High School, Ulysses S. Grant High School, and Washington High School. Portland locations include the former Washington High School, Lincoln High School, and Multnomah Stadium (now Providence Park).

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Due to the high-risk nature of the format, the Oregon Journal negatives are not available to the public for physical access.

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In Copyright
Copyright held by Oregonian Publishing Group.

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  • English

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Org. Lot 1368, Box 371 and Box 377, OHS Research Library

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Archivist's note

Katie Mayer, October 26, 2017

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