Members of wedding party? outdoors, half-length portrait Members of wedding party? outdoors, half-length portrait Portland Police Chief Leon V. Jenkins, Mayor George L. Baker, and three unidentified men at Multn... George L. Baker presenting unidentified woman with floral key to the city George L. Baker shaking hands with unidentified man at event George L. Baker, two boys with flag, and crowd at unidentified ceremony George L. Baker, two boys with flag, and crowd at unidentified ceremony George L. Baker and unidentified woman during ceremony at Portland City Hall George L. Baker and unidentified woman during ceremony at Portland City Hall Joseph K. Carson and three unidentified men at dining table Unidentified man, Joseph K. Carson, and B. F. Irvine at meal Joseph K. Carson speaking to unidentified man at event Joseph K. Carson, unidentified man, and Julius L. Meier at formal event Joseph K. Carson seated at dining table during formal event Freed, speaking at lectern General Johnson speaking at Multnomah Stadium? General Johnson speaking at Multnomah Stadium? General Johnson speaking at Multnomah Stadium? Charles H. Martin and Johnson, seated at outdoor event John Mann and five unidentified people at tree-planting ceremony? Walt May, standing at lectern outdoors Group of people dining at event Group of people dining at event Unidentified woman placing flowers at base of Theodore Roosevelt statue, Portland Diners at formal event Willem van Hoogstraten and unidentified diners at event Diners at formal event Diners at formal event
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  • 1910 - 1950 (Creation)


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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 related to social and civic events, predominantly unidentified. Events depicted include weddings, parties, banquets, ceremonies, and dedications.

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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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Org. Lot 1368, OHS Research Library

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In Copyright; copyright held by Oregonian Publishing Group.

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Org. Lot 1368.

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Katie Mayer, digital project archivist, January 17, 2019

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