Collection Org. Lot 791 - 1944 - Photo Art Commercial Studio photographs

Cleaning steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Loading a stern frame casting at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welder at Columbia Steel Casting Company Grinding seams on steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Cleaning skeg from castings at Columbia Steel Casting Company Chiseling steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Workers at Columbia Steel Casting Company Grinding steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Grinding seams on steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Finish work on steel cast pieces at Columbia Steel Casting Company Cleaning steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welding a stern frame casting at Columbia Steel Casting Company Cleaning steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welder at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welder at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welder at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welder at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welder at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welder at Columbia Steel Casting Company Finish work on a steel propeller at Columbia Steel Casting Company Cleaning steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Moving steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Cleaning steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Cleaning steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Cleaning skeg from castings at Columbia Steel Casting Company Finish work on steel-cast components at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welders at Columbia Steel Casting Company Welder at Columbia Steel Casting Company
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Org. Lot 791 - 1944

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Photo Art Commercial Studio photographs

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  • 1944 (Creation)

Extent

1000 cubic feet

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(1899-1991)

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The Photo Art Commercial Studio Collection represents the work of one of Portland’s premiere commercial photography firms. The collection consists of hundreds of thousands of negatives, plus prints, slides, and film footage, from 1936 to 1998. This exceptional collection is rich in Northwest scenic views, portraits, photographs of community events and organizations, and business products and operations. Prominent Northwest photographers, such as Ray Atkeson, photographed for the studio.

Photo Art Studios was opened in 1925 by Claude F. Palmer who had operated a small photo studio as a teenager. Photo Art began as a photofinishing operation, expanding in later years to commercial and advertising photography, motion pictures, and photo murals. In 1959, John Patterson, an Oregonian who was studying photography, joined the staff of Photo Art. In 1965, Patterson became a partner in the business with Claude Palmer; Patterson assumed full ownership in 1978 after Palmer’s retirement.

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Materials are arranged by image numbers provided by Photo-Art Commercial Studios at the time of donation.

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Access to original photographic negatives is restricted. Contact libreference@ohs.org or call 503-306-5240 for more information.

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  • English

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  • Citation: Photo Art Commercial Studio photographs, Org. Lot 791, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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