Archive for the ‘1900s’ Category

Lewis & Clark Expo Illustrations, 1904

December 4, 2013

The Sunday Oregonian published these “Park Possibilities of the Lewis and Clark Exposition Site” illustrations in its October 30, 1904 edition. Artist F.A. Routledge created idyllic scenes for the future Guilds Lake site.

SO 30Oct1904(The Oregonian. Retrieved from

R.M. Gray, 1909

August 26, 2013

R.M. Gray was a men’s furnishings store at 273-275 Morrison Street in 1909. On the northeast corner of SW 4th and Morrison, the building is long gone, replaced by a full-block parking garage. Entering the street level shop where these doors once stood would lead you to some Buffalo Wild Wings today.

rm gray store 17933 1909(University of Oregon Libraries)

Harry McCormick House, 1909

August 6, 2013

The Harry McCormick House looks as good today as it did a hundred years ago; recent online real estate ads show its remarkable interior. Wealthy Northwest lumberman Harry McCormick build this handsome home at 2712 SE Salmon Street.

harry mccormick house 20426 1909(University of Oregon Libraries)

Portland Heights Real Estate Ad, 1909

July 31, 2013

Another excellent D.E. Keasey real estate illustration from 1909. This is a beautiful, very accurate representation looking northeast over Portland Heights. The fine detail even shows the Council Crest streetcar on Vista Avenue at upper right.

de keasey real estate 2 19090606(The Oregonian, from University of Oregon Libraries)

Forestry Building, 1905

July 30, 2013

The immense Forestry Building is shown in 1905 during the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition, for which it was built. This view is likely due west; stand at the driveway to Old Forestry Commons on NW Upshur Street to be in roughly the same spot today.

A2004-002.2 Forestry Building during the Lewis and Clark Exposition 1905(City of Portland Archives)

RL Cate Real Estate Ad, 1906

July 24, 2013

Industrial smoke was apparently a sign of a strong and vibrant city a century ago. Real estate man R.L. Cate certainly played up what we’d consider pollution today in his richly illustrated ad, calling particular attention to timber, hops and wool.

rl cate 19061222(University of Oregon Libraries)

Portland Heights Real Estate Ad, 1907

July 15, 2013

We’ve seen this Portland Heights illustration before but this version is without the folds shown in the previous one. It also presents it in context of the full-page D.E. Keasey & Co. real estate ad in 1907. $550 gave you your choice of 50 lots at the time.

de keasey real estate 1907(The Oregonian. Retrieved from


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