Archive for the ‘1900s’ Category

Camera Obscura, circa 1906

August 20, 2014

In this image we see the Camera Obscura booth that was located on Hawthorne Terrace. The photograph is from circa 1906.

Camera Obscura booth on Hawthorne Terrace, circa 1906 : A2001-049

Camera Obscura booth on Hawthorne Terrace, circa 1906 : A2001-049

View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

The Forestry Building, 1905

August 12, 2014

Here we a have a picture of two women sitting in the upper balcony of the Forestry Building. This image really displays how massive the support logs were. Keep in mind, this image is from 1905. Imagine what they must have gone through during the constructions of this building. It is truly spectacular!

Two women on upper balcony of Forestry Building

Two women on upper balcony of Forestry Building, 1905 : 7200-03

 

View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

The Observatory, 1907 (UPDATED)

August 8, 2014

Our photograph for today, comes to us from what is thought to be the highest point in Portland, Council Crest. In this image we see the Observatory, which was part of the Council Crest Amusement Park. A City of Portland water tank now stands in its place. The tower was 77 feet tall. Imagine the view you would get from the top!

The Observatory [Council Crest] March 16, 1907 : A2004-002.645

The Observatory [Council Crest] March 16, 1907 : A2004-002.645

View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

Thank you to those who helped us properly identify the location as Portland Heights.

Lewis and Clark Exposition, 1905

July 3, 2014

In previous post we saw a wonderful map, an illustration, and a beautiful hand tinted photograph of the Lewis and Clark Exposition. Today we are looking at a photograph from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition Esplanade taken in 1905. The Exposition was located in the Northwest Portland/Guild’s Lake area.

Lewis and Clark Exposition Esplanade 1905 : A2004-002.1001

Lewis and Clark Exposition Esplanade 1905 : A2004-002.1001

View this image in Efiles by clicking here.

City Hall, circa 1905

June 23, 2014

In 2009, Dan Davis started a new blog called Vintage Portland that grew to become a very popular site for a community of people interested in Portland’s history. The City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC) is not only a fan of Vintage Portland, we’ve also been quiet collaborators. Dan approached us in 2009 because he was interested in using some of our photos he found in Efiles, our online database. We were delighted to work with Dan as a way to showcase many of the City’s photographs. Our collaboration continued when we approached Dan (and this great community) for help in identifying some of our “mystery” images.

PARC has enjoyed our association with Dan and the Vintage Portland community; and while we are sad that Dan has decided to move away from managing the site, we’re also very excited that Dan has asked us to take over the Vintage Portland site! As of June 23, 2013, PARC will begin administering the Vintage Portland blog and other social media platforms. We are thrilled by the opportunity to continue to engage Vintage Portland followers by featuring the City’s extensive collection of photos. We also plan on inviting other institutions to share some of their photos because there is a rich visual history of Portland held within many local archives. There will be a few changes to the site, mostly cosmetic and procedural. Please let us know if you have any questions about the transition or about the collections in general. Many thanks to Dan and this incredible community he has helped create! We are looking forward to continuing the tradition.

 

City Hall from 5th Ave and Jefferson St. circa 1905 : A2011-014

City Hall from 5th Ave and Jefferson St. circa 1905 : A2011-014

 

 

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 http://infoweb.newsbank.com)

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)


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