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  1. 1936 Studebaker 2T2 Truck, Fulton Park Dairy

    1936 Studebaker 2T2 Truck, Fulton Park Dairy

    This shiny new milk truck sits for a portrait in front of the Studebaker dealership in Portland. A sign in the window announces "New 1936 Studebaker Trucks * money savers * space savers *" Learn More
  2. A Drink of Water - Lange

    A Drink of Water - 1939

    Mrs. Soper draws some water for her youngest child, in this depression era photo taken in the Willow Creek area of Malheur County. Learn More
  3. Adagio Dancers in Portland - Fink Studio

    Adagio Dancers in Portland - c. 1930

    In the 1920s, acrobatic dance routines became extremely fashionable and the dances were either described as ‘whirlwind’ or ‘adagio’. Adagio dances were slower, and often involved the partners holding a pose for some period of time. Learn More
  4. Ashland Creek in Lithia Park, Ashland - Eddy

    Ashland Creek in Lithia Park, Ashland - 1932

    This view of Ashland Creek received more positive comments than any other photo in our 2012 Ralph Eddy Exhibit at the Clackamas County Historical Society. Learn More
  5. At the Mouth of the Tualatin

    At the Mouth of the Tualatin - c. 1930

    In a location that looks much the same today, a young woman poses on a rock where the Tualatin flows into the Willamette. The original for this view is a hand-colored print from a black and white photograph. Learn More
  6. Barracks Row, U. S. Military Post, Vancouver, Washington - Eddy

    Barracks Row, U. S. Military Post, Vancouver, Washington - 1931

    These buildings of Barracks Row are across the parade grounds from the better-known Officers Row at Vancouver Barracks. Learn More
  7. Bolton Baseball Team

    Bolton Baseball Team - c. 1930

    The Bolton baseball team poses for a portrait on the front steps of the old Bolton School. The coach, in the back row, is Mayor Frank Hammerle. Learn More
  8. Bonneville Dam, Columbia River - Eddy

    Bonneville Dam, Columbia River - 1939

    Ralph Eddy was fascinated with the interplay between built structures like bridges and dams, and the natural environment where they were placed. This view shows the Bonneville Dam shortly after it was completed in 1937. Learn More
  9. C & E Railway Trestle and Baker Covered Bridge at Carver

    C & E Railway Trestle and Baker's Covered Bridge at Carver - c. 1930

    This photo was taken at the time the old covered bridge was being replaced by a new steel bridge, and the railroad trestle to the left was under construction. Learn More
  10. Cloudcap Inn and Mt. Hood - Eddy

    Cloud Cap Inn and Mt. Hood - c. 1935

    Mount Hood is definitely the focus of this image by Ralph Eddy, though some details of Cloud Cap Inn can be clearly seen in the lower left. Learn More
  11. Columbia Gorge from Crown Point - Eddy

    Columbia Gorge from Crown Point - 1932

    Looking upstream in the Columbia Gorge, with the photographer standing near Vista House at Crown Point. The decorative wall and lamps are still there today. Learn More
  12. Crooked River Bridge, The Dalles-California Highway - Eddy

    Crooked River Bridge, The Dalles-California Highway - 1930

    The Crooked River High Bridge was completed in 1926, four years before this photo was created. Like many other arched bridges in Oregon, it was designed by Conde McCullough. Learn More
  13. Deputy Sheriff, Stationed at Large Hop Ranch - Lange

    Deputy Sheriff, Stationed at Large Hop Ranch - 1939

    This deputy sheriff is stationed at the paymaster's window for a Josephine County hop ranch that employed over 500 workers for the three-week harvest season each year. Learn More
  14. Digging Sweet Potatoes - Lange

    Digging Sweet Potatoes - 1939

    Dorothea Lange captured several photos of this couple on their small farm near Irrigon, in Morrow County, during her visit to Oregon in 1939. Learn More
  15. Downtown Eugene from Skinner Butte - Eddy

    Downtown Eugene from Skinner Butte - 1937

    Looking south across the railroad tracks and depot down Willamette Street. Photographer Eddy's vantage point was to the west of the McMurphey Johnson House. Learn More
  16. Entrance to Lincoln Bench School - Lange

    Entrance to Lincoln Bench School - 1939

    Part of a group of photos taken by Dorothea Lange near Ontario, in Malheur County, this view shows the school building and grounds looking through the front gate. A large school bell is visible in the tower of the modest building, ready to call the children to classes. Learn More
  17. Evening on Broadway, Portland - Eddy

    Evening on Broadway, Portland - c. 1935

    Bright lights point the way as pedestrians gather on Broadway on a mid-1930s evening. Learn More
  18. Everything Happens at Night - Broadway in Portland - Eddy

    Everything Happens at Night - Broadway in Portland, 1939

    While it may not have been a great movie, Sonja Henie's film "Everything Happens at Night" provides a great caption for this image of Broadway at night in 1939. Learn More
  19. FDR Rides Past Mount Hood on Way to Timberline Lodge Dedication

    FDR Rides Past Mount Hood on Way to Timberline Lodge Dedication - 1937

    The caption of this news photo reads, "Bundled up against the chill autumn air, President Roosevelt, accompanied by Mrs. Roosevelt and Gov. Charles Martin of Oregon drives past the fir clad slopes of Mt. Hood, towering behind them." Learn More
  20. Fields Covered Bridge, on the Tualatin River

    Fields Covered Bridge, on the Tualatin River - c. 1935

    The last of four Fields Covered Bridges over the Tualatin River, west of Willamette. Learn More
  21. George Law Curry House, Back View - HABS

    George Law Curry House, Back View - 1934

    This house for ex-governor George Law Curry and his wife Chloe was built in 1858 near what is now Wilsonville. Learn More
  22. George Law Curry House, Front View - HABS

    George Law Curry House, Front View - 1934

    John Scheurer built this house near what is now Wilsonville for George Law Curry and his wife Chloe in 1858. Learn More
  23. Girls Studying Their Reading Lesson - Lange

    Girls Studying Their Reading Lesson - 1939

    This photo of six girls was taken on the steps of Lincoln Bench School, near Ontario, in Malheur County, by Dorothea Lange in October, 1939. Learn More
  24. Government Camp, South Side Mt. Hood

    Government Camp, South Side Mt. Hood - c. 1935

    Looking east down old Highway 26 in Government Camp, we see the Battle Axe Inn in the left foreground, Battle Axe Recreation Hall behind it, and Hill's Place across the road on the right. Learn More
  25. Grandma Soper, Willow Creek area, Malheur County - Lange

    Grandma Soper, Willow Creek area, Malheur County - 1939

    Grandmothers (and grandfathers) often moved to Oregon during the Depression with their children's families when they came to look for better farming opportunities. Learn More
  26. Heceta Head Lighthouse and New Coast Highway - Eddy

    Heceta Head Lighthouse and New Coast Highway - 1935

    This view by Eddy is as much about the new highway as it is about the scenic Heceta Head Lighthouse. Learn More
  27. Heceta Head Lighthouse from Cape Creek Cove - Eddy

    Heceta Head Lighthouse from Cape Creek Cove - c. 1935

    This view of the lighthouse was created by Ralph Eddy from the cove at the mouth of Cave Creek, just to the south of Heceta Head. Learn More
  28. Hill's Place, Government Camp, Mount Hood

    Hill's Place, Government Camp, Mount Hood - c. 1935

    Looking west down old Highway 26 in Government Camp, we see Hill's Place on the left, and the Battle Axe Recreation Hall on the right. Behind the recreation hall, across the highway from Hill's Place, is the Battle Axe Inn. Learn More
  29. Hoop Dancer at Molalla Buckaroo - Rothstein

    Hoop Dancer at Molalla Buckaroo - 1936

    The Molalla Buckaroo has been a continuing tradition for a century, beginning in 1913 when the railroad came to town. Learn More
  30. Hooverville Squatter in Portland - Rothstein

    Hooverville Squatter in Portland - 1936

    "Hooverville" was a name given to shanty towns built by homeless people during the Great Depression. They were informally named after President Herbert Hoover, who was widely blamed for the Depression.. Learn More
  31. Hop Farmers Conversing on a Drug Store Corner - Lange

    Hop Farmers Conversing on a Drug Store Corner - 1939

    This Depression-era photo of an Independence, Oregon street corner shows a gathering of local hop farmers discussing politics and other pressing issues of the day. Learn More
  32. John Goldade's Willamette Garage

    John Goldade's Willamette Garage - c. 1930

    John Goldade and his wife purchased this service station at 7th Avenue and 12th Street in 1927. Learn More
  33. Landing a 43 1/2 lb. Salmon at Willamette Falls

    Landing a 43 1/2 lb. Salmon at Willamette Falls - c. 1930

    The label of this period postcard is quite specific as to the weight of the fish, as well it should be to honor the proud fisherman. Learn More
  34. Lighthearted Kids in Merrill FSA Camp - Lange

    Lighthearted Kids in Merrill FSA Camp - 1939

    While many of Dorothea Lange's Depression photos reveal the hardships and strain of life at that time, this view demonstrates that kids can still smile in any environment. Learn More
  35. Looking Across Steel Bay from Rim Drive, Crater Lake - Eddy

    Looking Across Steel Bay from Rim Drive, Crater Lake - c. 1930

    In 1930, photographer Ralph Eddy would have used the one-lane unpaved Rim Road to reach this vantage point at Crater Lake. Learn More
  36. Looking North from Skell Head, Crater Lake - Eddy

    Looking North from Skell Head, Crater Lake - c. 1930

    This photo of Crater Lake was taken from Skell Head, at 8,000 feet elevation. Learn More
  37. Looking North on Sixth Street at Jefferson - Eddy

    Looking North on Sixth Street at Jefferson - 1936

    The Public Service Building, with its "HEAT" sign on top, dominates this view, as it dominated downtown Portland for many years, being its tallest building. Learn More
  38. Looking Over Canemah Towards the Arch Bridge - Eddy

    Looking Over Canemah Towards the Arch Bridge - 1937

    It's not easy to find older photos of Canemah - usually the town is in the far background of photographs taken looking upstream at Willamette Falls. Learn More
  39. Looking Over the Newly Completed Bonneville Dam - Eddy

    Looking Over the Newly Completed Bonneville Dam - 1939

    Bonneville Dam and its associated locks brought huge changes to the Columbia River, as well as the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
  40. The McLoughlin House After its move to the Bluffs - HABS

    McLoughlin House After its move to the Bluffs - 1934

    The John McLoughlin House was one of the first buildings documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), which included this photo taken in 1934. Learn More
  41. Mrs. Botner Arranges her Storage Cellar - Lange

    Mrs. Botner Arranges her Storage Cellar - 1939

    In a scene familiar to many of us, Mrs. Botner checks a box of rhubarb on the floor of her storage cellar in Nyssa Heights, Malheur County, Oregon. Learn More
  42. Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway - Eddy

    Multnomah Falls and Lodge, Columbia River Highway - 1937

    Multnomah Falls is the most popular destination for car tourists in Oregon, and has owned that distinction pretty much since cars were invented. Learn More
  43. Navy Ships Along the Waterfront, Portland - Eddy

    Navy Ships Along the Waterfront, Portland - 1936

    Navy ships pause near the Portland Public Market in August, 1936. Opened in late 1933, it was at the time the world's largest public and farmer's market. Learn More
  44. New Sinnott Memorial Building at Crater Lake - Shangle

    New Sinnott Memorial Building at Crater Lake - 1933

    Dedicated in 1931, the Sinnott Memorial Building was two years old when this photo was created by J. Verne Shangle. Learn More
  45. North Silver Creek Falls - Eddy

    North Silver Creek Falls - 1934

    Taken a year after Silver Falls State Park was dedicated, this view of the 136-foot high North Falls was created as a postcard view by photographer Ralph Eddy in 1934. Learn More
  46. Ocean Steamer on the Columbia River - Eddy

    Ocean Steamer on the Columbia River - 1938

    Motorists stop along the Columbia River Highway to watch the "Charles L. Wheeler, Jr." passing upstream on the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam. This was not a typical sight; the Wheeler was the only ship of its size to travel this far up river. Learn More
  47. Ocean Steamer Under Bridge of the Gods - Eddy

    Ocean Steamer Under Bridge of the Gods - 1938

    The "Charles L. Wheeler, Jr.", a 3,300 ton cargo ship, was the first (and only) ocean steamer to go through the newly-opened Bonneville Locks in 1938. Learn More
  48. Old Covered Bridge near Roseburg - Eddy

    Old Covered Bridge near Roseburg - 1935

    We don't know the name of this stream, but it is probably either Deer Creek or the South Umpqua River, which converge in Roseburg. Learn More
  49. Old Ironsides Under the St. Johns Bridge - Eddy

    Old Ironsides Under the St. Johns Bridge - 1933

    Two icons meet in one photograph by Ralph Eddy. The new is the St. Johns Bridge, dedicated two years earlier. The old is "Old Ironsides", the U.S.S. Constitution, dedicated in 1797. Learn More
  50. Old Ironsides Visits Portland - Eddy

    Old Ironsides Visits Portland - 1933

    A Portland crowd gathers for a unique opportunity - the chance to step on board "Old Ironsides", the (now) over two centuries old U.S.S. Constitution, on her only visit to the Pacific Northwest in 1933. Learn More

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