Farming & Ranching - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. 32 Mules Pulling a Holt Bros. Side-hill Harvester - Raymond

    32 Mules Pulling a Holt Bros. Side-hill Harvester - c. 1900

    Another of Benjamin Holt's innovations was the side-hill harvester shown here. Because of the need for two drive wheels, larger teams were needed to pull this more advanced model. Learn More
  2. A Donkey Nuzzles its Mother - Meiser

    A Donkey Nuzzles its Mother - c. 1910

    Who can resist a mother-and-child photo when both are soft and furry? This farm scene from a century ago shows that some things do not change. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. A Farm Scene near Medford - Kunselman

    A Farm Scene near Medford - c. 1913

    This classic view shows a small grouping of farm buildings, including several houses. Probably an extended family lived here. Learn More
  5. A Homesteader and his Oxen - Adolph Aschoff

    A Homesteader and his Oxen - circa 1885

    Oxen were a popular choice as draft animals for both emigrants crossing the Oregon Trail and for early settlers in Oregon. Learn More
  6. An Oregon Barnyard - Meiser

    An Oregon Barnyard - c. 1900

    Probably taken in Oregon while Meiser was working in the Portland area, this photo give a great overview of the life of a general farming family at the the turn of the last century. Learn More
  7. Bringing Home the Hay from Park Place - Eddy

    Bringing Home the Hay from Park Place - 1923

    Cars of this era needed to be versatile, as this farmer demonstrates for us in spades. Learn More
  8. Bringing Home the Threshing Machine - Harold Brown

    Bringing Home the Threshing Machine - circa 1915

    It's very likely that a steam-powered tractor was used to power this threshing machine, but when it came time to return it to the barn an eight-horse team did the job. Learn More
  9. Bringing in the Hay, Paulina Prairie

    Bringing in the Hay, Paulina Prairie - 1911

    Hay wagons are prominent in this photo of haying at the Laurie Caldwell Ranch in Paulina Prairie, near La Pine. The woman in white near the center is most likely Mrs. Caldwell. Learn More
  10. Building Haystacks with Horse-drawn Wagons

    Building Haystacks with Horse-drawn Wagons - c. 1900

    The six-man crew pauses to have their photo taken in the midst of constructing another in a row of haystacks, somewhere in eastern Washington. Learn More
  11. Case Combine Harvester and Crew - Raymond

    Case Combine Harvester and Crew - c. 1903

    The Case company was pretty sure people would recognize their product when they built this combine around 1900, with large lettering in at least three locations. Learn More
  12. Charles W. Kruse and his Cauliflower Truck

    Charles W. Kruse and his Cauliflower Truck - c. 1920

    The Kruse family first started farming in the Lake Oswego area in the 1850s, when Otto and Frances Kruse arrived from Germany. Learn More
  13. Cow & Calves on 13th Street in Willamette

    Cow & Calves on 13th Street in Willamette - c. 1898

    Looking north on 13th Street in Willamette, now part of West Linn, towards what's now known as Willamette Falls Drive. The cow belonged to H. T. Shipley; the house is the Leisman/Elligsen House. Learn More
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Disc Harrow Crew on a Wheat Farm East of Moro - Raymond

    Disc Harrow Crew on a Wheat Farm East of Moro - c. 1900

    Four teams pose together on the farm of Louie Peetz, who owned 800 acres and rented 1200 acres of government land, all of which he had in cultivation. Learn More
  17. Diversified Farm Scene in the Willamette Valley - Weister

    Diversified Farm Scene in the Willamette Valley - c. 1905

    As this photo demonstrates, the focus of Willamette Valley agriculture has long been small specialty farms, which today includes fruit, vegetables, and nursery stock. Learn More
  18. Dryers and Indian Tents at Big Hop Ranch - Frank La Roche

    Dryers and Indian Tents at Big Hop Ranch - c. 1898

    According to the previous owner of the original print for this image, Big Hop Ranch was located on a flat between Snoqualmie and North Bend, Washington, and included over 300 acres of hops. Learn More
  19. Early Hart-Parr 40-80 Gasoline Tractor near Wasco - Raymond

    Early Hart-Parr 40-80 Gasoline Tractor near Wasco - c. 1910

    This very large gasoline tractor was introduced in 1908. It combined two No. 2 engines, for a total of four cylinders, hence the dual stacks. The engines were moved to the rear for improved visibility. Learn More
  20. First Carload of Express Melons in Grants Pass

    First Carload of Express Melons in Grants Pass - 1886

    Local farmers have brought wagon loads of melons to the depot for shipment to hungry customers in the cities to the north. Despite its name, the Oregon & California Railroad shown here would not actually reach California until the following year. Learn More
  21. Harvesting Blueberries, Willamette Valley

    Harvesting Blueberries, Willamette Valley - c. 1900

    A group of farm workers of varying ages pause in their blueberry picking efforts long enough to have their portrait made, in this view from somewhere in the Willamette Valley. Learn More
  22. Harvesting Wheat Near Canby

    Harvesting Wheat Near Canby - c. 1905

    Carl W. Damm, the photographer, was born in 1882 and grew up on a Clackamas County farm. He worked as a farmer and was also a mill worker. Learn More
  23. Harvesting Wheat with a McCormick Header and Barges

    Harvesting Wheat with a McCormick Header and Barges - c. 1905

    In this system of harvesting wheat, the header was pushed, not pulled, by a team of six to eight horses. It cut off the heads of the stalks, hence its name, and using a conveyor, loaded them into distinctive wagons called barges. Learn More
  24. Harvesting Wheat, Wallis Tractor, Moline Reaper (#1) - Meiser

    Harvesting Wheat, Wallis Tractor, Moline Reaper (#1) - c. 1920

    This highly-detailed view shows a Moline No. 11 reaper being towed by a Wallis tractor, likely near Eureka, California, where photographer Meiser had moved from the Portland area about 1905. Learn More
  25. Harvesting Wheat, Wallis Tractor, Moline Reaper (#2) - Meiser

    Harvesting Wheat, Wallis Tractor, Moline Reaper (#2) - c. 1920

    This companion view to the reaper photo seen in Related Photos at the bottom of the item page focuses on the Wallis tractor, used here to tow the Moline reaper. Learn More
  26. Hauling Wool in Harney County - A. D. Browning

    Hauling Wool in Harney County - circa 1910

    In the early twentieth century, Harney County was one of several eastern Oregon counties helping to make the state a major producer of wool and sheep. Learn More
  27. Hog Heaven - Meiser

    Hog Heaven - c. 1910

    If you've ever dreamed of owning an extremely detailed, century-old view of hogs hanging out on the ranch, here's your chance. (grin) Learn More
  28. Holt Combine Harvester Pulled by Mules - Raymond

    Holt Combine Harvester Pulled by Mules - c. 1903

    Benjamin Holt was known as a mechanical genius, responsible for the "Link-Belt Combined Harvester" shown here, which used flexible chain belts rather than gears to transfer power from the wheels to the working mechanism, lessening breakage and down time. Learn More
  29. Holt Side-hill Combined Harvester near Pendleton

    Holt Side-hill Combined Harvester near Pendleton - c. 1900

    Purchased with a photo identified as by photographer O. G. Allen, this image may be his work also. Learn More
  30. Hood River Valley and Mt. Hood - Cross & Dimmitt

    Hood River Valley and Mt. Hood - c. 1921

    The full title of the original hand-colored print for this image was "Hood River Valley. Home of the Famous Hood River Apple, and Mount Hood". Learn More
  31. Hood River Valley in Blossom - Eddy

    Hood River Valley in Blossom - 1922

    Ralph Eddy created a number of views looking through Hood River Valley orchards towards Mt. Hood, and a few looking the other way towards Mt. Adams. Learn More
  32. 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
  33. Hop Fields Near Tacoma - Hadley

    Hop Fields Near Tacoma - c. 1885

    This view, recreated from an 1880s boudoir card, shows a large hop farm located somewhere near Tacoma. Learn More
  34. Hop Pickers, Near Skokomish Reservation

    Hop Pickers, Near Skokomish Reservation - c. 1900

    We don't know the names of these women or their daughters, but they are typical of many residents of the Skokomish Reservation who worked in nearby hop fields at the turn of the last century. Learn More
  35. Hop Picking - Ford

    Hop Picking - c. 1900

    Many historic photos of hop picking show large crews posed in the foreground. Photographer John F. Ford chose to show one worker and a man who appears to be his supervisor. Learn More
  36. Hop Workers near Mount Angel

    Hop Workers near Mount Angel - 1909

    With historic group photos, if you look closely, you can almost hear the individuals telling their stories. Here we see hop workers, an occupation that both then and now was plain hard work. Learn More
  37. Horse Powered Threshing near Cottage Grove - Shanfelt

    Horse Powered Threshing near Cottage Grove - c. 1903

    While some large farms had steam power, in the early 1900s many farmers were still using horses to power their threshing machines. Learn More
  38. Horse-drawn Two-row Corn Planter - Meiser

    Horse-drawn Two-row Corn Planter - c. 1910

    A farmer shows off his team and planter, likely near Eureka, California, where photographer Jesse Meiser had moved in about 1905. Learn More
  39. Large Hop Dryers Near Tacoma - Hadley

    Large Hop Dryers Near Tacoma - c. 1885

    This large-scale hop drying operation was photographed by Urban Hadley in the 1880s. By this time U.S. hop productions was shifting from New York to the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
  40. 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
  41. Looking North across Pasture towards Mt. Hood - Partridge

    Looking North across Pasture towards Mt. Hood - c. 1885

    This early photo of Mt. Hood from the south was taken by William H. Partridge during his short career in Oregon in the 1880s, before he headed back to the east coast. Learn More
  42. 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
  43. Mt. Hood from Portland, Oregon - Davidson

    Mt. Hood from Portland, Oregon - c. 1855

    This is a photograph by Davidson, made about 1888, of a painting by an unknown artist dating from about 1855. Davidson created a number of scenic boudoir cards that were photos of paintings from earlier decades. Learn More
  44. Mt. Hood from the Columbia River - Detroit Photographic Co.

    Mt. Hood from the Columbia River - 1901

    A pastoral scene that has everything -- flowers, water, animals, trees, a steamboat and mountain, and color, courtesy of the newly developed photochrom process. Learn More
  45. Nora Kidd and her Camera at her Homestead - James P. Kidd

    Nora Kidd and her Camera at her Homestead - c. 1895

    Nora Kidd worked alongside her husband James P. Kidd as an early photographer in southeast Oregon. Learn More
  46. Plowing and Harrowing, Gilliam County - Weister

    Plowing and Harrowing, Gilliam County - circa 1910

    This photo is recreated from a hand-tinted glass slide, sometimes called a magic lantern slide, made by the Weister Company in about 1910. Learn More
  47. Plowing Henry Duncan's Farm at Hazelia

    Plowing Henry Duncan's Farm at Hazelia - 1913

    This classic scene was captured near Rosemont and Stafford Roads. Hazelia is that area south of Lake Oswego and west of West Linn. Learn More
  48. Plowing Near Condon, Oregon

    Plowing Near Condon, Oregon - c. 1900

    There are lots of wide-open spaces behind these two teams plowing on a hillside somewhere near Condon, Oregon. Learn More
  49. Putting Up Hay with a Horse-powered Stacker

    Putting Up Hay with a Horse-powered Stacker - c. 1900

    A large crew with four two-horse teams works at putting up hay on the farm of Mr. Emory Cole. Learn More
  50. Ranchers Near John Day

    Ranchers Near John Day - 1910

    The John Day area has been ranch country since 1862, when B. C. Trowbridge staked the first land claim in Grant County. Learn More

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