Portland, Oregon - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. "Benson Cocktails", Street Drinking Fountains in Portland - George M. Weister

    "Benson Cocktails", Street Drinking Fountains in Portland - c. 1917

    A newsboy stops for refreshment at one of twenty water fountains given to the city of Portland by Simon Benson, shortly after they were installed. Learn More
  2. A Coach Stops Across from the Old Weinhard Brewery - Indahl

    A Coach Stops Across from the Old Weinhard Brewery - c. 1905

    A four-wheeled enclosed carriage rests on a muddy Burnside Street. It appears to be a "coupe", with only forward facing seats and glass windows on the front corners. Learn More
  3. Burning of Portland Waterfront North of Madison Bridge - Woods

    Burning of Portland Waterfront North of Madison Bridge - c. 1898

    This dramatic photo shows a fire in progress that destroyed at least a block of buildings along the Portland waterfront. Learn More
  4. Business District and Waterfront, Portland, Oregon - Ralph Eddy

    Business District and Waterfront, Portland, Oregon - 1936

    Taken during Portland's first "Fleet Week", this view shows the destroyer Reuben James and other Navy ships in front of the City's downtown business district. Learn More
  5. Closset & Devers Coffee & Spices Delivery Wagon - Indahl

    Closset & Devers Coffee & Spices Delivery Wagon - c. 1905

    Closset and Devers Coffees was an old Portland firm, named when Arthur Devers joined the existing company of Closset Brothers in the early 1880s. Learn More
  6. Corbett Building, 5th and Morrison, Portland, Looking South

    Corbett Building, 5th and Morrison, Portland, Looking South - 1928

    Featured here is the Corbett Building, built about 1909 and then imploded in 1988 to make way for the current Pioneer Place development. Learn More
  7. Delivery Cart on Burnside Street in Portland - Indahl

    Delivery Cart on Burnside Street in Portland - c. 1905

    One of a series of photos taken by Olaf Indahl on West Burnside near the sign store where he worked. The large building across the street is Weinhard's brewery. Learn More
  8. Downtown Portland and the West Hills - Hale

    Downtown Portland and the West Hills - 1898

    By 1898 Portland had become a thriving modern city, and fine homes were making their way up the slopes of the West Hills. Learn More
  9. Downtown Portland, North of the Hawthorne Bridge

    Downtown Portland, North of the Hawthorne Bridge - c. 1912

    Many buildings can be identified in this highly-detailed view of downtown Portland, taken by an unidentified photographer in about 1912. Learn More
  10. Dredge "Clackamas" in Portland Harbor

    Dredge "Clackamas" in Portland Harbor - 1929

    The 3,400 hp diesel electric dredge "Clackamas" shown here was launched in 1925, and at that time was the largest diesel electric dredge in the world. Learn More
  11. Evening on Broadway, Portland - Eddy

    Evening on Broadway, Portland - c. 1940

    Bright lights point the way as pedestrians gather on Broadway on a circa 1940 evening. Learn More
  12. 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
  13. Fireboat Puts on a Show in Portland Harbor

    Fireboat Puts on a Show in Portland Harbor - circa 1910

    Wooden piers and the buildings above them were among the structures most susceptible to fire in the 1800s and early 1900s. Learn More
  14. First Street in Portland, During the Holidays - Byrnes

    First Street in Portland, During the Holidays - 1889

    The December 21st, 1889 issue of The West Shore included this holiday-themed engraving of life in downtown Portland as its centerfold. Learn More
  15. First Street, 1876 Portland Flood - Buchtel

    First Street, 1876 Portland Flood

    In this photo of an early Portland flood, pioneer photographer Joseph Buchtel is standing at the corner of First and Pine, facing northeast. Learn More
  16. Front Street Portland in 1852 - Buchtel

    Front Street in Portland in 1852

    This circa 1900 photo was copied from an original daguerreotype attributed to Joseph Buchtel. It shows Front Street from Ash Street to Salmon Street, with the docks in the distance. Learn More
  17. Government Building at Lewis & Clark Exposition - Indahl

    Government Building at Lewis & Clark Exposition - 1905

    This view shows the U. S. Government Building on its island in Guild's Lake, with the "Bridge of Nations" leading out to it in the middle right. Learn More
  18. Government Building from West, Lewis & Clark Expo - Indahl

    Government Building from the West, Lewis & Clark Expo - 1905

    This view benefits from its unusual vantage point - probably not one that was ever used by the Exposition's promoters. Learn More
  19. Government Building with Military Camp, Lewis & Clark Expo - Indahl

    Government Building Military Camp, Lewis & Clark Expo - 1905

    The Government Building hosted exhibits from many branches of the U. S. government at the Lewis and Clark Expositon - including the military. Here two types of tents fill the east lawn near the waters of Guild's Lake. Learn More
  20. Grand Ave. at Morrison, Looking North, Portland

    Grand Ave. at Morrison, Looking North, Portland - c. 1915

    There are lots of cross-bars on the power poles in this view looking north on Grand Avenue. No wonder they needed the poles to be so tall. Learn More
  21. 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
  22. Houseboats at Portland's First Stockyards - Indahl

    Houseboats at Portland's First Stockyards - c. 1905

    Looking from the Willamette River across the houseboats to Portland's first Union Stock Yards, located in the northwest industrial area at 17th and Vaughn. Learn More
  23. J. K. Gill Co. and 3rd Avenue, Portland

    J. K. Gill Co. and 3rd Avenue, Portland - c. 1904

    Looking north on Third Avenue, we see J. K. Gill on the left at 133 Third Street (as it was called then). This was the original Portland location for what grew into a chain of bookstores for Joseph Kaye Gill. Learn More
  24. Looking East Across the Lewis & Clark Exposition - Indahl

    Looking East Across the Lewis & Clark Exposition - 1905

    This overview of the Exposition is the work of talented amateur photographer Olaf Indahl, who often captured slightly different views of the fair than those published by the promoters. Learn More
  25. Looking North on 11th and 12th, Portland, with Mt. St. Helens

    Looking North on 11th and 12th, Portland, with Mt. St. Helens - 1893

    We assume the date given on the original boudoir sized print is more accurate than the mountain's name, which is incorrectly listed as Mt. Hood! Learn More
  26. 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
  27. Looking North on Sixth Street, Portland - John F. Ford
  28. Looking North over Portland Towards Mt. St. Helens - McAlpin

    Looking North over Portland Towards Mt. St. Helens - 1890

    We're looking up Broadway, with the Park Blocks on the left. Note the lack of electric lines. Learn More
  29. Looking Over East Portland Towards Mt. Hood - Hale

    Looking Over East Portland Towards Mt. Hood - 1898

    Part of a series of Portland views created by Hale, this scene looks east towards Mt Hood, over the growing industrial area in southeast Portland. Learn More
  30. Looking Over Portland's Bridges Towards Mt. St. Helens - Hale

    Looking Over Portland's Bridges Towards Mt. St. Helens - c. 1898

    This early view shows three of Portland's bridges across the Willamette, all of which have been replaced since the photo was created in 1898. Learn More
  31. Mt. Hood from Portland West Hill - Hale

    Mt. Hood from Portland West Hills - c. 1896

    Part of a series of town views of Portland created by photographer Herbert A. Hale, this view looks across the western end of downtown towards snow-covered Mt. Hood. Learn More
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. Ocean Liner Passing Through Draw of Burnside Bridge - Eddy

    Ocean Liner Passing Through Draw of Burnside Bridge - 1931

    An Ocean Liner passes through the opened bridge in September, 1931, about five years after the new Burnside Bridge was completed, replacing an 1894 swing-span version. Learn More
  35. One of the First Benson Bubblers, Portland - George M. Weister

    One of the First Benson Bubblers, Portland - c. 1917

    The Benson Bubblers are Portland's iconic four-bowl drinking fountains, The first twenty were installed by 1917, financed by a $10,000 gift from Simon Benson. Learn More
  36. Overlooking Guild's Lake from the Northwest Hills - Indahl

    Overlooking Guild's Lake from the Northwest Hills - c. 1900

    Guild's Lake in northwest Portland, now drained, became famous a few years after this photo when it was chosen for the site of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition. Learn More
  37. Overview of Central Portland and East Portland - Davidson

    Overview of Central Portland and East Portland - c. 1887

    This early overview of Portland shows both sides of the Willamette, shortly before electric power lines began to line city streets. About a third of the way up are the Park Blocks, with their newly planted trees. Learn More
  38. Portland and Mount Hood - Detroit Photographic Co.

    Portland and Mount Hood - 1901

    This turn-of-the-last-century view of Portland was distributed as a 7 by 9 inch photochrom color view by the Detroit Photographic Company. Learn More
  39. Portland and Mount Hood - Eddy

    Portland and Mount Hood - 1935

    Reproduced from the original postcard negative, this view looks over Portland from the west hills. Note Civic Stadium (now Providence Park) in the foreground. Learn More
  40. Portland and Mt. Hood - Watkins

    Portland and Mt. Hood - circa 1885

    The ornate stone building in the center of this image is Portland High School, located on the southwest corner of 14th and Morrison Streets. Learn More
  41. Portland and Mt. St. Helens - Eddy

    Portland and Mt. St. Helens - 1937

    This striking photo of downtown Portland, looking north on Broadway, features a snowy Mt. St. Helens in the distance. Learn More
  42. Portland from the West Hills - Haynes

    Portland from the West Hills - 1890s

    This overview of Portland was published in the 1890s by Frank J. Haynes as Number 1 of a series of magic lantern glass slides of Pacific Northwest subjects. Learn More
  43. Portland Skyline from the Willamette River - Eddy

    Portland Skyline from the Willamette River - 1929

    In this view looking north toward downtown, it's clear this section of the Willamette was very much a working river. The 1910 Hawthorne Bridge dominates the scene. Learn More
  44. Portland Waterfront, Near Morrison Bridge

    Portland Waterfront, Near Morrison Bridge - c. 1915

    This detailed view of the west side of the Willamette gives us an excellent idea of how the downtown Portland waterfront felt in the early 20th century. Learn More
  45. Portland, Northwest 3rd and Glisan, Looking West

    Portland, Northwest 3rd & Glisan, Looking West - c. 1915

    There's lots of transportation, and bit of construction, going on in this view looking southwest at the corner of 3rd and Glisan. Learn More
  46. Ross Island Bridge, Portland and Mt. Hood - Eddy

    Ross Island Bridge, Portland and Mt. Hood - c. 1940

    Taken just before World War II, this crisp view by Ralph Eddy reveals many details of the 1926 bridge and the neighborhood near it on the west bank of the Willamette. Learn More
  47. Squatters' Shacks near Ross Island Bridge - Rothstein

    Squatters' Shacks near Ross Island Bridge - 1936

    This view of Depression-era homes near the Ross Island Bridge was created by Arthur Rothstein, just out of college and working as one of a dozen photographers for the Farm Security Administration. Learn More
  48. Swan Island Before the Airport

    Swan Island Before the Airport - c. 1920

    This early aerial photo shows Swan Island when it was still an island, and before construction began on Portland's first airport, located here. Learn More
  49. The Lipman, Wolfe & Co. Wagon Stops on 12th Street - Indahl

    The Lipman, Wolfe & Co. Wagon Stops on 12th Street - c. 1905

    Lipman, Wolfe & Company was founded in Sacramento in 1850 by Arthur Wolfe and his uncle Solomon Lipman. In 1880 Wolfe moved his mercantile business to Portland. Learn More
  50. Two Boys & their Dog in a Horse-drawn Cart - Indahl

    Two Boys & their Dog in a Horse-drawn Cart - c. 1905

    Another in a series of horse-drawn vehicles from Olaf Indahl. This one is less work-related, and shows two boys and their dog in a two-wheeled sprung cart. Learn More

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