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. Publicity Photo of a Dancer in Portland - Fink Studio

    A Dancer in a Classic Art Deco Pose - c. 1929

    An unknown performer strikes an Art Deco pose for this publicity photo by Fink Studio in Portland, probably in 1929. Learn More
  3. A Man and His Bicycle - Mrs. Flora H. Browning

    A Man and His Bicycle - circa 1895

    This highly detailed view suggests a close relationship between this man, his books, and his bicycle. Learn More
  4. A Music Hall Fiddler - Joseph Buchtel

    A Music Hall Fiddler - circa 1875

    First seen in Britain in the 1830s, by the 1870s the popularity of music halls had spread to most good-sized towns in the Pacific Northwest Learn More
  5. A Very Small Girl in a Plaid Dress - Buchtel

    A Very Small Girl in a Plaid Dress - c. 1874

    We don't know the name of this young girl, but we do know the original small-format CDV photo was taken by Buchtel and Stolte, at 91 First Street in Portland. Learn More
  6. A Young Chinese Man from Portland - Isaac G. Davidson

    A Young Chinese Man from Portland - 1877

    This image was captured in the late 1870s - a time of growth for the Chinese community in Portland. The city's Chinese population increased from about 700 in 1870 to about 2500 in 1880. Learn More
  7. A Young Woman with a Marcel Wave Hairstyle - David Perry Evans

    A Young Woman with a Marcel Wave Hairstyle - circa 1925

    This circa 1925 portrait of a young woman with a Marcel Wave hairstyle was taken by Portland photographer David Perry Evans. Marcel Waves were created with a heated curling iron, invented by French hair designer Francois Marcel in the 1870s. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. Agnes Dolph, daughter of Sen. Joseph Dolph - Buchtel

    Agnes Dolph, Daughter of Sen. Joseph Dolph - c. 1875

    A well-to-do girl in a wonderful fringed dress, posed next to perhaps a family heirloom? Learn More
  10. Albert G. Walling, Early Publisher - Joseph Buchtel

    Albert G. Walling, Early Oregon Publisher - 1872

    A. G. Walling emigrated with his family to the West Linn area now known as Robinwood in 1849. Learn More
  11. Benjamin Stark, Portland Founder & U.S. Senator

    Benjamin Stark, Portland Founder & U.S. Senator - c. 1861

    Born in Louisiana in 1820, Stark sailed to Oregon in 1845, where he soon purchased Asa Lovejoy's share of the land that eventually became downtown Portland, for $390. Learn More
  12. Bishop Benjamin Wistar Morris - Buchtel

    Bishop Benjamin Wistar Morris - c. 1871

    This early portrait of Morris was taken by pioneer photographer Joseph Buchtel about two years after Morris arrived in Oregon to assume the position of Episcopal Bishop of Oregon. Learn More
  13. Blackface Performer in Portland - Arthur B. McAlpin

    Blackface Performer in Portland - circa 1900

    An unnamed vaudeville performer is captured in his blackface persona in the publicity photo from Portland at the turn of the last century. Learn More
  14. Bringing a Stein of Beer - Buchtel

    Bringing a Stein of Beer - c. 1872

    In early photography, cameras were so bulky that occupational photos were usually shot in the studio. Here we see a bar keeper bringing a glass beer stein to a customer. Learn More
  15. Clara Stearns, Only Daughter of Abigail Scott Duniway - c. 1885

    Clara Stearns, Only Daughter of Abigail Scott Duniway - c. 1885

    Shown here shortly before she died from tuberculosis in 1886, Clara Belle Duniway Stearns was the oldest child, and only daughter, of Oregon suffragette and author Abigail Scott Duniway.

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  16. Daughter of the Wild - Haran

    Daughter of the Wild - 1907

    This evocative study of a young woman was created by James Haran, an award-winning Portland amateur photographer. Learn More
  17. Dr. Sidney Marsh, 1st President of Pacific University - Hendee

    Dr. Sidney Marsh, 1st President of Pacific University - c. 1865

    Dr. Sidney Marsh was appointed President of Tualatin Academy in Forest Grove in 1853, and carried on as that position when the school became Pacific University in 1854. Learn More
  18. Elmer E. Charman, Possible Graduation Photo - Abell

    Elmer E. Charman, Possible Graduation Photo - c. 1881

    This is likely a graduation photo for Elmer Ellsworth Charman, taken when he graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College in Corvallis in 1881, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Learn More
  19. Father and Daughters - Joseph Buchtel

    Father and Daughters - circa 1868

    We don't know the names of these people, but we can make some good assumptions about them. Learn More
  20. George H. Himes, Printer & Historian - Dalton

    George H. Himes, Printer and Historian - 1865

    This 1865 portrait was taken by Frank Dalton, shortly after Himes came to Portland from Olympia. Learn More
  21. George Law Curry, Oregon's Last Territorial Governor - Buchtel

    George Law Curry, Oregon's Last Territorial Governor - 1860s

    George Law Curry, a publisher and jewelry maker, served as Oregon Territory's governor on three different occasions. Learn More
  22. Harvey J. Meacham, Co-founder of Meacham, Oregon - Dalton

    Harvey J. Meacham, Co-founder of Meacham, Oregon - 1865

    Born in Indiana in 1828, Harvey John Meacham and his brother Alfred B. Meacham were early settlers in Eastern Oregon, who founded the town of Meacham in Umatilla County in 1863. Learn More
  23. Harvey W. Scott, Shortly after Graduation - Dalton

    Harvey W. Scott, Shortly after Graduation - 1865

    Harvey Whitefield Scott, brother of Abigail Scott Duniway, is best known as the long-time editor and driving force behind the Portland Oregonian newspaper. Learn More
  24. 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
  25. James H. Bird, Circuit Court Judge - Towne

    James H. Bird, Circuit Court Judge - c. 1884

    This photo may have been taken before James Harrison Bird became Circuit Judge for the 7th Oregon District. We know he held that position in 1886, at the age of 29. Learn More
  26. James John, Founder of St. Johns - Buchtel

    James John, Founder of St. Johns - c. 1875

    James John, an early settler who arrived in Oregon in 1842, platted "St. Johns on the Willamette" in 1852. Learn More
  27. James Longmire, Founder of Longmire Springs - Potter

    James Longmire, Founder of Longmire Springs - c. 1895

    James Longmire first saw Mt. Rainier in 1853, when he guided the first wagon train to cross Naches Pass to the north. Learn More
  28. Jazz Age Flapper "Twins", Portland - George W. Davies

    Jazz Age Flapper "Twins", Portland - c. 1928

    This publicity photo was taken by George Davies in Portland. Show business photographs were a specialty of his. Learn More
  29. Joseph Lane, Oregon's First Territorial Governor - Buchtel

    Joseph Lane, Oregon's First Territorial Governor - 1879

    General Joseph Lane, Oregon's first territorial governor, in later years. Learn More
  30. Julius C. Moreland - Joseph Buchtel

    Julius C. Moreland - circa 1879

    Julius C. Moreland was the Portland City Attorney in 1879, about the time when this portrait was created by Joseph Buchtel. In case you're wondering, yes, the "C" stands for Caesar. Learn More
  31. Leonard (T. L.) Charman, Possible Graduation Photo - Abell

    Leonard (T. L.) Charman, Possible Graduation Photo - c. 1881

    This is likely a graduation photo for Thomas Leonard Charman, taken when he graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College in 1881, with a Bachelor of Science degree. Learn More
  32. Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

    Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa - c. 1898

    Young Lottie Ostby shares a meal with her grandparents, somewhere in the Portland area. In addition to tea, there appear to be several kinds of fruit and baked goods. Learn More
  33. M. K. Lauden, Co-founder of Portland Business College - Buchtel

    M. K. Lauden, Co-founder of Portland Business College - 1868

    Lauden, along with H. M DeFrance, started National Business College in Portland in 1866, which was renamed as Portland Business College in the 1880s. Learn More
  34. Mary Marsh, Daughter of Sidney &  Eliza - Buchtel

    Mary Marsh, Daughter of Sidney & Eliza - c. 1876

    Mary Marsh was about eleven years old when this photo of her was taken by Joseph Buchtel. Her father would die young three years later. Learn More
  35. Olaf Indahl, Self-portrait at his Desk - Indahl

    Olaf Indahl, Self-portrait at his Desk - c. 1905

    An eclectic collection of artwork provides inspiration for photographer Olaf Indahl, at his desk in early twentieth-century Portland. Learn More
  36. 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
  37. Publicity Shot for "Pretty Babies" in Portland

    Publicity Shot for "Pretty Babies" in Portland - 1929

    An unknown performer shows a lot of leg in this publicity photo for the show "Pretty Babies", performed in Portland in the summer of 1929. Learn More
  38. Sam Song Bo, Ministry Student, McMinnville College - Davidson

    Sam Song Bo, Ministry Student, McMinnville College - 1877

    Sam Song Bo, who was Chinese, was sponsored by the Baptist Home Mission in Portland to attend McMinnville College to study for the ministry. Learn More
  39. Sarah Jane Clear Dickerson - Abell

    Sarah Jane Clear Dickerson, Oregon City - c. 1882

    Sarah Jane Clear was born in Missouri in 1862, and came to Oregon with her parents John and Louisa Clear in about 1865, when they settled in Washington County. Learn More
  40. Senator Joseph N. Dolph - Buchtel

    Senator Joseph N. Dolph - c. 1876

    The "Buchtel & Stolte" imprint on the original cabinet card dates this image to between 1875 through 1878, a few years before Dolph was first elected to the U. S. Senate in 1882. Learn More
  41. Short-haired Girl with Doll - Buchtel

    Short-haired Girl with her Doll - c. 1879

    A young girl with short-cropped hair holds her doll with long braids. Learn More
  42. The Bath

    The Bath - 1898

    A brother and sister receive their weekly bath on the back porch in this classic Portland scene. Learn More
  43. The Charman Brothers, Oregon City - Buchtel

    The Charman Brothers, Oregon City - c. 1864

    Lennie (later known as T. L.) and Elmer Charman, ages about 4 and 3, who grew up to partner in a number of well-known Oregon City business ventures. Learn More
  44. The Haircut

    The Haircut - 1898

    A mother gives her son a trim near the shed in the backyard as his sister looks on, in this classic Portland scene. Learn More
  45. The Sheik, Portland, Oregon - Davies

    The Sheik, Portland, Oregon - circa 1928

    The "sheik" of the 1920s was in many ways the male equivalent of the flapper - a hip young man who liked jazz and danced the foxtrot, and rebelled against the ethics of his parents' generation. Learn More
  46. The Waiter - Davies

    The Waiter - c. 1898

    The long and thin proportions of this photo accentuate the slender build of the very proper waiter in late 19th century Portland. Learn More
  47. Two Duck Hunters from Portland - Orlando M. Hofsteater

    Two Duck Hunters from Portland - circa 1910

    I'm assuming those are real ducks, evidence of a successful hunting trip by these two men. Though incongruous in a photo studio, at least the backdrop appears to show a marshy area. Learn More
  48. Vaudeville Dancer, Portland Publix Theatre - Davies

    Vaudeville Dancer, Portland Publix Theatre - c. 1928

    This publicity photo of a vaudeville dancer was taken by Portland photographer George Davies, near the end of the "roaring twenties". Learn More
  49. Victorian Woman with Cropped Hair - Davidson

    Young Victorian Woman with Cropped Hair - 1887

    Portrait of Blanche Webster Yeomans, taken in January 1887, shortly after her marriage. Learn More
  50. Young Woman Costumed as an Indian, Portland - George W. Davies

    Young Woman Costumed as an Indian, Portland - c. 1915

    This young woman is wearing an elaborate (though not particularly authentic) costume, and appears to be in a wig and in redface. Learn More

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