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  1. 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
  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. 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
  5. Chief Tommy Thompson and his Wife Flora, Feast of the First Salmon

    Chief Tommy Thompson and his Wife Flora, Feast of the First Salmon - 1945

    In 1945, Chief Tommy Thompson was ninety years old; his last wife, Flora, was forty-seven. Learn More
  6. 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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  7. Colville Couple, with Winchester Rifle and River Otter Pelt

    Colville Couple, with Winchester Rifle and River Otter Pelt - c. 1895

    A couple poses outside their log house in ceremonial garb, including a breastplate worn by the man. Learn More
  8. Colville Mother and Child - Royal Engineers

    Colville Mother and Child - c. 1860

    This very early photo of a Colville mother and her infant child was taken by the Corps of Royal Engineers, likely near Spokane. Learn More
  9. 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
  10. Edna Kash-kash, Cayuse tribe - Moorhouse

    Edna Kash-kash, Cayuse tribe - 1890s

    One of a large number of portraits taken by Major Lee Moorhouse at the Umatilla Reservation, this photo of Edna Kash-kash shows her in front of her reed-mat tepee. Learn More
  11. Eliza H. Marsh, Wife of Sidney Marsh

    Eliza H. Marsh, Wife of Sidney Marsh - c. 1870

    Eliza Haskell, born in Ohio in 1841, married Sidney Marsh in 1860, when he was already the president of Pacific University. She was 15 years younger than her husband. Learn More
  12. 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
  13. George Thorpe and Parents

    George Thorpe and Parents - 1860s

    I don't know much more than the name of the boy in the photo, but the image haunted me until I added it to this site. Learn More
  14. 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
  15. High Fashion in Baker City - Hazeltine

    High Fashion in Baker City - 1890s

    There was plenty of fashion in Baker City in the 1890s, and Martin Hazeltine, the photographer, was sophisticated enough to capture it for us. Learn More
  16. Hleastunuh, a Skokomish Woman - Curtis

    Hleastunuh, a Skokomish Woman - 1913

    We know little about Hleastunuh besides her name. Her striking image, captured here by Curtis, contrasts the textures of her own hair and weathered skin with a woven mat she wears as a garment. Learn More
  17. Indian Maid with Beaded Leather Bag - Markham

    Indian Maid with Beaded Leather Bag - c. 1925

    This unidentified young woman from The Dalles displays a beautiful beaded leather bag - perhaps created by her own hands. Learn More
  18. 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
  19. Jennie Michel, "The Last of her Tribe"

    Jennie Michel, "The Last of her Tribe" - 1905

    Jennie Michel, a well-known (and often photographed) Clatsop basket weaver, was sometimes referred to as "The Last of her Tribe", though others of the Clatsop lineage outlived her. Learn More
  20. Kalispel Couple in Traditional Dress - Royal Engineers

    Kalispel Couple, Wearing Traditional Dress - c. 1861

    This early portrait by the Royal Engineers, and others in its series, are notable as they are some of the first photographs made of Northwest Native Americans. Learn More
  21. Klamath Woman - Curtis

    Klamath Woman - 1923

    This photo of a Klamath woman may have been taken earlier, but was published in 1923 in Volume 13 of Curtis' "The North American Indian". Learn More
  22. Louisa Denny & Grandson Lawrence Lindsley

    Louisa Denny, Founder of Seattle, & Grandson - 1900s

    Louisa Denny, one of the founders of Seattle, with her grandson Lawrence Lindsley. Learn More
  23. 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
  24. Madonna - Partridge

    Madonna - c. 1900

    This art photo of a mother and child was created by William Partridge sometime after he moved from Oregon to Boston in 1886. This image was one of his most popular and sold for many years; our print is dated 1900. Learn More
  25. Makah Indian Basket Weavers - Curtis

    Makah Indian Basket Weavers - 1910

    Asahel Curtis, brother of the more well-known Edward S. Curtis, also produced photos of Native Americans - often focusing on the Makah tribe in northwest Washington. Learn More
  26. Man & Woman in Costume with Parasol - Lewis

    Man & Woman in Costume with Parasol - 1900s

    Two apparent stage performers strike a pose in Salem. From their shoes and her dress, it's likely they're dancers. Learn More
  27. Martha and Eliza Spalding - Lafler

    Martha and Eliza Spalding - c. 1915

    On the card-mounted original print, the sisters are identified as Martha Jane Wigle (Spalding) and Eliza Spalding Warren. Learn More
  28. Mary Richardson Walker, Early Oregon Missionary - Bowers

    Mary Richardson Walker, Early Oregon Missionary - 1871

    Mary Richardson Walker arrived in Oregon Country with her husband Elkanah in 1838, settling among the Spokane tribe to teach and preach at their mission, Tshimikain, located 25 miles northwest of present day Spokane. Learn More
  29. Mother and Daughter at Pendleton - Bowman

    Mother and Daughter at Pendleton - c. 1895

    This touching studio portrait was created by Walter Bowman, who for many years operated a photo studio in Pendleton. He often took portraits of people from the nearby Umatilla Reservation. Learn More
  30. Mother and Daughter, Likely Nez Perce or Wasco

    Mother and Daughter, Likely Nez Perce or Wasco - circa 1885

    This studio portrait by an unidentified photographer shows a mother and daughter in fine ceremonial garb, probably taken somewhere in north-central Oregon. Learn More
  31. 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
  32. Myra Fairbanks Eells, Early Oregon Missionary - Moore

    Myra Fairbanks Eells, Early Oregon Missionary - c. 1870

    Myra Eells and her husband Cushing, together with Mary and Elkanah Walker, established the Tshimikain mission northwest of Spokane in 1838, after crossing the continent on foot. Learn More
  33. 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
  34. Northern Shoshone or Bannock Couple - Wrensted

    Northern Shoshone or Bannock Couple - c. 1895

    This unknown couple are probably members of the Northern Shoshone or Bannock tribes, based on other photos taken at the time by Benedicte Wrensted. Learn More
  35. Old Klamath Woman - Curtis

    Old Klamath Woman - 1923

    This photo of a woman who has seen much was published in 1923 as part of Edward S. Curtis' masterpiece, "The North American Indian". Learn More
  36. Older Wishram Woman - Curtis

    Older Wishram Woman - circa 1910

    This older woman is wearing a traditional woven basket hat as well as a dentalium placed through a piercing in the septum of her nose. Learn More
  37. 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
  38. Oregon's Indian Madonna - Gifford

    Oregon's Indian Madonna - c. 1905

    Gifford's affection for soft-focus especially lends itself to "Oregon's Indian Madonna", one of his most famous photos. Learn More
  39. Periods of Time - White

    Periods of Time - 1902

    This classic photo of different generations was taken by Oregon amateur photographer Lily White, likely somewhere along the Columbia River. Learn More
  40. Preparing Salmon, Wishram - Curtis

    Preparing Salmon, Wishram - c. 1910

    While this Wishram woman is likely preparing salmon for drying for her own family, for centuries the Wishram people dried thousands of pounds of Salmon for trading with other tribes. Learn More
  41. 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
  42. Ruth Meiser, wife of Jesse, in their Studio - Meiser

    Ruth Meiser, wife of Jesse, in their Studio - c. 1900

    While Ruth Meiser is not credited on any of the Meiser photos I've seen, it was not uncommon for wives to work alongside their husbands in turn-of-the-last-century photography studios. Learn More
  43. Salvation Army Couple, Astoria, Oregon - Matt Mathson

    Salvation Army Couple, Astoria, Oregon - c. 1893

    Astoria photographer Math Mathison created this studio portrait of a Salvation Army couple in full regalia, sometime in the early 1890s. Learn More
  44. 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
  45. The Bath

    The Bath - 1898

    A brother and sister receive their weekly bath on the back porch in this classic Portland scene. Learn More
  46. The Belle of the Yakimas - La Roche

    The Belle of the Yakimas - 1899

    This striking portrait of an unidentified young woman in native dress was created by Seattle photographer Frank La Roche in 1899. Learn More
  47. The Entertainer, Butler Cafe Review, Seattle - Robert Mushet

    The Entertainer, Butler Cafe Review, Seattle - 1921

    Located in Seattle's Hotel Butler, the Butler Cafe was much more than a small cafe, with a seating capacity of 500. Learn More
  48. 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
  49. The Old Homestead

    The Old Homestead - c. 1910

    This family portrait, which includes the cat and dog, shows a typical slice of life for homesteaders in the coast range of southwest Oregon. This particular scene is from Kent Creek, near Winston, in Douglas County. Learn More
  50. Thomas & Sophia Charman, Wedding Photo - Buchtel

    Thomas & Sophia Charman, Wedding Photo - 1854

    Reproduced from a rare Joseph Buchtel daguerreotype. According to a note in its case, the original photo was taken on September 27, 1854, the day after Thomas and Sophia were married in Oregon City. Learn More

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