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Wheel Shop

Photograph of a worker in a wheel shop using a machine to bore a train wheel. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Wheel Shop - Boring wheel center to required size. Wheel to be pressed on axle."

Wheel Shop

Photograph of a man working on train wheels in a wheel shop. He works on a wheel in the far left corner of the room. In the foreground, train wheels are stacked against each other. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Wheel Shop - Turning Wheels."

Farm Products of Goose Lake Valley, Oregon

Photographic postcard of a pile of fresh produce. Potatoes are delicately balanced atop squash, cabbage, and other produce. Handwritten label on the bottom of the print reads, "Products of Goose Lake Valley Or., Wendt Photo." One cabbage is labeled "18.5#" while another piece of produce is labeled "26#." Handwritten note on the back of the postcard reads, "We do this yearly for the fun of the thing. Guess what we can do when we get down to business."

Wendt, Henry, 1875-1955

Man with Timothy Grass

Photographic postcard of a man standing next to a recently harvested crop of timothy grass. The timothy is almost as tall as he is. Handwritten label at the bottom of the print is mostly illegible but likely reads, "243 heads of Timothy grown near La Pine, Oregon."

Alfalfa Meeting

Photograph of a man talking to a group of people. He is likely giving a presentation to farmers about growing alfalfa. As he talks, he points to a chart behind him titled, "Alfalfa in United States," which shows the amount of acreage dedicated to growing alfalfa in various states. There are several children in the front row.

Farm field

Photograph of a large, open agricultural field. There are farmhouses and barns in the distance. Signed "Gifford" on the bottom left of the print. Stamp on the back of the print reads, "From Passenger Department: The North Bank Road, Portland, Ore."

Gifford, Benjamin A.

Fence divides sagebrush from farm field

Photograph of 2 people, each standing in a field on either side of a wooden fence. The fence forms a dividing line between a desert landscape and farmland. On the left of the fence, a man stands on land covered with sagebrush. On the right of the fence, a man stands in an agricultural field on farmland. The crops come up to his chest. Signed "Gifford" on the bottom right of the print.

Gifford, Benjamin A.

Working a hay field in Kennewick, Washington

Photograph showing several agricultural workers posing in a hay field in Kennewick, Washington. They are baling hay. Two horse-drawn wagons are piled high with hay. Handwritten label on the bottom of the print reads, "K-23, Emigh's hey (sic) field, Kennewick, Wash., 1906. Photo by Graveslund, Kennewick, Wn."

Gravenslund, John H., 1861-1944

Mr. Stopper examines apple tree in his orchard near Lyle, Washington

Photograph showing a man inspecting an apple tree in an orchard near Lyle, Washington. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "13584--Weister, Portland. Shows two year old tree in the Stopper orchard, eight miles north of Lyle, Klickitat County, Wash., with Mr. Stopper standing by the tree. This is red-shot soil, elevation of about 1700 feet."

Weister Company

Apple orchard in Maryhill, Washington

Photograph of 2 rows of apple trees in bloom in an orchard in Maryhill, Washington. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "Kiser 5453. Old Apple Orchard, Maryhill, Wash. SP&SRy." Stamp on the back of the print reads, "From Passenger Department, The North Bank Road, Portland, Ore."

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Orchard and farmhouse

Photograph of an orchard and farmhouse. Rows of trees stand in an orchard on the left and in the right foreground. At the center of the photograph, behind a field of crops, is a farmhouse. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "From R.H. Crozier."

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

View of apple and peach orchard in Scappoose, Oregon

Photograph showing a view of the apple and peach orchards at the Glen Cove Orchard near Scappoose, Oregon. In the foreground, a wooden bridge crosses a creek. A barn and farmhouse are visible in the distant background. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "A portion of the fifty acre Glen Cove apple and peach orchard near Scappoose. K3." Stamps on the front and back of the print indicate a 1911 copyright by Kiser Photo Co.

Kiser Photo Co. (Portland, Or.)

Cows in field in Dallesport, Washington

Photograph of 8 cows scattered in a wide, open field in Granddalles, known today as Dallesport, Washington. Two of the cows in the center appear to be young calves. The cows all turn to look at the camera. Typed note on the back of the print reads, "3000 acres of this kind of flat land commencing with Granddalles townsite and extending 3 1/2 miles north to foothills." Handwritten note indicates this is Washington state.

Cows on dairy farm

Photograph showing cows standing in a dirt area in front of a dairy farm. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Dairy ranch." An invoice taped to the back of the print indicates that SP&S ordered a print of this photograph from Hicks-Chatten Engraving Co. on March 2, 1911.

Loading sheep onto train

Photograph showing a corral of tightly packed sheep in front of a train. Several people stand or sit on a wooden ramp that connects the corral with the train. Handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Loading sheep at Coleman. Return to SE(?) Freeman Railway Exchange."

Dairy farm, Washougal, Washington

Photograph showing a line of cattle walking up a ramp toward a barn in Washougal, Washington. Three adults and a child stand at the top of the ramp, in the entryway to the barn. Handwritten note on the back of the print reads, "Palmer Dairy Farm at Washougal, Wash. 18 miles from Vancouver, Wash. Situated on the Columbia River and North Bank Ry." Second handwritten note reads, "Dairy Farm, Southwestern Washington." Stamp on the back of the print reads, "From Passenger Department, The North Bank Road, Portland, Ore."

Horses pulling combine harvester, Washtucna, Washington

Photographic postcard showing roughly 30 horses pulling a combine harvester down a hill in a grain field in Washtucna, Washington. Several farm workers pose on the farm machinery. Handwritten label on the front of the postcard reads, "Colliers Combine Harvester, Washtucna. Ash." Handwritten note on the back of the postcard is crossed out. It reads, "Combine at work, H. Collier Ranch, Washtucna."

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