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Portland General Electric Photograph Collection

  • Org. Lot 151
  • Collection
  • 1880 - 1965

Negatives documenting company activities, including electrical infrastructure, employees, power generation and distribution throughout Portland, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon Cascade Range. Additional general images include streetcars and trains, street lighting, power line installation, Rose Festival floats, office buildings, car barns and bridges. Of particular note are dam building projects at Bull Run and along the Clackamas River (1910-1930), and early electric stations in Oregon City at Willamette Falls.

Portland General Electric Company

Rose Festival - Portland, Oregon

Photographic postcard showing girls in white dresses marching in the Rose Festival parade in Portland, Oregon. Each holds onto a streamer attached to a pole in the middle of the group. Writing on the bottom of the print reads, "Rose Festival, Portland, Ore. Electric Studio."

Electric Studio (Portland, Or.)

Rose Festival - Portland, Oregon

Photograph of men and women posing at the Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. Two posts behind them read "R" "R". A young woman wearing a tiara, possibly the Rose Festival queen, is flanked by young women wearing matching dresses, possibly the Rose Festival princesses. Stamp on the back of the print for Arthur M. Prentiss, Commercial Photographer.

Prentiss, A. M. (Arthur M.)

Chinese Float at the Rose Festival Parade - Portland, Oregon

Photograph of children in traditional dress on a Chinese-themed float at the Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. The float has a sign with language in both English and Chinese. The English reads, "Great Gathering on the Veranda." On the left is a second float representing Yugoslavia, with people in traditional dress. Stamp on the back for Arthur M. Prentiss, Commercial Photographer.

Prentiss, A. M. (Arthur M.)

Rose Festival Parade - Portland, Oregon

Photograph of people sitting in an automobile decorated with flowers for the Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. The automobile is in front of a house. Flowers on the hood spell out "Portland Ad (?) Club." The photograph has been colored. Handwriting on the back reads "Prentiss" indicating this was likely taken by Arthur Prentiss.

Prentiss, A. M. (Arthur M.)

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Life on the Plains” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes a horned oxen and and three women on horses. People viewing the floats stand along the road in the background.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Apple Blossom Time in Oregon” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs and large apples adorn much of the float, and several individuals pose while looking at the camera. Flowers line the top of the float.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Sacajawea and the Coming of the White Man” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, as well as Native American statues. Two men in full white outfits stand to the left of the float, while viewers are visible in the background.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “In Harvest Time” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, a large bushel of wheat and two people riding oxen. A man in a full white outfit stands at the back of the float, while viewers can be seen at the right side of the frame.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “The Wedding of the Oceans” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs line the ship-shaped float, which also includes a large globe and several individuals looking at the camera. The front of the boat includes a small battleship. Three men in white suits stand next to the float.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Garden of Rosaria” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs line the float, which is in the shape of a garden with a fountain and royal gazebo. An individual dressed as a queen sits inside the structure, looking at the camera.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Before the Dawn” written on a sign at the front. Three men in full white outfits stand on the left side, while three women in Native American garb pose on the float. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which depicts a Native American with animals and a tipi. On the right side of the frame, parade viewers can be seen along the side of the street standing in front of a brick building.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “The Birth of Trade” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes several individuals dressed in western garb, and two individuals in a canoe. Several men wearing full white outfits pose while looking at the camera.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Blazing the Trail of Steel” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs adorn much of the float, which includes two seated women in front of a train, which is emerging from a lighted tunnel. Several individuals can be seen standing on either side of the float, all of which are slightly out of focus due to exposure.

Portland Rose Festival electric floats

Photograph of an electric float from the Portland Rose Festival from 1914, with the name “Discovery of the Columbia River” written on a sign at the front. Electric light bulbs line the float, which is in the shape of ship with “Columbia” painted on the side. Several men and women dressed in sailing attire stand on the deck of the ship while looking at the camera.

Broadway north from Electric Building

Street scene photograph taken during the Portland Rose Festival from a high vantage point from the Electric Building at 621 SW Alder Street, looking north. Street cars and automobiles are visible on the street. Signs for “Western Union Theater,” “Liberty Theater,” and “Bronson’s” are visible. Evergreen boughs are strung between streetlights, and two American flags hang at the front of the frame.

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