Multnomah County (Or.)

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Melva Lillian Cole with two unidentified women after her arrival in Portland

Half-length portrait of Melva Lillian Cole (center) with two unidentified women on December 30, 1942, after she arrived in Portland from Fargo, North Dakota. Cole had been invited to the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland to christen PC 816, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet. Her husband, Navy serviceman Wilson Burnett Cole, had been killed in a German submarine attack off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. The Oregon Journal published a front-page story about Cole’s arrival on the front page of its December 30 final edition. The story, headlined “City Greets Widow of Sub Hero, Who Is Thrilled Over Launching,” reported that Cole was greeted by “Mrs. E. E. Trahan and Mrs. Ruth Ott of the Navy Mothers and Mrs. P. S. Kaadt and Mrs. Mary Prentice of the Portland Federation of Women’s Clubs.” She was also greeted by Navy servicemen K. A. Johnson and W. N. Edwards; see related image No. 375A0446. Image note: The number 40 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / Hell Hornet / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0448, 375A0449, 375A0450, and 375A0451.

Melva Lillian Cole and group at ship-launching ceremony, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing four people standing in a row in front of a ship during a launching ceremony at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. At left is George Rodgers, president of Albina Engine; second from left is Melva Lillian Cole, who christened the ship, a submarine chaser known as Hell Hornet; and at far right is U. S. Navy Commander Leland D. Whitford, supervisor of naval shipbuilding in the Portland area. The second man from right is unidentified. The Oregon Journal published a story about the launching and a related photograph, image No. 375A0441, on Page 10 of its final edition on January 9, 1943. The story, headlined “Wife of Hero Launches Subchaser,” reported that Cole was the widow of a U. S. Navy serviceman, Wilson Burnett Cole, who had been killed in an attack by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras in June 1942. Image note: The number 31 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Launching / 1/8/43” is written on the negative sleeve. Also see image Nos. 375A0434, 375A0435, 375A0436, 375A0437, 375A0438, 375A0439, 375A0440, 375A0441, 375A0442, 375A0443, 375A0444, 375A0445, 375A0446, 375A0447, 375A0448, 375A0449, and 375A0450.

Albina Engine & Machine Works men’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, six unidentified men, are at a bowling alley, posing in two rows next to a rack of bowling balls. They are wearing matching collared shirts. Each man’s first name is embroidered on his shirt. The men in the front row are Jim, Ray, George, and Ernie. The man at back left is also Jim; the name on the sixth man’s shirt is not visible. The text “V8” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Albina Engine & Machine Works women’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, five unidentified women, are in an office, posing in a row. The two women at each end are sitting on a desk, and the other three are standing between them. They are wearing matching short-sleeved button-up shirts. The text “V2” is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Albina Engine & Machine Works men’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, five unidentified men, are posing in two rows next to a rack of bowling balls. All but the second man from left are wearing matching shirts with a name embroidered on the pocket. The name “Jack” is visible on the shirt of the man at center, and the name “Blackie” is visible on the shirt of the man at right. The other names are partially obscured. The text “V5” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Albina Engine & Machine Works men’s bowling team

Portrait showing a bowling team from the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard. The team members, five unidentified men, are posing between a table and a bulletin board labeled “The Albina Paddock.” The four men in front are wearing matching collared shirts. The text “V10” is written on the negative and is visible in the upper right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Bowling team.”

Swing-shift workers on stage at Playhouse Theatre, Portland

Photograph showing a group of people on a stage. At front is a man standing at a microphone. The rest of the group is standing behind him; in the background at left is a man sitting at a piano. The number 22 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Swing shift / Playhouse Theatre / 1/16/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was probably taken at a vaudeville show performed by workers from Albina Engine & Machine Works and Commercial Iron Works in Portland. A short preview of the show was published on Page 4, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Friday, January 15, 1943: “SHIPYARD SHOW–Even the national War Labor board has set its seal of approval on the Albina-Commercial swing shift show slated for 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Playhouse. Besides a sneak preview and ‘This is Blitz,’ or what Hitler does to conquered countries, the workers will give their own 10-act vaudeville, featuring Clinton English, Albina magician, and Helene Landsvert, Commercial dancer.” See related image Nos. 375A0462, 375A0463, 375A0464, 375A0465, 375A0467, 375A0468, 375A0469, 375A0470, 375A0471, 375A0472, 375A0473, and 375A0474.

Swing-shift worker performing at Playhouse Theatre, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified man on a stage. He appears to be singing or speaking. A second unidentified man is sitting at a piano behind him. The number 16 is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The unverified note “Albina shipbuilding / Swing shift / Playhouse Theatre / 1/16/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The photograph was probably taken at a vaudeville show performed by workers from Albina Engine & Machine Works and Commercial Iron Works in Portland. A short preview of the show was published on Page 4, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Friday, January 15, 1943: “SHIPYARD SHOW–Even the national War Labor board has set its seal of approval on the Albina-Commercial swing shift show slated for 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the Playhouse. Besides a sneak preview and ‘This is Blitz,’ or what Hitler does to conquered countries, the workers will give their own 10-act vaudeville, featuring Clinton English, Albina magician, and Helene Landsvert, Commercial dancer.” See related image Nos. 375A0462, 375A0463, 375A0464, 375A0465, 375A0466, 375A0467, 375A0468, 375A0469, 375A0470, 375A0471, 375A0473, and 375A0474.

Welder Jeannine Christensen holding blowtorch, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing Jeannine Christensen, a welder at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is standing at a slatted work table and looking down at two pieces of metal on the table. She is holding the bottom of her raised welder’s mask with one hand and is holding a lit blowtorch in the other. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Jeanine [sic] / 9/30/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Jeannine Christensen, welder at Albina Engine & Machine Works, walking with unidentified woman

Photograph, taken from the front, showing two women walking down a sidewalk and smiling at one another. The woman at left, carrying a welder’s mask, is Jeannine Christensen, a welder at Albina Engine & Machine Works in Portland. The woman at right is unidentified. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Jeanine [sic] / 9/30/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Jeannine Christensen, welder at Albina Engine & Machine Works, looking in mirror

Photograph showing Jeannine Christensen, a welder at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. She is facing left, standing in front of a mirror, and looking at her reflection. She is wearing a blouse and skirt and is pulling down on the hem of the blouse. The text “Albina shipbuilding / Jeanine [sic] / 9/30/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Jeannine Christensen? talking with unidentified man at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two workers, a man and a woman, talking outdoors at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The woman is sitting on a wooden scaffold above the man and is holding a sandwich in one hand. The man is leaning against the scaffold and facing her. Both are smiling. The workers are unidentified, but the woman may be Jeannine Christensen, a welder at Albina Engine. The text “Albina shipbuilding / 9/3/43” is written on the negative sleeve. The date is unverified.

Workers on swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait of a group of unidentified employees posing in three rows in a work area at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The text “31X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44.”

Employees in office during swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait of five unidentified people, four men and a woman, posing in an office at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are facing front and smiling. The text “43X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44.”

Worker writing in receipt book during swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified worker sitting at a desk and writing in a receipt book. She is facing toward the right and looking down at the book. The text “36X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. The note “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44” is written on the negative sleeve. The employee is wearing an Albina Engine & Machine Works identification badge, but the shift and date are unconfirmed.

Worker with truck-mounted crane during swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified worker with a truck-mounted crane at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The worker is standing next to a crate hanging from the crane. He has one hand on the crate and the other on his hip. Other Albina workers are visible in the background. The text “28X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0553 and 375A0556.

Worker with truck-mounted crane during swing shift, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing an unidentified worker with a truck-mounted crane at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The worker is standing next to a crate hanging from the crane. He is facing right, looking toward the front, and resting one hand on the crate. Inside the crate are barrels labeled “National Carbide.” The text “27X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina ship / Swing shift / 12/7/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0553 and 375A0555.

George Buckle addressing workers at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph, taken from behind, showing George Buckle speaking to assembled workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland on Wednesday, July 26, 1944. Members of the Albina Hellcats band are sitting behind him. They are in a second-story room open to the outdoors on one side, and the crowd is gathered below. A cropped version of this photograph was published in on Page 1, Section 2, of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, July 30, 1944. It had the following caption: “TO TACKLE THE PROBLEMS that war workers in the area face, the Working-Stiffs’ Forum is inaugurated at Albina. George Buckle, rigging superintendent, outlines the plan whereby shipbuilders at lunch hour meetings can discuss working and living problems in the area, and methods of improvement. In the foreground is the Hellcats band.” The photograph accompanied a story by Jean Muir headlined “Albina Workers Establish Forum.” Muir reported that the forum would meet three times a week at the lunch hour, with one meeting to focus on shipyard issues and the other two on general problems. Muir wrote: “Everything vital to the business of living during the war or in the postwar world will be open for discussion — from suggested improvements in working conditions to better food for the children and plans for worker security when the war is over.” See related image Nos. 375A0564 and 375A0565.

Four unidentified people at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing four people, two women and two men, standing in a row outdoors at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. All four are looking at a document that the man at left is holding. The woman at right is wearing a button with the word “VISITOR” on it. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding.”

George Buckle addressing workers at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing rigging superintendent George Buckle speaking to assembled workers at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland on Wednesday, July 26, 1944. Members of the Albina Hellcats band are sitting behind him. They are in a second-story room open to the outdoors on one side, and the crowd is gathered below. Buckle was outlining a plan for shipyard meetings, called the Working-Stiffs’ Forum, to discuss problems faced by employees. A story about the meetings, headlined “Albina Workers Establish Forum,” was published on Page 1, Section 2 of the Oregon Journal on Sunday, July 30, 1944. The story, by Jean Muir, reported that the forum would meet three times a week at the lunch hour, with one meeting to focus on shipyard issues and the other two on general problems. Muir wrote: “Everything vital to the business of living during the war or in the postwar world will be open for discussion — from suggested improvements in working conditions to better food for the children and plans for worker security when the war is over.” See related image Nos. 375A0560 and 375A0565.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of unidentified employees, all women, posing in three rows next to a table stacked with wrapped Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are facing front and smiling. On the other side of the table is a decorated Christmas tree. The text “22X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0568, 375A0569, 375A0570, 375A0571, and 375A0572.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of unidentified employees, all women, posing next to a table stacked with wrapped Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are facing front and smiling. At left are stacks of wrapped Christmas gifts and a decorated tree. The text “21X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0567, 375A0569, 375A0570, 375A0571, and 375A0572.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of unidentified employees, all women, posing next to a table stacked with wrapped Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The employees are facing front, and most are smiling. On the other side of the table is a decorated Christmas tree. The text “23X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0567, 375A0568, 375A0570, 375A0571, and 375A0572.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of eight women and two men posing next to a table stacked with Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. On the other side of the table is a decorated Christmas tree. The text “25X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0567, 375A0568, 375A0569, 375A0571, and 375A0572.

Cleanup crew at Christmas party, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Portrait showing a group of unidentified employees, all men, posing next to a table stacked with wrapped Christmas gifts at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. The employees are facing front, and most are smiling. On the other side of the table is a decorated Christmas tree. The man at far left is wearing a button with the words “CLEANUP LEADER” on it. The text “20X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower right corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Cleanup gang / Xmas Party 12/23/44.” See related image Nos. 375A0566, 375A0567, 375A0568, 375A0569, 375A0570, and 375A0572.

Two employees having coffee or tea, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Photograph showing two unidentified employees sitting at a table at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are smiling and facing front. The woman at left is holding a pot of coffee or tea, and the woman at right is holding a mug. The text “11X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the image. Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Sub chaser / 11/25/44.”

Restaurant staff, Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland

Group portrait showing the staff of a restaurant at the Albina Engine & Machine Works shipyard in Portland. They are posing in three rows in the dining room. The people in the front row are sitting at one of the tables, and the others are standing behind them. They are wearing matching uniforms. The text “2X” is written on the negative and is visible in the lower left corner of the photograph. The people in the image are unidentified. Image note: Information based on the following unverified note written on the negative sleeve: “Albina shipbuilding / Sub chaser / 11/25/44.”

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