This vintage real photo postcard features a street scene in Detroit, Oregon.The cars in the photo appear to be from the late 1930’s or 1940’s. There is a lot to look at in this image. Here are some of the interesting sights in the photograph. An old pickup truck, a Chevron gas station, Arthur’s Cafe, Cascade Rooms to Rent, and a number of pedestrians. The small town of Detroit (Oregon). was named after Detroit (Michigan) because there were many Michiganders living there. In 2010, Detroit, Oregon had a population that barely topped 200.  (SOLD)

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This striking vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of a young mother and father standing behind their little girl. The family is dressed for winter. The Gentleman is wearing a cap and holding an umbrella. Mom is wearing a scarf on her head and around her neck. The little girl is looking at the photographer and has an expression that says she is not sure of what is going on and she is not at all happy about being photographed. As stated earlier, there is something striking about this image. Perhaps it is because the family appears to be down and out. Their being a troubled family is certainly just my subjective perception. This photograph was taken by the Monroe & Armstrong studio, located in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The AZO stamp box reveals that the card dates back to sometime between 1904-1918. The postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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This cabinet card photograph features a very handsome man wearing fur coat in Prineville, Oregon. Note his wonderful mustache. This cabinet card portrait was taken by the Western Photo Association studio. The managers of the business were G. H. Ramsdell and F. P. Eastburn. A notation on the reverse of the photograph indicates that the subject of this photo is J. H. Nigle of Prineville, Oregon. The date of the photograph is noted as March, 1891. A preliminary search found little information about the gentleman in this photo. The U.S. General Land Office has an 1891 record of a John H. Nigle from Crook County (the location of Prineville). No other information was found. SOLD

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This vintage real photo postcard features the Queen of the 1947 Portland, Oregon, Rose Festival. The newly crowned Queen is named Georgene. She is pretty and is flashing a wonderful smile. She looks majestic wearing her crown, dressed in a royal robe, and clutching a large bouquet of roses. The festival has an interesting history. The Portland Rose Society was founded in 1888 and the group began with a backyard rose show. By 1902 the society was hosting a parade and pageant, in addition to the rose show. The first Rose Festival and Flower Parade was held in Portland in 1906. The parade included decorated floats, wagons, people and horses. The first “official Porland Rose Festival occurred in 1907. The Rose Festival Parade included an “electric parade” of illuminated floats. In 1930, the festival began selecting a Rose Festival Queen. The Queen was selected from a group of nominees representing local high schools. These high school seniors were called princesses. Research reveals that the young woman pictured on this photo portrait postcard is Georgene Ormston. She was a student at “Girls Poly” high school in Portland.   (SOLD)


handyman 1A bearded gentleman poses for his portrait at the D. C. Herrin studio in The Dalles, Oregon. The subject is wearing overalls and his attire indicates that he is a workman of some type. He is resting his hand on a wicker chair and is striking an unusual pose in that his feet are crossed at the knee. The gentleman looks rather bored as he endures the process of having his portrait taken. David C. Herrin began his photography career in Medford, Oregon (1888). He and his photographer wife, Margaret, operated a studio in The Dalles from 1892 through 1898. The couple moved to Portland, Oregon in 1899 and joined Frank G. Abell for establish Abell & Herrin photography studio. David Herrin died in 1909. An interesting side note concerns the name of the town that hosted the above photographic session. The city of “The Dalles” is named after a rock. Dalle is a French word meaning flagstone. The name of the town refers to the basalt rocks carved by the Columbia River on which the town is located. This cabinet card is in very good condition (see scans).   (SOLD)


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This vintage real photo postcard features a lovely well dressed couple with a sense of humor. The gentleman in the photograph wrote a very funny message on the reverse of the card. The man, Joe, writes that the pair are being photographed on a mountain, twelve hundred feet above Portland, Oregon. He then demonstrated his flair for humor by suggesting to the postcard’s recipient,  “If you have any rats in your smoke house, just put this (photo) in there and I will insure you no more rats will bother”. This postcard was sent to a woman in Latham, Kansas, and was postmarked in Eads, Colorado. The card was written and mailed in 1908. Joe and his “lady friend” were photographed at 10 Minute Photos, by Cal Calvert. The studio was located in Council Crest (Portland, Oregon). Council Crest Park is a city park in southwest Portland. Council Crest is 1071 feet above sea leveland is one of the hightest points in in the Tualatin Mountains. The park offers a great view of Portland. The couple in this photo may have taken a street car to the park. The Portland Railway, Light and Power Company opened a street car route  (Council Crest Line) to the park in 1906. In 1907 the company opened an amusement park at the site. Research found information related to the photographer who took this photograph. Charles E. (Cal) Calvert operated his studio at Sixth & Ankeny from 1906 through 1930. In 1907, with the opening of Council Crest Amusement Park, he operated a studio and postcard stand on it’s grounds. He also ran a studio at the Washington Street entrance to Portland’s City Park in 1910. Cal was known for his use of rustic props and for his creativity. One of his sets involved subjects appearing as if they were flying an airplane over the city of Portland. A postcard employing this setting is part of a collection at the Portland Art Museum. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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This vintage real photo postcard features a family visiting the “Initial Tree”. This family is not content to have a passive sight-seeing visit to the tree. Instead, this experiential family preferred to climb the tree and have their portrait taken. Three members of the family stand at the base of the tree while four others are perched on limbs or branches looking very much like human ornaments. The message on the postcard and the date on the postmark both disclose that the card was written and mailed in 1910. The postcard is from Aunt Dora to her niece, Tilly, in Portland, Oregon. The postmark discloses that the card was mailed from Nahcotta, Washington. The town is located on Willapa Bay, on the eastern coast of the Long Beach Peninsula. Nahcotta was settled in 1890 and named after an Indian chief. This real photo portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).  SOLD

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This vintage photograph features three adorable siblings. Their names, “Esther, Olga,and Harold Monson” are written on the reverse of the photo. The children are well dressed and are wearing wonderful smiles. The girls are clothed in identical white dresses with lace, and are wearing identical hair bows. Master Harold is dressed in a nautical themed outfit. The Monson siblings are listed in the 1910 US census. The family was living in Jefferson, Oregon. Esther C. Monson (1894-?), Olga Christine Monson (1896-1991), and Harold G. Monson (1898-1991) were living with their parents Olof and Anna Monson. The family had added a fourth child, Agnes D. Monson. When he wasn’t fathering children, Olof worked as a farmer. Olof and Anna were born in Sweden while the three children seen in the photograph were born in Iowa. The photographer of this lovely portrait is the Cronise Photo Studio which was located in Salem, Oregon. Thomas Jefferson Cronise (?-1927) was a very talented photographer. His work is recognized by the Oregon Historical Society, which possesses a large collection of his work. He is described as a man who was able to develop a great rapport with his subjects enabling him to capture their image after he helped them relax for the picture taking. Historians note that he was excellent at photographing peoples “fleeting expressions”. The material was donated in 1974 by Harry Wilmot Cronise, the final owner of Salem’s Cronise Studio, and Thomas’s son. Tom’s sister, Anna Louise worked for photographer Francis J. Catterlin in 1892 and purchased the studio less than a year later. Tom was a successful book and job printer and he began to assist his sister in operating the studio. By 1893, he had become his sister’s partner. After deciding to pursue a full time career as a photographer, Tom bought the Elite Studio in 1902 from Hart and McLennon and renamed the studio “The Tom Cronise Photo Studio”. Upon Tom’s death in 1927, his widow, Nellie, continued the business until 1930. She was succeeded by her and Tom’s son, Harry Cronise. A portrait of Tom Cronise can be seen below.      (SOLD)






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The young woman in this post cabinet card era photograph is strikingly attractive. She has wonderful eyes. She appears to be a teenager. The striking young lady is wearing a high collared and ruffled dress as well as a necklace. The photograph was taken at the Winter Photo Company in Eugene, Oregon. The photographer, John A. Winter was born in Ohio sometime around 1831. He was active in the photography business in Eugene between 1864 and 1869, and again between 1873 and 1900. During his career he also operated photography businesses in Albany, Brownsville, and Jefferson; all towns in Oregon.In 1864 he advertised that he intended to “devote his whole time to making pictures”. In 1865 he began his career operating photographic studios. A number of times during his career he was plagued with poor health. At one point he owned a sheep ranch in addition to a photography studio. Winter employed the bartering system in his business. One of his ads promises to trade portrait taking for firewood. From 1888 to 1900, Winter was the photographer of Oregon State University. Winter’s son, Clarence L. Winter was a photographer in Eugene between 1891 and 1906. However, a letter from C. L. Winter appears in the Photographic Times (1887) indicating that he likely began working in Eugene earlier than the aforementioned date. It is not clear whether John A. Winter or Clarence L. Winter is the photographer who produced the picture of this lovely young woman. Perusing the Cabinet Card Gallery’s collection of photographs by Mr Winter, it is clear that he had photographic talent. This photograph measures about 4 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. To view other photographs by Winter, click on the category “Photographer: Winter”.  (SOLD)



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This photograph features a well dressed young Asian man sitting in a chair with his hat on his lap. He is is exhibiting an intense gaze at the photographer. On the reverse of this photograph is an inscription that informs us about the identity of this gentleman. His name is Lee Tong and he was a clergyman who attended the Eugene Bible University in Eugene, Oregon. The American Home Missionary (1913) journal lists him as a preacher. He also appears in the Portland directory as Reverend Lee Tong (1912-1914). A book entitled “Portland, Oregon: Its History and Builders” reports that he was the Pastor of the Baptist Chinese Church. Research reveals that the Eugene Bible College is now known as New Hope Christian College and it is located in Eugene. The school was founded by Fred Hornshuh in 1925. This photograph was taken at the Brown Studio in Portland, Oregon.

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