jueves, 24 de enero de 2013

Fotografía antigua: VIEWS OF COLUMBIA HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION STATE OF OREGON USA: Photographer Arthur Prentiss

El rastro de Madrid es uno de los sitios que se decía, y todavía se dice por algunos, que se pueden encontrar fotos antiguas. La verdad que hoy es casi imposible y antes era  francamente dificil.
Pues bien el álbum titulado
  • VIEWS OF COLUMBIA  HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION STATE OF OREGON USA
es lo último bueno, y ya pasaron años de ello, que yo encontre en el rastro de Madrid.
Las fotos estan identificadas por un papel cebolla que va separando las fotos con los datos de identificación del lugar.
Es un álbum formado por 37 fotos que documentan  la construcción de esta mítica autopista americana.
 De hecho está considerada por el Gobierno americano como Historic Landmark


City/Town: Portland, Columbia River Gorge including the cities of Hood River, and Mosier 

La historia de esta autopista y todos los detalles sobre la misma se pueden ver en el documento cuyo link he indicado, siguiendo el texto y las fotografías de este álbum tenemos la visión completa de este bonito e importante enclave.
............The engineer for the highway was Samuel C. Lancaster (1864-1941) and was promoted by Sam Hill and the engineer Samuel C. Lancaster. Sam Hill knew the Switzerland's Axenstrasse, a road built along Lake Lucerne. This Swiss road included a windowed tunnel, and Hill took the idea to build a similar highway through the Columbia River gorge...............
La autopista recorre los siguientes condados
  • Wasco County
  • Hood River County
  • Wheeler County
  • Wallowa County
  • Grant County
  • Tillamook County

Todas las fotos del álbum se pueden ver en
  • http://photocollection.alonsorobisco.es/columbia_samples.html

Destaquemos del texto de declaración de Historic Landmark el siguiente detalle

..........The Columbia River Highway (CRH) National Historic Landmark District is located in the state of Oregon, along the south side of the Columbia River between the cities of Troutdale (14.2 miles east of Portland) and The Dalles (88 miles east of Portland). The CRH was the first modern highway constructed in the Pacific Northwest and the first scenic highway constructed in the United States. The road became a trunk route from Portland’s large commercial center to
eastern Oregon and points beyond. The highway’s alignment remains true to the plan that Samuel C. Lancaster and others envisioned for its original configuration. The road is the pinnacle of early-20th-century rural highway design created to take visitors to the Columbia River Gorge’s most breathtaking and beautiful natural wonders and scenic vistas.............

El autor de las fotos es Arthur Prentiss tal y como se identifica en la contraportada del álbum.
El estudio se denominaba
Arthur M. Prentiss
Oregon Commercial Studio
45 Fourth St. Portland Oregon   

Arthur Prentiss was an American photographer born c.1865 and died c.1940.
He started working at Marshfield, Oregon, in 1908. He worked for the main photographic studios in Oregon between 1913 and 1922.
He moved to Portland where was an early photographer for the Union Pacific Railroad.

In 1913, the photographer Arthur Prentiss joined the Weister Company. The Weister Company was established by George M. Weister in 1895 in Portland, Oregon, selling lantern slides an photographic supplies.

In 1917 Prentiss joined Benjamin A. Gifford, famous Oregon photographer and established the “Gifford and Prentiss” Inc. The Gifford & Prentiss Studio was located on SW Washington between Twelfth and Thirteenth street in Portland and lasted until Gifford retired in 1920. Note that Benjamin Gifford bought Kiser (Kiser Photo Co. Photographs) and many of them are housed in the Gifford and Prentiss photograph collection.
 
In 1922, Prentiss adquired Weister's Studio and negatives.
 
Arthur M. Prentiss principal studio, as a single professional photographer, was in 45 Fourth Street in Portland Oregon.

The Gifford photographs collection (Oregon Historical Society, Research Library)contains photographs taken by Benjamin A. Gifford, working alone and in partnerships with Herbert Hale as Gifford & Hale and with Arthur M. Prentiss as Gifford & Prentiss.

Their views of the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast were published in brochures and other publications.

Photographs by Prentiss are the main part of the nine albums of the Brice P. Disque photographs of the Spruce Production Division of the Bureau of Aircraft Division
In 1922 Prentiss adquired Weister’ s Studio and negatives.
The University of Oregon holds “The Angelus Studio photographs collection” which included  photographs by Georges Weister, by  Arthur Prentiss and also photographs from the Angelus Studio Commercial Photo Company.


  •  Destaquemos que dos fotos de este autor se pueden ver en la sección

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives: 

De la librería del Congreso de Estados Unidos

Las fotos son:

Creator(s): Prentiss, Arthur M., photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1935 and 1942]

Creator(s): Prentiss, Arthur M., photographer
Date Created/Published: [between 1935 and 1942]


Men at work. Columbia River Highway

 
Clearing and grubbing, in Tillamook county


 Exposiciones y colecciones con fotos de Arthur Prentiss

West Portal of the Twin Tunnels,Columbia River Highway, in Wasco county 

  • Mileposts were established along the CRH at the time of construction.
  •  New York Public Digital Library
 Pioneer statue, campus of the ... Digital ID: 93786. New York Public Library

Image Title

:  Pioneer statue, campus of the University of Oregon

Creator

: Prentiss, A. M. (Arthur M.) -- Photographer

Item Physical Description

: 24 x 19 cm.

Source

: "The Pageant of America" Collection / v.2 - The Lure of the frontier, a story of race conflict / (unpublished photographs) / Statues and memorials

Bridges in Columbia River Highway


Bridge over Grande Ronde River near Perry, Old Oregon Trail, in Union County

Bridge over the grande Ronde River and O.W.R.& N. Railway tracks near Hilgard, on the old Oregon Trail
O.W.R. & N. Grade Crossing elimination at Hot Lake in Union County, on the old Oregon Trail
Mosier arch Columbia river Highway in Wasco county

Bridge over Nestucca river on the Roosevelt Coast highway near Hebo, in Tillamook County
 A  photographic survey of the Columbia River Gorge, comprise some of the most striking and poignant pictures taken of the area.

Collections with Prentiss vintage photographs (alone and in associaton with Gifford)


 Columbia River Highway showing Lopps at Rowena in Wasco county










Columbia River Highway showing observation Point 



Heavy construction near Mitchell point 

Along the John Day Highway in Grant county