Historic Hood River
Oregon Lumber Company Logging
We saw this one a while back, but I have a little more context. When I first posted this I thought it might be part of an A.J. Shepler grouping circa 1900. In fact there are two men in this view who look very much like men in this A.J. Shepler view. Another image identifies those men as A.J. and T.F. Shepler (one of them is in the center of the photo and the other is behind him to the left). I also notice the staple pattern on the margin of this print matches the staples of the Oregon Lumber Company brochure we looked at a while back. It’s very possible someone removed this image from the book for display at some time.
This is a good reminder of how important context is for artifacts. By itself this is just a nice image of guys in the woods logging. If we know it is part of the Oregon Lumber Company brochure we know where and when, and if it was part of A.J. Shepler’s collection we know who is in the image and how it got to the museum.
Our current practice is that if an image is “borrowed” from the collection for reproduction or display, a record of that action is placed in the collection so the original will (theoretically) find its way back to the proper context.
The text of the Oregon Lumber Company brochure has some great descriptions of the logging operations behind these images.