Historic Hood River
A couple of things to talk about here. This is the nicest of a cluster of images from “Fruit Fairs” in Hood River. Some of them include labels with “Eight Biennial Fruit Fair” and others “Hood River Fruit Fair, 1909,” so I believe they are from different years. The Eight Biennial Fruit Fair was in October 1908. We can be pretty confident Laraway was the engraver of the trophy. It includes beautiful vines and fruit clusters. We know the trophies were usually displayed in his jewelry store window before the fruit fair. And finally, there are some great apple varieties on display. Besides the standards like Yellow Newton and Early Spitzenberg, we have Arkansas Black, Hydes King, Oregon Red, and Akin Red.
While the trophy is wonderfully shiny and shows all sorts of reflections, unfortunately I can’t make out the camera or photographer. I can see a nice old phone on the wall, but the engraving blocks many of the interesting parts.
You can read about the Eighth Biennial Fruit Fair here. The article lists even more heirloom apple varieties.