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Oregon Historical Photo: 3 Boys


Three boys pose, most likely near Grants Pass, for Amos Voorhies, an entrepreneur and newspaperman whose style was very unique for his day. Voorhies featured everyday people in their natural surroundings.
 

Three boys pose, most likely near Grants Pass, for Amos Voorhies, an entrepreneur and newspaperman whose style was very unique for his day. Voorhies featured everyday people in their natural surroundings.  

Amos Voorhies Collection, Lloyd Smith Photo Collections

Each week Oregon Experience shares a photo highlighting the state’s diverse, exciting history.

In 1897 Amos Voorhies became the owner of the Rogue River Courier in Grants Pass. As the paper expanded he bought the Kodak store, including all the photography equipment, below the newspaper office. Not one to let a business opportunity go to waste, he started selling cameras as well as producing the paper. It wasn’t long before he started taking photos as well. Voorhies traveled all over the area on his bike taking glass plate photographs. His style was very unique and featured everyday people in their surroundings, which are of great interest to modern day historians.  

Watch the Oregon Experience documentary “Capturing Oregon’s Frontier” to learn more about the vast collection of Amos Voorhies’ photos.  

Capturing Oregon's Frontier

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