Cowboy on Main Street, Banks


Cowboy on Main Street, Banks


A man sits on a horse on Main Street in Banks, Oregon circa 1910-1914. He is dressed like a cowboy, wearing sheepskin chaps, overalls, and a hat, with ropes coiled in front of him on the saddle. Signs for many small businesses in the town of Banks are visible. From left to right, they read: Michelet, Lawyer; W. C. Young's Real Estate, Insurance, and Feed Store ("Town Lots & Homes, Farms & Acreage"); Billiards; Odd Fellows Hall ("IOOF"); and the Willis Hardware & Imp. Co. The latter store has product signs posted including ones for: Carriages; Sharples Tubular Cream Separators; Phoenix Paint; and John Deere. Main Street is an unpaved dirt road, with wood plank sidewalks. A horse-drawn buggy is in the background behind the cowboy, while a boy holding a bicycle and a car with a cloth top stand on the right.
This is one image from a set of glass plate negatives created by William Alonso Clapshaw. Clapshaw was a clerk and shopkeeper who lived near Forest Grove, Oregon for most of his life. He was born in 1880, probably at the family's home in the Hillside neighborhood of Forest Grove, on what is now Clapshaw Hill Road east of Gales Creek. Around 1910-1914, William took an interest in photography and created a set of glass plate negatives documenting scenes near his family's lands as well as images of himself, his friends and family members. He most likely used a silver gelatin dry plate process. The photographs were donated to the Pacific University Archives in 2023.
The secondary image shows the original glass plate negative.

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circa 1910-1914




Gelatin silver negatives