Two Horse-Drawn Plows


Two Horse-Drawn Plows


Two farmers wearing overalls and straw hats sit on a pair of plows, each of which is drawn by a team of two horses. A young horse (or possibly a mule?) stands near one of the horse teams. This photograph was taken in the vicinity of Forest Grove, Oregon circa 1910-1914, possibly in the Hillside or Hayward communities northwest of town. A field stands behind them, with a partially cleared forest and several houses on the hill in the background. This photograph appears to have been overexposed, and also has some damage due to deterioration of the emulsion layer on the negative.
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.

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circa 1910-1914




Gelatin silver negatives