Hops field workers


Hops field workers


A group portrait of five men and two boys working on a hops farm near Forest Grove, Oregon, possibly in the Hillside neighborhood. This image probably dates from 1910-1914. The men, who are all wearing work clothes and hats, hold hoes in front of them. One man holds a pipe in his mouth. The hops vines around them hang from strings supported by tall poles. Flaws in the photograph are due to dust and 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