Baseball game near Forest Grove


Baseball game near Forest Grove


A baseball game near Forest Grove, Oregon circa 1910-1914; possibly in Banks or Gales Creek. A runner appears to be rounding third base while the baseman watches. A boy (partially obscured by damage to the negative) sits in the foreground. The photographer, William Alonso Clapshaw, exposed half of a glass plate negative to create this image. The other half of the glass plate was used to make another photograph of the same game; see image PUA_MS154_008b. Based on other images by Clapshaw of the same team, the runner in this image may have belonged to a team with initials "HT" (or "TH" if the image is reversed). Flaws in the photograph are due to dust and deterioration of the emulsion layer on the negative. The light area in the center of the image may have been caused by an overexposure.
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