Sepia-toned image of a family standing in front of an older, gabled home. The house appears to be run down; a single chimney protrudes from the center of it. Two doors open out onto a covered porch, one is open and the other has paned glass in the upper half, most of the panes are broken out. Off to one side is another, smaller section. There is a lot of brush in the yard, and a number of bushes that are in full leaf. The family consists of four older males, one young boy, and two women. The men and the boy all wear suits, and hold their hats in hand; the oldest male has a long, full beard. the women wear long, fitted bodices over skirts that are fuller in the back than the front. Their sleeves are narrow, and the younger woman has a lacy decoration around the neck of her dress. Both wear their hair up tightly.
[Front] [stamped] R. H. Gardiner. Photo. God Bless Our Home. G. W. McCoy Job Printer and Book-binder, First and Stark Streets, Portland, O[missing, torn off]. [Back] [pencil] This home could be where Banks is now. Picture taken approx 1885. [Stamped] Oregon & California Railroad. Passing through the finest portion of Oregon, the Willamette, Umpqua and Rogue River valleys, which are noted for their FINE AND VARIED SCENERY. [sic]. To those seeking Homes these valleys offer special inducements. Fine Climate, Rich Soil, and Abundant Harvests. [sic] The Mt. SHASTA ROUTE between Portland and San Francisco. Short staging and First-Class Accommodations. Pullman Buffet Sleepers Daily between Portland and Ashland, and Cole's and San Francisco. Tourists should Remember this is the Scenic Route. [sic] For full and complete information, apply to the undersigned. E. P. ROGERS, Genl Freight and Passenger Agent, PORTLAND, OREGON.
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