Portland Oregonian online through January 1922!

Historic issues of the Portland Morning Oregonian and The Sunday Oregonian, from the late 19th century through the end of January 1922, are available for keyword-searching and browsing through Historic Oregon Newspapers online! Learn about the early history of the Oregonian newspaper and other titles online by clicking on the History tab at the top of the Historic Oregon Newspapers website. Browsing through the historic pages of the Oregonian alone can turn up countless interesting clips, advertisements, and images, like these for example:

1) What kind of music would be considered “toe-tickling dance music” today?

Drawing of a woman and man dancing together with caption that reads, "Toe-tickling dance music."

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) June 06, 1919, Page 11, Image 11. http://tinyurl.com/d67xcbe

2) Medical masks may not be very fashionable, but they have survived over the years for their usefulness in preventing the spread of illness as well as showing off “civic patriotism!”

Image of a man wearing a medical mask with text that reads, "We appeal to your civis patriotism to cooperate with us in our efforts to stamp out the Spanish Influenza or 'Flu' plague in Portland by wearing a mask."

The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, January 12, 1919, Section One, Page 23, Image 23. http://tinyurl.com/czbtf73

3) The changes we have made with cars in less than 100 years will always be fascinating…

Image of a car from 1920 with text that reads: "New Scripps-Booth Six one of handsomest of all the 1920 models."

The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, July 04, 1920, SECTION SIX, Page 9, Image 65. http://tinyurl.com/cujffkg

4) Women’s fashion: will 1920s style (especially these hats) make a comeback in the 21st century?

Two photographs of women wearing hats in 1920s fashion. Text reads: "Parisians now tie face veil on top and let it hang gracefully over head."

The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, September 18, 1921, SECTION FIVE, Page 5, Image 71. http://tinyurl.com/bnlnypn

5) Although some ailments had different names back then (for example, “catarrh” was used to refer to nasal congestion, and “rheumatism” refers to arthritis symptoms), it appears that alternative medicine might have been just as popular back then as it is today:

Advertisement for C. Gee Wo Chinese Medicine Co.

The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, October 24, 1920, Section One, Page 9, Image 9. http://tinyurl.com/butt3xp

6) Men’s fashion: the clothes may not have changed much, but the prices sure have! (Note the use of the 1920s Candlestick Telephone!)

Advertisement depicting three men in suits reads, "Largest Display of Men's and Young Men's Fall Clothing in Northwest at $10.00 or less"

The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, September 12, 1920, Section One, Page 9, Image 9. http://tinyurl.com/cdowko2

7) In politics, government, and economics, many of the same issues still plague our society today, judging from this political cartoon:

Political cartoon depicts a man standing on a dock holding two crying babies that represent "current taxes," while a woman school teacher in a sinking boat labeled "salary" is calling for help. The water into which the boat is sinking represents the "cost of living." The man holding the babies is shocked and troubled and doesn't know what to do. Caption reads, "The taxpayer's dilemma."

Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, May 10, 1919, Image 1. http://tinyurl.com/cn4d5eo

8) There are just some things that will probably never change:

Advertisement for coffee shows a drawing of a man holding a coffee cup with wings coming out of it. Text reads, "Wings of the morning! That's just what good coffee is - wings of the morning. The delicious fragrance steals up into your nostrils, the rich smooth flavor enchants your palate; the wholesome invigorating effect sets you up for the day's work."

The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, May 09, 1920, SECTION THREE, Page 6, Image 54. http://tinyurl.com/borb3sn

What kinds of interesting clips will you find? Happy Searching!

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