Last Friday, August 25, Library staff had the opportunity to see some of the glass lantern slides from the collections projected on our recently donated Bausch & Lomb Balopticon. We all saw for the first time some images that remain unidentified and undated. One of these was a view from the top of (probably) Emma Jones Hall, looking southwest to the crest of Portland's West Hills. On the hilltop: huge, Hollywood-esque letters spelling out RICHFIELD. One of the audience members has been doing a little research to see if she can solve the mystery, so stay tuned!
Other never-before-seen (at least not by us) images included three shots of what seems to have been early disaster response training: actors with medical conditions pencilled on their foreheads being attended to by earnest young men and women of the medical professions, all set in actual (or exceedingly life-like) rubble. The clothes and vehicles suggest a date of 1940s or 1950s, but where would the rubble have been? Was this a Medical School exercise? In cooperation with the City of Portland? Or were these merely training shots which accompanied a speaker's lecture on how-we-did-it-good-elsewhere? If anyone is interested in taking a look at these to see if they can crack this mystery, just let us know!