Lot 241 of 703:
Rare Stereo Views of Lewis & Clark Exposition, 1905.  

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Official Photographs from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition

Stevens, D. M.

Portland, Oregon

D.M. Stevens



Group of 17 stereo view cards, on ochre mounts with photographer’s mounted label.


Group of rare stereo view cards of views taken around the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in 1905, which took place in Portland, Oregon. The views here include two rare views of the airship “Gelatin” which was used by the young pioneering aviator Lincoln Beechey in his flights over the fair. Also two unusual views of the “captive balloon” attraction. No other examples could be located on OCLC (nor on the internet, nor in works on the topic).


Mautz notes that Stevens was active in Portland between 1905-09, but that in 1905 he was working for the Kiser Photography Company-- however, as his printed label (affixed to each card) shows, Stevens was not only self-employed, but billing himself as creator of “Official Photographs Lewis and Clark Centennial” (Biographies of Western Photographers, p.393). The label hedges the truth—he was not one of the official photographers. Photographers Fred and Oscar Kiser billed themselves as the “Lewis and Clark Official Photographic Co.” while William H. Rau was perhaps the official official photographer (as he was for the 1904 St. Louis Expo) and the one with the official concession. These facts—and the somewhat amateur quality of the views-- perhaps explains why these Stevens’ stereos of this important regional Western commercial and cultural event are so rare. Two of the cards have penciled captions on verso. Includes:

* View of Lincoln Beachey in the airship “Gelatin” above the Expo Grounds.

* View of the airship “Gelatin” being removed from hangar-barn.

* No. 33. Captive Baloon [sic] Man and woman in cage of ascending balloon.

* View of Captive Balloon on ground

* View from distance of the “Placer Mine” Building

* No. 6. Forestry Bldg.

* View of gazebo in Park.

* View of Forestry Building from down the street.

* View of Totem Pool collection with Caucasian visitors.

* View of the L&C grounds from a distance.

* Woman at end of pier at Guild’s Lake

* Group of women and a man walking through the Colonnade of the US Government Building.

* Group of people sitting in shade of garden.

* Road through Expo grounds

* View of the European Exhibits (Liberal Arts) Hall



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Some general light wear; very good.

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