I was going through an envelope of photos that my mother kept and found four photos that may be of interest to you. Three are small black and white prints (2 3/4″ X 4 1/2″) that were common in the 1940s and 1950s. My mother’s paternal uncle, Frank Thorp, fished out of Port Orford during this time. His brother, my mother’s father, Lester Thorp, had a camera and often took photos of this size in this era, so he may very well have been the photographer and it may be that one of the men with the boat on the dock is Frank.
1) no date, labeled “Cape Blanco church” on the back
2) no date or label, a boat with unidentified men on the PO dock
3) no date, labelled “J Jones’ boat,” a small boat being hoisted by its bow at the PO dock. You can see salmon fishing boats in the background.
A fourth photo is labeled and dated “Port Orford Ore May 1926.” It is a ghostly, faded image that shows a structure on what I understand is city property at the cliff top where the road goes down to the port area. You can see the faint shape of Humbug Mtn in the background. There is a tear on the photo on the right side (looks like a wave!). I really like this image!!
A fifth photo is of my mother’s father (my grandfather) Lester, with his camera, on the dock at Port Orford with his brother Frank, wife Carol, and sons Bob and Dick. The camera that Lester is holding may be the camera with which he three small b/w photos, above, were taken.
I wanted to pass them along to you in case they are of interest.
Thank you so much for these incredible additions to the Port Orford Historical Photos Archive! Bob Bailey is the President of the Elakha Alliance.