Salmon Run c.1890
At the end of the 19th Century, the greatest natural Salmon Runs in the world were taking place. Astoria, Oregon was at the heart of it all – a boom town for the fishing trade as the Columbia River was teeming with salmon, and a town rich in ethnic tradition and thriving in commerce and industry. In fact, it was said that you could "walk across the backs" of the salmon as they came up the mighty Columbia to return to their rivers of origin. It was not a rare sight to see 50 lb. plus Chinook Salmon. The beach seiners hurried to catch their salmon during ebbtide, laying out nets on the outbound tide. By low tide, the nets were full and the sand bars exposed. Teams of heavy horses (Clydesdales, Percherones) pulled the large, heavy nets from the channel to the sand islands and onto the beach. Butterfly fishing boats were also used to bring in the nets.
At the same time, canneries were set up all around the mouth of the Columbia River and nearby waters. The canned salmon was sent all over the world. Businesses across the US would buy the cans and label them to sell in and around their local areas (Michigan, Iowa, NY, Chicago, San Francisco, to name just a few). This collection features a small sampling of someof the beautiful hand-painted artistry that went into labeling the cans.
7461_20_24inrpt, 7462_2, 7462_3, 7462_3_6inrpt, 7462_7, 7463_2, 7463_5, 7463_7, 7464_3_24inrpt, 7465_12,
7465_13, 7465_3, 7465_3_6inrpt, 7470_20_12inrpt