Electric StudioOG Allen historic rodeo photographs Pendleton Oregon ca 1911-1913
Historic Photograph Collections: The Pendleton Group
Electric Studio/O.G. Allen photographs, ca. 1911-1913.
Collection number: PH033
Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 container)
Access restrictions: None.
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Provenance: Unknown. Possibly a donation from Lee D. Drake of Pendleton
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Electric Studio/O.G. Allen photographs, PH033-[item number], Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1299.
Processed by: Normandy S. Helmer
Date Completed: February 2004
Orla G. Allen (c. 1879-?), commonly known as O.G. Allen, was a professional photographer operating in Pendleton, Oregon, circa 1910-1920. "Electric Studio\" is a franchise name that appeared in locations throughout the West. The collection documents rodeo people and activities, and a Pendleton event.
Little is known about Orla G. Allen. He was a member of the Pendleton Camera Club. Robinson notes that Allen's name appears in the Pendleton city directories only in 1911-1913. A front page article in the East Oregonian from Aug. 22, 1913 documents Allen's brief escape from a mental institution:
Crazed Man Drives His Auto Into Drug Store; Interior of Place Wrecked; None Hurt. O. G. Allen, a local photographer, escapes from attendants at St. Anthony's hospital, jumps into machine, and speeds down street at fifty miles an hour-tears through fence and heads for business center of city. Stands in car yelling 'Let 'er Buck'.
The same article gives Allen's age as 34, states that he is one of the proprietors of the Electric Studio on Court Street, in partnership with E.E. Gustin, and for the past two years had been one of the official Round-Up photographers.
Many of the early Round-Up photographs in the Lee Moorhouse collection, which are 5x7 glass plate negatives, are probably the work of Allen, and came into Moorhouse's hands following Allen's final institutionalization. Some have clearly had the Allen signature removed and the Moorhouse name added.
Scope and Contents
The Electric Studio/O.G. Allen collection consists of five glass plate negatives and one vintage print.
- [untitled] O.G. Allen/Appaloosa Horse. Glass plate negative and print [Related images in Moorhouse, PH036_6857-PH036_6861.
- "John Thomas bulldogging, Round-Up, Pendleton, OR, No. 25, Electric Studio\"
- "33x. Homer Wilson Bulldogging, Round-Up, Pendleton, OR, Electric Studio\"
- "Roy Hunter bulldogger at the Round-Up\" By O.G. Allen Pendleton No. 638.'
- [untitled], crowd gathered at train for whistle-stop campaigning.
There is no documentation for this collection. However, the location is clearly Pendleton, Oregon c.1910. As one image is signed by O.G. Allen, and Robinson documents a postcard with the imprint "Allen's Electric Studio, Eagle Woodman Bldg., Pendleton, Or.", the entire collection is attributed to this photographer.
This collection forms part of the Pendleton Group, a series of photograph collections from the Pendleton area, 1880s-1940s. Images from certain photographers, such as Bowman, may be found in many of these collections. The Pendleton Group includes the Lee Drake photographs (PH021), the Lee Moorhouse photographs (PH036), the Charles W. Furlong photographs (PH244), the Walter S. Bowman photographs (PH004), and the Electric Studio/O.G. Allen photographs (PH033). Related images are also held in the Print Collection (PH035) and the Park Weed Willis photographs (PH288).
Images of Allen's traveling studio appear in the Lee Moorhouse collection, PH036-2941, PH036-2989 and PH036-2990.