Fish, C. (illus).
Portland, OR. L. Samuel. 08-02- 1890.
Sixteenth Year. Number 217. August 2, 1890 complete issue of this magazine, 954-983pp, color centerfold lithographic illustration, color lithographic illustrations (front and back covers) plus black and white in-text illustrations, 11 x 8 5/8 inches, color pictorial paper wrappers as issued. Supplement mentioned on front cover not included. Light scattered foxing to covers, minor wear, faint dampstain to upper right corner of last few pages. The color centerfold illustration is titled: "It Is Too Bad To Spoil the Fun" showing the set-to between competing demands on land in the West between eager settlers and John Wesley Powell then director of the U.S. Geological survey. The banner reads: "Closed to Settlers for 10 years until Major Powell Completes his Grand (Picnic) System of Irrigation." Of interest are the many Chinese laborers depicted, contrasting with the would-be settlers and the overdressed East Coast Powell cronies. The front cover illustration is titled: Oregon - Beachcombers on the Willamette at Portland. Back cover illustration is titled: Oregon - A Steamboat Passing Through the Locks at Oregon City. Many interesting brief articles and advertisements. This seldom seen magazine from the Pacific Northwest evolved from a literary journal in the 1870s into a booster magazine for settlement, and is a scarce source for 19th century views of the Pacific Northwest. Item #51934