1950 Cherryland Festival Photograph Collection

Finding Aide: WHC 1998.029.0009

Background

The 1950 Cherryland Festival was a revival of earlier Salem Cherry Fairs held in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The 1950 festival was held throughout the city of Salem, Oregon from Friday June 16 – Monday June 19, 1950.  A published schedule of events appears in the June 17, 1950 edition of the Oregon Statesman newspaper.  The McEwan Photo Studio of Salem, Oregon documented the festival, which included a Dance Review and coronation of festival royalty, pageant and parades.

Collection Information

The collection was scanned and cataloged by Richard Scott in 2017 – 2018.  Images appear in groups as follows:

Paul Armstrong 1950 Cherrytime Review

Held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, Friday June 16, 1950, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.  Paul Armstrong was a dance studio in Salem, Oregon.

Photos: 1998.029.0009-.068-.084

Coronation

Held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, Friday June 16, 1950, scheduled for 8:30 p.m.   Presentation occured Saturday, June 17, 1950.  Coronation of festival queen and court.

Photos: 1998.029.0009.001-.018

Pageant of Progress

Scheduled for Friday and Saturday June 16 – 17.  Downpour at about 10 p.m. during the Saturday events meant that the presentation was rescheduled for Monday June 19, 1950.  Pageant was a dramatic review of historical events in Salem history.

Photos: 1998.029.0009.019-067

1998.029.0009.085-.090

Children’s Parade

Parade held Saturday June 17, 1950.  These photos were taken from a vantage point at Cottage and State Streets in Salem.

Photos: 1998.029.0009.091 – .132

Formal Floats in Parade

Parade held Saturday June 17, 1950.  These photos were taken from a vantage point at State and Liberty Streets in Salem.

Photos: 1998.029.0009.133-.174

Container List

Forthcoming.

1950 Cherryland Festival Queen Nancy Miller being crown by Cherrian King Bing Paul Hale with crown bearer John Rhodes standing by.  Photo taken June 15, 1950 at the Oregon State Fairgounds.  McEwan Photo Studio,  WHC Collections 1998.029.0009.001

Selected Images from Collection

Entrants to the 1950 Cherryland Festival Children’s Parade. McEwan Photo Studio. WHC 1998.029.0009.085

Paul Armstrong Dance Review at the 1950 Cherryland Festival. Image taken at Oregon State Fairgrounds by the McEwan Photo Studio. WHC Collections 1998.029.0009.073

1950 Cherryland Festival Parade. Auto with dignitaries including Robert Elfstrom (Mayor of Salem), Earl Newbry (Secretary of State), Tom Lawson McCall (secretary to Governor of Oregon), and Sid Stevens (President of the Cherryland Festival Association and Salem Jeweler). WHC 1998.029.0009.136