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2009 calendar celebrates safety in agriculture

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The calendar is available free to the public at the Oregon OSHA Resource Center in Salem.

To request a copy, call
(503) 947-7447

Oregon OSHA joins the celebration to honor the state’s past, present, and future with the production of a special 2009 Agricultural Safety and Health calendar.

Oregon OSHA created the calendar in partnership with the Oregon 150 campaign. Oregon 150 is the nonprofit organization planning Oregon’s year-long, statewide sesquicentennial celebration in 2009.

The calendar features photographs, iconic images and logos, and safety tips that provide a historical perspective on Oregon’s products and pioneers. Oregon is a state producer of more than 220 key agricultural commodities – more than any other state except California.

Images in the calendar date back to the early 1900s and were taken on farms from Troutdale to Tillamook and Canby to Hood River.

The calendar includes work by the following photographers:

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965)

Lange is best known for her work documenting migrant workers who traveled in large numbers to California during the Great Depression. Lange used photography to capture the emotional and physical toll the Depression took on individuals.

Benjamin A. Gifford (1859-1936)

Gifford earned a reputation as a master photographer for being a superb technician of the camera and darkroom. He traveled around Oregon and Washington offering photography services to farmers and ranchers. He also photographed the beauty of the Columbia River Highway when it was completed and became one of Oregon’s most respected landscape photographers.

Ben Maxwell (1898-1967)

Maxwell was born in Salem and worked at several newspapers, including the Capitol Journal, the Oregon Journal, and The Oregonian, as well as several magazines. The Salem Public Library Collection of his work consists of more than 5,000 photographs.

Al Monner (1909-1998)

Monner, born in Portland, spent much of his early childhood on eastern Oregon cattle ranches. Agricultural photography came natural to him and his work appeared in the Farm Journal and The Oregonian. He was also one of the original members of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol.

Russell Lee (1903-1986)

Lee first came to national prominence in the 1930s when he worked as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration. He crisscrossed the United States documenting rural and urban communities. He later took assignments related to mining and industrial working conditions. Lee contributed to magazines such as Fortune and The New York Times Magazine.