Postmarked June 10, 1912
In 1837 the first rose bush to reach the Pacific Northwest was brought around Cape Horn and presented to Anna Marian Pittman on the day she married missionary Jason Lee at Lee’s Mission near Champoeg. Anna was the first white woman to be married, give birth, die and be buried in Oregon. The mission was destroyed by fire and John Minto found the rose bush, dug it up and transplanted it to his land. Minto began distributing rose bush cuttings around Oregon. In 1888 the Portland Rose Society was founded to encourage amateurs to cultivate and exhibit roses, the oldest such group in the US. In 1889 the Rose Society held its first Rose Show in a tent. In 1904 the city’s first floral parade was held. In 1907 a group of 10 businessmen organized the first Portland Rose Festival.
The Portland Rose Festival is highlighted by horse drawn floats in the floral parade, rode bedecked automobiles, aquatic events in the harbor and fireworks at night. A king, Rex Oregonus, ruled over the festival. The identity of this king was kept secret, and he wore a huge beard to disguise himself until his identity was revealed at the festival’s annual ball. The 1912 Portland Rose Festival featured aviator Silas Christofferson who flew off the top of the Multnomah Hotel in his Curtiss Pusher to nearby Pearson Field.
Portland Rose Festival website : http://www.rosefestival.org/
This postcard postmarked June 10, 1912 shows women in the 1912 Portland Rose Festival floral parade.