Cohen, I. Leeser (Portland)

I. Leeser Cohen  (Portland)

Joined the Oregon Camera Club on March 13, 1895. He was the manager of Blumauer Drug Store, which had a department specializing in photographic supplies. Around 1901 he opened his own Oregon Photo Supply (also named Oregon Photo Stock Co.) in rooms 16 and 17 of the Washington Building at 270 1/2 Washington (between 3rd & 4th.) He moved this in 1904 to 111 6th St. (betweeen Stark & Washington.) Around 1908, he was likely bought out by the Blumauers. The store was renamed Blumauer Photo Supply and Cohen was the manager until 1912. He resigned his membership in the OCC in August 1912. He then went into the movie and theater business. His long-time home was at 777 Irving (NW between 23rd & 24th.)

In the 1900 OCC exhibition, he showed “character studies of heads, finished after the style and effect of charcoal etching.” For next year’s exhibit, he showed a telephoto view of Mt. St. Helens and Rainier, and some portraits.

Directory listings

1904 PCD pg. 292 col. 1 “Cohen I Leeser, pres Oregon Photo Stock Co, res 777 Irving.”

News items:

1903: “New Oregon Corporations … Oregon Photo Stock Company, Portland; $2500; I. L. Cohen, Charles Kahn, S Raphael. … ” Oregonian, March 8, 1903, pg. 7, col. 3.

 

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