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phone: 503-865-4100

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City Seal

Official Description


Current City Seal
On August 3, 2005 the City Council approved the first official update to the city seal since September 17, 1964 .  The new version provides a cleaner, crisper image that takes advantage of current reproduction technology, and continues to incorporate all of the design elements set forth in 1878. Most of the symbols in the seal were described in records found in the City Archives; the intent of the remaining symbols remain undocumented. The female figure in the center of the seal represents Commerce, while the sheaf of grain, cogwheel, and sledgehammer symbolize the origins of the city, its culture, agrarian base, and industry. Raymond Kaskey's 1985 sculpture, Portlandia, was based on the figure of Lady Commerce from the Portland City Seal.

 

History

Below are versions of the City Seal used by offices during the years between original adoption in 1878 and standardization in 1964. They come from documents in the City of Portland Archives.

1880

 
1880 City Seal Seal from the "Annual Report of Officers of the City of Portland for the year 1879", printed in 1880.

1881

 
1881 City Seal Seal from an 1881 City of Portland bearer bond.

1884 (City of East Portland)

 
1884 City of East Portland Seal Seal from an 1884 City of East Portland bearer bond.

1891

 
1891 City Seal Seal from an 1891 City of Portland bearer bond.

1924

 
1924 Seal Seal from the 1924 City of Portland Department of Public Utilities letterhead.

1929

 
1929 City Seal Seal from a 1929 City of Portland street widening bond.

1941

 
1941 City Seal Seal from the 1941 City of Portland City Auditor letterhead.

1951

 
1951 City Seal Seal from the 1951 City of Portland Department of Public Works letterhead.

1964

 
1964 City Seal
Official seal from 1964 to August, 2005.