SW 6th Avenue, 1941

“If it’s December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York? I bet they’re asleep in New York. I bet they’re asleep all over America.” -Rick Blaine, Casablanca

The date on this photo of SW 6th Avenue looking north from Oak Street is circa 1941. Christmas decorations date this to possibly December; it could have been taken just about the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

(City of Portland Archives)

8 thoughts on “SW 6th Avenue, 1941

  1. Ah! Finally a picture of the pre-remodel building tucked in between the Broadway Garage on Pine and the more modern building on the corner of Oak. I’d been trying to find photos that show the original structure. As near as I can tell, the remodel consisted of shearing off the cornice and covering the facade with blank prefab beige panels (which also covered the second floor windows). If you look at the sides of the building visible from the street, you can still see the original brickwork.

    Thanks Dan!

  2. It is very foggy because you can hardly see the Jesus light of the world sign on top of the Apostolic Faith Church and printers at 6th and Burnside.

  3. All those guy’s turned out in their J.B.Stetson 3X beaver hats were pretty stylish. Uniform of the day, Tom.

    The weather records could probably help us narrow down the date. The alkali stains left on the street by drying of the the receding mist in the back ground tell us there has been no significant rain for at least a week and the tire tracks indicate a early hour.

    The foreground panel truck with the prominent antenna is interesting. Surely it is not there to improve his radio reception in hopes of better hearing the KXL broadcast of the Cinnamon Bear, sponsored by Lipman Wolfe that year. Police or fire dept. maybe.

    Some things never change. Tru dat. A different interpretation might be that he is taking a long thoughtful drag off of one of those Lucky’s that Bogart has been hawking of late on the radio and wondering if his companion is ever going to stop her incessant yapping.

    Uh oh that took a ugly turn. Sorry. So here’s looking at you kid. I know you will be shocked, shocked, to learn that gambling is taking place at the Macedonia Card Room in the background at 218 SW 6th.

    I apologize Dan, but you started it with the Casablanca reference

  4. rod – no need to apologize. This is not some stuffy history lesson. There’s no reason we can’t have fun along with learning about (or revisiting) our past.

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