SW 6th & Morrison, 1949

The corner of SW 6th and Morrison has been a buy intersection for decades; in 1949 as it is now. The Meier & Frank window display indicates this might have been during a Valentine’s Day sale, dating this to February. The same clock seems to be hanging from the bank on the left although it appears to be mounted a bit higher today.

A2005-001.436 SW Morrison and 6th Ave north 1949(City of Portland Archives)

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12 Responses to “SW 6th & Morrison, 1949”

  1. Brian Caughey Says:

    Must be taken from a window in the Portland Hotel. Brickwork of the hotel visible along the left edge.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Clearly, it’s cold out–Portlanders are wearing coats. What I find interesting is that I can’t see even one woman wearing slacks! It just “wasn’t done!”

  3. kellyblvd@comcast.net Says:

    I remember that clock when I was a kid running arou d the streets of Portland to the Blue MOuse theater for Sat. matinees…..

  4. Jeremie D. Harget Says:

    Portland has dozens of outdoor clocks, but not ONE has the time right. lol

  5. David Says:

    I’ll check the clock when I’m in the office tomorrow, its right outside my office!

  6. Mike Says:

    I wonder what the accident rate was back then? Seems like a lot of peds must have got hit.

  7. Nancy Says:

    It looks like the car in the crosswalk may have run the light, lol. I noticed there is a window open on the M&F building.
    Did they even make slacks for women then? That was during a time when the little girls in would have to wear skirts past their knees. If the teacher thought the skirt was a bit too short they would have to get on their knees, and if the skirt didn’t fully touch the floor, off home they were sent. Of course, Mom would be home. My mother said she had a teacher when she lived in Heppner who would do the test every day.

  8. Jane Says:

    “Woodie” about to turn at 6th and Alder!

  9. KLR Says:

    Nancy – I grew up in Ione, that sounds like Morrow County all right. ;) My Dad’s great aunt would give you a real talking to if you committed some egregious transgression like pass the bowl of peas in the wrong direction…whatever that was!

    Gals in old movies often are wearing jeans to go riding. Maybe there was a point where they made an exception in the Hayes code about that? These are cowgirls in movies, of course. Photographic evidence would be a lot more solid evidence of when society’s mores on this began to really change.

  10. oldoregon Says:

    Pretty good picture of 3 of the new “One Way” signs on Morrison. Love the window display at M&F. February sounds like a good guess, but with the one-way signs, this might be pointing to 1950. Any Portland historians out there?

    “Traffic Becomes One-Way Setup On February 27.
    Three Weeks of Semiconfusion Expected By Officials Drafting Preliminary Plans”
    Oregonian, 02/12/1950, page 1

    “City Traffic Speeded Up in Grid Area”
    “Police, Engineers Find New System Success First Day”
    Oregonian, 02/28/1950, page 1

    “Pedestrians Slow Automobile Traffic; Change in Starting Rule Considered”
    “Pedestrians crossing street on rainy afternoon block traffic to stop flow of vehicles in one lane. Traffic engineers propose pedestrian stop of 7 seconds to facilitate flow.”
    “This occurs mostly in the congested downtown business area.“

    Oregonian, 10/29/1950, page 18

  11. MikePDX Says:

    This is a fascinating photo and it’s certainly from 1950 – that’s a ’50 Buick parked on the right just past the crosswalk.
    http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Buick/1950_Buick/1950_Buick_Brochure/1950%20Buick-07-08.html

  12. Randy C Says:

    There is a 1950 Buick parked right ahead of the one way sign. So that is more like Feb 1950.

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