SW Washington St, 1910

Looking west on SW Washington through its intersection with 3rd Avenue, we can see that streetcar and horse traffic were the main (or maybe only) modes of transportation in downtown Portland in 1910. The Dekum and Spalding Buildings straddle Washington in the foreground, while the Perkins Hotel at 5th Avenue can be identified by its pyramidal roof.

SW Washington looking west from 3rd Ave 1910(City of Portland Archives)

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3 Responses to “SW Washington St, 1910”

  1. Mat Says:

    Is it just me, or do the people in the lower right corner of the photo appear to be painted in? They don’t even cast shadows like the others.

  2. Dave Says:

    Yeah, that’s weird. Good catch.

  3. wl Says:

    the whole corner of the building looks touched up to me…
    fairly common practice in newspapers back then; clouds or smoke airbrushed in, blurrred areas inked over, etc.
    somewhere i have a photo of injured nyc firemen and one has had the bandages drawn on… otherwise, his head would’ve just been a white oval.

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