Archive for the ‘1940s’ Category

3223 SE Belmont, 1944

April 14, 2014

These two little homes, at 3223 and 3225 SE Belmont, suffered much abuse before they were photographed in 1944. In the long run, they didn’t survive at all.

3223 SE Belmont exterior 1944(City of Portland Archives)

SE Belmont & 28th, 1940

March 25, 2014

This 1940 photo looks eastward down the center of SE Belmont Street at 28th Avenue. Many buildings of this era sported awnings to keep cool in the days before air conditioning.

A2009-009.171  SE Belmont St 1940(City of Portland Archives)

E Burnside, 12th Avenue & Sandy, 1941

March 19, 2014

In this view of East Burnside where it intersects with 12th Avenue and Sandy, traffic seems to be moving in an orderly manner, perhaps aided by a traffic officer directing from the island in the middle of it all? The Tik-Tok Drive-In was going strong in 1941, seen just beyond the movie poster for “Rage in Heaven” starring Robert Montgomery and Ingred Bergman.

A2005-001.114 E Burnside Sandy and 12th east 1941(City of Portland Archives)

Swan Island Airport Terminal, c1940

February 6, 2014

VP Fan and previous contributor Bud Holland sent in another great entry. This is the old Swan Island Airport terminal building circa 1940. Bud seems to remember that this was used as the headquarters of Oregon Shipbuilding during WWII. Can anybody provide more information on this? Great photo, Bud, thanks again!

swan island airport(Bud Holland)

Alberta Line Streetcar, 1944

January 14, 2014

This 1944 photo shows an Alberta Line streetcar at its terminus at NE 30th Avenue and Ainsworth Street. An article in the June 16, 1940 The Oregonian describes the new retail development on the southwest corner (left) and six-unit bungalow court development on the southeast corner.

A2009-009.4152 Streetcar along Alberta Line 1944(City of Portland Archives)

West Side Flood Waters, 1948

December 23, 2013

The spring flood of 1948 affected most of the properties east of SW Moody Avenue near the Ross Island Bridge. This area is now the heart of the South Waterfront district.

A1999-004.1106 flood waters west side near Ross Island Bridge 1948(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside, 10th & Oak, 1947

October 15, 2013

This view facing east on W. Burnside at 10th and Oak doesn’t look much different from the air today. Perhaps the greatest change is the addition of two large buildings on the blocks northeast and southwest of SW 9th & Oak. The shadow at the very bottom indicates this photo may have been taken from a blimp.

Aerial of W Burnside, Tenth Ave and Oak St 1947(City of Portland Archives)


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