Archive for the ‘1940s’ Category

Guilds Lake Clean Up, 1944

September 10, 2014

In this image we see children and recreation directors gathered with garbage cans and bundles of paper for Guilds Lake Clean Up week. This photograph was taken on July 28, 1944 as a part of the Housing Authority of Portland series of photos documenting life in the various housing units.

 

Guilds Lake housing clean up, circa 1944 : A2001-025.227

Guilds Lake housing clean up, 1944 : A2001-025.227

 

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SE Belmont, 1941

September 9, 2014

This image was taken after the widening of SE Belmont Ave was completed. We are looking east on SE Belmont St. near SE 8th Ave. In this image you can see signs for East Side Food Center/Grand Central Public Market, Dolan Wrecking Co., and Richfield on the far right side of the street.

 

SE Belmont and 8th Ave, Feb. 18, 1940 : A2000-025.1252

SE Belmont and 8th Ave, Feb. 18, 1941 : A2000-025.1252

 

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Former Mayor Earl Riley, circa 1948

September 8, 2014

Mayors and bikes have a long history in Portland. The man sitting on the tricycle is former mayor Earl Riley. Can anyone name the other men in this image?

 

Mayor Earl Riley and city officials posing with tricycle outside City Hall, circa 1948 : A2005-005.261.21

Mayor Earl Riley and city officials posing with tricycle outside City Hall, circa 1948 : A2005-005.261.21

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Westmoreland Park, 1946

August 28, 2014

This is a fun action shot of people lawn bowling in Westmoreland Park on January 27, 1946. Construction of the lawn bowling facilities was completed in 1945. You can read more about the history and construction of the park by clicking here.

 

Lawn bowling at Westmoreland Park, Jan. 27, 1946 :  A2001-045.12

Lawn bowling at Westmoreland Park, Jan. 27, 1946 : A2001-045.12

 

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City Hall, 1940

August 26, 2014

Today we have an interior image from City Hall. We can see city employees loading records into the vault. Look at the size of some of those books! This image is from August 8, 1940, yet we still refer to some of those volumes today.

 

Employees Loading Files into Elevator, Aug. 8, 1940 : A2009-009.420

Employees Loading Files into Elevator, Aug. 8, 1940 : A2009-009.420

 

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Rocky Butte, circa 1948

August 6, 2014

Today we have an image of the Joseph Wood Hill Park, sent to us by David Lewis. This is an oblique aerial photograph of Rocky Butte, one of Portland’s most significant viewpoints. It is believed that this image was taken in June of 1948.

One wonders what has brought everyone to the summit. Possibly to view the flooding that took place that year. The view is looking southwest. Please click here for more information on the park.

Rocky Butte Viewpoint 1948 : David Lewis

Rocky Butte Viewpoint 1948 : David Lewis

Steel Bridge, 1948

July 11, 2014

In the late spring of 1948, Portland experienced a terrible flood, commonly referred to as the Vanport Flood. This photograph of the Steel Bridge was taken May 28th, just two days before the dike that was holding back the Columbia River broke and flooded Vanport. At this point you can see that the water was already up to the bottom of the Steel Bridge.

Flood water beneath the Steel Bridge, May 28, 1948 :  A1999-004.1013

Flood water beneath the Steel Bridge, May 28, 1948 : A1999-004.1013

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