Archive for the ‘1950s’ Category

Lincoln High School, circa 1952

October 6, 2014

Lincoln High School under construction, circa 1952.

 

Lincoln High School under construction and surrounding area, circa 1952 : A2004-002.3945

Lincoln High School under construction and surrounding area, circa 1952 : A2004-002.3945

 

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Eliot School, circa 1951

September 2, 2014

The Eliot School once stood where the Matt Dishman Community Center now stands. Portland Parks took over the building in 1950 and transformed it into the Knott Street Community Center. The building was later renamed the Matt Dishman Community Center.

 

Eliot School on N Knott, circa 1951 : A2001-030

Eliot School on NE Knott, circa 1951 : A2001-030

 

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Rosy the Elephant, 1953

August 13, 2014

Rosy the elephant came to live at the Portland Zoo in 1953. This photograph captured part of the ceremony that celebrated her arrival to the city. In this image we Rosy with the mayor at the time, Fred Peterson, in front of City Hall.

 

Peterson & Buckley with Rosy the Elephant at City Hall, 1935 : A2005-005.1330.12

Peterson & Buckley with Rosy the Elephant at City Hall, 1935 : A2005-005.1330.12

 

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Knott Street Community Center, circa 1951

July 24, 2014

The photograph we have for you today was taken at the Knott Street Community Center, circa 1951. The center was renamed Matt Dishman Community Center in the late 1960s. There is a quote written on the back of this photograph stating, “Older adults, as well as girls and boys, keep the ping pong tables busy in the early evening hours at the Knott Street Center. Murals, the work of Oliver Dillner, one of the recreation supervisors at the center, show up nicely in this corner-of-the-room shot.” More information on the Matt Dishman Community Center can be found here.

Ping Pong at Knott Street Community Center, circa 1951 : A2001-045.668

Ping Pong at Knott Street Community Center, circa 1951 : A2001-045.668

 

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Grant Pool, 1950

June 25, 2014

As it is today, back in the 1950s one of the best things to do on a hot summer’s day was head to the community pool. Here you see adults and children enjoying the water at the Grant Pool, a summer favorite for several decades. The pool is open to the public and located on NE 33rd Ave in U.S. Grant Park.

Grant Pool 1950 : A2001-030.2771

Grant Pool 1950 : A2001-030.2771

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SW Broadway & Columbia, 1950

May 28, 2014

SW Broadway downtown was a one-way street until it reached Columbia Street in 1950 (here looking north). South of here Broadway was still two-way. A little more discussion about changing to a one-way grid is here in this earlier post.

A2005-001.99 SW Broadway and Columbia north 1950(City of Portland Archives)

SW Barbur Blvd & Bancroft, 1953

April 23, 2014

Crews work to add another southbound lane on SW Barbur Blvd at Bancroft Street in this 1953 photo. The roadways are much the same today but these buildings are all gone.

A2005-001.39 SW Barbur and Bancroft southwest 1953(City of Portland Archives)


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