NE Union Avenue, 1929

A number man standing in front of 4000-4016 NE Union Avenue (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) near NE Shaver Street, looking east, 1929. For more information on the number man, please click here.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.1025

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.1025

 

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SW 14th Avenue, 1892

Completed in 1872, this image shows the Jacob Kamm residence at its original location on SW 14th Avenue and SW Main Street, 1892. The structure was moved to make way for the construction of Lincoln High School and is now located at 1425 SW 20th Avenue.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2004-002.3180

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2004-002.3180

 

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NW Glisan Street, 1950

Crew on Truck 3, a 1950 American LaFrance, leaving Station 3 at 1425 NW Glisan Street, 1950. This structure, currently Touché Restaurant, is slated to be demolished to make way for a multi-unit apartment complex.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, Crew on Truck 3 (1950 American LaFrance) leaving the station, 1950, A2001-083

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, Crew on Truck 3 (1950 American LaFrance) leaving the station, 1950, A2001-083

 

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Front Avenue, 1939

In 1941, the Oregon Art Project of the Works Project Administration wrote Portland’s Commissioner of Public Works and proposed that this photo of Portland’s Front Avenue be the basis of a painting for his office. The photo was taken two years earlier by Minor White (1908-1976), then employed as “creative photographer” for Oregon’s Federal Art Project, looking south from the Burnside Bridge. The painting apparently was not made before the WPA closed down, so White’s photograph preserved a view that was soon lost when the buildings were demolished and Harbor Drive opened. White went on to a distinguished career in photography, teaching, and writing. He and others included this iconic view in later retrospectives of his work, but its presence at PARC reminds us of its New Deal origins.

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Our guest contributor, Dr. Kenneth Hawkins, compiled the first archival inventory of Minor White’s WPA negatives at the Oregon Historical Society in 1979, before moving (as did White) from Portland to Rochester, New York, to pursue photography and studies. He joined the National Archives in 1993. Recently he has updated the inventory and mapped it to White materials in other repositories, now including PARC.

 

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2001-008.202

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2001-008.202

 

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