SW 6th & Morrison, 1949

The corner of SW 6th and Morrison has been a buy intersection for decades; in 1949 as it is now. The Meier & Frank window display indicates this might have been during a Valentine’s Day sale, dating this to February. The same clock seems to be hanging from the bank on the left although it appears to be mounted a bit higher today.

A2005-001.436 SW Morrison and 6th Ave north 1949(City of Portland Archives)

15 thoughts on “SW 6th & Morrison, 1949

  1. Must be taken from a window in the Portland Hotel. Brickwork of the hotel visible along the left edge.

  2. Clearly, it’s cold out–Portlanders are wearing coats. What I find interesting is that I can’t see even one woman wearing slacks! It just “wasn’t done!”

  3. I remember that clock when I was a kid running arou d the streets of Portland to the Blue MOuse theater for Sat. matinees…..

  4. It looks like the car in the crosswalk may have run the light, lol. I noticed there is a window open on the M&F building.
    Did they even make slacks for women then? That was during a time when the little girls in would have to wear skirts past their knees. If the teacher thought the skirt was a bit too short they would have to get on their knees, and if the skirt didn’t fully touch the floor, off home they were sent. Of course, Mom would be home. My mother said she had a teacher when she lived in Heppner who would do the test every day.

  5. Nancy – I grew up in Ione, that sounds like Morrow County all right. ūüėČ My Dad’s great aunt would give you a real talking to if you committed some egregious transgression like pass the bowl of peas in the wrong direction…whatever that was!

    Gals in old movies often are wearing jeans to go riding. Maybe there was a point where they made an exception in the Hayes code about that? These are cowgirls in movies, of course. Photographic evidence would be a lot more solid evidence of when society’s mores on this began to really change.

  6. Pretty good picture of 3 of the new “One Way” signs on Morrison. Love the window display at M&F. February sounds like a good guess, but with the one-way signs, this might be pointing to 1950. Any Portland historians out there?

    “Traffic Becomes One-Way Setup On February 27.
    Three Weeks of Semiconfusion Expected By Officials Drafting Preliminary Plans‚ÄĚ
    Oregonian, 02/12/1950, page 1

    ‚ÄúCity Traffic Speeded Up in Grid Area‚ÄĚ
    ‚ÄúPolice, Engineers Find New System Success First Day‚ÄĚ
    Oregonian, 02/28/1950, page 1

    ‚ÄúPedestrians Slow Automobile Traffic; Change in Starting Rule Considered‚ÄĚ
    ‚ÄúPedestrians crossing street on rainy afternoon block traffic to stop flow of vehicles in one lane. Traffic engineers propose pedestrian stop of 7 seconds to facilitate flow.‚ÄĚ
    “This occurs mostly in the congested downtown business area.“

    Oregonian, 10/29/1950, page 18

  7. I love the old hanging clock. I stare at it every day when I’m transferring from one train to another. It’s unique in that it is _always_ wrong. There are two faces, both are frozen, each on a different time. There is _no_ time of the day when the clock is fully correct. I really want to see the thing fixed.

  8. I believe oldoregon is right that this photo was probably taken later than 1949. As I recall, the one way grid was not implemented on a large scale till 1951, ’52 or ’53. I seem to recall that a few streets were converted to one way later than most streets, but I don’t recall any streets being converted prior to about ’51 or so. The issue of the clock is timely for our discussion: even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

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