NE 70th Avenue, 1962

Children gathered to watch men work on a water main break at NE 70th Avenue and NE Prescott Street, May 29, 1962.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, Main break at NE 70th Ave. and NE Prescott St., A2012-005, 1962

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, Main break at NE 70th Ave. and NE Prescott St., A2012-005, 1962


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13 thoughts on “NE 70th Avenue, 1962

  1. It didn’t take much to entertain us as kids. Now all of those kids would be indoors playing their video games. Note the lack of overweight children.

  2. Note “Museum” on the building (right center background.) What was that? I see the building is still there in Brian’s contemporary view.

  3. Probably fewer than a half dozen McDonalds in operation by 1962 in Portland. Playing outside and eating Mom’s cooking may have helped to keep the kids healthy,

  4. As of 1970, the “Museum” signage would have been a left-over artifact of the “Wayside Museum” at 7005 NE Prescott, which closed in 1966. This was a doll museum owned and operated by one Lillian Hope Mansfield. She started the museum in 1961 and ran it until 1966. Admission was $0.75 for adults, $0.25 for children. She closed the museum but kept her collection of hundreds of antique dolls dressed in wigs and fashions she created, that is until 1987 when old-age and illness forced her to sell the whole collection … for about $20,000. All of this and more about Mrs. Mansfield can be found in the Oregonian, especially in a long feature profile run on 21 Oct. 1961, p. 25.

  5. love the guy w/ a cigar! also great how he seems to be explaining something to the kids (who are waaay too close for a supervisor’s comfort today).
    i’ve never found a work crew who wouldn’t take a quick moment to explain what they were doing, or what they’d found, to a gang of kids. the ones digging up old rails and cobblestones for the new streetcar line had the best finds to show off!

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