18 thoughts on “SW 6th Avenue, circa 1944

  1. One thing I’ve always wondered is if Portland named its streets after famous military commanders like Halsey,Burnside, Sheridan and Hooker?

  2. Do you suppose Portland rated a Fleet Admiral visit because of our ship building efforts?

  3. I want to see the numbers man ice skating down the middle of the Willamette during a parade. 🙂

  4. I wonder what everyone in the lower right quadrant of this photo is looking at toward their left?…I can’t be this photographer because they’re looking to the left of his camera.

  5. My guess is that it was named Halsey Street long before WW2. But then again, maybe it was a name change.

  6. The Buick is a 1942, the last year before they ceased auto production for the war. The Packard following is a 1941.

    Both rides worthy of the occasion.

    “Ask the Man who owns one…”

  7. Halsey named after William L. Halsey vice president of O& C railroad.
    Burnside named for Mr. David W. Burnside early Port. merchant.
    Sheridan named for General Phillip Henry Sheridan.
    Hooker is named for General Joseph Hooker 1814-1879.
    Buick is a 1942 model.

  8. The Portland Hotel on the left and Meier & Frank would be on the right with Pioneer Courthouse bottom right…

  9. The Buick is 1942, so that fits. I find it odd that Halsey would be in PDX at the height of the Pacific campaign. I’m trying to find an Oregonian article but haven’t so far.

  10. Curiously, the band would have been playing on the street near the Victory Center that was situated next to the Pioneer Courthouse. I’m surprised they aren’t on the stage of the center.

    Maybe they are in the process of turning onto Yamhill, but the camera angle is weird, making it look like they’re about to mark onto the sidewalk. That would explain the people looking farther to the left.

  11. The people in the foreground are looking toward the Pioneer Courthouse. Maybe there is some sort of reviewing stand there with city (or other) officials reviewing the troops, or in this case, sailors.

    Halsey might have flown to the States in mid-war for consultations, with morale-boosting parades thrown in.

  12. This parade was postwar, November 20 1945. Which makes sense. No way he would be in Portland in 1944, a momentous year in Pacific naval battles, with Halsey leading the 3rd fleet.

    “Nov. 20. (IW!I Adm. William F. Halsey urged the American people today to keep their navy “still the biggest in the world” despite hasty decisions being made by a nation that is “demobilizing a bit too fast.” “We ended the war with the best navy in the world,” he declared, “and we would be breaking faith with our honored dead if we relinquished it. Perhaps we need a cooling off period before we make decisions ehanging everything which has proved so successful in this war.” Climaxing a day-long reception in Portland Monday which included a parade und luncheon and culminated in an address before a packed civic auditorium, the fighting 3rd fleet commander said “America’s first and greatest secret weapon was the fighting American team military and civilian alike.” “The atomic bomb and Russia’s entry into the war were the straws that broke Japan’s back. But she was a sagging camel by the time that happened.” – Admiral Halsey leaves Portland today en route to San Pedro where he will haul down his fleet flag Thanksgiving day before going to Washington, D. C., for temporary duty leading to his retirement.

  13. Are there photos, preferably color, of the entry to the original Imperial Hotel? I loved the place and used to stay there with my aunt and uncle for weeks of shopping in Portland, from Eastern Oregon.


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