City Hall Christmas Tree, 1935

The City Hall Christmas tree located in Council chambers, 1935. Pictured with the tree and food donations to the Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division: Commissioner Earl Riley and Police Chief Harry Niles.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.139

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.139


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15 thoughts on “City Hall Christmas Tree, 1935

  1. Love the variety of packaged food; most with unfamiliar brand labels. Looks like a coating of ice or snow on the tree branches outside.

  2. Is that what a City Christmas tree looked like in 1935? Maybe it was decorated down for the Sunshine division? Or just a prop? Sparse due to the Depression? Seems like a City Hall Christmas tree should have more than Lights and Tinsel.

  3. Interesting…they would put your name in the paper when you donated to the sunshine division. Housewives etc.

  4. I recognized a bunch of brands, including Cream of Wheat, Aunt Jemima, Kelloggs Bran Flacks, Post Toasties, Del Monte, and Quaker Oats

  5. This is way off the subject. My dad had a friend who was involved in building the White Satin complex on Columbia Blvd. We used to drive by it on our way to an open air produce market a few blocks west of White Satin. Shortly after it was built in the early 1950’s, my dad mentioned to me that his friend built the silos. Each time we passed by I would wonder how his friend build that all by himself.

  6. That market a few blocks west of White satin was Frankie’s Market. People went there to buy watermelons etc. Later on when I was 18 or so we parked in front of it and asked people if they would buy us beer.

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