Junior Museum, circa 1949

Noted on the back of this image, “Table tennis under the trees at Junior Museum. Verdene Olson, Bill Luther, playing. Marion Davis, Fritz Bolling, Lenora Schacher look on.” Date of the image is circa 1949.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2001-045.483.


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9 thoughts on “Junior Museum, circa 1949

  1. Was this taken outside the Jacob Kamm house? I believe it was still located at the present site of Lincoln High School at the time, though it would be moved shortly thereafter.

  2. Currently called the Portland Children’s Museum,
    there is a short history at: http://www.portlandcm.org/about-us/our-history telling about its move to its current location at 4015 SW Canyon Road, but it doesn’t say where the original location was.

    Using the Multnomah County Public LIbrary’s research tools, I found the answer in a wonderful article with photos in the Oregonian, August 11, 1946 (p. 54):

    Portland Youth Play in Adventure House: Historic Jacob Kamm House Resounds with Laughter to City’s Boys and Girls as Park Bureau Opens Recreation Spot — by Ruth Strode…Long has the curiousity–and imagination–of passers-by been stimulated by the old Jacob Kamm house on S.W. 14th Avenue where Main Street is interrupted as a public thoroughfare by the extensive grounds that surround the fine old mansion…. Now comes the announcement by Superintendent of Parks C.P. Keyser and Miss Dorothea Lensch, Director of the Park Bureau’s Recreation Division that the Kamm House and its spacious grounds have been thrown open to the girls and boys of the city as a community recreation center. Instead of “keep out” signs it is “come in and play,” and appropriately enough the play center is called “Adventure House.”

  3. According to the Portland Children’s Museum, whose website I cited above, the original name was “Junior Museum and Adventure House,”

  4. The Table Tennis photo, the little boy Fritz well that’s me and Marion Davis is standing next to me. What a surprise too see this photo, the Adventure House was only a block from where I lived so I was there all the time, photo taken 67 years ago. There are several other photo’s of the Adventure House that I have year 1946. Miss Sweet was the lady’s name that ran the place………

  5. Thank You Fritz! I’ve been waiting for somebody to say: “Hey, that’s me in that picture”. Great comment.

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