23 thoughts on “SW 6th Avenue, circa 1937

  1. The Works Progress Administration housed its Oregon headquarters on the tenth floor of the Bedell Building, pictured here, at the time of this photograph.

  2. This is looking northeast. That is the Bedell Block on the left and Meier & Frank on the right. Both are still there although the Bedell Block (now known as the Cascade Building) has lost its recessed arched entry way. Great photo.

  3. The little girl holding the one man’s hand looks like she might be around 7 years old. If she’s still living, she’d be around 88 years old now!

  4. WOW! The crowds on the street, people dressed up, most are wearing hats. Somewhat different today.

  5. Until last December, I had a desk on the second floor of The American Bank Building, with that same view. Lots of trees now 😀

  6. Looks like a beautiful summer day in Portland, with the modern kitchen of 1937 on full display in the store window at M&F’s! Great photo!

  7. That looks like a Chrysler Airflow at the curb along the left edge of the photo. There’s one on display at the Portland Art Museum this summer.

  8. What we see: men wearing fedoras but also old fashioned straw “boaters”, ladies is summer hats, gents in suits but also a man wearing “Can’t Bust Em” bib overalls, a pickup truck but also a beautiful La Salle. The banner for the up-coming Oregon State Fair above the nice mix below.

  9. Everyone is so dressed up! How times have changed. I remember 50-plus years ago when my mom would take me downtown. You ALWAYS dressed up. We would go to the top floor of Lippman’s for lunch and a fashion show.

  10. Meier and Frank displaying new electric stoves and refrigerators. Just in time for the legions of bib overalled farmers about to descend upon them after seeing this film…

  11. Awsome ! Swastika motif on that building. Is it still there ? Does local Antifa regularly get cheesed off and smash its windows ?

  12. Viktor–There are lots of swastikas on downtown buildings, as it’s an ancient symbol that was a popular border in the terra cotta era early in the 20th century.

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