Knott Street Community Center, 1951

Talent show rehearsal at Knott Street Community Center, 1951. The center was renamed Matt Dishman Community Center in the 1960s.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2001-045.597.


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6 thoughts on “Knott Street Community Center, 1951

  1. That “Tennessee Waltz” sheet music with Patti Page on the cover sure looks familiar! It sat on our piano keyboard for some time in the early 1950s. As Mom taught me to play the piano, Patti Page was always looking on. They’re having fun. What a neat photo!

  2. The folks look like they’re getting ready to launch into a number, clicking their thumbs, moving to the beat – get photo.

    Perry Como and Louie Armstrong both released versions of “IF” in 1951, my preference being the Armstrong version. It was very popular, as seen by the long list of people recording it.
    (by Robert Hargreaves / Stanley J. Damerell / Tolchard Evans)

    Perry Como – 1951
    Jo Stafford – 1951
    Billy Eckstine – 1951
    Dean Martin – 1951
    Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (vocal: Bill Flanagan) – 1951
    The Ink Spots – 1951
    Jan Garber & His Orch. (vocal: Roy Cordell) – 1951
    Vic Damone – 1951
    The Paragons – 1961
    Louis Armstrong

    Also recorded by: Big Maybelle; Bing Crosby; Allan Jones;
    Mario Lanza; Frank Sinatra; The Velvets; The Bachelors;
    Billy Eckstine; Jerry Vale; Art Tatum: ………….. and others.

  3. Lou, I didn’t know you knew so much about music!! Great details.
    Music is a parallel hobby of mine, along with Portland history.
    I always learn a lot from the comments here!

    I used to go swimming at Dishman! It was great.

  4. I take a water aerobics class at Dishman, and happened to be scheduled for the exercise this morning. I showed the desk staff this photo, and they printed it out and laminated it to post!

  5. Billy, I am a musician and I love researching stuff I see on VP. The “IF” sheet music just caught my eye. Some folks here on VP really know how to use available records (i.e. Portland street renumbering) to look stuff up – I’ve not done any of this. Looking up details found the the photos helps bring them more alive for me…breathes new life into them.

  6. Lou, I always enjoy your insights.

    As for the things you’ve not done, anyone can look up the new numbering for old addresses at the website

    And any Multnomah County Public Library librarian can show you how to use the Historical Oregonian database. You can use it at a library or at home with a computer.

    Both research tools are free.

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