17 thoughts on “Health Department, 1948

  1. Based on what appears to be tanks on the left there this photo may have been taken at the Guilds Lake housing complex.

  2. Nice call Mike. Vanport came to mind when I initially looked at it, but with those tanks, I think you nailed it.

  3. Mike the Oregon state board of health held a mass chest X-Ray survey in the whole Guilds Lake community in a search for cases of tuberculosis that started 4/12/48 thru 4/14/48 (Mon.-Wed.) at the 29th street community center, and on Friday 4/16/48 the Oregon tuberculosis & health association mobile unit was at the Gona street community building. This photo likely was taken at Gona street location where ever that was in 1948.

  4. According to the Oregonian — which has four entries dated 1944-1945 for the Gona Street Community Building, it was “in the Guilds Lake housing area.”

  5. We sure did like the xray machine in the 1940s and 1950s. Everyone got a chest xray every year, not just kids. And remember those foot xray machines at the shoe store? We used to play with those while our sibling got fitted. Who knows how many rads we absorbed? I’ve often wondered if that has something to do with all my foot problems today.

  6. Claudia, it’s a Chevrolet, not sure what year. One of the first post war models. I remember when my Dad surprised us with a new car, and we ran out to the curb to see it. So exciting, and that memory is etched in my mind. It was so modern and so different than the old 1930s model we had before.

  7. What does the “10-Day” label on the sign refer to? How long the truck would be there? How often you should get a new x-ray?

  8. Igor: I think it’s “TO-DAY” rather than “10 DAY.”

    English hyphenation is a cycle of fashion that frequently returns with a few casualties, this particular one being gone forever.

  9. Claudia & Susan: The car is a 1946 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan. The classic “lowrider” vehicle.
    Specs: 2-door sedan body type
    RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 3-speed gearbox
    gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 3547 cm3 / 216.5 cui, advertised power: 62 67 kW / 83 90 hp / 84 91 PS ( net SAE ), torque: 228 236 Nm / 168 174 lb-ft, more data: 1946 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan (man. 3) Horsepower/Torque Curve
    characteristic dimensions: outside length: 5023 mm / 197.75 in, width: 1864 mm / 73.4 in, wheelbase: 2946 mm / 116 in
    reference weights: shipping weight 1424 kg / 3140 lbs estimated curb weight: 1505 kg / 3320 lbs
    how fast is this car ? top speed: 119 km/h (74 mph) (©theoretical);

  10. I found NW Gona but i don’t know how to post a picture here. It’s from a map on efiles from 1946–it was near NW Kittridge

  11. Mike yes I believe you are correct on the location. I looked at Portland Maps aerial photo from 1948 of the area West of Kittridge Ave. & between NW Front & NW St Helens Rd and there was a housing area here, with a larger building at the end of the street near the tank farm that must have been the community center. The street address Liz C found of 5260 NW Gona for the community center would be very close to present day addresses in this area.

  12. schmamps – You sparked a realization: I often walk behind the statue that overlooks the Franklin playing fields. A quote is etched in, “One to-day is worth two to-morrows.” I always assumed the punctuation was colonial but now think it owes more to the WPA designers.

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