14 thoughts on “Portland Public Housing Review, 1960

  1. I wonder about the date. Even poor kids wouldn’t be this far behind the times. It looks more like the 40s or early 50s to me.

  2. I agree, Debby. I was around the age of these kids in the mid-50’s and they’re dressed the way my kindergarten and early elementary-school peers were.

  3. the surrounding building and laundry, ‘ages ‘ the look of the photo.the children are neat and clean and reasonably dressed. What a charming photo.

  4. This was from from a Portland Public Housing Review and Report, 1960. The photo was most likely a illustration of an archetype and may have been an older generic picture from Portland, that said it resembles a family from Appalachia who were the poster children of John and Bobby Kennedy’s war on poverty at the time.Saddle shoes. Saddle shoes are worn by both men and women in a variety of styles ranging from golf cleats to school uniform shoes. They have a reputation as the typical shoes of school-girls, especially in the 1940s. In 1957 Elvis Presley wore saddle shoes in Jailhouse Rock. These children most likely were wearing hand-me-down clothing.

  5. I wore saddle shoes in the mid-1950’s. I remember complaining that “these are boy shoes!” Mine were brown and white — and I had to polish them with two separate bottles of shoe polish, one for each color.

  6. I started kindergarten in 1959. I wore new saddle shoes one year. Up until 1964 we had a washing machine with a wringer and no dryer. My mom had a frame to dry the double bed sheets. The frame was as big as the sheet and the sheet was attached to large needles. I can’t wait to ask my siblings about their memory about this frame. It was always had secret fear that I would fall into it.

  7. Funny how fads come and go. When I was a teenager at Wilson High School in Portland in the early 1960s almost nobody wore saddle shoes. They were considered “old fashioned” and very 1950s. But then I spent my senior year in high school in San Francisco, and lots of kids wore saddle shoes — girls and boys. Go figure! I agree, the kids in this neat photo look like the early ’50s. So, Vlad, you may be correct about the photo itself not actually dating from 1960.

  8. The girl wearing the saddle shoes, and plaid skirt remind of the uniforms some girls on my block wore to parochial school.

  9. Good point Dennis. I recall the uniforms we were required to wear when attending St. Philip Neri School in Ladd’s Addition. One year it was green plaid with green sweaters, other years they were blue paid with blue sweaters, and always white shirts for boys and girls.

  10. It appears that my first reaction to this photo – that it seemed older than 1960 – has been generally been confirmed by previous the comments. I also focused on the saddle shoes, although I realized that by 1964 I too was wearing them. I have a photo of myself wearing what was probably my first pair while carving a turn on my skateboard on our neighbors steep driveway. This was during my freshman year in High School when the “Sidewalk Surfin'” craze exploded at spots across town like Council Crest and Mt.Tabor. I don’t think I was ever so fashion-forward as to be an early adopter of something quite as hip as saddle shoes, so I’m guessing that for high school age boys that saddles had been coming back around (again) by 1963 or so.

  11. Laura, I am looking at my St Philip Neri 6ht Grade Class picture; I am in the second row middle picture, if you could tell me the row and number your picture is; Diane P. is third row all the way to the right, Stephen H. is on the last row 5th to the right, Julian S. is on the last row 7th to the right. Sister Ruth Marie was our teacher, she was also Mother Superior of the school.

  12. Viking58, What year? I do recall Mother Superior as the principle when I attended, as best I can recall Mother Superior was the principle for about 1 or 2 years when I was there. Is there a way to dialog without posting to all on this site?

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