25 thoughts on “SW 1st Avenue, 1944

  1. The Nu-Gaiety on July 14, 1944 was showing the movie “Men on Her Mind” with a “Tarzan” movie as a second feature, plus on the stage ” Portland’s Biggest & Best GIRL REVUE—Maurice Cash & his Rosebuds a whirl of girls–daring exotics– Midnight Stage show Saturday”

  2. A few doors down from the Nu- Gaiety is the Friendship Tabernacle.
    July 1, 1944 newspaper ad.
    Evangelist — Lawrence A. Wooten– Faith revival continues–Preaching every night except Monday 7:45 pm– Sunday 2:30 pm and 7:45 pm Holy Communion– Friendship Tabernacle 1112 SW First Ave., phone AT 5534– Rev. J. H. Stilton, Pastor

  3. There appears to be a large building at the very end of the street, does anybody know what it might be? I’m assuming that is looking south. Also, it is interesting that there were still wooden buildings on 1st in 1940! I see the little laundry building on the left of the photo.

  4. 1944…During WW2, Portland was considered one of the best leave towns on the West Coast…a US Navy favorite.

  5. That 1938 Ford 2-Door Standard Sedan parked near Harmony Cafe/Cardroom is quite nice, as is the light-colored car parked 3 cars behind it (I can’t make it out well enough to identify).

    It would be great if these buildings would have been kept around; as they had much more character than the glass high-rises that are standing there today. Soldiers returning from fighting in Europe had seen enough old buildings and when they returned home they weren’t much interested in preserving old buildings back home, preferring to tear them down and start “fresh”.

    It’s startling how businesses can feed off each other: “Girls”, pleasures of the flesh, food, drink, and clergymen offering empty promises; at least the other businesses offered something real & tangible.

  6. Vlad the building at the end of SW 1st is called the Skidmore Fountain Building today (28 SW 1st) and if you use the Google streetview feature and look north on SW 1st from SW Ash you can see the building with the Skidmore fountain in front.

  7. The 39 Ford Standard has the windshield wipers mounted below the window, the 1938
    has them above the window.

  8. This is just speculation – but if you could see how many people lived downtown in 1930-60, I bet the number would come close to the population living in the streets today. Urban renewal is a necessary evil in some ways, but it was shortsighted to take away all the low income housing options. We found out, painfully, the poor don’t just disappear.

  9. The building on the left is the Marion Hotel. Just past the fire escape is a column of blind windows (terminolgy?). This marks the start of a different building (with the same facade).

  10. I am very curious about the building on the left. The Marion Hotel was 111 SW Madison. From Madison it looked like a different building from the photographed here. I know that the first three windows belonged to the MH because our living quarters included those rooms from 1954-1965. Was it common to have a building share the facade of a different structure?

  11. all of those beautiful Victorian iron fronted buildings are gone now no way what happend to them LOL !!

  12. Noticed the Model T produce truck on the left,there were several of these running around Portland into the 50’s. Usually driven by Italians

  13. @Arne O: You are right, it’s a ’39. The wipers didn’t move to the bottom of the windshield till ’40. The ’39 has some chrome trim on the side below the hood and the grill is distinctive; both of which are seen here.

  14. you can still buy one fully restored today if look real hard those cars had real steel back then built solid !

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