22 thoughts on “SW Broadway, 1969

  1. Looks like this was taken at the corner of SW Yamhill Street and SW Broadway, looking toward the southeast corner of the intersection. Margulis Jewerers was/is located there now. I wonder if it was the Willamette Week he was hawking?

  2. How appropriate, hawking a broadsheet in front of Jackson Tower; built and occupied by The Journal prior to their move to Front Street. Bruno Studio was in their day one of the premier photographic studios…along with PhotoArt.

  3. Lloyd was a citizen activist with honorable motives. He put tremendous personal energy into fighting nuclear power.

  4. Claudia: The photograph of Lloyd Marbet hawking a newspaper is from 1969, about five years before Willamette Week was started. More likely, he was advertising the Willamette Bridge, a local alternative newspaper in the late 1960s

  5. A June 12th, 2019 article in Willamette Week ran a story highlighting the lasting importance the Willamette Bridge underground paper played in the lives of some Portland youths in 1970. See below.

    The social activism here and around the world of the sixties/seventies against the Vietnam War illustrated the power of such movements to institute change. “Big business” and conservative politicians seeing this, vowed never to allow that to happen again. By 1973, business was able to consolidate its control of the banking and finance sectors with Washington’s help. A bulk of the money has been flowing upwards and kept drastically restricted at lower levels ever since.

    It was certainly a more hopeful (empowering), less polarized (co-operative) time in the Portland pictured here. I wasn’t aware of Lloyd Marbet’s work, but I thank him for it.

  6. Lloyd Marbet has changed in recent years.
    During his ”Trojan days” an accomplished freeloader & hypocrite.
    Now a electric BMW driving upscale and just bought his girlfriend a new Tesla.
    ”Grifter” is one of the popular buzzwords of the day.

  7. Hooray for Bruno Studios. My first class photos and yearbook (1968) were done by Brunos. In 1961, my first yearbook (Shattuck) was a collection of self portraits and reprinted on a mimeograph machine. My favorite from 1961, a boy named George who just arrived from Greece. His self portrait, he drew his nose as an “S”. I wished I had saved the drawing to show him. Years later, we were classmates again at Grant.

  8. Efiles credits this photo to the Portland Police Bureau.
    In the 1960’s thru the 1980’s the Portland Police Bureau intelligence unit conducted surveillance and kept records on many civic and activist groups that had no link to criminal activity, so in 1981 the Oregon legislature passed a law making this activity illegal and I think they dictated that these files must be destroyed, but one member of the intelligence unit Detective Winfield Falk loaded up 36 boxes of records into the trunk of his car and stored them in a barn in Washington state. Detective Falk died in January 1987 and intelligence files were donated to the Portland Tribune newspaper and they turn them over to the Portland Archives.

  9. Everyone changes throughout the course of their life, and nowhere is this more evident than America.

    I would say that ownership of an electric vehicle of any make or model, reflects a concern for the environment and that’s totally in keeping values that first surfaced during this time. I’d own one too, but they’re all more than I want to spend on a car, being semi-retired; so I am a hypocrite since I care about the environment.

    It appears that Mr. Marbet can still raise a fair amount of ire from some Portlanders that have never liked him, or felt strongly about any of the issues he did.

  10. People who promote electric vehicles don’t realize how much environmental damage is done making these cars. We’re talking the mining of rare earth minerals and graphite which is destructive to the environment. Also, Tesla cars are made of aluminum which takes 8 times more energy than steel to produce. The Lithium Ion batteries are another story. They’re not as friendly as people make them out to be.

  11. Ted Johnson: This shot captured your grandmother’s car, wow! Do you think she was the one out driving that night?

  12. that is the journal is a historic1912 building made of glazed terracotta & light beige brick is a beautiful classical revival building

  13. Richard Knight–not to mention that electric cars are only as clean as their power source. If plugged into an isolated solar array, for example, they would run on clean power. The general mix in the PNW isn’t too bad with a lot of hydro and renewables (although ironically no carbon-free nukes thanks in large part to activists like Mr. Marbet). If you had an electric car running on coal-power electricity, however, then it would arguably be worse for the environment than an efficient ICE model. But the bigger point is that it is still nascent technology–so hopefully supporting the current models–imperfect though they may be–spurs the development of both cleaner and more sustainable transportation technology in the future.

  14. I’ve noticed we now have “Mildred Schwab” and “Ted Wheeler” on the list of contributors. I think we have a troll problem.

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