Peninsula Park, 1935 Posted on March 30, 2022 by Vintage Portland 12 Women playing volleyball at Peninsula Park, 1935. City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2000-025.1027. View this image in Efiles by clicking here. Rate this:Share this:FacebookPinterestTwitterEmailRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related
There are several articles mentioning men’s volleyball in the 1935 editions of The Oregonian and the Oregon Journal, but I found nothing specifically mentioning women’s groups. The Journal did run a story titled “Park Classes Open Monday in 4 Houses” which said, “Volleyball groups…will be allotted playing time by calling Ruth Wolff, director at Peninsula Park.” The classes were free to all age groups, from kindergarten through adults . (Sept. 29, 1935, p.6)
This looks like it might possibly be the spot today…
This was a pleasant way for these women to spend a sunny mid-week (Wednesday) afternoon. It looks like the photographer took the shot before play actually commenced; as no one looks hot and sweaty here.
that net does not look regulation height to me
That woman in heels. Really????
My grandfather might have been inside painting the murals around the ceiling of the community building that day. He was thankful to get a WPA job during the Depression. Being a commercial artist in those times was not very lucrative. He painted on other projects and also taught art to nursing students and at University of Portland – anything to keep the family fed!
The women wearing pumps also appears to have dress stockings rolled down around her ankles. Obviously she didn’t know she was to have her picture taken for posterity.
I keep wondering if you’re ever going to run out of history to share!
Perhaps this excerpt from the Oregon Journal on 7/31/1935 (p. 17) of future events has some relation to this photo.
Monday, August 5: boys track meet. Saturday. August 17, also at Grant: women’s volleyball tournament. August 20, Peninsula: men’s volleyball tournament. August 21, Peninsula:
Later in the fall the Oregonian has schedules for women’s and girls volleyball classes at the Peninsula gym.
Peninsula was a great city park when I was growing up in the 1950s! Beautiful lawns, swimming pool, trees, and the absolutely beautiful sunken rose garden with the Asian-style pergola. There was also a community rec center and a full summer recreation program for neighborhood youth. And don’t forget the youth circus and soap box derby. What a wonderful place to idle away a warm summer afternoon!
The player at the back-left: are there 3-stripes on her shoes? Are those Adidas? Historically the 3-stripe logo/sidewall strengthening pattern goes back to the late 1920s.
ARE THE LAMP POSTS ORIGINAL ?