25 thoughts on “Union Trade Fair, 1962

  1. I hope Phyllis enjoyed a nice pension & retirement. I’m curious as to what all the bulky pieces of equipment are on the left table.

  2. A Beatles song (I had to look it up!)

    Here is part of it:

    Lovely Rita, meter maid
    Nothing can come between us
    When it gets dark I tow your heart away

    Standing by a parking meter
    When I caught a glimpse of Rita
    Filling in a ticket in her little white book
    In a cap she looked much older
    And the bag across her shoulder
    Made her look a little like a military man

  3. Phyllis Reuther was one of the first 17 meter maids in the city of Portland who first hit the streets in January of 1958. The training consisted of class work and training in self defense.

    Oregonian January 11, 1958 page 1

    17 Young Women Start Instruction In Art of Disabling Any Pesky Foe

    When the city’s 17 new meter maids complete a 20 hour 10 week course in Judo they will, from the mightiest to the meekest, be prepared for any emergency.

  4. I found several stories in The Oregonian mentioning Phyllis Reuther.

    The first mention was on January 11, 1958 (p. 1) and included a photo of the women involved. “17 YOUNG WOMEN START INSTRUCTION IN ART OF DISABLING ANY PESKY FOE: When the city’s 17 new Meter Maids complete a 20-hour, 10-week course in Judo they will, from the mightiest to the meekest, be prepared for any emergency. Multnomah club has offered both its instructor and equipment…for the course.” There follows a list of the women’s names, including that of Phyllis.
    In 1958 (September 27, p. 11) she is announced as an assistant supervisor to “help Boss Maid Dolores Golladay.”

    There’s another photo of the meter maids on page 14 of the January 6, 1961 issue, over the headline: “METER MAIDS BEGINNING FOURTH (Ex)CITING YEAR.” Among other bits of information, the paper reports that the “Maids of Main Street wrote 247,239 tickets for a take of $473,381…. The 17 Meter Maids on the squad average 63 tickets per girl per shift…”

    And “METER MAIDS IGNORE MINIS” is the headline on October 6, 1966 (p.49), with a story beginning, “Can you keep your skirt down when all about you others are raising theirs – offering dimpled knees and a glimpse of thigh…” After reporting that Portland’s jail matrons and women police officers are keeping their skirts longer, “… the meter maids also keep their skirts down, according to Phyllis Reuther, assistant supervisor of meter maids.” This story has an amusing drawing of a parking meter “saying” to a meter maid, “Stay as you are. I expire for you!”

  5. A couple of my friends and I were downtown one night when one of us backed into a parking meter by accident. Since it was laying on the ground my friend threw it in his trunk. I had the meter part of it in my living room for awhile. Hey I was in my late teens, early twenties. You know keg parties etc. Misspent youth I think they called it. We all ended up respectful citizens except the guy who hit the meter. He was a druggy who ended up killing himself in a car accident.

  6. When I was a teen rumor was there was a way to add more time to those meters with a paper clip and a nickel. never did it just heard about it.

  7. In May of 1962 the AFL-CIO held a Union trade show at the Memorial Coliseum and this booth appears to represent some of the unions for city workers. If you enlarge the photo you will see that this booth was on the arena floor as the seating section numbers 55 & 56 appear at the top of the photo, also one of the items on the table looks to be a firefighters oxygen tank and mask.

  8. I wish we returned to parking meters rather than those semi-solar powered things. Why use mechanical energy when you can switch to solar-energy in a cloudy climate?

  9. I’ll bet pretty and kind-looking Phyllis could really handle herself. I’m glad to know they had that Judo training!

  10. The Oregon Journal printed photos of Portland’s new Meter Maids on their first day on the Job January 20, 1958 as pedestrians stared at the new civil servants who were headquartered in the Governor building at 400 SW 2nd.

    On January 6, 1958 the Oregon Journal as detailed the Meter Maids training.
    “The Maids will receive in their orientation course education on judo, traffic regulations, deportment, public relations, first aid, city government and court procedure. On their schedule is a visit to Portland’s points of interest” In addition the newspaper printed the names and home addresses of the new Meter Maids on page 1.

    Well it was 1958 not 2022

  11. Anyone else try to make sense of that large map in the background? It’s north Portland divided up into some sort of districts called Sifton James Woods George? Maybe water bureau districts served by tanks with those names?

  12. This picture is on the aranea floor of the Coliseum , with tall currtains in back. The rows of seats can been seen above that, then the space between the Concourse and the windows

  13. “Serving You And Your Community”, Now there is something that the city of Portland’s elected officials of today would do US ALL WELL to bring back into practice and endeavor to remember.

  14. Mike: That map of north Portland in the background is very interesting. According to its legend (which is barely legible), the color-coded map portrays Existing Industrial Districts, Planned Industtrial Districts, Commercial Districts, Exisitng Parks, etc., and existing and planned roadways/traffic arteries serving these districts. Over on the left I see Port of Portland on the Willamette River and above it is Pier Park, the Columbia Slough, and what looks like a proposed extension of Columbia Blvd. to the industrial districts to the west. The type in the legend is difficult to read even when the photo is blown up. This must’ve been some kind of planning dept. map plotting out Portland’s future industrial development. Sure wish I knew more about it!

  15. I think Sifton, James, Woods, and George were elementary schools. Either that or a rock band like Hamilton, Joe, Frank, and Reynolds.

  16. Mike on the bottom of the map it reads planning. Looking at news archives in this era 1962-1963 the names Sitton, James John & George were all elementary schools in North Portland, and a 1963 story reported that the City of Portland and Portland school district purchased 8 acres from the Housing Authority in the former Johns Woods WW II housing project for a future school and park. Woods may have been a place holder name for this future project.

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