“Beautification Week” Campaign, 1929

Firefighters showing off toys in front of a fire station, 1929. The man in uniform in the front row is Captain Edward Boatright, the founder of Portland Fire & Rescue’s Toy and Joy Makers program. The photo was taken as a part of the “Beautification Week” campaign.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2009-009.1489.


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Burnside Bridge, 1920

Oregon is home to many archives, most rich with collections documenting Oregon’s history. In order to highlight some of these collections containing Portland-area images, Vintage Portland has invited photo submissions from other archives within the region. Today’s photo and text is provided by the Multnomah County Library John Wilson Special Collections.

The Burnside Bridge, looking east, 1920.

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Burnside Bridge, looking east, from Investigation of Burnside Street Bridge, Portland, Oregon / [Report of] Herbert Nunn, State Highway Engineer [Salem] : the Commission, [1920].