Duniway Park, 1957

It appeared to be a soggy winter day when this photo overlooking Duniway Park was taken. The view is northeast with SW 4th Avenue and Sheridan Streets just past the park. In just a few years everything east of 4th would come down for urban renewal and I-405 would slice through the neighborhood just a couple blocks north of Sheridan; that big white house location just past the intersection is probably right in the middle of I-405 now.


E Burnside & Sandy, 1958

This photo is labeled “the #1 Accident Intersection” for good reason. With 12th Avenue thrown into the mix, it took patience and all your wits about you to get through unscathed. The fondly remembered but long-gone Tik-Tok Drive-in is at left. This view is to the southwest down SE Sandy. Here’s a different view of the same intersection almost 20 years earlier.

(City of Portland Archives)

Portland State Campus, 1959

The campus at Portland State College (now University) has undergone many changes over the decades. Vehicular traffic was still allowed on SW Park, now a pedestrian mall. Many buildings have either been replaced or drastically transformed; the Smith Memorial Student Union is now twice as tall as it was in 1959. This view looks north on SW Park from Harrison.

(City of Portland Archives)

NE Killingsworth & 30th, 1954

Add some color and a few newer cars to this photo and it wouldn’t look much different today. This view west on NE Killingsworth at 30th Avenue has many different signs but the basics are still there.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Broadway, 1950s

Thanks to VP fan Ryan for sending this super color postcard showing a rainy night on SW Broadway in the 1950s. This view is south from Washington Street and while the signage has changed drastically, the buildings on the west side are all pretty much intact today.


NE Broadway & 15th, 1958

This 1958 image shows NE Broadway looking west from 15th Avenue. This was two years before Lloyd Center opened nearby; it probably would have been a primary shopping area at the time.

(City of Portland Archives)

Portland Aerial, 1955

This great top-down photo is likely an aerial survey photo and covers a wide area. We can see from north of the future Fremont Bridge south to the Ross Island Bridge, and from about 19th Avenue on the west side to 14th on the east side. No freeways had intruded on Portland’s landscape yet. Bonus points if you can find the airplane flying between the camera and the ground.

(City of Portland Archives)