SW Madison & 5th, 1950

Lots of people out and about on SW Madison between 5th and 6th in this 1950 photo. The Milwaukee bus may have just dropped some passengers, women with kids out shopping perhaps, car repair decisions being made, and IBM and Lincoln/Mercury/Cadillac sales indicate an active, mid-century city before the high-rises are built.

(City of Portland Archives)

W Burnside & 21st, 1953

Astute VP followers zeroed in on the distant white building with arches in yesterday’s post. Opened in 1926 as DeHoney’s Ballroom, it reopened in 1936 as the Uptown Ballroom, as seen in yesterday’s image. It was sold and had a grand opening as the renamed Palais Royale in October 1943. It held its last dance New Years Eve 1962 and was demolished the next month. With the exception of the ballroom, this 1953 photo is not much different from what you’d see today.

(City of Portland Archives)