Parking meters in 1939 didn’t demand $1.60 and hour like they do today but they still had to be fed. The gentleman in the white pants seems to be servicing one. This view west on SW Stark from 6th towards Broadway shows the old Imperial Hotel (now Hotel Lucia) on the near left with Rucker’s Coffee Cup across Broadway.
Before the Library Association of Portland opened their new Central Library on SW 10th in 1913, the library was in this building on SW Stark between Broadway and Park Ave. This circa 1902 view looks southwest at Stark and Broadway. In later years the Liberty Theater would be on this site but the Bank of California occupies this block now.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower is riding down SW Broadway in this undated LIFE magazine photo. I believe this is 1956, as he made a west coast swing in October of that year during the presidential campaign. He’s riding in the “bubbletop” 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan limousine which I don’t think would have been available to Ike in 1952.
The cross street immediately behind him is Washington Street. The Plaza Hotel is now Hotel Vintage Plaza and the Bank of California building replaced the Union Pacific and Liberty Theater block on the left.