Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vintage Portland Video Clip: 1939

I would imagine this post comes under the heading of whatnot, as mentioned on the new banner. I was stumbling around Youtube a little while ago and found this really cool clip of some traffic at what is still a somewhat intimidating intersection: E. Burnside, 12th and Sandy in Portland, Oregon. Okay I'll grant you that on the surface traffic isn't that entertaining, from Portland or anywhere else, but this is different. It dates from 1939, and most of it is in color. It was originally posted by Dan Haneckow over at Unknown Cafe. According to Haneckow, this clip (along with a few others) was filmed by the Traffic Engineering Bureau as a way of documenting the traffic pattern after installing some modern traffic lights. In the background is the legendary Tik-Tok Drive-In Restaurant, which I understand, had only opened the year before in 1938. And those cool old cars are pretty nifty—of course, they weren't that old at the time. Also, keep an eye out for the electric trolley buses, which were all the rage at the time. Anyway, I just think its cool to see a bit of Old Portland come back to life, and I hope you enjoy it.

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