Ship arrival schedule, Import Plaza, July 21st 1963. The chalkboard listed what ships were coming to town and when, which distant seaports they were coming from, and what exotic treasures were on board. It’s a terribly romantic idea, from back before container ships and globalization made everything boring. Cheap, and boring.
Romantic or not, I count my lucky stars I’m not a 1963 sailor, braving the stormy Pacific on a rickety freighter full of brassware and gongs.
12/26/1950: Lurid ad for “How to Protect Your Child From the Sex Criminal”
, a book by Portland Police Sgt. Earl R. Biggs. I haven’t found the text of either of Biggs’s books (this or “Sex, Science and Sin”) online so I’m not sure exactly what his views and advice were. A bio at the Northwest Digital Archives
indicates he was more forward-thinking than you might expect from a cop in 1950, and he was actually a friend of Alfred C. Kinsey (of Kinsey Report fame).
The bio indicates that after retiring from the force, Biggs opened an antique store and later wrote an unpublished manuscript about psychic phenomena. FWIW.
"An Automobile Climbs Multnomah Falls" (February 21st, 1932) In which somebody drove a tiny Austin 7 sedan up the Multnomah Falls trail and parked it on the Benson Footbridge for a photo shoot. You might be able to pull this off with a Smart Car today; it’s just that they’d arrest you afterward if you tried it.
"Portland Beard Menace Not Growing; It Only Seems So" (March 13th, 1966). In which the local paper of record wandered the streets looking for bearded men, interviewed the very few it found (since hippiedom arrived a bit late here), and then asked a couple of local professors to try to explain what the deal was with beards or the lack of beards.
Dr. Walter G. Klopfer of Portland State (unbearded) had a theory about beards:
“Young men have an urgent need to prove themselves. In spite of their own uncertainty, they would like to give every appearance of independence and rugged manhood. In the early days of America, they could blaze trails and fight Indians… but what can they do today short of going to Viet Nam?
"The beard has been a symbol of virility ever since the days of Samson. The student with a beard announces that he is not bound by traditions but is his own man. As he matures further, he may find other ways of asserting his manhood."
Dr. William Wiest of Reed College (bearded) disagreed, arguing that no blanket theory of beards (or non-beards) was possible and it was all just wild speculation.
“Unfortunately,” he said, “it is equally easy to argue that those men who SHAVE regularly are so badly disturbed psychologically that they can only be described as obsessed with ideas of suicide. Another common speculation has it that anyone who places razor to chin is indulging in a shocking sexual perversion.”