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Portland’s Vanport Flood happened May 30th, Sixty-Nine Years Ago

The Vanport Flood of May 30, 1948, was the most grave natural disaster that Portland has ever faced.  The Columbia River broke through a railroad embankment and inundated Vanport, which was the second largest city in Oregon at the time. The flood left approximately 18,000 … Continue reading

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Dad’s First Newspaper Ad for G.I. Joe’s

Dad ran this small advertisement for G.I. surplus sleeping bags in The Oregonian classifieds in the early 1950s.

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The Earliest Photo I have of the Original G.I. Joe’s

Customers parked in front of that first G.I. hospital tent store on Vancouver Avenue in North Portland.  This was the original G.I. Joe’s that opened in 1948 and was owned by a number of partners, including my dad. Part of the slogan is visible … Continue reading

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