|Oregon Electric cars on High Street at Court, circa 1912|
|Same view, today, Hotel and Grand Theater on right|
Here's another view of High Street, taken looking the other way. It seems likely it is from the same session, as there are four men, clothed and posed similarly! The same three rail cars, too. Unfortunately the postcard is in half-tone, and its resolution just a bit too coarse for certainty. (But I'm pretty sure!)
|Other angle: Masonic Building under construction!|
You might have seen the note in the paper the other day about the Hubbard Building and depot for the Oregon Electric line.
The corner of State and High in the sepia postcard image doesn't seem to show the Hubbard Building yet, so these images could be promotional pieces for the forthcoming construction or for the Oregon Electric generally.
And you might remember that tracks were uncovered during construction in the fall of 2012.
|Uncovering Tracks, 2012|
|Tracks, up High Street at Court|
|Detail of tracks, High and Court|
The focus here of course is on transportation. But the original context for the image at top was for a show at the World Beat Gallery, "Rails through Salem: A Black History Connection."
There's sure to be lots of interesting and important things in it!
It's the Simonton Motor Company! It was incorporated in November, 1911.
|March 16, 1912|