The Flashback

RM Parish, a contributor to PRP, recently began remodeling an upstairs room in his house. Underneath the well-worn floorboards were dozens of amazingly well preserved issues of THE OREGONIAN, published in the summer of 1940. What we found provides an extraordinarily intimate snapshot of life in PDX before most of us were born.

Here are some images from his discovery along with other photographs from our personal collections of PDX history. The Flashback is updated every Thursday.

Send Us Your Flashback Photos

We’re wondering if you possess any hidden Portland-related historical treasures you’d like to share with PRP’s website visitors? We know you have access to the Internet because you’re here. We’re guessing you have a smartphone with a camera? Maybe even a scanner?

We’d love to see whatever stills you think are interesting in .jpg format. We’re especially interested in visuals that showcase the historical mojo of the Portland area. If you want to write something to share along with the image, we’ll give you credit, but may edit for content.

If the response is what we’re hoping for, it’s quite possible we’ll create some special audio for our LIVE STREAM. Or, if it’s really good, we’ll may send one of our video crews your way. We look forward to hearing from you. Send us your flashback photos.

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Under the floorboards, down by the drywall.
RM Parish, a contributor to PRP, recently began remodeling an upstairs room in his house. Underneath the well-worn floorboards were dozens of amazingly well preserved issues of THE OREGONIAN, published in the summer … Continue Reading