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Hustling Hermiston: 1941

Hustling Hermiston: 1941

September 1941. "Traffic on main street of Hermiston, Oregon. Defense boom town housing workers for the Umatilla Ordnance Depot." Acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.


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Still a busy little block

Survivors on the left, once a newspaper office, now shared by a dress shop and a church. Spots to lounge, have dinner, or lunch, are still there. A computer store, wellness center, and an antique store now appear. Bet that antique store has a few items from the early 1940s. I do wish they'd kept the angle in parking. Looking the other way, East Main is closed off to traffic for alfresco dining, courtesy Covid. Hopeful in 2022.

Still there!

Amazing as it seems, the Hermiston Herald still exists after 116 years.

"Let's Get Acquainted"

is what the small sign says, in the back window of the boxy older car in the center of the photo. Any idea of what it means? An advertisement slogan that everyone would understand?

[Let's get ASSOCIATED. A brand of gasoline. - Dave]

Two "EAT"

and two "FOUNTAIN", signing must have been expensive.

Kool Air

Ever been in Hermiston in the middle of Summer? I have. Trust me, the "Air Conditioned" bus and also the cafe on the right would have been the place to be.

Flying A Gasoline

Both window stickers on the trailing auto driving away, are in reference to,
the Tidewater Associated Oil Co.'s Flying A Gas. "Let's Get Associated" poster stamp series. Which were issued in the 1930s

Eat what?

Somebody's gotta do it: I'm surprised nobody has said anything about the SH??SHOP.

Eyes right

The guy in the front car (of five going each direction, plus a bus, woo hoo) facing the camera sure seems to be checking out something or someone over to his right. They/it were/was not in the line of sight of Mr. Lee's lens, more's the pity. The bespectacled and kerchiefed (or hatted) lady in the car just behind him and to his right, however, had an avid interest in either the photographer or his doings. Her female passenger was eager to scooch over and check him out, too.

Making Progress

Times sure have changed. You used to have to grow turkeys?

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