This busy street scene photo was taken in the late-thirties on SW 4th Avenue in Portland, Oregon during rush hour. The policeman in the light coat is directing traffic at the intersection of the Avenue with SW Yamhill Street. Fred Meyer’s Yamhill Auto Supply, a parts and supply store is located on the right-hand side of the cross street on the corner.
Based on the vehicles visible in the image, two of which have radiator winter fronts, this picture could have been taken as early as late in the fall of 1937 as there is a least one 1938 car on the Avenue; the earliest automobiles appear to be late-twenties models. A view of the scene today apparently indicates that none of the buildings have survived and have been replaced by modern structures.