Dan Haneckow publishes a blog on "Travel, History and Portland, Oregon" called cafe unknown. Back in March of 2008, he posted an article about one of the city's first efforts at a motorist public safety campaign. The article gives an insightful glimpse into our city's past and our longtime attempts to make the roads safer.
The most interesting ephemera Haneckow's published, I think, are videos taken by the Portland Traffic Engineering Bureau and the Portland Traffic Safety Commission in the 1930s. The videos were used to evaluate new traffic control features - stoplights!
Click the video player below to check out a video of SW Washington and 6th Avenue from 1936. Or click the link above to Haneckow's entire article with more videos. It's well worth a read!
Click the video player to check out the good ol' days