The History Museum of Hood River County
Bringing the Rich History of Hood River County to Life
It’s always fun to try to guess the date of an image. This is a detail from a postcard view of Oak Street, and it has enough information for a precise date. What’s your guess?
5th October 2020 @ 02:52 PM
1943, Oak and Fourth, and beyond…..
5th October 2020 @ 03:06 PM
Bedlam and It’s a Wonderful Life both released in 1946.
5th October 2020 @ 03:19 PM
Is the house in the background the Button home?
5th October 2020 @ 03:34 PM
Hudson’s year was `1954. Is that the clue?
5th October 2020 @ 04:16 PM
Its a Wonderful Life wasn’t widely released until January 1947. This doesn’t look like a winter picture to me, so maybe summer of 1947 at earliest?
5th October 2020 @ 04:25 PM
This has some good memories.https://www.hoodriverhistorymuseum.org?showimage=692
5th October 2020 @ 04:35 PM
Thanks LE, I was having a feeling of deja vu but Gorge Net was down so I couldn’t change the post.
Will is correct that both the movies at the Rialto were 1946 releases. In those days a town like Hood River was way down the list for getting prints of first releases, so a summer 1947 date seems plausible. As you can see the Oak trees at the Button house are fully leafed out.
And as LE pointed out, it’s worth following her link to the first post of this six years ago. I get to see all the comments as they come in, but you may not have seen the comments that came in up to 3 years later.
6th October 2020 @ 07:05 AM
Probably the best photo of the Button home that we have seen.
War is over and the good times are back in Hood River.
6th October 2020 @ 09:20 AM
I remember the bowling alley and cafÃ©. It was also a Greyhound bus stop. My mom worked in the cafÃ© so I spent lots of time in the bowling alley. That was in the early 60’s.
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