The old photo No. 1 shows a Harry Truman rally in Larkin Plaza, but does not carry a date.  Harry Truman visited Larkin Plaza on three occasions, in 1948, 1952, and 1958. Larkin Plaza changed very little between 1948 and 1958, but with the help of a newspaper photo (No. 3 below) of Truman's 1958 visit, we can identify the old photo No. 1 with 1948. First, because the configuration of the crowd in the No. 1 photo is different from that in the known-to-be-1958 photo No. 3. Second, the automobile in the No. 1 photo -- oldish, maybe pre-War -- is possible for 1948 but unlikely for 1958. Third, the 1948 visit was in late October, while the 1958 visit was in mid-September. The people in the No. 1 photo are better dressed for late October than the people in No. 3, and there are many more fedoras -- likelier in any season for 1948 than for 1958.

I was here to take the Now photo on April 5, 2017.

1. Looking northeast in Larkin Plaza, Oct. 29, 1948.



2. April 5, 2017.



3. Herald Statesman, Sept. 19, 1958. Other photos from Truman's 1958 visit are here.



4. Herald Statesman, Oct. 11, 1952. The 1952 visit was at night.