G.I. Joe’s Contributing to the arts in 1958 Portland











Franny Heald emailed me a newspaper photo from the July 15,  1958, edition of the Oregon Journal.  It shows actors dancing in a production of “South Pacific.”

The Rodgers and Hammerstein play was put on by the Portland Public Parks Theater Workshop, and Franny’s brother, Joe was in it (third from the left in the photo).  Franny told me that the costumes came from G.I. Joe’s.

So, before G.I. Joe’s involvement with the Portland Opera in the 1980s, the store was contributing to the local arts scene!

Thank you, Franny, for sharing the photo.


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