Burnside Bridge, 1926

The Burnside Bridge is shown nearing completion in this 1926 image looking east. The widening of Burnside Street farther east would not happen for a few more years. The large orange block could be an artist’s mockup to visualize a billboard atop the building. Any other ideas?

(City of Portland Archives)

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8 Responses to “Burnside Bridge, 1926”

  1. Jim Says:

    Well, if it wasn’t behind the electrical pole, I would have thought it was an eighty-five year old strip of scotch tape. However, I think your guess is better. At least in this corner of the multiverse. If you’re a Pratchett fan, one could assume this is the work of a lazy iconograph imp.

  2. Dave Says:

    Oh man, if only Burnside still looked like that… looks dreamy compared to the current reality :)

  3. Roxanne Says:

    The Hotel Princess. That is a new one on me, hadn’t ever heard of it.

  4. Roxanne Says:

    I have a photo of the Burnside Bridge fancied up for the opening in 1926 that does have what appears to be a large sign in that area, has a very visible white retangular edge to whatever it says.

  5. Todd Says:

    Roxanne is this the picture your talking about? http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?a=23935&c=27928

    You can see the billboard in the distance.

  6. Doug Klotz Says:

    A rich source of old photos is shots like this, which were used by the billboard companies to sell billboard space. They were shot to show what a passing motorist would see. Usually the billboard space was just whited out. I’ve never seen an orange one.

  7. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Good to have you back. I spent the past week clicking on the RSS feed, forgetting why it was empty. This is nearly the same spot in Street View http://g.co/maps/5e36e They’re using different camera lenses so the views are distorted in different ways and don’t look the same. Looks like the billboard got moved to a new building.

  8. Roxanne Says:

    Sorry Todd, when I click on that the site is malfunctioning. I’ll try it again later.

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