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)

8 thoughts on “Burnside Bridge, 1926

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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