SE 82nd & Foster, 1937

The intersection of SE 82nd Avenue at Foster Road appears to be a quaint crossroads in 1937, far from the bustling city with all its traffic. This view is to the north.

A2005-001.211 SE Foster Rd and 82nd north 1937(City of Portland Archives)

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23 Responses to “SE 82nd & Foster, 1937”

  1. Mike Slama Says:

    Curious about the name on the cafe- “Loop Cafe”. Wonder what the reason for that name was.
    The price of oil was 10 cents (per quart) plus 1 cent tax! Never heard of the oil tax back then. I wonder if that went to the state or if it was a federal tax? Canned oil back then was 25-35 cents a quart, so this must have been bulk oil, possibly re-refined. It used to be hand pumped out of tanks in the garage into glass(!) jars for dispensing into motor crankcases. Old guys on this site may fondly (or not) remember those glass jars of oil.

  2. Tom Jones Says:

    I’m an old guy, so I can remember the glass bottles and their milk bottle-like metal rack out on the pump island. I can also remember the service station attendent who checked and added the oil. But at age 67 I can only remember back to 20 cents for bulk, 35 cents for regular can motor oil and 50 cents for Mobil Premier

  3. Bud Holland Says:

    My uncle had a Shell Service station on N.E. 60th & Halsey for years. My ” job ” was filling the glass quart bottles, replacing the nickel-plated spout lids, loading the bottles in a wire carrier ( similar to a milkman’s !!!) that held 6 quarts, 3 on each of a double sided carrier. The carriers were then placed at each of the 4 pump islands . The old bulk tanks required a siphon-type crank action requiring a reverse turn then a forward turn with the oil coming out through a gooseneck spout. The spout had a spring action recovery tube that drained any undelivered oil back down into the tank. Always pretty exciting experience when overfilling a bottle with oil splattering straight back into a kids face and down a white t-shirt for a mom to deal with at home !! Another ” job ” was putting the Shell lube record sticker on the drivers side door frame after a servicing. The record was always checked when the attendant filled the gas tank, checked tire pressure, washed windows, etc.,etc. Real service was a requirement of any station with a national oil company as ” Field Reps” anonymously would make rounds and reports on every Shell station at least twice a year. Inspections included restrooms, offices, lube rooms, etc. with reports going to S.F. District for evaluation, etc. Ah, the ” good old days ” of real service, real metal cars with fins, etc.

  4. Jill-O Says:

    So the Loop Cafe is where the Wells Fargo parking lot is now? Still a gas station (Shell) on the SE corner.

  5. dumbass Says:

    Isnt that the old Tom Petersons corner?

  6. Chris Says:

    Middle of the intersection of 82nd and Foster: http://goo.gl/maps/YohvO

    The exact spot is blocked by a tree.

  7. Jill-O Says:

    Yeah dumbass (LOL) – Peterson’s was on the SW corner – diagonally across from the spot we’re taling about.

  8. Portland Historian (@pdxhistorian) Says:

    The “Loop” is likely in reference to the Mt. Hood Loop Highway. Foster was one of a few Portland roads that were paved in the 1920s to the point they connected with the main loop over the mountain. There was a big movement in the 1920s to complete a paved loop for tourists that went all the way around Mt. Hood. The northern portion was the Columbia River Highway, the rest of the loop essentially followed what we know today as Highways 35 and 26. Here’s an overview map of the loop: http://www.mounthoodhistory.com/pics/loopmaplarge-01.jpg

    Of course, Powell has pretty much always been the official highway connection from Portland to Mt. Hood and beyond, but the newspapers in the 1920s are littered with articles about extending Foster and other roads to connect with “the Loop”.

  9. Debbie Kool Says:

    Hello,  I am not sure but I think this is 92nd Ave looking North.  Debbie

    ________________________________

  10. Tad Says:

    Does the sign across the road (behind the gas pumps) read “Bikes/Guns”? :)

    FYI Foster Road is named such because it lead to Foster’s Farm, a stop on the Barlow Road out near Damascus. Foster Road was the cutoff from the trail to Portland if you didn’t want to go all the way to Oregon City. I guess this association with the Oregon Trail/Barlow Road may relate to the “Loop” name.

  11. Dave J. Says:

    Sporting goods stores still sell bikes and guns.(Think G.I. Joes) Nice example on that pole of a fire alarm box.Those lasted into the mid to late 60’s. The brand name was “Gamewell”. You can buy them on e-bay for 3 to 4 hundred.

  12. Danny Peterson Says:

    It looks quite pleasant in that era.
    It was a neighborhood then.

    Look at that intersection today.
    It’s one of many examples of what unchecked
    growth and overpopulation does to neighborhoods.

  13. Ron Hylton Says:

    Loved the photo due to the “Associated ” sign. Associated was “Flying A” oil/gas headquartered in San Francisco. On January 7, 1913–yep, a 100 years ago and a week–their ship “Rosecrans” ran aground on Peacock Spit on the Washington side of the mouth of the Columbia River with the loss of 33 of the 37 crew members. On board…20,000 barrels of oil. No cable news coverage of this disaster…..!

  14. EcoGrrl Says:

    My mom grew up across from Woodmere and I always remember her telling us how she and her friends used to walk and ride bikes down the gravelly road that was 82nd back then. It’s sad to go back and see the state of disrepair that entire area is in (including her childhood home on Duke Street).

  15. Ric Says:

    Nice! This is from my old stomping grounds!

    @ Debbie Kool – at first glance, I assumed that today’s pic was indeed 82nd and Foster… then you had me wondering if this was 92nd, and Loop Cafe was an earlier version of the 2 story building which presently stands on the NE corner of 92/Foster (used to be an antique store, and recently a coffee house of sorts).

    But then I recall seeing old photos of that corner, and the building really hasn’t changed much,

    Here’s a link to the website where I found the old photo’s. Not sure of the year that they were taken, but they look to be from at least 1937, if not much older. I’ve also added separate links to the same photos that I’ve uploaded to an image hosting site, just in case you have a problem getting to the original page. =)

    http://tinyurl.com/d4j9l4d

    http://tinypic.com/m/fxcrrq/4

    http://tinypic.com/m/fxcrrs/4

  16. Ric Says:

    Not sure if posts are reviewed before they’re added, but it usually doesn’t take this long for my comments to appear (posted over an hour ago), if not immediately. I assume that it got lost in cyberspace, but please delete this one if it double posts haha – thanks!

    Nice! This is from my old stomping grounds!

    @ Debbie Kool – at first glance, I assumed that today’s pic was indeed 82nd and Foster… then you had me wondering if this was 92nd, and Loop Cafe was an earlier version of the 2 story building which presently stands on the NE corner of 92/Foster (used to be an antique store, and recently a coffee house of sorts).

    But then I recall seeing old photos of that corner, and the building really hasn’t changed much,

    Here’s a link to the website where I found the old photo’s. Not sure of the year that they were taken, but they look to be from at least 1937, if not much older. I’ve also added separate links to the same photos that I’ve uploaded to an image hosting site, just in case you have a problem getting to the original page. =)

    http://tinyurl.com/d4j9l4d

    http://tinypic.com/m/fxcrrq/4

    http://tinypic.com/m/fxcrrs/4

  17. Kirk J. Poole ("Since '62!") Says:

    Hey, look…I see Tom Peterson as a kid in the photo!

  18. Ric Says:

    Haha I had a feeling that I would double post. Oh well…

    After all of that, I posted the wrong links for the pics the first (and second) time around. Here are the correct ones:

  19. Peter Pimentel Says:

    Loop Cafe was owned by Mrs. Fred J. Hunnicutt. 5448 SE 82nd Av. Since women were inclined to take the name of their husband essentially by putting “Mrs.” in front of it, I was curious as to what HER name might be so I looked up Fred Hunnicutt. Well, her name was Hazel D. and it seems like there were a few other Hunnicutts too. There was Barbara D. (a waitress) and William D., a mechanic who all lived together at 7820 SE Harold. ALL of them. “D” was a popular initial apparently. There’s no mention of what Fred did for a living.
    Polk’s Directory 1940, Portland, Oregon.

  20. Briggs Says:

    The photo shows both a state highway shield (sign)
    at the corner and north of the car parked next to the
    Loop Cafe.
    Since SE 92nd has never been a state highway
    and SE 82nd has been Hwy 213 for many decades.

    It has to be SE 82 & Foster

    thanks for the address Peter Pimentel…

  21. Tad Says:

    Anybody know what is the cylindrical “thing” hanging off the back of the gas pumps?

  22. Ric Says:

    @ Tad – you mean the 3 “things” hanging off of each pump. I’m not sure, but they look a bit like hinged covers for the “holes” just above them. I know that those type of dispensers used the glass area at the the top to fill with gas, so you could see if you’re getting the correct amount you want and your preferred quality (they used different colors for each grade) of gas. Maybe that “hole” is where the controls were and the things that you speak of are the heavy hinged covers.

    Just a wild guess though haha.

  23. Peter Pimentel Says:

    I believe they’re filter housings.

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