SW 4th & Washington, 1946

There were some great business signs along SW 4th Avenue north of Washington Street in 1946. “Paradise Inn Chop Suey” is a classic. Except for the block on the immediate left, almost everything we see here is miraculously still standing.

A2005-001.887 SW 4th at Washington  north 1946(City of Portland Archives)

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8 Responses to “SW 4th & Washington, 1946”

  1. Mike Says:

    Natural Gas holder tank there in the background at the end of the street.

  2. greg Says:

    Coal gas actually.

  3. Tad Says:

    What’s the white sign on the extreme right say? Don’t stand something, watch oncoming something?

  4. Ian Says:

    You can see a sliver of the pre-remodel Merchants National Bank Building on the right, highlighted in this previous VP post,

    http://vintageportland.wordpress.com/category/streets/washington-street/page/4/

    In one of the linked photos, you can see more clearly the sign that Tad asked about. “Don’t stand ‘spellbound?’ Watch incoming traffic” I wonder if these photos were taken the same day in 1946

  5. Mike Says:

    In 1947 it would be gas from oil actually. Natural Gas arrived in 56

  6. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    Uh… is this the right Street View, it doesn’t match up does it?

    http://goo.gl/maps/3BP5Y

  7. Ian Says:

    Dave your view is facing south on 4th. The photo is actually facing north:

    http://goo.gl/maps/j7yzc

  8. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    OK, yes! I see that now. Thank you, Ian!

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