E Burnside, 12th Avenue & Sandy, 1941

In this view of East Burnside where it intersects with 12th Avenue and Sandy, traffic seems to be moving in an orderly manner, perhaps aided by a traffic officer directing from the island in the middle of it all? The Tik-Tok Drive-In was going strong in 1941, seen just beyond the movie poster for “Rage in Heaven” starring Robert Montgomery and Ingred Bergman.

A2005-001.114 E Burnside Sandy and 12th east 1941(City of Portland Archives)

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14 Responses to “E Burnside, 12th Avenue & Sandy, 1941”

  1. David Says:

    I love the Richfield tower!

  2. erik Says:

    Notice the Gevurtz Furniture Co shadow in the foreground.

    http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=gevurtz-furniture-company-cr.xml

  3. Jared Says:

    I love everything about this picture…

  4. Joan Lyon Says:

    Just interesting….the stop “line” is 3 feet from the pedestrian line. No red stop sign.

  5. Debbie Kool Says:

    Jim,  Look at this cool sign.  Wish it were still here.  Sandy it looks like it has always been a mess at this intersection.  Debbie

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  6. Bud Holland Says:

    The Richfield Oil tower was one of a series of like structures that ran along the West Coast that served a dual purpose of advertising the gasoline & oil products as well as directional “guides ” for early airplanes flying contract U.S. Mail from San Diego to Seattle ( base of Boeing Airmail Services that eventually became United Airlines ). The Richfield Oil Co. sponsored the ” Richfield Reporter ” a nightly radio newscast @ 10:00 on KEX as I seem to recall . The towers were still prevalent in most cities well into the mid-1950’s .

  7. Tom Jones Says:

    Did you ever notice that most pictures of this hodgepodge show very few if any pedestrians? It’s as if modern man knew not to walk or ride a bicycle through this area.

    I did like the shakes at the tik-tok

  8. Nativepdx Says:

    In 1941 Sandy would be one of the main roads into downtown, before the Bandfield was built.

  9. Jill-O Says:

    The funny thing is, the Google map view of this intersection is nothing like it actually looks like now. The biggest change: there’s a huge building taking up the entire block where the Tik Tok is in the pic above, and where the church parking lot is in the Google Maps pic.

  10. hesho Says:

    Re Joan Lyon & the “no stop sign”: The “STOP LINE” sign was for the traffic lights in the middle of the intersection. This would have been a REAL mess with just stop signs.

  11. Elliott Says:

    It looks like the Olsen Storage bldg. in the picture is the same that now houses Public Storage at NE 16th and Sandy.

  12. Gordon Kennedy Says:

    I always loved this busy three-way intersection as a cognitive and driving skills test. Now, it’s been sanitized and it’s no longer a challenge.

  13. mark Says:

    if only I could take a time machine and buy up all the cars in the lot there. I would keep a few and make a fortune on the rest!

  14. EcoGrrl Says:

    Love the “Rage in Heaven” movie ad on the right hand side!

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