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43 Responses to “About”

  1. Anne Bocci Says:

    Would love to see something on SW Portland’s Multnomah Village.
    Let’s see if I can find some photos.
    xoxo
    anne bocci

  2. Explore the Past at Vintage Portland Says:

    [...] images that speak to the history of the Rose City, Portland Building Ads, Vintage Portland’s stated goal is to document some of the city’s past through photographs, postcards, illustrations, [...]

  3. Heather Says:

    Thanks for doing this – I love seeing Vintage Portland pop up in my RSS feed.

  4. Tom Says:

    Where do you get your scans? I have just begun exploring the Oregon Historical Society photo archives in the research library and their pretty protective of their images. Is the City of Portland archives a seperate collection?

  5. Daniel Evans Says:

    Seriously the best website ever. I often find myself gazing deep into every photo, day dreaming about Portland’s past. Thank you so much.

  6. Dan L. Says:

    Thank you so much for this site–it is absolutely wonderful. Every morning before I head out to work I look at the site to see what’s new–one of the little gems I can look forward to each day.

  7. James fossi Says:

    I worked at, and loved Alexanders Chrysler, for 13 years. It was at the triangle lot, address 2340 N.E. Sandy. We were bought out by Timberline Dodge and they threw away our photo alblum, dating back to 1938. I was wondering if you could post any old pictures of this cherished (to many) dealership.

  8. ReadersHeaven Says:

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  9. Tim Muir Says:

    Thank you for sharing your fantastic finds! I appreciate the large formats on most of the photos and maps so that one can make out the many details normally lost in smaller pictures. I hope to see, in future posts, some vintage photos of the Sellwood District, the PEPCO interurban car barns and tracks that went through there (I used to live across the tracks from the large car barn complex just off SE 11th Ave.). Keep up the good work!

  10. Doug Smith Says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing these incredible pictures! I have been looking for old pictures of SE Belmont for a long time. The photo of 39th and Belmont was of particular interest to me, as my wife and I live right near there! Would you happen to have any more photos of that area of Belmont? I’d really like to see what used to be at 38th and Belmont (the south side of Belmont, specifically). If only that picture taken at 39th and Belmont was from the other side of the street! :-) Thanks again for all your work.

  11. Erik Olson Says:

    I grew up in Portland in the 1950s and 1960’s–glad I found your site. Love the photos of the orange and white “Wait Lites” (pedestrian signals) that were once common throughout the city. Thank you.

  12. quotidianhudsonriver Says:

    I always check out those blogs next to mine on Postaday2011. Today that was you. This is a great blog. I will be returning.

  13. Jennifer Bydwell Says:

    Dear Dan,

    My name is Jennifer Bydwell and I am doing research for a film project. Could you please confirm for me the source of one of the photos on your site? Is is: “Aerial View, West End Burnside Bridge”. The photo is 1935, and credited to the City of Portland Archives. Do you know by any chance what the accession number is?

    Many thanks,
    Jennifer

  14. Larry Dodgion Says:

    Hi Dan, My curiosity has been tweaked by the news reports in recent days about building a “Public Market” at the west end of the Morrison Bridge. It got me to wondering if you might have pictures of the old Yamhill St Public Market. Kind of Portland’s version of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. I have fond memories of walking through it in the early 50’s. Let some of our citizens know this isn’t a new idea and would be well received.

  15. Dan Davis Says:

    Larry – Are you thinking of the 5th & Yamhill Food Market?

    http://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/5th-yamhill-food-market-1975/

  16. Larry Dodgion Says:

    That’s the one that I’m referring to, yes. It never had as much character as Pike Place, which is now a destination, but I still remember the good times I spent there. And of similar style was Corno’s produce on “Union Ave” that is long gone also.

  17. Rod Taylor Says:

    WOW. It’s like a way back machine. I was born in Portland (1940) and raised here and your site really excites the ol’ memory nodes. This site is a most enjoyable forum, a very rare bird. Thank you very much. Thanks also to your many interesting contributors.

  18. Bob Taylor Says:

    I was born in Portland on June 13, 1941. This is the best website on old Portland and thanks for starting it.

  19. Kerry-Lynne Demarinis Brown Says:

    I have a question. My grandmother worked as waitress at the
    Lonesome Club in Portland circa 1940. I have seen a token from the Lonesome Club that shows the address as 821 SW 4th Street. I also have a group photo that includes my grandmother from inside the club. But that is all I know about it. Someone once told me that it was a great place to go dancing.
    Does anyone know anything about the Lonesome Club?
    Thanks!

  20. Bob Taylor Says:

    Heres a start. I googled “Historical the lonesome club 821 SW 4th Street.
    I came up with this web address:

    http://feedback.pdxradio.com/topic/this-day-in-portland-radio-history-december-1/page/2

    Not much but i thinks it’s a start to finding a picture of it. might try “THe Orgon Historical Society” in Portland. Might try calling them.
    Bob

  21. Bob Taylor Says:

    Forget above. I really found some references to it here, using the search engine Chrome.

    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sugexp=les%3Bcqn,rate_low%3D0.035,rate_high%3D0.035,min_length%3D2,cconf%3D1.2,second_pass%3Dfalse,num_suggestions%3D1,ignore_bad_origquery%3Dtrue&dc=at++821+sw+4th+st.&gs_mss=historical++the+lonesome+club+at++821+sw+4th+st.+++portland++1940&tok=IXKLML-TQDjIJglOxnEMQQ&pq=the+lonesome+club+at++821+sw+4th+st.+++portland++1940&cp=30&gs_id=51&xhr=t&newwindow=1&safe=off&gl=us&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=994&bih=636&bs=1&um=1&q=historical%20the%20lonesome%20club%20portland%201940&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw&ei=istmUNLeNsSfiAKnxIC4AQ

  22. Dave Jordan Says:

    I would like to echo those sentiments about this website. The best of these I have seen. I also grew up in Portland and find the then & now comparisions simply fantastic. My favorite so far is the photo of W 21st & Burnside which contains a photo of the Chinese Gardens Restaurant where my Mom worked in the 40’s and met my Dad.

  23. Bob Taylor Says:

    Dave Jordan Says:
    “My favorite so far is the photo of W 21st & Burnside which contains a photo of the Chinese Gardens Restaurant where my Mom worked in the 40’s and met my Dad.”

    Where did you find this picture Dave. I would like to see it and keep a copy of it.
    Thanks, Bob

  24. Dave Jordan Says:

    Hello Bob,

    Look up W 21st & Burnside 1953. It’s a view looking West. Has a whole bunch of differnet businesses on it.

  25. Dan Davis Says:

    Here’s the 21st and Burnside photo:

    http://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/w-burnside-21st-1953/

  26. Bob Taylor Says:

    Thanks Dan. I have a picture of the old Piggly Wiggly store I went to in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It was on Barbur Blvd. and would like to submit it. how do i go about doing this? I can get it to you through my email.

    Thanks, Bob Taylor

  27. Vanessa Carruthers Says:

    Hello! I wanted to drop a line and tell you how much I am seriously enjoying this site with its many photos. The Vanport pictures are of particular interest to my husband and I, as my late father-in-law was a small child living with his family in Vanport when it flooded, and he and his sister almost drowned trying to escape it. As for me–I work at a familiar historical restaurant that happens to have a WWII B-17g “Flying Fortress” airplane sitting out front. We run a small museum on-site, so I have access to many pictures documenting the changes in my workplace over the last 65 years (which also included a 48-pump gas station that used to be underneath the plane), but since it’s in Milwaukie and not Portland proper, I’m not certain those pictures would “qualify” for posting here. Please let me know either way.

    Thank you,
    Vanessa Carruthers

  28. jkdunagan@live.com Says:

    We have a lovely old house on SE 67th and Woodward. Other than some ariel shots and views from the Reservoir, I can’t seem to see anything from our street. If anyone has anything, please post it. Thanks.

  29. LaNita Hiebert Says:

    I’m so glad to have found this. I’m a Portland native born in1939, went to Marysville grade school and Franklin Hi. Was reminiscing with a friend on Thanksgiving and we were recalling some of the old haunts and “Top Of The Park” came up but we can’t remember where it was or if it was in a hotel or what. Does anyone remember the Top Of The Park?

  30. Candace Says:

    Love this site. I’ve used it as my only source of information and point of reference for history when touring Portland. (Just moved here) I can pull up Google Earth and your site, and see the before and afters in a way that finally seems to put me in the past…as I long for daily lol. Thank you :-)

  31. Nancyann Irvin Says:

    I love this site! I grew up in the sixties in the NW industrial area. the house I grew up in is now where the fremont bridge ramps come down onto Yeon. I wonder if there are any photos of that area from before the construction. NW Roosevelt, wilson between 22nd and 24th. there were a lot of residential buildings in that area then.

  32. Brian Says:

    @Nancyann Irvin: You can see that area in this March 1964 aerial photo.

  33. Jeff Fenesy Says:

    Does anyone have any history of the building at 3121 NE Sandy Blvd?

  34. joan Says:

    31st & Sandy.
    My mother sewed sport coats for a clothier in the late 60s or early 70s. it was upstairs with the access door on the avenue.

  35. Jeff Fenesy Says:

    Interesting. Thank you. Do you know the name of the company?

  36. joan Says:

    George Marandas (spelling?)

  37. Robert Schick Says:

    Hello: I just purchased a 1963 Dodge Dart convertible that was first sold by Dodge City, Inc. in Portland. Does anyone remember this auto dealership or have a photo of it? Thanks for anything you may have.

  38. Fred Says:

    Born and raised in PDX, love the photos and the commentary. Having just discovered the blog I have spent the last several days going thru all the photos. A couple of things accured to me, I noticed a photo,very early, of Rose City Grocery, I believe, any way, when did Portland become known as The Rose City. Thanks

  39. mouserblue Says:

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  40. Bek Says:

    A friend just told me about your site…love it! Thanks.

  41. helen s Says:

    We’ve moved into an 1896 victorian near corner of SW 16th & SW Montgomery St (right by the old firehouse) Would love to see anything in that area, as my big dream is to find a photo that includes our house. Love your site!

  42. Jane Says:

    Do you or any of your readers have any photos or information on the NW corner of Williams & Killingsworth. The building once held 4 businesses, including a barber shop and a tavern. We are starting a business there (ReClaim It!), and would love to know more about that cluster.

  43. NE.Perkins Says:

    This is truly and amazing blog. Thank you for filling us Oregonian on the history of lovely state and others who can love it the same as us from afar.

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