Archive for the ‘1930s’ Category

N Columbia & Oswego, c1932

April 17, 2014

This quaint and stylish gas station is identified as¬†standing on N. Columbia Blvd. at Oswego Street. I find no reference to it on Sanborn maps and the curve of Columbia Blvd., complete with rails, doesn’t seem right to me. Can anyone confirm or refute this location?

A2009-009.2601 N Columbia & Oswego c1932(City of Portland Archives)

NE 82nd & Sandy, 1934

April 16, 2014

We’ve seen this view looking north on NE 82nd Avenue as it crosses Sandy back in 1928. This photo, taken from almost the exact same spot six years later, shows a much improved 82nd Avenue, but it looks like the paving ends a few blocks north, maybe at Prescott?

A2009-009.621 NE Sandy & 82nd Ave 1934(City of Portland Archives)

St. Johns Bridge, c1930

April 15, 2014

An unusual perspective on the St. Johns Bridge construction circa 1930. The far side of the east tower is covered in scaffolding. If you look closely, you can see workers up near the top, lending a sense of scale to the project.

A2004-002.9146 St Johns Bridge 1930(City of Portland Archives)

SE Bybee Blvd Overpass, 1934

April 3, 2014

The SE Bybee Blvd. overpass over SE McLoughlin Blvd. is shown here undergoing construction work in 1934. Rails for the Sellwood and Eastmoreland trolley lines can be seen in the foreground and in the distance to the west. Were they being replaced by the new trolley buses at this time?

A2009-009.2969 Bridge Construction SE Bybee Blvd 1934(City of Portland Archives)

NE Stanton & Williams, 1931

April 2, 2014

There are more people out on this suburban street than we are used to seeing, including a girl on roller skates on the far right. The view is west on NE Stanton at Williams, 1931. It’s a far different scene today but Dawson Park is still on the far right corner.

A2009-009.2744 - N Williams Ave and Stanton St 1931(City of Portland Archives)

SE 82nd & Division, 1934

March 26, 2014

SE 82nd Avenue at Division Street was a bucolic two-lane road back in 1934. Just beyond the gas station is the long, low structure that housed the Mayfair Greens and Fairways golf center. Mayfair was not a full golf course but a driving range (with protective nets guarding 82nd Avenue) and putting greens that opened in 1932. The bottom photo looks south down 82nd.

A2009-009.2033 SE 82nd & Division 1934

A2009-009.2139 SE 82nd & Division 1934(City of Portland Archives)

SE 21st Ave & Taggart, 1934

March 20, 2014

The owners of this house at SE 21st & Taggart ran a tidy little vegetable and grocery stand out front in 1934. It probably helped them get through the Depression years. It appears it was “Taggert” with an “e” back then; now it’s spelled “Taggart” with an “a.”

A2009-009.232 SE 21st Ave and Taggart St 1934(City of Portland Archives)


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