Our Number Man finds himself standing on the sunny corner of NE Union Avenue & Russell Street in 1929. The same building can be seen down the street in this previous post.
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That building on the east side of NE Union Avenue at the end of Russell Street today is a blank wall of sheet metal paneling; this 1937 photo shows the storefronts underneath the paneling. The old grocery/soda fountain on the right is also a nondescript commercial building today. The corner doesn’t have as much character as it once did.
The Portland Police Reserve was formed in 1922 by mayor George Baker as a group of civilian volunteers to serve in emergency situations. They ended up responding mostly to widespread poverty, delivering food to citizens in need. They earned the name “George Baker’s Sunshine Boys” for the hope they brought. In 1938 they moved into this vacant precinct station at 39 N. Russell St.
Several months ago we looked at the intersection of N. Williams and Russell looking north in 1937. This is the same intersection, same year (probably same day), looking south.