We capture a moment in time as a gentleman is about to take a step to cross NE 12th Avenue at E. Burnside St. This view is looking south down 12th in 1937. The same intersection can be seen in this 1939 aerial view to give it a wider perspective. The Fairview Farms billboard in today’s photo advertised 7Up in the aerial photo.
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Today’s South Waterfront area is trendy and expensive. Three-quarters of a century ago it was a huge expanse of Portland’s industrial waterfront. Schnitzer and Zidell, still big names in Portland industry, both got their starts here. The battleship USS Oregon was on display just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.
Thanks again to the terrific Vintage Portland community, the website has registered 2,000,000 total page views as of this date. We went over the one million mark in May 2012 so it’s been a great 13 months. Thanks to all and keep spreading the word!
We’ve seen this intersection before but this view looks west on NE Ainsworth where NE Union passes through. Both the Texaco and the 76 gas stations are long gone but the house on the north side of Ainsworth is still there. The lad on the bicycle, just barely captured for posterity, may still be with us, too.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 900,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 16 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!
Recently we saw an aerial view of part of the Inman-Poulson Lumber Co. property along the east bank of the Willamette River. Today’s circa 1937 photo shows the freighter San Marcos tied up at the Inman-Poulson dock, loading sawn lumber for some unknown destination. It’s a fantastic photo, rich in detail, looking north
up down the river with the Portland skyline in the distance.