NE Sandy & 41st, 1934

The Hollywood neighborhood was a bustling scene, even in this depression-era 1934 photo. Looking east on NE Sandy at 41st, I believe the striped awning across 41st is a Fred Meyer store. The Rose City streetcar heads towards downtown.

(City of Portland Archives)

8 thoughts on “NE Sandy & 41st, 1934

  1. This photo was taken just a couple of doors down from my grandfather’s “Hollywood Barber Shop” which he operated from 1931 until he retired in 1950. The storefront in the foreground eventually became Holland Bakery. My uncle worked there until he joined the navy in 1940.

  2. I love all of these great street scenes of old Portland. It’s the closest we get to a time machine. They either put me on the street in a time before I was born or jiggle some long ago memories in photos taken during my lifetime.

  3. On May 19, 2011, I had the treat of going on a Hollywood Neighborhood Walking Tour, sponsored by the Architectural Heritage Center. We saw many historical buildings on NE Sandy as well as numerous homes north of Sandy.

    The guide told us that there was a Fred Meyer in the block between NE 41st and NE 42nd–he said it had a red tile roof and parking on top–sounds like it might be the second incarnation that he’s talking about, though. I came to that conclusion after just now reading this on the Web site Historical Highlights of Hollywood: Another notable structure, the Hollywood Fred Meyer store, no longer exists in any form. The original 1940s era Fred Meyer building signified by a windmill, once stood where RiteAid now occupies the former Hollywood Fred Meyer. The windmill on the corner of the building was one more example of how a building can act as sign to signify the market center of the Hollywood District.

    We walked by Paulsen’s Pharmacy and the Rose City Park Presbyterian Church–you can see both of them on the right when you enlarge the photo.

    On the tour we talked about the bank building which is partially hidden by the trolley still stands–it’s a family martial arts center now. One more thing, please. The building that has the J.C. Penney Co. sign–isn’t that the one that Mark Lindsay had his Rock and Roll Cafe in a little while back?

  4. Yes, that’s correct. During the 1960’s & 70’s it was a furniture store, Director’s Furniture if memory serves. I was on my newspaper route in the late 60’s.

  5. There’s a rail on the sidewalk up against the wall to the right of the door behind the Suburu. Since I frequent Rite Aid it always reminds me of what it use to be. This was the main entrance to the grocery dept. The rail was used to line up the grocery carts so they wouldn’t run into the wall. Now that’s obscure info!!!

  6. My father also worked at the Hollywood Barber shop. He was second chair is the early 60s and Jess Skinner was the owner. Later, my father Ed Lindsey purchased it. I don’t remember when he sold it.

  7. Well, I recognize two names here on the comments page. Went to Rose City Park grade school, just up the street on 57th & Sacramento with Scott Leverenz. We graduated in1969. We are the only 8th grade graduating class that I know of that has reunions every 10 years. I did not know about his connection in the Hollywood Dist. The other is Kelly Lindsay. Her mother & mine were & are best friends. I did know of her Dad Ed & the barber shop. Here’s my connection. My Great Uncle, Thomas Escott, owned Escotts Shoe Repair, across Sandy Blvd., next to The Hollywood Theater. He was my fathers uncle. His wife Anna, was a teacher at Rose City Park, when it first opened in I believe, 1928. At 17 my father Thomas R. Wright came to America to live with his aunt & uncle in Portland, from Swansea, Wales when his mother passed. Absolutely Best place to grow up in the day. Hey Scott, 50 year reunion coming up in 3 years!!!

  8. A Rose City line streetcar, I missed these as Sandy had gone to electric bus by 1945 when I moved to Portland. I rode all the still existing lines for hobby, recreation, whatever excuse I could come up with ~

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