NE Sandy & 24th, 1947

VP fan James Fossi worked at the old Alexander’s Chrysler at 2340 NE Sandy Blvd for 13 years. When Timberline Dodge bought the dealership, they threw away the photo albums. He’s asking if there are pictures of the old dealership. The closest I can come is this 1947 view of Sandy and 24th looking east. I think that would put the auto dealership in the building where the Willamette Builders’ Supply Co. sign is, just off the right edge.

(City of Portland Archives)

11 thoughts on “NE Sandy & 24th, 1947

  1. So much here I wish I could get a clearer view of. The name of that “meats / groceries” store just past Freeman, the rest of the wording on the “28” sign on the traffic light.

    And what became of (and what was) that “Goss Bros. Restaurant” at 38th & Sandy, it looks like?

    Great trolley coach-in-action shot.

    Wondering about that eastbound car, after the light who looks like he / she just probably turned left (east) onto Sandy from Irving (?). How did that NOT cause an accident?

  2. It looks like the meats/groceries place was Piggly Wiggly.

    As best I can make out, the sign on the traffic light says “SIGNALS SET FOR 28 MI/H”

  3. I don’t know about back in the truly olden days, but I’m pretty sure that in the early ’90s there was a hardware store in the building with the Freeman’s Market sign. The auto dealership was across the street, on the SW corner of the intersection; I think they bought the building the hardware store was in when they expanded ten or fifteen years ago.

  4. Thanks for posting this! Alexanders Chrysler, Plymouth DeSoto was opened in 1938 by Alton Alexander. Through the war he had one car on his showroom, but kept all his employees employed, converting salesmen into mechanics and parts runners. The showroom would be right next to Western building supply, eventually taking over their real estate. I’m surprised actually to see a photo from 1947 that shows Western Supply still in that location. Alton, years later sold Alexanders to Don miller who sadly died this last week. Don sold the business to Joe Breslin who sold to Arthur Laws in 2004. It was a wonderful place to work! I wish Art the best with the current Tire Factory.

    Funny story…. In 1979 an angry customer backed his car kitty corner from Alexanders and drove his car right through the front windows of the dealership into a decked out Plymouth truck that was on the showroom! Wish I could have seen that!

  5. My grandfather Vince Weaver was a salesman for Alexander’s from the 1950’s into the 1970’s. He and Don Miller remained friends until my grandfather’s passing in 1988. Following his death Don would always make sure my grandmother’s car was regularly serviced. I met Don as a teenager shortly after my grandfather passed away. He seemed to be a genuinely nice person.

  6. @Chris.That’s a fair guess on the truck but I’ll bet it is a Ford, Chevie or Jimmie since it’s a pud city truck with a tailgate and innocent of doors. Freightliner was in fact moved to Portland in 1947, up on Vaughn Street where they began assembling the Monkey Wards models, the handle the wags attached to them due to the proximity of Montgomery Wards up the street and the frequent parts delivery’s that appeared to be mail order. I went to work for CF in ’59 by which time truck manufacturing had moved to the island.

    Pud is shorthand for pick up and delivery folks so stay calm.

    That is a great little film clip. Thank you

  7. This photo is not 1947. All vehicles are 1930’s and older. This photo is more likely 1940 at the latest.

  8. That 1939 film clip Chris posted eight years ago is a lot of fun! It seems as if people drove in quite an orderly way!

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