SW 2nd & Alder, 1939

The finer parts of Portland had moved a few blocks south and west by 1939, leaving this section of SW 2nd looking south toward Alder the realm of the working man. Work clothes, billiards, Army surplus and hardware stores mixed with restaurants, hotels and drug stores. Anybody remember the old Dahl & Penne Card Room (awning on the left behind the hardware sign)? It came down in the mid-1980s.

(City of Portland Archives)

11 thoughts on “SW 2nd & Alder, 1939

  1. Great shot Dan. Thanks for this one. Wouldn’t mind a hot cup o’ jo at the Popular Cafe right there! Eggs over easy … hash browns?

  2. I remember Dahl & Penne well. Not because I was ever inside, I was underage at the time it was around. I remember it because my great-grandfather was original owner Charles Dahl. I would be very interested if anyone has more photos!

    Pete Dahl

  3. Pete, you may get a cup of coffee in the old Popular Cafe, but more likely you’d get a cold beer, your foot on the brass rail, or served to you in the smokey card room in the back. My dad owned it.

  4. I just bought a piece of furniture that looks like a small desk. When you fold open the top, it makes a card table. The person I bought it from said his grandfather played cards at Dahl and Penne and when it closed he bought this table. I’m going to read more about the history.

  5. Are there any photos of the Albany Hotel in Portland? My grandfather was living there in April 1924.

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