Rose Cyclery, 1929

The tidy Rose Cyclery shop not only sold bicycles, but an array of other goods and services (baby cabs retired?). The store stood on the east side of NE Union, just south of Broadway. The shop next door was a paint store, and the brick building to the right is still standing.

(City of Portland Archives)

14 thoughts on “Rose Cyclery, 1929

  1. Since this photo was taken during prohibition, I’m guessing japalac cocktails were not being openly advertised.

    According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Glidden Company owned a registered mark, JAP-A-LAC for use with varnish stains or colored varnishes. I’m guessing this is what’s advertised in the store window.

    Don’t know if this link will work, but lets try it:

  2. Great picture!

    What’s the “PLUMBING” thingy on the left side of the building next to the billboard?

    OH! the Circus is coming May 20th…whoohoo!!

  3. So this would be where the present day AT&T cell phone store is across from the Union 76? on Broadway..?? I believe the building still standing next to the house in the picture is the Cricket cell phone store. The details of the building look the same.

    I bet the gentleman holding the “150” sign would laugh in amazement if someone was to tell him that there’d be 2 cell phone stores within throwing distance of him and that almost everyone in the US would have a cell phone 82 years later.

  4. After reading BeanTeam’s linked article, I daresay Jap-a-Lac may very well have done double duty as a cocktail during prohibition. 😉 His article also touches on the unfortunate etymology of the brand-name.

    Thanks BeanTeam.

  5. Tad is correct that the man is holding a number identifying the picture. There is a series of these documenting each building torn down for the Sandy Blvd. extension in the 1930s (Sandy south of Burnside to join to 7th). Also is a series for the Union Avenue Extension (Now SE 7th from Martin Luther King east to 10th.) I believe OHS has them.

  6. I worked in the bicycle wholesale business in Portland in the 70’s and many of the older bike shops were still doing repair work on tricycles and baby cabs (carriages) that had hard rubber tires with a wire inside that was pulled tight to fix it to the rim. Think of it as almost like a garden hose with a very small hole with a wire running through that. They came in several sizes. They were even used on wheel chairs. It took a special piece of hand cranked equipment to pull the wire tight and trim it. That’s what they are advertising. The company I worked for would start selling in Portland until about 1935.

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