Ainsworth Elementary School, 1928

Today we get two similar views of Ainsworth Elementary School in 1928. One looks south across the playground toward the homes on SW Spring Street. The other is taken from a bit farther north on SW 21st Avenue, looking toward the school grounds along SW Elm Street.

A2009-009.1496 Ainsworth Elementary School playing field 1928

A2009-009.1497 Side view of Ainsworth Elementary School 1928(City of Portland Archives)

E Burnside & SE 18th Avenue, 1929

On the sunny day in 1929 when our Number Man documented the corner at SE 14th Avenue, he probably made his way four blocks east on E. Burnside to get this photo at 18th Avenue. The building is still intact and home to East Burn.

A2009-009.1088 E Burnside & 18th 1929(City of Portland Archives)

USS Portland Under St. Johns Bridge, 1933

VP fan Lefty did his investigative work and dug out the fact that Monday’s photo of the USS Portland passing under the St. Johns Bridge was in fact taken in 1933 and not the posted date of 1937. Below is the photo from The Oregonian of October 27, 1933, taken just seconds before Monday’s image. Lefty was also correct in spotting the sailor standing on the yardarm near the top of the main mast. Click here to read the entire article regarding the ship’s visit to Portland.

uss portland detail 19331027(The Oregonian. Retrieved from

W Burnside & NW 10th, 1927

In 1927 you may have come to the corner of West Burnside and NW 10th Avenue to stay at the hotel or do business with the Empire Transfer & Storage company. In the 1950s and 60s you might have watched your favorite KISN DJ through the “Window of the World.” Today you’re likely to buy your Dr. Martens shoes here.

W Burnside St and N 10th 1927(City of Portland Archives)

St. Johns Bridge, 1937

The heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33) travels under the St. Johns Bridge in this 1937 photo. The ship, named for Portland, Maine, is heading upriver with the St. Johns neighborhood seen across the Willamette and the Portland Woolen Mills seen below the bridge.

A2004-002.2773 St Johns Bridge looking east 1937(City of Portland Archives)

NE Union & Stanton, c1929

Our Number Man finds himself standing in front of three near-identical houses on the northwest corner of NE Union Avenue and Stanton Street in about 1929. This was probably in preparation for widening of Union Avenue, as seen in several other photos here recently.

A2009-009.1049 2911-2917 NE Union 1929(City of Portland Archives)

Lewis & Clark Expo Illustrations, 1904

The Sunday Oregonian published these “Park Possibilities of the Lewis and Clark Exposition Site” illustrations in its October 30, 1904 edition. Artist F.A. Routledge created idyllic scenes for the future Guilds Lake site.

SO 30Oct1904(The Oregonian. Retrieved from