N Lombard, 1931

This lady may have been the proprietor of the well-stocked neighborhood grocery store at 60 Lombard Street. Although highly modified and “modernized” over the years, it appears the building is still standing on the southwest corner of N. Lombard and Fenwick.

A2008-001.14 Exterior view of storefront  1832 N Lombard 1931(City of Portland Archives)

26 thoughts on “N Lombard, 1931

  1. Do you mean the SE corner of Lombard and Campbell? The only thing on the SW corner of Lombard and Fenwick is a dental imaging place that looks nothing like this building.

  2. Does the girl have a shy sibling? Check out the foot peeking out of the corner of the building under the gum vending machine.

    And I’m with Laura. I think this is Lombard and Campbell.

  3. I don’t think this building is still standing. According to the Portland Street Renumbering there were 2 60’s on Lombard: 1) 60 Lombard St. and 2) 60 West Lombard Street.

    60 Lombard Street become 1208 N Lombard St. (which is now the location of the spiral pedestrian overpass by the I-5 ramp).

    60 West Lombard St. become 1832 N Lombard St, which is the address of Lombard Dental Images on the corner of Fenwick (which is definitely not the same building, as noted in comments above).

    It looks like which ever 60 this was, the building is long gone.

  4. Above, that was supposed to say “According to the Portland Street Renumbering Directory from 1931”.

  5. According to the city (PortlandMaps.com), the building at 1832 N Lombard St was built in 1925, so this must be the same building, heavily remodeled (in a very ugly manner).

  6. @ Douge Martin: It doesn’t have to be the same building if the original address was indeed 60 Lombard as given in the post instead of 60 West Lombard.

  7. I love that, in the middle of the depression, a store could have vending machines on the outside of the building–and apparently no worry about the equipment staying in place.

  8. Where ever it was, it was at a streetcar stop. Note the sign above the gum dispenser, That would make it a prime location for those vending machines, which were likely to come in at closing time.

    Ahh “Not A Cough In A Carload”. Even well into the fifties that slogan would be referenced when ever or where ever a sudden cough would appear. As in you ought to cut back by a couple of carloads or Oh Oh you must of bought a bad carload,

  9. Brian, you did not read my post. According to the city of Portland, the building that is currently at 1832 N Lombard St was built in 1925, so that means it was there in 1931 when this photo was taken.

  10. Oh, sorry Brian, I get what you were saying, you think this could have been the building at the other location, where the pedestrian ramp now is.

  11. PortlandMaps has a historic permit dated 1928 to change from cesspool to sewer. The permit states this address is an “old fr. 1 sty res & store.”

  12. when standing in front of the Northside restaurant via google maps streetview and then spin around- the corner of the school from that angle looks similar to the building reflected in the storefront’s window to the left.
    can’t see getting that angle from the Dental Images spot, but could just be a different building altogether from that time.

  13. Rod Taylor, whether it was 60 Lombard, or 60 W. Lombard, streetcar service along that stretch of Lombard was first part of the Kenton line. It turned west onto Lombard at Albina, then turned north on Denver to pass through Kenton. Later in 1912 it was merged into the Mississippi Line, then eventually discontinued in the 1940s…

  14. Looks like they had cough-less cigarettes in those days.
    “Old Gold Cigarettes- not a cough in a carload”

  15. Some possible clues to ownership of No. 60, Lombard: per Oregonian of 20 June 1926, one George Dillon planned to build a “house” at “60 Lombard St.” at cost of $3,250. Per 1930 US census, George (age 37, single) lived at this address (“60 E. Lombard”) with mother Alice (72, divorced) and sister Maude (47, single). Maybe house or apt. was attached to store in VP pic?; maybe lady in photo is Maude Dillon?

  16. Amending previous comment: Maude Dillon was 42 vice 47 and worked as a teleph. operator. George was a sign painter. If the Dillons owned this space, maybe someone else leased the storefront from them?

  17. I didn’t know this before but apparently the city archives lists this photo as “1832 N Lombard” so if they are correct (and didn’t just look up the number change and pick the wrong 60 Lombard) then I guess this would indeed be the dental building, as hard as that is to believe looking at it.

  18. I’m going to put in my two cents here also: I think this is a photo of Margaret O’Neill, the 24 year old bookkeeper for the store. She and her folks are listed as living there on the 1940 U S Census and “living in the same place” in 1935.

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