N Columbia & Oswego, c1932

This quaint and stylish gas station is identified as standing on N. Columbia Blvd. at Oswego Street. I find no reference to it on Sanborn maps and the curve of Columbia Blvd., complete with rails, doesn’t seem right to me. Can anyone confirm or refute this location?

A2009-009.2601 N Columbia & Oswego c1932(City of Portland Archives)

NE 82nd & Sandy, 1934

We’ve seen this view looking north on NE 82nd Avenue as it crosses Sandy back in 1928. This photo, taken from almost the exact same spot six years later, shows a much improved 82nd Avenue, but it looks like the paving ends a few blocks north, maybe at Prescott?

A2009-009.621 NE Sandy & 82nd Ave 1934(City of Portland Archives)

St. Johns Bridge, c1930

An unusual perspective on the St. Johns Bridge construction circa 1930. The far side of the east tower is covered in scaffolding. If you look closely, you can see workers up near the top, lending a sense of scale to the project.

A2004-002.9146 St Johns Bridge 1930(City of Portland Archives)

SW 1st & Oak, c1950s

The Failing Building, on the northwest corner of SW 1st and Oak Street, looks much the same here in the 1950s as it did when constructed in 1886. Besides paint and signage, it’s still largely intact today, a fine example of 19th Century architecture with cast-iron details.

failing building c1950s 8131(University of Oregon Libraries)

NE Broadway & 11th, 1929

Our Number Man walked east across NE 11th Avenue from where he posed yesterday to document this imposing home on the southeast corner of NE Broadway and 11th. The corner has not had this much charm and elegance in decades.

A2009-009.3275 Residence NE Broadway and 11th Ave 1929(City of Portland Archives)

NE Broadway & 11th, 1929

This home, somewhere on NE Broadway with an unspecified address, was probably directly south of yesterday’s service station. The structure on the Sanborn map on the southwest corner of NE Broadway and 11th matches this home.

A2009-009.3271 - Residence NE Broadway 1929(City of Portland Archives)