Curb Numbering on SE Elliott Ave, 1934

In 1933, the city passed an ordinance to rename streets and renumber buildings in the city. Here we see a city employee numbering the curb on SE Elliott Avenue in Ladd’s Addition in 1934. You can review the ordinance for the re-numbering of buildings and re-naming of streets by clicking here.

Curb Numbering SE Elliott Ave Jan. 9, 1934 : A2009-009.3166

Curb Numbering SE Elliott Ave Jan. 9, 1934 : A2009-009.3166


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10 thoughts on “Curb Numbering on SE Elliott Ave, 1934

  1. Since the city paid for the new ceramic house numbers and sent out 3 man crews out to install the new house numbers on every house I’m surprised that the city as part of that program would also send out people to paint the address on the curbs too. I’m wondering if painting the addresses on the curb was a separate program by the WPA or the PWA as a make work program to keep people employed. 1933 was in the depression.

  2. Ten or twelve years ago, an independent crew came thru my n-hood, painted a few numbers, collected money from other neighbors to do their house numbers, left for the day with promises to return the next day to finish and disappeared with the money.

  3. “Portland House Numbers to Go on Curb-stones.”

    “Placing of Figures to Be Done by Unemployed Veterans.”

    “Portland residence will wear their numbers on the curb stones if they conform to the new fashion which already has been launched. A crew of 40 men, armed with credentials from the City Council, which recently approved a special ordinance endorsing the plan, began the curb decorating enterprise 3 days ago.”

    “The house number, blazoned on the curbstone in three-inch, orange-colored numbers is placed on the vertical side of the curbing, where automobile lights will pick them up at night.”

    “The work is being done entirely by unemployed veterans. Stencils for the numbering have been prepared and the same color and quality of paint will be used in all of the work.”

    “The work began on the east side and will be underway on the west side today. Each of the men making the canvass is equipped with proper credentials, and the work will not be done without permission of the persons residing at the residence.” Morning Oregonian, August 25th 1933, page 12

  4. You have to wonder how long it took a crew of 40 unemployed veterans to paint all those numbers on all those curbs.

    You also might wonder if they are done yet.

  5. That is a lot of houses!

    “House Numbers Painted. About 8,000 house numbers have been painted on the curbs by M. E. Hampton and O. H. Bloom, who have about 40 veterans working on the job under a permit from the city council, it was said yesterday. The numbers are painted on the curbs where the property owners consent, and where they are willing to pay a small charge for the work. The men pointed out that they numbers are not compulsory, but are placed as an added convenience in finding an address.” Morning Oregonian, September 13th 1933, page 9

  6. I still see the name “Vernon” in the concrete sidewalks south of Killingsworth although it is now renamed a numbered “place”.

  7. “collected money from other neighbors to do their house numbers . . . and disappeared with the money”

    Was this in some much more naive and simple time? 🙂 I cannot imagine why anyone would pay before the job is done, much less pay today for a promise to return tomorrow and do the job. I mean, really, what excuse could they possibly have used for demanding payment before doing the work?? Are/were people really this gullible?

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