NE Sandy Blvd., circa 1940

This man is working on the traffic island located at NE Sandy Blvd. and NE 20th Avenue, facing northeast. The building on the right is still standing. This was taken circa 1940.


NE Sandy Blvd.  at 20th Ave. looking northeast, circa 1940: A2005-001.561

NE Sandy Blvd. at 20th Ave. looking northeast, circa 1940: A2005-001.561


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13 thoughts on “NE Sandy Blvd., circa 1940

  1. Thrilled to see this photo! I live nearby and get off the bus a half block from the traffic island which I use every day as I walk on to my apartment. The front door of my all-time-favorite neighborhood watering hole, The Blue Diamond PDX, is to the right of those parked cars behind the man at work. I catch the bus into Portland for work and/or fun across NE Sandy Blvd., just about where those cars are parked. It was cold standing there this morning! And it’ll be even colder tonight when I come home from the Portland Trail Blazers’ game, but I’ll ask the bus driver for a courtesy stop which will get me a few blocks closer to my door. I love living in Portland!

  2. This is the ” Schefter Bldg. ” . It was the home of ” Sani-Septic ” lotion which was manufactured by E. Schefter . He also was the owner of the Portland ” Beavers ” baseball club in 1940 ( managed by local star outfielder from Jefferson High Johnny Fredricks ; later operator of ” Roamers Rest ” in Tigard . ) E. Schefter’s son , Rollie . was later in the restaurant and bar business at several locations around Portland .

  3. @Dave; LOL. From the color of that cloud I’m pretty sure that is a smoke signal from a Union Pacific steam engine in the “Gulch”.

  4. According to the 1940 Polk’s Portland (Oregon) City Directory, the shoe building is The Big Shoe, Inc., shoe repair, at 2045 NE Sandy Blvd, Frank V. Rofinot, president.

  5. The white two-story industrial building in the background is the former Crystal Laundry. The original premises of present-day KATU-TV were built in 1918 and operated under the Crystal Laundry name (under different owners) until 1961, when the city council approved the remodeling plans of the structure for the owners of KATU. One David S. Nees designed and built the Big Shoe shoe-repair and eventual dry cleaners at some time probably in the 1920s; he was working in his father’s shoe repair business at this time. The “Big Shoe” business was sold in a bankruptcy auction around 1955.

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