Doane Guaranteed Typewriter Service, circa 1932.

The exterior of Doane Guaranteed Typewriter Service, circa 1932. The shop was located at 122 3rd Street, which became 508 SW 3rd Avenue after the street renumbering.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2008-001.106

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2008-001.106


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10 thoughts on “Doane Guaranteed Typewriter Service, circa 1932.

  1. In the days before plastics/acrylics, I can’t imagine what was involved in creating the large curved glass windows, or how much they must have cost.

  2. It’s interesting how the store took up part of the main entrance of the Postal Building. I wonder if that was original or a later addition, since removed?

  3. This typewriter shop became the Box Ton coffee shop when my dad had an accounting office on the third floor of the Postal building back in the 50’s.

  4. Is this the Dekum building? That is what the new address comes up with. The ornamentation matches the oak leaf patterns in the stone.

  5. My guess is that the older man on the far right of this photo in the homburg hat is the owner of this “Guaranteed Typewriter” business, one John Bradner Doane (1878-1941). The other two younger men may be employees, relatives (there were a lot of Doanes in Portland around this time).

    The business under this name migrated around downtown from 263 1/2 (1920), to 124 4th St. (1921-26), to 122A 3rd St. after 1929 and into the 1930s. Doane himself was in the typewriter business in Portland from at least 1910. He first sold “Smith” typewriters for L&M Alexander Co. starting around that time until 1912-1918 when he worked as an Underwood salesman. In 1918 he began to manage his own typewriter distribution business known as “Noiseless Typewriters.” As of 1940 until his death in 1941 he seems to have run a typewriter repair business from his home in Gresham together with family members.

    The above gleaned from Oregonian archives and

  6. Mike G, this is the Postal Building on the East side of 3rd Avenue. It’s across the street from the Dekum Building which you can see reflected in the window.

    A good reference for locating addresses downtown is the mnemonic “The North West is odd.” Addresses on the North and West sides of the street are odd numbers, while addresses on the East and South sides are even.

  7. It looks like there are some of those cool glass sidewalk bricks in the lower left.
    I think there are very few of these left.

  8. Pictures like this remind me of how much I love and did love downtown Portland, even when I was a small child visiting from Eastern Oregon and staying at the Imperial Hotel.

    Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:02:07 +0000 To:

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