NE Broadway, 1929

This number man is standing outside a service station located at NE Broadway and NE 24th Avenue, 1929. For more information on the number man, please click here.


City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.3407

City of Portland Archives, Oregon, A2009-009.3407


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21 thoughts on “NE Broadway, 1929

  1. Interesting to see the radio antenna on top of the house. Can just imagine the old Atwater-Kent, Adams-Morgan or other old radio receiver and large speaker with the family seated around it listening to the news or other radio programs of the era.

  2. @Don T. That antenna looks to be just the right height for perfect reception of Portland radio station KALE the local Don Lee Mutual Network affiliate. Home of Red Ryder and Little Beaver.

  3. Fwiw, That’s not a Fire Box. Otherwise the its utility pole would be red-white stripes.
    I suspect a Police Callbox.

  4. K, you are correct. Police call box…just imagine, you used to be able to actually outrun the police as my teenage father did in his suped-up Nash several times as they couldn’t call for help without pulling over. He was also caught a couple of times and let go with a stern warning; imagine that happening today.

  5. My old neighborhood. I got my first haircut near this spot, and our neighborhood pharmacy was behind the photographer. That house was demolished and I believe it was a grocery store that was built it its place. The store was there when I lived near there. Later that building was a Midas Muffler and now is an auto repair shop.

  6. Broadway garage in 29. One of their employees got in trouble for stealing a tire off of a customers car and then installing it on his vehicle. Midas went in here in 59/60.

  7. The tracks of the 24th ave. streetcar line. The bus line in the 50-60’s used to follow the same route when I was a kid. Used to ride it to go downtown and back. The 33rd ave line required one transfer while the 24th didn’t if I remember correctly. I can’t really remember if that was it. There was some reason I preferred the 24th over the 33rd even though the walk was twice as far to and from the 24th.

  8. Tracks are the Broadway car line turning north off Broadway on 24th to Mason and returning to Broadway on 22nd.

  9. I like the sign to the left of number man. “Columbia River Highway”. Things were so simple, easy and to the point in those days

  10. Hi,

    Thank you for the wonderful images.

    Do you have any from around 1930 of: (these are 1930 addresses)

    711 S. Water Street The Riverside Hotel, 232 Burnside (westside) 65 and/or 67 N 6th

    Thank you, Louis

    From: Vintage Portland Reply-To: Vintage Portland Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 6:00 AM To: Louis Macovsky Subject: [New post] NE Broadway, 1929 Vintage Portland posted: “This number man is standing outside a service station located at NE Broadway and NE 24th Avenue, 1929. For more information on the number man, please click here. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.”

  11. These are the coolest!! I am really a local history fan, but can’t stomach other history. Boring.

  12. If Lance is correct then the photo is of the NW corner of 24th and Broadway. In the 50’s and 60’s I lived up 24th between Hancock and Tillamook, only a block north of Broadway. I never knew there was a streetcar line up 24th. The grocery store and later the Midas shop were across the street.
    The photo would have been taken from where the big Church stands now. To the right, on the corner, not in the photo was Robertson’s Pharmacy. I spent many an hour there at the soda fountain reading the magazines and learning about a new group called the Beatles. There was a gas station there in the 60’s (Chevron?) run by Jack Cain who at one time owned the Portland Beavers and was a fellow Grant High grad.
    If I recall the house behind the station was still there when I lived in the area.

  13. I think this view is actually of the southwest corner, taken from in front of the church. The Broadway Streetcar tracks are sweeping in from the west and turning north. The photo was taken in the summer of 1929 before Broadway was widened in August-September 1930. The Broadway street sign over the number man’s head is a good directional clue.

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