23 thoughts on “Help Us Out!

  1. “Hey, check it out! A help-us-out post that came in just 16 minutes ago. I’ll go to the Vintage Portland site and tease everyone for not figuring it… out…yet… *sigh* That does it, I’m going back to bed!”

  2. I just typed this set of words: how to embed Google map in WordPress blog

    in a Google search and got several “hits” that might help, Steve. Note that it’s not a phrase search — that is, no quotation marks around the set of words.

  3. When looking closely, I see a sign for “Nikko’s Sukiyaki” on one of the buildings. On Aug. 4, 1939, The Oregonian has an article about the great sukiyaki served at Nikko’s and gives the address of the restaurant as the address of Nikko’s (which served sukiyaki) as 126 NW Fourth.

  4. To clear up any confusion (including mine), the picture is looking northeast at the SW corner of the block, as Steve’s street view shows, Nice to see the 3 closest buildings still there and in good shape.

  5. That 1946 Studebaker Business Coupe, the driver making a proper left turn signal, looks like it has just been driven off the showroom floor. Wonder if it had the electric overdrive. No evidence of a radio though. Vacuum tubes were still in short supply in ’46.

  6. I am curious about Nikko’s Sukiyaka. Since the business has a Japanese name, I suspect it was owned by a Japanese family. If so, the family would have been interned during WW2. I wonder whether someone else maintained the restaurant during the war, or whether the presumed Japanese-American owner re-opened the restaurant after the war. And, I wonder if anyone at this site read comments posted after noon.

  7. I found this blog post about a Nikko’s Sukiyaka in San Francisco in in 1962. Perhaps the restaurants were related. “It was 1962 and the San Francisco Giants were head-to-head with the New York Yankees in a then-record breaking World Series: they played thirteen games. A young Mitsuru “Mits” Akashi was working as a draftsman by day and hanging out at Nikko Sukiyaki on Pine and Van Ness in San Francisco by night. Nikko Sukiyaki was one of San Francisco’s posh sukiyaki-style restaurants with a piano bar, a banquet hall, fireplaces, and tatami rooms with kotatsu seating. Nikko catered to San Francisco locals and San Francisco tourists in an effort to bring a Japanese style to the Americans and visiting foreigners… By 1974, Nikko Sukiyaki was slowly losing patrons to a newer wave of Japanese restaurants in the city. That very year, Mits and a few other drinking buddies pulled together to buy the floundering Nikko restaurant. Mits’ recalls how the sushi bars in San Francisco, like Sanpei and Osho, were catering to primarily Japanese clientele. In response, the new owners replaced the outdated piano bar and opened one of the first high-profile sushi bars in San Francisco at Nikko.” Nikko in SF closed in 1986. https://moshimoshisf.com/about/

  8. Yeah I eyed this post at 6 am or so and my first thought was nice Studebaker. Now if only the owners of that big building on the east end of the Morrison bridge ramp (city liquidators maybe? I don’t know) wouldn’t have painted over the “Studebaker carriages” sign a few years ago that had been there since the 19th century

  9. The Studebaker in the photo is not a 1946 model. It is a pre war model. For 1946 the body side molding was eliminated. The 1946 Skyway Champions had clean sides.

  10. I think my brother purchased a 1942 Studebaker and drove it to Seattle and because of extenuating circumstances chose to push it into some brush and join the Coast Guard. Maybe it is still there LoL.

  11. I do not think there were ever streetcar tracks on Pine, tracks came onto Third at Washington and Morrison. In 1946 these short vestibule streetcars were the Council Crest line cars, but seems they did their crossover between Washington and Morrison on Fifth.

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