21 thoughts on “NW 16th Avenue, 1937

  1. Rejuvenation had one of the old style Portland signs for sale for $60. Would like to have one myself. $60 is a bit spendy though.

  2. “At least this one we don’t have to sleuth out the location.”

    Ah, but which corner? Anyone know anything about “…C H. B. A. STEEL”?

  3. What struck me immediately wasn’t the change of scenery at the location but the fact that the “number man” who is in a supervisory position , is on a step ladder doing manual labor! Currently it would take at least 3 public workers to do this job, Nowadays it would take two people to put up the sign and one supervisor.

  4. This was either the SE corner (where the freeway is), or the NW corner, where the parking lot is.

    Otherwise, the Glisan Street sign would be on the right.

  5. FYI…I had checked Google Earth and the “Historical Imagery” settings. There are actually aerial photos of Portland from 1952 included (usually these photos only go back to ~1970 at the earliest). Unfortunately they don’t cover all of Portland and 16th and Glisan is not shown.

  6. I was wondering if anyone was going to say any thing about his standing on the top step of the ladder. That would never fly today.

  7. In his role as City Commissioner, I expect the photo op is of more interest than the actual sign replacement. (Sorry to be Captain Obvious again.)

  8. Craig…what always strikes me is people posting without reading the title or other peoples posts. That’s not the no. man.

  9. What craft!
    Chamfered corners, old growth wood and hand-lettered signs with mitered corners!

    Wow, makes me wonder if “progress” in the guise of efficiency is anything other than an excuse for worse 😦

  10. Hammers on display. I wonder if they were manufactured there…
    I don’t recall any old brand names containing “H.B.A.”

  11. I tend to look for the explanation under the photo rather than above it, I have made this mistake before on Vintage Portland.

  12. most common usage of h.b.a in construction is home builders association. pacific steel is still around, but perhaps not the same company.

  13. Aren’t these enameled iron, wrapped around a piece of wood? What the man is doing looks like nailing through a hole in the iron, into wood. They may just be painted on steel. The old one does not look like wood.

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