24 thoughts on “SW 3rd Avenue, circa 1931

  1. looks like a coupla covers by enoch bolles on the magazines. haven’t found one showing the exact date yet… too distracting.

  2. and the spicy stories is from june, 1930. bob found the date faster by picking a subject matter that allowed focus! although i heartily recommend back issues of any of those aviation magazines for tales that will make you feel VERY safe next time you fly.

  3. woops – meant the ginger was june 1930; spicy is likely also july, as that is the only image we can’t find online (friend of mine has helped with books on pulp magazine and paperback covers). he does say it has nothing to do with the bette davis movie made some years later. ‘spicies’ and ‘detective’ magazines landed many publishers in jail, and were mostly gone by 1935.
    popular science, of course, soldiered on!

  4. Thanks for the comments WL.
    You always have good things to contribute .
    We should do a Vintage Portland get together somewhere around Poland so people can get to meet each other. Maybe Touche would be an appropriate location before they shut down for renovation.
    Please “Thumbs up” this if you’re interested. I can set something up if there is sufficient interest.

  5. Brian, I’d love to join you but after reading back issues of aviation magazines, I’m too afraid to fly to Poland.

  6. As near as I can tell, if the address is correct, this business was situated in the same building as the H&B Loan pawnshop.

  7. i find the hand-made signs interesting… ‘world war vets’ (cuz, sadly for hollywood, there’d only been one yet) and ‘shining parlor’ make sense, but what is ‘the explonail?’ perhaps an odd form of exceptional? ‘dye work’ is handily posted over what looks like a color chart.

    the ‘stop ladies and gents expert shine parlor’ thing ain’t happening. between the magazines and the rather formidable countenances of these gentlemen, i’d wager ‘ladies’ averted their eyes and hurried by.

    oh, and i’d love to know the story behind the guy at far right, carrying a pot… and wearing a pith helmet?

  8. You’d think that would be the Dekum Bldg. across the street (reflected in the windows, above) but the configuration of the window panes (in the reflection) appears different than the Dekum Bldg. today.

  9. thanks, thard – that looks right. dominic, this shop is the far-right side of the H&B pawn shop in googleview (door long gone). the reflections show the ‘america’s best eyewear’ and hamilton buildings.

  10. Pep, Broadway Nights, Joy Stories, and Snapper all look pretty “informative” too! But what’s with that single boot sitting there? And what are we looking at behind the window glass above the three proprietors?

  11. lance, i think the red stripes are just faded – that pole probably belongs to this shop.

    i can’t figure out what that thing with the magus root beer sign is; root beer makers did make dispensers in the shape of barrels (and they were big), but they looked like… barrels! not flame mahogany cylinders. it clearly has 2 labels on it tho. i at first thought it was a copper boiler (they would go around a cast-iron stove fluepipe), but i doubt they would advertise root beer on it.

  12. Combination shine parlor, cigar store, candy shop, and magazine stand. We see Hershey bars, Albert’s candies, Snickers, even Smith Brothers cough drops. And wash it all down with a stein of root beer. That stub of paper peeking out of the vest of the boot black is likely the bookie crib sheet. Oddly, for a cigar store no one is sporting a heater.

  13. On his way home from work, a man would stop in a place like that for a couple cigars and perhaps some chocolates for his wife, plus a magazine to read on the streetcar ride home. In the mornings on the way to work, he’d stop in the same place for a shoe shine and perhaps to drop off his other hat for blocking or dyeing, and also to put some money on the daily number. Storekeepers always had the latest news, gossip, and horse tips.

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