12 thoughts on “SE Stark Street, 1939

  1. According to Portland Maps the building was built in 1910. The exterior remodel didn’t do it any favors.

  2. Been posted before. This is on my website. After taking the current pic, I looked behind me to see a patrol car sitting there. I was in the left lane, they saw what I was doing and parked there to protect me from traffic. Nice guys.

  3. Classic Americana–vintage vehicles, shoe repair shop, drug store, meat market and hardware store–offering ice (refrigeration) and coal (how could they!).

  4. For the almost 30 years up until I moved a year and 1\2 ago living in Rose City neighborhood, every winter I would smell coal smoke. It has a very distinctive smell once you have smelled it you never forget it. Never did figure out where it came from.

  5. Greg
    I like to use my forge to do blacksmithing, it is a great hobby.
    I also like to produce my own acetylene gas.

  6. In the early 1990s, there was an herbalist shop in this block; (I think it was in the space where the meat market is in this photo) the floor of the herbalist space was dirt with paving stones or gravel on top of it as late as 1994.
    Also, the sign selling ice and coal is not hardware store signage; it points to Montavilla Ice & Coal (tel. TAbor-3754) just around the corner at 408 SE 79th Ave.

  7. Rode the Montavilla 80th streetcar to this corner, the end of track is just off to the right of this picture ~

  8. I grew up in Montavilla, living on 85th and Washington St. I remember going shopping with my Grandmother and Mom, and I remember seeing the Montavilla Ice & Coal Co. This was during WWII, while Daddy was in the Navy. Years later, I found a wooden thermometer from the Montavilla Ice & Coal Co. It said its ice was made from Bull Run Water, and at the bottom below the glass thermometer (which still works accurately) it said “We Sell “KING” COAL, also Peacock Rock Springs Coal, and below that “Phone TABOR 3754.. The varnish on the wood base is a little bubbly, but the lettering in black is in perfect shape, including the glass thermometer and a metal dome over the base of the thermometer for protection. It is 9 and a half inches long. Amazing that after all these years and moves, it still works. I lived in Montavilla until 1956, but found this at an antique store about 20 years ago. Thrilled to find an artifact that still worked perfectly after all these years from where I grew up. My grandmother came to Montavilla around 1910.

  9. I also have a large photo of the Montavilla Grade School, wonderful Victorian era 4 story building with a cupola on top…Mt. Tabor in the background, with all the students and teachers standing outside. When they finished the new Vestal Grade School, they had the kids parade from there to the new school. My mother, Margaret Precechtil, was asked to carry the American flag. Around 1927 or so. That beautiful old school was then torn down.

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