21 thoughts on “SE 3rd Avenue, circa 1950

  1. that’s a pretty impressive job of stabbing that trailer in the dock door with how tight and congested that street is.

  2. Almost impossible to back a truck and trailer this nicely into the loading door, became even worse with the advent of double trailers although they can be backed in separately. Nice view of the early Freightliner three axle truck and three axle trailer ~

  3. @Chris, yes very impressive! Especially considering the tiny mirrors and no power steering! Most people here probably realize that the truck is a Freightliner, built here in Portland. That’s an interesting 1936 Ford panel truck next to the Freightliner. It looks like a custom bodied job.

  4. This SP&S trackage was interesting on third as was the UP on second, a track down the middle of each, stub sidings in each block for warehouse doors.

  5. My Dad worked for Pacific Coast Fruit Co. for over 20 yrs at their various locations..
    He was probably there when this picture was taken. The basement was flooded
    during the Vanport Flood.

  6. The pickup looks like an International K2, or possibly KB2, heavy duty “half ton”. Roughly ’41 to ’49. Very durable trucks.

  7. Unless I’m mistaken CF #184 was one of the Salt Lake City models rebuilt from a 30’s model Fageol. These were the first Freightliners and they were constructed from early 1942 till stopped by the war emergency board cutting off aluminum supplies,in the Salt Lake City maintenance facility from worn out Fageol chassis.It exhibits telltale signs of it’s heritage with it’s frog eye style headlights and fenders and narrow cab. That front bumper style is also associated with these early models. It has undergone some modernization The Salt Lake operation was moved to Portland during the war and restarted here afterwards on NW Vaughn St.
    By the time that I started at CF (Howard Williams) Mar. ’59 the bubble noses were pretty much consigned to the tank line operation. .
    No offense but backing a truck and trailer is no harder than backing a semi. Just different. Joints (doubles) are a lot harder to learn.

  8. ha! just ate lunch at this corner today – excellent nyc-style grill in the red brick building on left. if you go, don’t forget to order a celery soda… but be sure to leave me one.

  9. More on the pickup. The sign on the door says “Pioneer Fruit Distributors”. A portrait of their staff and fleet in 1933 from Google books: https://books.google.com/books?id=ME82pxNlFpQC&pg=PA133&lpg=PA133&dq=portland+%22pioneer+fruit+distributors%22&source=bl&ots=UVqWvTADbL&sig=bvh8XIFqj1bWOVeXsxUtXG5kNFw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiv1puDpcbVAhVB6WMKHQyKCaMQ6AEIMTAC#v=onepage&q=portland%20%22pioneer%20fruit%20distributors%22&f=false Click “next” for page 2.

    And Google Street View of their warehouse taken last year. https://www.google.com/maps/place/SE+Belmont+St+%26+SE+10th+Ave,+Portland,+OR+97214/@45.5158785,-122.6557188,3a,75y,314.06h,87.02t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sT8VLD2kJh76kX4a2Tt64AA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x5495a0a10f7d8cc3:0x17117667fd4673af!8m2!3d45.5165026!4d-122.6556806

    Still a produce warehouse for the time being. The construction on the “goat blocks” is very near, so the warehouse may soon be the site of similar buildings.

  10. Rod Taylor, you are probably right about the Freightliner truck. My dad, Art Knight was a WWII veteran, and along with his wife, who worked for the Perfect Fit Seat Company, started saving to buy a Freightliner just after he returned. He was a driver for hire in the 40’s until he started his own company in the 1950’s. He used to haul produce from California for Joe Teresi at Pioneer Fruit in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. (I think it’s now Rinella Produce.) I remember him backing his flatnose trucks into the loading dock there. He never had to back in twice. Always a perfect fit, wherever he was unloading. When he bought a truck from Freightliner, he would personally walk down the line, supervising it’s construction down to every detail. The older guys there remember this. Thanks for the memories! It’s nice to hear from people who remember the trucking business in Portland.

  11. Late entry–these railway tracks were surely Southern Pacific (SP) and not SP&S as the Spokane Portland & Seattle id not have a presence on the east side.

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