18 thoughts on “W Burnside Street, 1928

  1. 5th Ave looking south. Pretty sure all buildings in this picture have been wiped clean. Love the water tower (used as fire suppression in case something got lit).

  2. It could be wrong since it looks like all the buildings in the photo are now gone, but this is the only angle I could find (standing on SW 5th facing south) that has a bend to the right:

  3. Every corner, every close-up has amazing detail. From the cobblestones to the architechtural adornments are so clear. Thank you for sharing this photograph.

  4. Sorry Jeff, I was going to give your comment a thumbs up. Gave you a thumbs down by mistake. Screen on my phone is too small.

  5. Is there a pre-green, yellow, red stoplight era, or is the smaller lens at the bottom of the signals a yellow? I’ve not seen this type of signal before.

  6. Meant to add that this is a remarkable photo. As a photographer I’m in awe of the detail and, in an era of much slower media, the ability of photographers to stop action when the apeture must be small enough to get this detail. Simply amazing skills.

  7. Mike, the buildings just out of frame on the front left and front right (with awning) appear to be old enough to still be there.

  8. The water tower must have failed as a fire suppression tool, since, in 1934 the E. G. Crawford Building was gutted by fire. It’s the 3 story building in the center, home of the D. N. & E. Walter & Co.

  9. Looking at all the old pictures it seem like every dentist ofice in Portland was on the second floor of a building(most not too nice)up until the 60’s. My first two dentists were.

  10. those traffic signals look like ‘acme’ signals… the red and green lights would turn off at a certain time of night, and the small light just below would start to flash.

    could also be one of the lights that had a bell, and that’s the small circle at bottom of fixture. can’t zoom in well enough to say. anyone remember if the traffic lights in portland blinked all night, or clanged all day?

  11. also, some of the street lamps have a round sign attached about halfway up; visible on the older lamps which stand on burnside, but the round post in the left background has one as well. two of the burnside units have another, smaller sign hanging below that look like they flipped down. what were these for?

  12. The guy in the right foreground, with a cig in his left hand, looking at photographer is wonderful. The man waiting to cross the street on left stands out because he not wearing a hat.

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