16 thoughts on “NW 19th Avenue, 1962

  1. ‘59 or ‘60 Chevrolet facing south and a Buick parked facing west (I think). S & H Green Stamps! My mother did some of her Christmas shopping with those!

  2. Remember seeing those Fire pull boxes all over town, Wonder if it was tripped when the power pole was damaged.

  3. Hi,
    I have discovered the “Nineteenth Street” book too! Definitely a favorite.
    There is another one by Richard Marlitt, “Matters Of Proportion”, about the residential architecture of Whidden & Lewis.


  4. I remember the S&H Green Stamps. As a small kid my dad would always let me lick and stick them in the booklet. As I got older I was scared to tell the kids at school because I thought they would bully me for being on food stamps. Until he explained the difference.

  5. Late afternoon of the Columbus Day Storm my dad was parked in front of the old Neighborhood House in South Portland (2nd & Wood) waiting to pick up my sister from dance class. The winds were blowing like a gale, and when huge branches and whole tree limbs started blowing down the street from Lair Hill Park, he realized how dangerous this storm was. So he ran into the building, got my sis, and somehow they made it out Barbur Blvd. and through the West Hills, dodging downed trees and even telephone poles to where we lived. It was one wild ride and sis has never forgotten it.

  6. Today a storm of that magnitude would cripple the Portland area for weeks just because there is probably 3 to 4 times the number of trees now. And lots more people to be endangered and more buildings and houses to be damaged. We were lucky it was mild weather after the storm, it was almost spring like. It would have been a lot worse had the weather turned cold. Cleanup continued way into summer after the Columbus Day Storm

  7. What I remember is how nice the weather was the few days after the storm, sound of chain saws, no power, my Dad going out to the 53 Pontiac to listen to the radio news reports, neighbor lady bringing over her electric coffee pot forgetting that it had to be plugged in, debris flying by the windows…I could go on and on.

  8. Joan and Billy — re: Nineteenth Street by Richard Marlitt — there are 14 copies of the 1978 edition (and a few of the 1968 edition) available from the Multnomah County Public Library. As I write this, 11 copies of the 1978 edition are available, so lots of us VP readers in the Portland area can borrow a copy!

  9. I remember my mother cooking on the Coleman stove inside during the five days without power–I’m lucky to be here! My sister took cold showers, but I wasn’t about to.

  10. The building on the left in the California style was designed by Portland architect
    for Warner Bros and constructed in 1932. This was the location where Warner Bros. distributed movies throughout the Northwest. My office was in that building off the service drive that separated the two buildings. I was there from 1968 to 1974.

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