22 thoughts on “NE Broadway, 1930

  1. So true Charlie, I missed out on buying a great glass fireplace screen when they had their going out of business sale. Lets you and me get together for some more jazz at Clyde’s sometime soon.

  2. Going into that store was like going back in time. Building dates from 1918. Wonder what they’re going to do with it. Hasn’t been sold to a developer yet. But no doubt earthquake issues are problematic.

  3. My best friend in late grade school/early high school lived in the 3rd house on the left during the early 60’s! Their dad was an electrician and worked across the street in the large building!

  4. Ah yes, I remember this intersection well from my grade school days at Fernwood.
    In the sixth grade, circa 1956, I did “Safety Patrol Duty” at the corner to the right where
    the Albina Fuel Co. used to be. When the light changed and the cars were stopped we would walk out a few feet and extend our poles with little flags on the end and let the students cross.
    Tarlows Furniture was across the street then, I think. I remember my mother purchasing a dining room set from them.

  5. For KK.
    From Wikipedia: Rear view Car Mirrors:

    Ray Harroun’s Marmon “Wasp” with its rear-view mirror mounted on struts above the car on display in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
    Among the rear-view mirror’s early uses is a mention by Dorothy Levitt in her 1909 book The Woman and the Car which noted that women should “carry a little hand-mirror in a convenient place when driving” so they may “hold the mirror aloft from time to time in order to see behind while driving in traffic”. However, earlier use is described in 1906, in a trade magazine noting mirrors for showing what is coming behind now popular on closed bodied automobiles, and to likely be widely adopted in a short time.[1] The same year, a Mr. Henri Cain from France patented a “Warning mirror for automobiles”.[2] The Argus Dash Mirror, adjustable to any position to see the road behind, appeared in 1908.[3][4] Earliest known rear-view mirror mounted on a racing vehicle appeared on Ray Harroun’s Marmon race car at the inaugural Indianapolis 500 race in 1911.[5] Harroun himself claimed he got the idea from seeing a mirror used for a similar purpose on a horse-drawn vehicle in 1904.[6] Harroun also claimed that the mirror vibrated constantly due to the rough brick surface, and it was rendered largely useless.[7]

    Elmer Berger is usually credited with inventing the rear-view mirror, though in fact he was the first to patent it (1921) and develop it for incorporation into production streetgoing automobiles by his Berger and Company.

    Wing Mirrors:
    In the 1940s many roads were unpaved and had two lanes, one in each direction. Drivers had to be aware only of traffic on their side and directly behind them (rear view). Due to this, most passenger vehicles with an internal rear-view mirror until the late 1960s had the passenger-side mirror only as an optional addition, as it was considered a luxury.

  6. Porters was at 3510 Broadway. They must have moved into the Tarlow building for awhile though because I remember applying for a job there in the 70’s. At one time airplanes were manufactured on that corner out of that building.

  7. Hey Doug B, was your best friend named Alex? Maybe that rings a Bell.
    I went to Fernwood. Alex was a year behind me. I think he lived along there on Broadway.

  8. Hey John H, my safety patrol buddy was named Phil. We were good friends through college. What year did you graduate Fernwood(8th grade)?

  9. It looks like, even in this “before widening” photo, that there had been a previous widening. Look at the roadway pavement near the corner on the left. Looks like you can see the previous curb line. I bet they took out the “parking strip”, (where there’s grass between the sidewalk and the curb), and moved the curb back about 4′. That wasn’t enough for the traffic “engineers”, who then called for the even further widening.

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