17 thoughts on “NE Sandy Boulevard, 1962

  1. From 1958 to 1961 I lived three blocks away, at the corner of 49th and Thompson where the two streets hit Sandy Blvd. After my parents got divorced we moved into the upstairs of a big house where a couple of older sisters lived. They conned my mother into letting them take my sister and I to Sunday school at the Presbyterian church (the tower of the church is on the left in the photo), but religion didn’t take. You can’t really see it, but past the triangular building on the right (a hamburger place) is Fred Meyer, which had rooftop parking. A block farther, off Sandy, was my favorite place–Vic’s Hobby Shop. Very cool HO gauge trains. By 1962, I was living in Beaverton–which had not yet exploded into suburbia.

  2. No trip to the Hollywood District was never complete for me without a visit to Vic’s. My memory is fuzzy here but I think the 1962 location was preceded by an original location on N.E. 40th just one or two doors north of Sandy. At any rate, what a great shop. Vic and his wife were always friendly and helpful even to youngsters. I remember purchasing several Stromburg model kits from them around 1947 or 8 at that first store. Never missed a chance to go there even if they were closed just to look in the window.
    By circa 1962 the late John Labbe, author and historian could always be counted on to be holding forth behind the counter on Saturdays for sure as well as sometimes on other days. I remember buying his Railroads In The Woods, that he co-authored with Vern Goe from Vics that he autographed for me.
    Vic and his wife were great people and they inspired me to open my own hobby shop, and Vic was generous with helpful advice.

  3. The ’57 Desoto..They made the Adventurer, Firedome, Firesweep, & Fireflight models. Sedan or Convertible. They offered optional Hi-Performance engines too! Have no clue to which is in the picture. But it does look as if it was maybe jacked up at the wrong spot on the bumper. There are websites on these classic’s that give some interesting info and spec’s.

  4. The era of cars with fins 1948-61 was quite long, so there were still quite a lot of them on the road at this time.
    The Chrysler DeSoto so prominently displayed here, certainly makes this photo more interesting from an automotive history standpoint. DeSoto ran from 1928 to 1961 having many looks and styling changes. This link explains it’s full (troubled) history quite well: https://www.allpar.com/history/desoto.html

  5. It was the studio of a photographer from the 50’s until the insurance agency took it over. Not sure of what it was when it was built.

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