14 thoughts on “N Williams Avenue, 1964

  1. So much history on the Avenue.. Here is a quote about Bop City records from the Whitelandia/Willamette week FB page:
    Bop City Records, a Black owned record and variety store, operated in Portland’s Albina neighborhood from approximately 1958 to 1970. Located on NE Williams Avenue, Bop City was co-owned by Wilson Smith Jr. and Fitzgerald “Eager” Beaver. Wilson Smith worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and would often bring back records from his trips to the east coast that were not easily found in Portland at that time. Eager Beaver was a local radio personality and used his name to draw customers and visiting musical acts into the store. In 1961, Beaver moved to Seattle to manage radio station KZAM-FM, the first Black-owned radio station in the Northwest. Bop City was one of only a few Black owned record stores in Portland’s history and served as an an important hub of neighborhood life in the Albina district through the 1960’s.

  2. Mike Slama, thanks for the lowdown on ‘BOP Records’; that business immediately caught my eye on my first look at this photo.
    It’s a shame that most of the buildings that dominate the photo (the corner market, cleaners, record store & Bar-B-Q joint etc.) have all been torn down and replaced by nothing; in fact the only building still standing is the tan one (now ‘The People’sPig) restaurant). If I had been looking for an apartment then, I would have inquired about the one advertised above the grocery store.

  3. Apologies to Mike S on the thumbs down. My thumb is too big on my phone and mistakenly registered down.
    My grandmother lived nearby, and we shopped around here at the small grocery stores, until the big weekend trip to Fred Meyer on Interstate. Very familiar territory for me from the ’60s.

  4. It’s great to see a photo of Bop City Records. I lived near this corner in the 80s & most of this stuff was gone. Including the residential wall on the NE corner.
    As always three cheers to the 7up signs which are a Portland signature.
    Perhaps due to the fact of the many bottling plants still operating
    in the 1960s
    The Wonder Bread plant is just ahead, on the left, at Wms. & Fremont

  5. Mike Gilliland — I THINK I discovered that one can undo a misplaced “thumbs down” by rehitting it. I’ll try an experiment right now and see if that happens. RIght now you have 3 “ups” and 0 “downs” and I’ll try it out. If it doesn’t work, you’ll have my experimental “down” but of course disregard it. DARN. It didn’t work. Ah, well, my heart was in the right place.

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  7. You can almost hear the creaking worn hardwood floors and the gentle hum of the cold foods case. Row upon row of stacked shelving inviting the visitor to take something home for dinner. I just loved places like this. The smells along said history.

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