11 thoughts on “N Russell Street, 1938

  1. I have a feeling that the Sunshine Division was in the ware house next door. Sunshine Division was a canned food drive of the Portland Police Bureau.

  2. By the looks of it, they ought to take the tires off those trucks and recycle them too! There isn’t 10 cents worth of rubber left on them. Also, check out the doll on the grill of the truck on the right!…..Creepy!

  3. Wayne Davidson: Back when most Portland area trash haulers were private, individual contractors, many if not most seemed to be in the habit of lashing discarded stuffed animals or dolls to the front of their truck grilles. Some sort of mascot, lucky charm? I remember seeing them in the ’50s and wondering what it was all about. Apparently this is, or was at one time, a nationwide custom. In some areas, however, local regulations have since banned the practice. I’ve never seen one of these talismans on a local Waste Management truck. The below article in the NYTimes from 2005 does a deep dive into speculating about the cultural anthropology behind all of this. Google will show you much more.

    They’re Soft and Cuddly, So Why Lash Them to the Front of a Truck?
    By Andy Newman
    Nov. 13, 2005

  4. Tydol Oil Company, Tidewater Oil Company (Tydol) was a major petroleum refining and marketing company in the U.S. for more than 80 years. Tidewater was best known for its Flying A-branded products and gas stations, and for Veedol motor oil, which was known throughout the world. The Tydol refinery was located in Drumright Oklahoma.
    Here are some photos of refinery:

    Here’s some info on the City of Drumright, OK.

  5. I remember seeing somewhere about a large pile of scrap tires near the west end of the Ross Island Bridge in the late 1930’s. Perhaps the scrap on the trucks was going there? I believe the story said that the scrap rubber was shipped to Japan, presumably to recover the oil in them in the build up to WWII. I can’t find anything about it on the web, though. Can anyone help?

  6. A Rene: I agree this photo looks like a WW 2 scrap drive, and the trucks look to have a mix of materials already loaded. The January 1, 1942 Oregonian list the tire rationing Quota for the Western states. Oregon got a total of 4755 tires for the entire state. 1546 for cars, light trucks & motorcycles and 3209 for buses and trucks.

  7. “Precinct Station in Albina Closed” Chief’s order becomes effective at once. The closing of precinct station No. 2 at 38 Northeast Russell Street. (Oregonian December 1, 1933 – page 1)

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