9 thoughts on “E Burnside Street, 1934

  1. Wow, this photo really captures Portland in the winter. Digging in the dirt in the constant rain. Look at those soggy overcoats! I hope those guys came home to a warm bowl of chicken soup and a steaming cuppa Joe — French roast. No wonder we all drink so much coffee. BTW, great photo of guys at work!

  2. Looks like a wet and miserable Thursday workday for these men who worked outside in all weathers; rain-resistant clothing has come a long way since then.

    Noteworthy news event from this day: John Dillinger and his companion Billie Frechette were arrested at a house on North Avenue in Tuscon, AZ., several days after he robbed a bank in East Chicago, Indiana on Jan. 15, 1934.

  3. Looks like the Tree Topper arborist has struck again. Many clusters of trees remain as witness to having been badly topped and trimmed in neighborhoods like Ladds, Laurelhurst.

  4. When I see photos like this, I try to imagine life back then. I assume most of these houses had lights and running water and, perhaps a telephone. My mom grew up in a tiny town in NW North Dakota. She had lights but no running water. Imagine walking out to the outhouse when it might be -30 degrees. My dad grew up in poverty in NE Arkansas. No electricity, no water. If I had been alive in the 30s, I would prefer a house in a city!

  5. Nice to see some things stay the same. Although I understand the motivation, it’s sad that the rezoning will result in the destruction of most of these old close-in neighborhoods when the developers rush in.

  6. Susan, the seeming look of permanence of things in this photo is illusory. There are still homes occupying these lots, but they are not the same houses that are pictured here.

  7. wploulorenziprince: A quick check on portlandmaps.com shows every house visible in this photo was built from 1922-1926.

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