25 thoughts on “NE Sandy Boulevard, circa 1940

  1. If you go on Google Maps, looks like that brick pie-shaped building is still there, minus the “Santiseptic” sign which hid a beautiful window. Otherwise, most of the houses and other buildings are gone. Seeing all those neat old cars, I can see this was a very busy intersection back in 1940. What’s new?! Youtube has a video of traffic on Sandy Blvd, in 1939. Type in “Sandy Blvd at 28th, Portland Oregon 1939” for a trip back in time!

  2. This is the Schefter Building. It was the home of Sani-Septic lotion which was manufactured by E. Schefter. He also was the owner of the Portland Beavers baseball club in 1940 (managed by local star outfielder from Jefferson High Johnny Fredricks, later operator of Roamers Rest in Tigard). Schefter’s son, Rollie, was later in the restaurant and bar business at several locations around Portland.
    TY Bud Holland!

  3. One of the buildings and intersections that has little changed 80 years later. Someone will post todays view.

  4. This appears to be a follow-up photo to the one that Vintage Portland has titled “NE Sandy Blvd., circa 1940.” The link is under the photo. The earlier photo shows the traffic island being poured and the streetlamp anchors.

  5. Craig Williams, yes, I was going to say the traffic island, the concrete piers with light fixtures and the three-phase traffic lights all look brand new.

    In the earlier photo you mention from 1940 showing the construction of the traffic island you can see the old two-phase traffic lights were still in place.

    I recall seeing another photo of Sandy from about this time where you can see the new traffic signal poles are in place, like those in today’s photo, but before the signals have been installed.

    I imagine this photo, and the others, were part of documenting the work being done to replace the old 2-phase signals with the newer 3-phase.

  6. Today’s photo is one of the better we’ve had in quite some time. I’m somewhat familiar with this spot as I once had a friend who lived on the street angling off to the right. There are some nice cars in this shot. The car on the right edge has its rumble seat open. The light-colored fastback nearest the light timing sign looks very new (Ford?).

    The pedestrian caught crossing Sandy displays a sense of urgency as he’s moved onto the roadway while he keeps a close eye on approaching traffic before he scampers off; to possibly catch a bus that’s due to arrive at any moment. as the traffic light is still yellow and not yet turn to red.

    Thanks for this photo today. This is one of the rare areas of Portland where a person can still get a sense of permanence and continuity of the landscape through time – awesome.

  7. Up Sandy in the photo – wasn’t that Peake the Shade Man on the sign? I remember that place being there forever!

  8. Those traffic lights are pretty nifty. Anyone know the functionality of the section below the signal lamps? Are they lit at night? The light post in front is unique as well. I also like that the concrete posts serve as stanchions to protect pedestrians.

  9. Does anyone remember a restaurant in this building from the mid-late 70s called Yung An? It was Asian cuisine, and quite good as I recall.

  10. Not too different today, except more poles and wires, and there’s no longer a light controlling traffic going east on Flanders.

    What does the sign in the foreground say? “Signals set for 28….” mph?

  11. boe: You are correct. Yung An was a restaurant that specialized in Northern Chinese cuisine. The menu had 79 gourmet delights. There were no daily specials because every dish was made special. Owner/Chef: Paul Chang. It was good!

  12. Debby–You are correct ” Peake the Shade Man” placed ad in the Oregonian in July 1940 showing the address as 2122 NE Sandy Blvd. selling window shades, venetian blinds, linoleum flooring and drain boards.

  13. Thx, Dennis – I wasn’t sure I remembered the name right, and the sign was hard to read. They were sure in business for a long time.

  14. In the early 1990s, I saw several live bands at the bar (whose name escapes me) behind where the pharmacy is in this photo. In the same time-frame, I knew a woman with a really cool flat in the apartments further down Flanders.
    My guess for the pedestrian is that he just finished lunch at the restaurant just out of frame at the corner of Flanders and 20th; short jacket and no hat indicates that he is likely a truck driver, possibly working out of the big Jantzen building a block away.

  15. These traffic lights may have been made by Crouse-Hinds Co. The open steel cage-like structure below the signal lights is for mounting additional signal lights that might need to face in other directions.

  16. Looks like Flanders Street has been narrowed. Interesting there was a stop light at that corner when it was more of a major street.

  17. Twenty Grand cigarettes are pretty interesting. So was Twenty Grand the horse…and the camp in France.

  18. @El Queso. Just a point concerning that pedestrian.If that citizen was a truck driver he was off duty. In that era all truck drivers wore a hard billed chauffeurs hat in order to exhibit their Oregon Chauffeurs License and their company hat badge. You can find examples of these items on Ebay, just search “hat badge trucking”, or “Oregon Chauffeur License” This was true until about 1960. I have a large collection of these badges and licenses. When I went to work for Howard Williams Division of Consolidated Freightways, in 1959, I was issued a chauffeurs hat and with company badge attached. I had a choice of black or green but I was expected to wear it. They started going out of fashion by about 1962. Also missing from his wardrobe is a pair of “Yakima Gabardines” and matching jacket. Those refer to a pair of striped coveralls to protect your clothing from all the grease and grime in and out of those old trucks. I chose the black hat in the hope all that grease would not show up so much. The coveralls lasted until very near to now among the old timers.
    Just saying.

  19. Rod, thanks for the information! I also have a considerable collection of Oregon Chauffeur Licenses that I’ve picked up over the years. My favorite being a beautiful 1941 I got in a tiny store in Spenard, Alaska in 1981

  20. @wploulorenziprince Those are all new “Eaglux” signals installed in 1938. the housings below them, and the third light there were lighting to keep drivers from hitting the concrete island at night, before we got lighted “turtles”.

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