16 thoughts on “NW 3rd Avenue, 1965

  1. Most of the old buildings are still there in this historic district. The Foster Hotel sign is still up and I believe the building is now low-income housing. Also the site of the Darcelle XV Club and the Rainbow Room. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is right around the corner. Really interesting neighborhood!

  2. The same car caught my eye Bob S and my first thought was that it might be a Ford Anglia but the front grill is wrong, then I saw your post and when I was looking up the singer, a photo of a 1962 Sunbeam Rapier also came up in the search. It could be Sunbeam Rapier with slight front-end damage (missing bumper). But I know from past posts that Singer’s were sold in Portland and in San Diego where I lived, English Fords and Sunbeams were popular – I’d never heard of a Singer before hearing of them here on VP.

    All the buildings pictured here are still standing including the Foster Hotel signage, and the brick barrier has been re-done, extended, and become part of a larger facade.

    The tavern and grocery store seen here, have been replaced by a posh club featuring transvestites.

  3. I checked out this thread to see if the building pictured in the photo is the same that currently houses Darcelle’s club (it is), but I wasn’t expecting to have a long-held assumption upended by the comments – and not about Darcelle’s!

    My late father used to joke, when we would sometimes look at cars with small engines, “Who built the motor? Singer?”, and I always took that to mean that he was making an insult with the meaning that the motor was so small it could’ve come from a sewing machine. But now I see there was actually a car brand called Singer (I like the car in the photo), and that they made very small cars. My dad was a fan of small foreign cars, he owned an MG convertible and a Fiat sedan at different times, so he must have been aware of the Singer brand. Same basic joke, but completely different context. Anyway, he joked, I laughed, so I don’t think he was aware of my flawed assumptions!

  4. A friend had a British Sunbeam and he got the same joking treatment. Whenever he called a parts store or garage to see if they worked on Sunbeams, they invariably would say “I thought they only made mixers.”

  5. Hey Bob S
    Right next to your Rapier is the 57 Chev wagon I learned how to drive on. A 150, same color with 3 on the tree. It was my father’s grocery delivery wagon. Its a miracle that the clutch survived my early treatment.


  7. Looks like one of those trippy Oregon gray afternoons that happen spring and summer. It would be fun to ‘time travel’ back to Demas Tavern for a few hours to get a sense of the neighborhood at the time!

  8. if we’re insulting cars, i nominate the studebaker rockne, a car alleged to have “a transmission made of balsa wood.” studebakers were pretty popular in oregon, and it would make my week if one ever turns up in a photo here…

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