26 thoughts on “SE 39th Avenue, 1965

  1. Looks like a bank took over the Shell station (plus the house next door), and Jiffy Lube took over the Mobile. And has the Hawthorne Theater gotten a facelift?

  2. And a nice parade of cars it is but there are two mystery cars. The mini pickup southbound and the interesting car behine the fuel price sign. Hmmm?

  3. The little boy, diligently WALKING his bike across the street, in the crosswalk, as we all learned in those days.

  4. I grew up on 39th & main, went to sunnyside grade school. I stood on the corner of 39th & Hawthorhe and sold newspapers to people as they got off the bus in front of Masonic Lodge.

  5. I think the mini pickup is a Datsun. It appears to have a load on top of the bed with a strap to the rear bumper thus confusing the look. Interesting that it is flanked by a pair of Corvairs heading in opposite directions. No guess about the small sedan behind the gas sign.

  6. The dark “mystery” car waiting to head west on SE Hawthorne Blvd is indeed a tough call. Susan, I don’t think the car is a Volvo mainly because the roofline is different and the rear wheel wells are too large. When I looked at the hubcaps, I thought – Ford, so I looked there. The closest I could come to this car is a 1954 Ford Crestline, however, the side chrome configuration isn’t as plain as it is on this car; so who knows?
    Bob S, I think Bob is right about the small truck you were wondering about heading south on SE 39th Ave, it looks like a 1965 Datsun 1200 pickup with a load in the bed.

    Wow, it surely is rare to see two Chevrolet Corvairs in a single photo, and from my count Chevrolet cars dominate this photo with 12 cars, followed by Buick, Ford, and Plymouth.

    The cars parked in the Shell service station lot are challenging too. I think one is a Packard, a 1960 Buick LeSabre from the rear, and a 1955 Plymouth Belvedere; that’s as far as I got.

    From the looks of it, this has always been a very high traffic spot.

  7. 55 or 56 Mercury front at far right, couple of Packards on Left in service station, and might be. Ford Cortina 4 dr as the dark car heading west.

  8. I noticed the two Corvairs too, but I also noticed we don’t have any VWs. They usually show up in street and parking lot pictures we have seen lately on VP.

  9. I think the mystery car slightly behind the sign is a 1953 to 1961 vintage Ford Prefect made at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex, UK. They had a side valve (flat head) four cylinder 1172cc motor. Minuscule compared to the 1957 Chevrolet to it’s left.

  10. I believe we are also looking at the roof top parking lot at Fred Meyer. It has since been closed in and has become a display area. I dropped into this store a couple of years ago and their parking lot was full, so I had to find parking on the street.

  11. Always loved FM rooftop parking. It was and still is a good idea to me. More efficient use of space and eliminates the visual clutter of street level parking lots. Add in the basements that some FM stores had and you have a store with a footprint of 33% of a conventional all street level retail building and parking lot. Conservation of urban space years before the idea became fashionable.

  12. Is the car beyond the gas price sign possibly a DKW? They used a 3 cylinder 2 cycle engine, but the cloud of smoke that accompanied those cars isn’t visible in the photo.

  13. Stongly believe the mystery car is a Standard Vanguard of mid 50’s vintage. All of the. Visual que’s are there. Fun capturing something so obscure in this snap.

  14. Chris Salma, I don’t think it’s an English Ford. My reasons: The mystery car has rear split passenger side windows, and the rear side quarter panels are much longer on the mystery car, and the side chrome strip doesn’t extend all the way to the back of the car. Plus, the rear roof pillars and back window are not like the English Ford.


  16. Ten years after this photo, I can imagine the world premier of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at the Bagdad. Ken Kesey was there, along with Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and Michael Douglas. Perhaps Danny Devito and other cast and crew went wandering around 39th and Hawthorne. Was quite a decade in Oregon, 65′-75′

  17. There’s some big old houses on the east side of SE 39th, I remember an afternoon in the late 1990’s when one of them burned down.
    The general area was replaced with an apartment building & a fire station.

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