11 thoughts on “SE Hawthorne Boulevard, 1973

  1. I wondered if that unusual arch was the entrance to Bread and Ink, and it looks like it is. I know they’ve been on that corner for a long time, but I don’t think they were here this early – but?

  2. Today more “artsy” shot which focuses on a stretch of the south side of Hawthorne Blvd. (right side of this photo) is pretty much still intact today. The building at the corner underwent a major remodel sometime before 2007 as evidenced on Google Street Views.

    Regarding motorcyclists: it looks to me like this fellow is wearing a helmet but in 1977 the mandatory helmet requirement was removed and stayed in effect until 1988 when mandatory compliance was once again imposed through the passage of a voter referendum.

    The great neon Bagdad theatre sign is seen in the distance. History below:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagdad_Theatre

    When I lived in the Woodstock area, I used to frequent businesses in this area quite a lot, and for some reason, “Hawthorne” is a street name I can never seem to remember…Powell always comes to mind first for some reason.

  3. Debby the arch is the original Hawthorne Blvd. Fred Meyer store at 3610 SE Hawthorne and now the home of Bread and Ink Cafe. The earliest reference that I found for Bread and Ink at this location was 1983.

  4. This photo brings back some memories. Shortly after this photo was taken, I think 1974, my twin brother left home and moved to this neighborhood. I moved to Buckman neighborhood in 1976 (15th and Alder). These are the areas we used to hang around in, just a couple of long haired hippies. That was when it was cheap to live in inner S.E. But things were just starting to change in the late 1970s. Younger people were starting to buy and save some of the beautiful old homes. Some of this trend was fueled by the growing popularity of a couple of guys named Norm and Bob:
    (Check it out-not a lithium ion battery in sight! How did they survive?) 🙂

  5. Oh, and the backstage theater behind the Bagdad. They used to run 30s and 40s black and white movies. Stuff like “Reefer madness” and Bogart movies. Good times.

  6. the historic buildings are all still there i took pictuers of them all the Douglas building bag dad theater and so many more !! i love Hawthorne blvd my favorite street in Portland

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