14 thoughts on “NW Flanders Street, 1971

  1. We had an interesting discussion of the Portland Fish Company in the “Related” post dated May 20 this year. There is a Wikipedia article on the NYK Line, which stands for
    Nippon Yūsen Kabushiki Kaisha, a Japanese shipping company that’s been in business since 1870.

  2. It looks like the unloading of a load of frozen halibut had just begun in this scene. The two men on the lift at the rear of the trailer are probably one of the delivery drivers and a Portland Seafood warehouse employee. These two seem to be chatting with the forklift driver. Whatever type of fish they are unloading, there certainly a lot of ’em.

  3. The truck/tractor is a mid fifties International Emeryville. So named because of the place/plant of manufacture. The long defunct International Harvester factory at Emeryville Ca., a Oakland suburb. The now malodorous container will need to be deodorized by spreading copious quantities of wet coffee grounds on the floor with the door then closed followed a day later by the grounds being hosed out. Fresh as a daisy it can then be loaded with some other cargo for return to Japan. Offal, such as frozen pig bladders was a frequent lading for these refrigerated “cans”. The coffee grounds would be obtained from a restaurant located on the route back to the “can” yard from which it came, most likely a railroad, or port facility.

  4. I worked at NNG nearby–that place stunk as I had to walk by it all of the time–later after they were gone we rented space there–it was still called the fish building.

  5. Several years ago when I was a teen the family took the great family road trip from Portland OR all the way to Portland ME and my father parked the car in front of “Portland Fish” in Maine. My father struck up a conversation with people from Portland Fish in Maine and they related how some times the received misdirected mail being sent to them rather to old Stumptown. I don’t recall the smell of the Maine location though.

  6. Those halibut are surely frozen and wouldn’t stink. If it was fresh fish then yes, it would stink to high heaven.

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