14 thoughts on “SE Hawthorne Boulevard, 1973

  1. google.com/maps/place/SE+Hawthorne+Blvd+%26+SE+46th+Ave,+Portland,+OR+97215/@45.5119352,-122.61518,3a,75y,101.93h,86.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sk9TyNlP1xlIEw04p3hhGKw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x5495a0f30b1ba253:0x1a70bfce8436cee1!8m2!3d45.5120315!4d-122.6151311

  2. McGee Blinds & Draperies ran ads in The Oregonian starting in the 1950’s. In August, 1973 (the date of today’s photo), the address was 4616 SE Hawthorne, different from their earlier address on the same street. The 1973 ads mention that the business was owned by Floyd Younce. Don’t forget to look at the “related” entry for “SE Hawthorne Boulevard just east of SE 46th Avenue looking north, September 30, 1921.” It’s the same intersection, but from a different vantage point, and lots of interesting comments.

  3. The Pool Snooker tavern is about where Angelo’s is now.

    Out of frame to the left would be another set of old commercial buildings now housing Zacks Shack and others. Nice so many of Portland’s commercial streets still have the old neighborhood buildings. They could easily all look like redeveloped Division.

    Noticed the VW bug, obligatory for street scenes of this era.

  4. Probably within 3 blocks of the once famous Corvette Specialties. Marv was the owner, his father worked there as well as a friend of mine,Mike, who put a door skin on my 62 Corvair after a minor accident up near the Tik-Tok in 1964.

  5. Lloyd’s Upholstery advertised often in the Oregonian in the 1950’s and their last ad was in 1985.

    I found this story regarding the businesses in this photo from 1957.
    Oregonian November 18, 1957

    Tavern Yeggs Stage Party.—— Burglars Consume Beer, Cigarettes

    Party minded burglars broke into Frolic Inn, 4620 SE Hawthorne boulevard, drank beer and smoked cigarettes from the bar’s stock and pried open coin machines from which they stole about $100, police reported Sunday. The burglars, who entered through a basement, also entered Lloyd’s Upholstery shop, 4604 SE Hawthorne boulevard, which is over the same basement. There they stole $25 in cash and a $40 power saw. They were unsuccessful in an attempt to break into McGee shade shop, 4616 SE Hawthorne boulevard, which is also over the basement.

  6. Ollie Damon’s Sporting Goods was on the block behind the camera. Simone”s Frolic Inn attracted customers from all the neighborhoods near and far. I think the dry cleaners on the north side was Black’s Cleaners. They had sort of a drive in area to
    pick up your laundry.

  7. Cody beat me to it, but here’s today’s view in a frame (so hopefully it shows up). I was surprised the mailbox is still there (although 20 feet further east)

  8. There are signs of progress seen in the more recent views of this spot. For instance, parking limits have gone from 30 minutes to 1 hour. There are also restricted parking spaces now, for delivery trucks.

    Boy, if that almost human-looking fire hydrant could talk it would have a lot to say about the progress it has witnessed from its spot.

    Graffiti has become more popular.

  9. Yeah I always shake my head when I hear there was “less crime” back in the “good old days”. Sometimes the only things that come up when I’m researching are criminal activities. Went to Ollie Damon’s a lot back in the day. They always had a good supply of used Mitchell 300 spinning reels on the counter.

  10. Ollie Damon’s was a warranty repair center for Coleman brand items and many other sporting goods brands. Plus they would repair most camping and sporting goods for customers. Something you don’t find now in our throw away society.

  11. This space is such a classic piece of Portland, especially in 1973. The criminals were probably mid-twenty Vortex I attendees tripping acid and getting mischievous–it’s not like the Frolic Inn smacks of high class. Next to the snooker joint. Maybe they were celebrating the de-criminalizing of marijuana, under our beloved environment-protecting-yet-republican governor, Tom McCall.

    I’m wondering about Sewickly’s, downstreet on the left, and the early days of the Portland Area Darts Association. Darts was huge in the 70’s and 80’s, bars had epic tournaments that lasted days, from Horse Brass to The Safari in Estacada. A local legend of the sport, Roger Crystal, passed just a year or so ago.

    And more wholesomely on the hill, the deforested trees slowing regrowing, you can see the Western Seminary, first gracing the slope in 1927, with the Great Depression ahead and Mt. Tabor’s last eruption 300 millennia behind.

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