19 thoughts on “NE Sandy Boulevard, 1962

  1. Anybody know what the white symbols above Pal’s Shanty building represent?
    Also, name of the clock/bell tower down Sandy Blvd in the background?

  2. The elderly gentleman wearing glasses and a cap is still driving his 1950 Plymouth Suburban, with hands gripping the steering wheel at 11 & 1 o’clock. He’s got his eye on the blue van behind him; which he probably saw drawing near in his rearview mirror.

    This photo contains many memorable things: cheap petrol (27.9 / 31.9 per gal), S&H Green Stamp signs, payphone boxes, not as many trees planted in commercial areas; more open views.

  3. Some where between 2014 – ’15 “Pals Shanty Tavern” became Hot Lips Pizza. That tavern was there a long time. Even before ’62. I hope somebody shares some history they found on the place.

  4. I miss Pal’s Shanty. My wife loved the steamer clams, I always ordered one of Portland’s best reubens. After so many years, a disgruntled employee set fire to the kitchen — and there goes a classic Portland landmark replaced by crappy pizza.

  5. The Pal’s Shanty building originally was a theater, probably from the silent movie era. I suspect the facade decorations date to that era. The church is still there… Rose City Presbyterian, or some such.

  6. The building that was Pal’s Shanty at 4630 NE Sandy Blvd may have been built as a plumbing shop. Portland Maps dates the building to 1911 and historic plumbing permits show this was a new 1 story brick store owned by D H Ryan, and the plumbing work was performed by Ryan Bros. plumbing with final inspection on February 7, 1911.

    The following is a excerpt from a story published in the Oregon Journal on June 12, 1911.
    Attempt was made some time last night or this morning to open a safe in the Ryan Bros. plumbing shop, Forty seventy and Sandy road, the tools used being articles found around the shop. The combination of the safe was pried off and the inside portion of the heavy door was wrecked with the tools but no explosives were used.

  7. The old boy driving that blue Plymouth with the hood open to the safety latch is one bump away from having the hood fly up, blocking the windshield. I’ve seen this happen several times and not once was there a happy ending. Hope he made it home okay.

  8. William Hendershot: I too, was curious about the three symbols above the door of Pal’s Shanty. I didn’t figure out what they were, but using Google Maps go to 4644 NE Tillamook, and you’ll see three circles on the backside of the building. The three circles on the back don’t line up with the ones in the front of the building. The middle one is higher on the backside and in a horizontal row on the front of the building. Weird.

  9. At Bradfilbert,

    Back in 1962 there were some fantastic Ruben sandwiches and buckets of steamed clams readily available just a mile or so west at Poor Richards-home of the two-fer at 39th-Broadway and Sandy. .

  10. The designs on the front facade of the theater/Pal’s Shanty are consistent with decor of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts period from the early years of the Twentieth Century. These here are sharper and crisper than most though, reflecting a transition to the Art Deco period of the 1920s

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