17 thoughts on “N Jersey Street, 1942

  1. Wow! “Two Room Furnished Apts. With Running Water…” This looks like some sort of gangster hangout with the beat-up sedans parked in front. This area was still sort of “in the sticks” back then.
    The first car looks like a ’35 FORD Model 48 (windshield wipers mounted from above, dimpled front bumper), and looks pretty beat-up for its age.

    The car behind is probably a bit older.

  2. War time housing shortage open up all kinds of rental units. The sign reads apply 8133 N Jersey, but the building numbers next to the door are hard to read but look to be 7675. In the window the photos of 2 people that may be already in military service.

  3. The facade in front appears to be merely decorative. This must be the “newly decorated” part!

  4. I agree with Dennis on the rent sign not being the address in the photo. If you open the photo and look at the URL, it says 7433 N Jersey Street facing north. I’m not sure that is the correct address either, since the buildings currently around that area appear to predate or are contemporaneous with the date of this photo.

  5. Agreed. It says “apply 8133 N. Jersey”, as in where to apply for this gem. By chance the actual address numbers look similar, 7433 N. Jersey–I found this by clicking the image then hovering over the browser tab (in Safari), and the address was different than in e-files. Here’s current view:

  6. Thanks for the link, Thorn. According to Portland maps, that house was built in 1923 so it predates the date of today’s photo (as well as the date of the cars). I think the location of today’s photo probably wasn’t on Jersey street (or the building may still have the pre-Great Renumbering address).

  7. Interestingly, PastPortland has a number of addresses on North Jersey Street, but no 8133, nor 7675 (what Dennis saw) or 7475 (what I saw). It does have 7433 N Jersey Street, formerly 1004 S Jersey Street. Oddly, all of the North Jersey numbers were on South Jersey before the big street renaming.

  8. It also appears to have electricity, some sort of heating source as evidenced by the chimney, and an Oregonian mailbox. What’s not to love?

  9. No argument here Jim, just one of those fun mystery locations. I also found this in my cyber snooping up and down N. Jersey…

    Just thought this was uplifting and deserves to be shared.

  10. Hey Chris, that is an Oregonian *tube*, made of quite heavy gauge metal. Was able to acquire one back in the ’70s when I delivered for the Oregonian – and still have it (somewhere).

  11. Looks like this was once a livery, then a garage, then a boarding house. The front opening on the second floor (filled with clapboards) would have been for hay storage.

  12. The middle automobile, license # 129 178, was a 1935 Buick Sedan. It was owned by W. R. Lowe who resided at 8629 N. Jersey Street.

  13. Mike K., thanks! With that knowledge, is it possible that 8629 N. Jersey St., is the location of today’s (yesterday for me) photo, or maybe close by? Jersey St. becomes Lombard St. at the N. Richmond intersection. 4 blocks west of Richmond, at Burlington Ave., Lombard curves slightly northward. In today’s image, the building to the left of our dilapidated apartment appears to curve away in the same manner. I wonder if our building is the same building, or a highly remodeled version of what is currently 8621 N. Lombard. A 1915 Pittmon map shows Jersey continuing in a northwesterly direction from Richmond all of the way to Weyerhaeuser Ave., just like Lombard does today. I’m not sure when that part of Jersey became Lombard, however.


  14. Lets raise our glasses in honor of this poor neglected seven year old Ford. It’s a 1935 Deluxe Fordor Touring, model 48-730. Touring because its trunk is accessible from outside the car, deluxe because of the shiny grille, windshield surround, dual horns, and the molding along the edge of the running board. I believe the dual windshield wipers were installed later. There are other differences between Standard and Deluxe but nothing that shows in the photo. As an owner of a ’35 Ford I can feel its pain.

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