20 thoughts on “S Curry Street, 1948

  1. Barring billboards from residential areas is an improvement.

    My grandmother was born in Olympia, WA, in 1914, and OLY was always her favorite beer. “It’s the water.”

  2. @mike:
    It is odd to see South designated streets. But actually that was the only unused cardinal direction. Burnside is E. and W., and there are lots of N. In the 60s, I had a friend living on SW Hooker with a leading zero address. He had a hard time explaining that to me. A minus sign would have been better. The S. section makes more sense.

  3. I’m sure I’m not alone when I admit that I most of the PNW classic beers, of course starting with and forever Henry Weinhard’s, but also Rainier, Lucky, and Olympia, among others. As a teenager, in the days of shoulder-tapping, I remember the word “stubby”, one of the first beer bottle nicknames I had ever heard. It’s still fun to come across a half rack of stubbies every once in a while.

    I couldn’t find an exact match to the Olympia Beer billboard, the closest is about a third of the way down in a highway pic, but here’s a dazzlingly collection of historic Olympia advertising photos:


    Whatever is in the water, it must include longevity and fertility too, because there’s some amazing history–and spinoff companies–within the story of the Capitol Brewing Company. And many connections to back to Oregon.


  4. I lived in that charming (dutch style?) house next to the ‘parkway’ for a short spell 1966-1967. We hung a large canvas painted with “Stop the War in Vietnam” across the upper side facing what was then Barbur Blvd – until the City told us we had to take it down.

  5. I wish, when labeling these vintage images, we would use the names and locations as they were at the time the photo was taken, with any changes noted in parenthesis. For example, “SW Curry St. at SW Front St. (now S. Curry St. and S. Naito Parkway)”. Knowing these kind of name changes is at least as valuable as what is contained in the image.

  6. Jay ~ The address 017 SW Curry came to mind for the tall house. Not absolutely sure, but that’s getting on to 66 years past!

  7. Whenever I drive S Moody Ave past the Aerial Tram station and see the streets Porter and Curry, I think of the basketball players, Terry and Steph. Then I’ll wonder if Curry was named for Jesse A. Curry, the Rose Society president that created the International Test Rose Garden. But the spelling changed.

    But actually, after a little research, it must be for George Law Curry, early Oregon pioneer, politician, and printer.


    It seems many of the street names in the newest sextant of Portland (I thought we stilled called them quadrants to keep it weird?), are prominent figures from early Oregon. This area is like a hidden treasure map of Oregon history.

  8. @Thorn:
    A list of classic brews has to include Heidelberg (Carling) and Blitz. Heidelberg was a typical draft at neighborhood taverns. They sponsored “Championship Shuffleboard” and Portland wrestling. Blitz-Weinhard was the company’s biggest local seller from repeal through the 70s. Also the bargain brands, Columbia (Carling), Rheinlander (Rainier), Bohemian Club (slogan “Boh Belongs”, Blitz). And strong brews Rainier Ale and Olde English 800 (Blitz).

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