25 thoughts on “E Burnside Street, 1929

  1. Sometime after this photo was taken, the building housing the bakery, shoe repair, and hardware store was taken out and replaced by an automotive garage.

    It’s unfortunate that the buildings that survive all lost their exterior woodwork & detail that made them unique and gave them character.

  2. The Efiles caption includes the East Ankeny Bakery, which I’ve just looked up in the public library’s databases. There are very few mentions of it, mostly in connection with robberies. (All capitalization is original to the paper’s.)

    “Two small brothers, 10 and 13 years old, respectively, yesterday confessed to police that they had robbed the East Ankeny bakery at 10 East Twenty-Eighth street of $1 in pennies and $4 worth of bakery goods on October 14. They were taken into juvenile court for a hearing.” (Oregonian, 10/24/1928, p. 12)

    “The East Ankeny bakery, 10 East Twenty-eighth street, lost $1.50 to a night prowler.” (Oregonian, 10/29/1931, p. 19) — According to a few online calculators, this would have been the equivalent of between $23 and $25 today. Imagine the paper reporting a $23 theft from any local business nowadays!!

  3. Interesting that it is the East Ankeny Bakery and not the Burnside Bakery. This is pretty late in the streetcar era, does any know when the Ankeny Streetcar line was moved to Burnside?

  4. I’ve always gotten a kick out of restaurants posting an “Eat” sign. “You must eat now and here’s a place to do it”.

  5. The drugstore had everything: coin-op scale, gum ball machine and a public telephone.
    Including the other businesses nearby, you could meet a lot of your daily needs on this one block.
    Interesting that the drugstore/ice cream fountain is still an ice cream place.

  6. I think the caption on this picture is wrong: the Montavilla streetcar pictured ran north/south through this intersection on NE 28th, not on Burnside. I’m pretty sure this view is looking southeast on 28th.

  7. The building shown in this photo was on the SE corner of 28th and E. Burnside. The VP photo on October 27, 2021 shows this building with a view looking East on Burnside. The streetcar in this photo is traveling on 28th , and there was also a streetcar barn on Ankeny as I recall besides the one on Burnside.. The streetview photo was on the SW corner.

  8. The photo from October 27, 2021 shows the business name of J C Clark Drug painted on the side of the building.

  9. Tim & Dennis are right. This is SE 28th, between Burnside & Ankeny. The corner building was the Hungry Tiger for many years.

  10. Looking at the long commercial building with multiple storefronts (MacMarr’s, East Ankeny Bakery, the show repair store, etc) it appears only part of this building remains today. The well-stocked corner drugstore building is larger today, having expanded to the west. Only one split-entry door remains in the next commercial building (down from at least four in the original) followed by what is today a newer building to the west of that. If I had to guess, the section of the second building containing the East Ankeny Bakery is the only part remaining.

  11. Dennis, a different times there were actually streetcar barn at 3 of the 4 corners of this intersection. In addition to the Burnside Trolley building that is still visible, the Whole Foods grocery store and the Archdiocese Of Portland office buildingm across the street, were originally streetcar facilities.

  12. Sure glad I never had to go to a dentist or doctor in one of those upstairs rooms. I heard they were brutal.

  13. The auto in front appears to be Harold G. Koon’s 1924 Star Four 4 Touring Car. Mr. Koon was a WW1 veteran and a longtime Portland bus driver for both the Pacific Northwest Public Service Co. and the Portland Traction Co. He is buried in Willamette National Cemetery.

  14. Does anyone remember the BW Cobb watch repair shop? It was about where the EAT sign is, until the early oughts.
    I have lots of great memories of Hungry Tiger! I remember when it got torn down, in ‘07.

  15. Between the year and the info Liz C. found, I’m guessing this photo was taken after Black Thursday, and the Great Depression is already hitting people’s pocketbooks, leading to the petty bakery thefts by the boys and burglars.

    Like ToeKnee’s comment on the “Eat” sign, there was no shame in advertising Ex-Lax, The Famous Laxative, in bolder signs than the cigars, ice cream etc.

    There’s a great classic barber pole next to the bakery.

    And although this side of the commercial strip seems a bit rustic and worn, across the street, just out of view, is the LaurelHurst Theater, built in 1923, probably gleaming in the sun while seeing waning sales as the economy craters. The builder, Walter Tebbetts, has also recently completed the Hollywood Theater (1926) and the Oriental Theater (1927). The Hollywood survives in refurbished glory, but the Oriental, formerly next to the Weatherly Building.


  16. Yea, I just thumbed down my own comment from earlier. That’s what happens when you try so hard to make sense of what you *think* you are looking at. 😦

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