SE Powell & 39th, 1937

You had your choice of Texaco or Standard gas if you were motoring east on SE Powell at 39th Avenue in 1937. And that’s just on the south side of Powell. Previous views of this corner have shown that all four corners held gas stations at that time.

A2005-001.518  SE Powell Blvd and 39th Ave looking east on Powell Blvd 1937(City of Portland Archives)

SE Foster Rd & 50th, 1937

There is a lot of good detail to pick out of this 1937 photo, especially if you’re an automobile fan. This view looks northwest on Foster where it curves to meet 50th Avenue at Powell Blvd. Fast food restaurants dominate most of the intersection today.

A2005-001.207 SE Foster Rd north on 50th 1937(City of Portland Archives)

SE 82nd & Powell, 1937

Yesterday’s discussion raised the possibility that the Anderson’s Food Market building still stands. This photo, taken on the same day (if the Meadow-Land delivery truck is any indication) shows the same intersection looking west. Anderson’s is definitely on the northwest corner, roughly where the KFC/A&W sits today.

A2005-001.513  SE Powell Blvd and 82nd Ave looking west 1937(City of Portland Archives)

SE 82nd & Powell, 1937

It appears the Anderson’s Food Market staff is cleaning sidewalks and stocking produce for another business day at SE 82nd & Powell in 1939 1937. Parking a delivery truck at the curb in those days didn’t seem to be a traffic problem like it would today. We’re looking south on 82nd here.

NOTE: Other photos of this area indicate this dates to 1937, not 1939.

A2005-001.511 SE Powell and 82nd south 1939(City of Portland Archives)

SE 52nd & Powell, 1965

This image is labeled as looking south on SE 52nd Avenue towards Powell Blvd. Can anyone confirm that? The area between Powell and Foster in the photo looks like it’s awfully build up for the way it is today.

(City of Portland Archives)

Lents Primary School, 1957

The Lents Primary School looked brand new in 1957 and street crews were painting the crosswalks in preparation for the 1957 school year. The building is currently the Traffic Systems Services Unit (TSSU) of the Oregon Department of Transportation, and looks much as it did 55 years ago. It is just south of Powell on SE 92nd Avenue.

(City of Portland Archives)