NE 22nd Avenue, circa 1950

Oregon is home to many archives, most rich with collections documenting Oregon’s history. In order to highlight some of these collections containing Portland-area images, Vintage Portland has invited photo submissions from other archives within the region. Today’s photo and text is provided by the Multnomah County Archives.

This view of the Louise House, on the Albertina Kerr campus, dates from circa 1950. It is located at NE and NE Sandy Boulevard and comes from the Juvenile Services Commission records.


The Louise House, on the Albertina Kerr campus, circa 1950

The Louise House, on the Albertina Kerr campus, circa 1950


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NE Sandy Blvd., circa 1940

This man is working on the traffic island located at NE Sandy Blvd. and NE 20th Avenue, facing northeast. The building on the right is still standing. This was taken circa 1940.


NE Sandy Blvd.  at 20th Ave. looking northeast, circa 1940: A2005-001.561

NE Sandy Blvd. at 20th Ave. looking northeast, circa 1940: A2005-001.561


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NE 82nd & Sandy, 1934

We’ve seen this view looking north on NE 82nd Avenue as it crosses Sandy back in 1928. This photo, taken from almost the exact same spot six years later, shows a much improved 82nd Avenue, but it looks like the paving ends a few blocks north, maybe at Prescott?

A2009-009.621 NE Sandy & 82nd Ave 1934(City of Portland Archives)

E Burnside, 12th Avenue & Sandy, 1941

In this view of East Burnside where it intersects with 12th Avenue and Sandy, traffic seems to be moving in an orderly manner, perhaps aided by a traffic officer directing from the island in the middle of it all? The Tik-Tok Drive-In was going strong in 1941, seen just beyond the movie poster for “Rage in Heaven” starring Robert Montgomery and Ingred Bergman.

A2005-001.114 E Burnside Sandy and 12th east 1941(City of Portland Archives)

NE 82nd & Sandy, 1928

NE 82nd Avenue was little more than a rutted, single-lane path north of Sandy Blvd in 1928. A nice brick confectionery shop on the northeast corner and new construction on the northwest corner signaled future growth for the area. The patchwork paving on Sandy probably shows the dividing line between city property on the left and county property on the right.

A2009-009.715- NE Sandy & 82nd Ave 1928(City of Portland Archives)

NE Sandy & 24th, 1932

These generously wide sidewalks along NE Sandy Blvd at 24th Avenue are a thing of the distant past. Street widening projects plus replacement of these buildings have left significantly narrower sidewalks today.

NE Sandy looking northeast from 24th Ave 1932(City of Portland Archives)