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.
It seems as if some areas stubbornly refuse to change over the decades. NE 20th Avenue north from Sandy Blvd. is one of those places. That giant Jantzen billboard is gone but the fine old Jantzen building a block up at Glisan is still there.
I believe the depression-era business lurking in the shadows on the northeast corner of NE 41st and Sandy is the Fred Meyer store. There’s a Rite-Aid in that location now, and I don’t think any of the houses up the west side of 41st exist either.
Fairley’s Pharmacy is still on NE Sandy Blvd. at 72nd Avenue more than 70 years after this 1940 photo. Soda fountains were once a staple of American drug stores, and Fairley’s still advertises one on their sign. Is it still in fact there? This photo looks west on Sandy.
This photo is a bit of a mystery. The record for it says, “Photo is documenting extension of Sandy to SE Belmont.” I don’t know exactly which corner it was but I have a feeling it looks southwest at Burnside and 12th where Sandy will make its diagonal cut. This must have been the golden age of billboards; this one is a beauty!
This is a nice 1937 aerial view of the Hollywood District with NE Sandy Blvd and 42nd Avenue meeting near the middle; the view is to the northwest. Many of the larger buildings are still in place, including the Hollywood Theater, but most of the single family homes are gone.
Some pretty nice detail on this 1938 aerial image of inner Northeast Portland. Burnside, NE 9th, the site of the future Lloyd Center and NE 20th to the east frame the pre-freeway Sullivan’s Gulch in the middle.