You could stand on SE 12th Avenue near Division Street today, squint, and just about imagine this scene. That 76 station no longer pumps gas but the building is still there. In 1937 Elliot Avenue met this intersection directly from the northeast; now it jogs slightly to the west joining 12th a bit to the north of Division. See another angle on that gas station here.
The natural gas storage tanks were still in place just a couple blocks away from where SE Elliott meets 12th Avenue just north of Division. Burt White’s 76 gasoline station was ready to fill your roadster in this 1937 photo.
It was perhaps Rose Festival Fleet Week that brought the USS Philadelphia to Portland in 1939. The light cruiser is tied up along the seawall at the foot of SW Salmon St. in front of the old Public Market building.