Greene’s Building, c1955

The 1882 Greene’s Building sat on the northeast corner of SW 1st and Alder Street. The cast-iron-fronted building was almost architecturally identical to the 1881 Ladd Block farther down 1st Avenue at Columbia Street. Greene’s Building was demolished in 1956 to make way for the Morrison Bridge on-ramp.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

SW 6th Avenue, 1941

“If it’s December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York? I bet they’re asleep in New York. I bet they’re asleep all over America.” -Rick Blaine, Casablanca

The date on this photo of SW 6th Avenue looking north from Oak Street is circa 1941. Christmas decorations date this to possibly December; it could have been taken just about the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

(City of Portland Archives)

N Lombard & Philadelphia, 1938

The bustling St. Johns downtown area is shown in this nice 1938 photo. The view is northwest on Lombard. N. Philadelphia comes in from the front left and N. Burlington Ave. branches off to the right.

(City of Portland Archives)

SE Powell & 13th, 1934

This quaint little Handy Grocery building once occupied the northeast corner of SE 13th and Powell (here looking east on Powell). I doubt that a single item in this photo still exists.

(City of Portland Archives)