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.
Currin’s Drugs was located in St. Johns at 105 Philadelphia in this 1932 image; the photo is identified as being 7334 N. Philadelphia by today’s street numbering. An unknown itinerant photographer captured this scene and the era and photo style leads me to think this may be the same photographer who took the shots of our still unknown shops from a couple of weeks ago.
The Exchange Building on SW 6th Avenue between Alder and Washington Streets is no longer home to a Fred Meyer store but it’s still standing at age 110 years. Built in 1902, it was a part of the Olds, Wortman & King Department Store, whose main building at SW 5th & Washington butted up against the back of this building.
You could get it all along Northeast Sandy Blvd in the Hollywood district in 1952; stop in at the bank for some cash, then shop for jewelry, cameras, and even gowns, then treat yourself to an ice cream. If you still had energy left, you could get some exercise at the YMCA.
The 1883 Neppach House hotel dominated the northwest corner of NW Third and W Burnside in 1928. Upper floors were hotel and other lodging under a number of names over the years with storefronts at street level. It lost 20 feet of its front during the 1930s Burnside widening and the subsequent remodel made it virtually unrecognizable. It survived until the mid 2000s. The three-story brick hotel on the right still stands as part of the Union Gospel Mission.