NE Ainsworth & Union, 1937

We’ve seen this intersection before but this view looks west on NE Ainsworth where NE Union passes through. Both the Texaco and the 76 gas stations are long gone but the house on the north side of Ainsworth is still there. The lad on the bicycle, just barely captured for posterity, may still be with us, too.

A2005-001.4 NE Ainsworth at Union looking west 1937(City of Portland Archives)

NE Union & Ainsworth, 1937

There was plenty of gas to be found on the corner of NE Union Avenue and Ainsworth Street in 1937. Texaco and Gilmore stations could fill your tank, top up your oil, water and air, provide new tires or service your pre-war vehicle. You can get a Starbucks coffee or Popeye’s chicken here today. This view is southbound on Union.

(City of Portland Archives)

SW Pine & Broadway, 1936

This photo looks east on SW Pine from SW Broadway. It was taken from just about the corner at lower left in this previous photo (looking to the right). You’d be seeing mostly Big Pink (US Bancorp Tower) in the background today.

(City of Portland Archives)

Associated Service Station, 1938

Here’s a spectacular professional photo of what is probably the grand opening of the Associated service station downtown. This business replaced the Scott Hotel at SW Broadway and W Burnside; our view looks north from Pine Street. This photo comes to us courtesy of VP fan Mike Slama whose friend found a stash of negatives in the old Photo Art lab building. Score!

(Mike Slama)