Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kelly's Olympian Update

Page & Son Apartments, 1909

Curious timing on my part. I featured this grand, but new, sign in just my last post. I drove by it over the weekend and discovered it's gone. This one goes in the Extinct pile.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Kelly's Olympian

Page & Son Apartments, 1909

Following on the heels of the previous not-so-old sign is this decidedly new sign. I include it here just because I like it. It's hard to miss heading out East Burnside at NE 7th Ave.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Building, 1907

On the south side of the building featured last time is this sign. While not especially old, it's a striking image and really makes the building stand out in the neighborhood. See it at NE 6th and Couch.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

H.S. Gile Grocery Co.

Building, 1907


This nice old sign can be seen from the corner of NE 6th and Davis.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vivian Apts.

Building, 1911


The Vivian Apts. building has seen better days, and so has the sign. It was painted over another sign, unreadable now, but another is visible to the right, "MODERN 2 ROOM APARTMENTS."

The building is at NE MLK Blvd and Couch but you can see the sign from Grand Ave.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tires & Batteries

Garage, 1929

This fine old brick garage at NW 18th & Irving still shows a glimpse of its previous life from decades ago.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Oregon Macaroni Mfg. Co.

Building, 1911

This is a nice old sign, obviously quite weathered over the years but still very readable. You can see this fine ghost sign at NE 8th and Davis.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

C&J Steel and Salvage

Building, 1950

This old mid-century concrete garage and its sign have taken a lot of abuse over the decades. It's probably seldom seen since it's in the far reaches of industrial northwest Portland. See it for yourself at NW 21st and York.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Free Information Center

Drivers probably saw this sign coming down the old Harbor Drive (now Tom McCall Waterfront Park) in the 1950s, directing city visitors to the John Yeon-designed Portland Visitors Information Center. It's now on a barn in Corbett, just east of Portland. Thanks to Jim for the photo donation!

Circa 1949:
OHS photo file 1871, digital no. bb005748