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"Wessinger brothers brew for gourmet quaffers", May 30th 1977  A profile of the brothers (and great-grandsons of the company’s founder) behind Portland’s Blitz-Weinhard Brewing, which at the time was one of the nation’s few remaining independent, family-owned breweries.  The article explains that the company’s new Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve was an upscale niche product.  Which was actually true at the time, given the state of the beer market in those days; the article begins “It may be hard to visualize a six-pack of beer as custom-made”.  Clearly the year 1977 was a dark and primitive time.
The old brewery was turned into upscale condos and offices a few years ago.  I hadn’t bought their products for years, but I still miss the brewery aroma wafting over downtown.

"Wessinger brothers brew for gourmet quaffers", May 30th 1977 A profile of the brothers (and great-grandsons of the company’s founder) behind Portland’s Blitz-Weinhard Brewing, which at the time was one of the nation’s few remaining independent, family-owned breweries. The article explains that the company’s new Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve was an upscale niche product. Which was actually true at the time, given the state of the beer market in those days; the article begins “It may be hard to visualize a six-pack of beer as custom-made”. Clearly the year 1977 was a dark and primitive time.

The old brewery was turned into upscale condos and offices a few years ago. I hadn’t bought their products for years, but I still miss the brewery aroma wafting over downtown.

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Furnace Pouring, Oregon Steel Foundry Co. - July 22nd 1942.2515 NW 28th Ave, Portland OR.Delano Collection, Org Lot 980, DE# 4384.

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Furnace Pouring, Oregon Steel Foundry Co. - July 22nd 1942.
2515 NW 28th Ave, Portland OR.
Delano Collection, Org Lot 980, DE# 4384.

Front page of The Oregonian, September 12th 1985.  Top story: Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb’s record for career hits, just beating out humanity’s first visit to a comet.

Incidentally the space probe that visited this comet is finally returning to Earth’s neighborhood this year.  A team of volunteers is busy reviving it, and if all goes well it may be sent off for further adventures.

Front page of The Oregonian, September 12th 1985. Top story: Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb’s record for career hits, just beating out humanity’s first visit to a comet.

Incidentally the space probe that visited this comet is finally returning to Earth’s neighborhood this year. A team of volunteers is busy reviving it, and if all goes well it may be sent off for further adventures.

Ship arrival schedule, Import Plaza, July 21st 1963.  The chalkboard listed what ships were coming to town and when, which distant seaports they were coming from, and what exotic treasures were on board.  It’s a terribly romantic idea, from back before container ships and globalization made everything boring.  Cheap, and boring.

Romantic or not, I count my lucky stars I’m not a 1963 sailor, braving the stormy Pacific on a rickety freighter full of brassware and gongs.

Ship arrival schedule, Import Plaza, July 21st 1963. The chalkboard listed what ships were coming to town and when, which distant seaports they were coming from, and what exotic treasures were on board. It’s a terribly romantic idea, from back before container ships and globalization made everything boring. Cheap, and boring.

Romantic or not, I count my lucky stars I’m not a 1963 sailor, braving the stormy Pacific on a rickety freighter full of brassware and gongs.

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"Boys and sails and brightly polished hulls filled "sea wall" at Westmorland park model boat regatta." Portland, OR, June 13, 1963Portland Reporter Photographs Collection, Org. Lot 62, Box 30, Folder 2

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"Boys and sails and brightly polished hulls filled "sea wall" at Westmorland park model boat regatta." Portland, OR, June 13, 1963
Portland Reporter Photographs Collection, Org. Lot 62, Box 30, Folder 2

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Original Loganberry Nectar - Wine Extraordinary.John D. Simon Co., February 17, 1939.Delano Collection, Org Lot 980, Acme# 15271.

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Original Loganberry Nectar - Wine Extraordinary.
John D. Simon Co., February 17, 1939.
Delano Collection, Org Lot 980, Acme# 15271.

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"Nick Zeller races over finish at end of eight-lap junior race at third annual Rose Festival bicycle races. Accompanying him was downpour of rain"Photo by Ray Wing, June 8, 1964Portland Reporter Photographs Collection, Org. Lot 62, Box 30, Folder 3

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"Nick Zeller races over finish at end of eight-lap junior race at third annual Rose Festival bicycle races. Accompanying him was downpour of rain"
Photo by Ray Wing, June 8, 1964
Portland Reporter Photographs Collection, Org. Lot 62, Box 30, Folder 3

Assorted Portland courtroom items from April 30th, 1930.  Divorce cases, child support, a bust for violating alcohol & weed prohibition, and a guy who signed a fraternity petition “unconsciously”.

Assorted Portland courtroom items from April 30th, 1930. Divorce cases, child support, a bust for violating alcohol & weed prohibition, and a guy who signed a fraternity petition “unconsciously”.

12/26/1950: Lurid ad for “How to Protect Your Child From the Sex Criminal”, a book by Portland Police Sgt. Earl R. Biggs.  I haven’t found the text of either of Biggs’s books (this or “Sex, Science and Sin”) online so I’m not sure exactly what his views and advice were.  A bio at the Northwest Digital Archives indicates he was more forward-thinking than you might expect from a cop in 1950, and he was actually a friend of Alfred C. Kinsey (of Kinsey Report fame).

The bio indicates that after retiring from the force, Biggs opened an antique store and later wrote an unpublished manuscript about psychic phenomena. FWIW.
12/26/1950: Lurid ad for “How to Protect Your Child From the Sex Criminal”, a book by Portland Police Sgt. Earl R. Biggs. I haven’t found the text of either of Biggs’s books (this or “Sex, Science and Sin”) online so I’m not sure exactly what his views and advice were. A bio at the Northwest Digital Archives indicates he was more forward-thinking than you might expect from a cop in 1950, and he was actually a friend of Alfred C. Kinsey (of Kinsey Report fame).

The bio indicates that after retiring from the force, Biggs opened an antique store and later wrote an unpublished manuscript about psychic phenomena. FWIW.