Thursday, May 31, 2007

Weekly Photo: Going home from work


Our last photo was of a street sweeper in Portland, standing at the top of Forest Avenue where it meets Congress Street. If I'm correct, this corner is not much changed, and until recently housed a leather goods shop.

Here is another photo, courtesy of Abraham Schechter, who runs the Portland Public Library's Portland Room. This time our photo is of another downtown Portland street, this time taken in 1937. Workers are coming off their shift at this old Portland food-producing company, traces of which remain on and in existing buildings even today. Click on the photo for a larger version to inspect details. Can you tell which sloped street this is? Hint: It is not a one-way street, though it crosses one that is.

4 comments:

Rich said...

It looks more like a 1920's mob funeral

Michelle said...

Ha! Yeah, it kind of does, only without all the tailored suits.

Anonymous said...

This cannot be Calderwood Bakery as it was on Pleasant Street in 1924 city tax pictures and it's building is completely different architecture. Also the house in the background was not on Oak Street as the Oak Street one was brick.

Michelle said...

Hi Anonymous! I checked with Abraham, the historian at the Portland Room at the library (who posted the original photo and answer). He relates: "I believe 61 Pleasant Street was built to replace the smaller and older Calderwood plant."