Historic Hood River
Oak Street Looking West
This Sawyer postcard shows Oak Street from the very east end. I’m dating it 1930’s based on the license plates. This is the best view I’ve seen of Moore Electric, where Arline and Max Moore worked. We saw the interior in this image.
On the south side of the street we also have a bottling plant, the Mt. Hood Cafe, Safeway, Stage, Keir’s Drug, and the Paris Fair. On the north side I can make out Tebbs Coffee Shop, Texaco, the Mt. Hood Hotel, Dude’s Tobacco and Candy, Rexall Drugs, J.C. Penney.
This was the era of the projecting sign. Every business wanted to pull in traffic from the Columbia River Highway. The city eventually prohibited these signs. I read an article from about 1970 describing the removal of the last signs. After a grandfathering period expired the city brought in equipment to help building owners bring their buildings into compliance. I wonder where all these signs went?