Category Archives: Portland kitsch

  1. Speaking of Portland: A new guide from Herb Lester


    August 29, 2013 by John Chilson

    Just some quick self promotion here. I helped collaborate with Herb Lester Associates out of London on their brand, spanking …
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  2. Sign of the times


    December 21, 2012 by John Chilson

    Portland Penny Diner’s new signage wins Sign of the Year, hands down! From the restaurant’s website: In 1845 Frances Pettygrove …
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  3. Lost: Country Bills, Portland, Ore.


    November 28, 2012 by John Chilson

    A few weeks back, Country Bills in Woodstock was demolished to make way for Gawd-knows-what (mixed-used condos?). My pal managed …
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  4. New blog: PDX Then and Now


    March 11, 2012 by John Chilson

    As if I didn’t have enough to do with Lost Oregon, writing a book and working, I’ve launched another blog, …
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  5. If old Oregon postcards were Smiths’ songs (or lyrics)


    September 26, 2011 by John Chilson

    (aka, a reason to group unrelated cards under one post) How Soon is Now? (Amato’s Portland, Ore.) You Just Haven’t …
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  6. Portland’s restaurant heritage


    May 30, 2010 by John Chilson

    Long before Portland became Foodgasm Central, home of artisan food worship and countless breathless articles written by the national media, …
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  7. The Clock – what era?


    February 20, 2010 by John Chilson

    A reader of Lost Oregon sent the following to me. Any clue to where this once stood or if in …
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  8. Thunderbird/Red Lion 1977


    January 3, 2010 by John Chilson

    Remember when ads used to be long-form, almost essay-like? Championed by Ogilvy and often utilized by ad agencies throughout the …
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