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April 18, 2018


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It looks very much like what was later a Mercedes Benz dealership somewhere on the east side in the 70s or 80s. I did a pen and ink illustration of it for Neal Lubow, who incorporated it into a marketing piece for the dealer (a two-color postcard with die cut and embossed postcard). If I can find it I'll send you a photo. I forget the dealer's name.

Oregon Packard Co. was located at 2063 W. Burnside, and was purchased in December 1949 by former Portland Mayor Earl Riley (1941-1948) and the name was changed to Earl Riley Packard.

Did this later become the first Don Rasmussen Mercedes store?

From the look of the cars parked on the street, this picture would have been taken around 1948. That's the year I was born so I have no recollection of the dealership although for about five years in the '80's, I did own a '48 Packard. FWIW, that year's Packard was the first American car ever produced that was wider than it was high.

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