Chiliville

Chiliville, 9130 SW Barbur Blvd., ca. 1951

Chiliville, 9130 SW Barbur Blvd., ca. 1951


We’ve been slowly but surely cataloging the hundreds of 4×5 black and white negatives Multnomah Photographer Ed Colvin took during the 1950s. Every once in a while we run across a gem, one that shows us something new, something we never knew existed. A few days ago we found nine negatives of Johnny’s Chiliville.

Chiliville, 9130 SW Barbur Blvd., ca. 1951

Chiliville, 9130 SW Barbur Blvd., ca. 1951

In this second photo you can Johnny’s neon and placard signs, advertising “good hamburgers,” “home made chili,” and Alpenrose milk. Visible in the left background is the Capitol Hill Motel. You can just see the edge of their sign halfway up the left edge of the photo.

Chiliville ad, Sunday Oregonian, June 18, 1950.

Chiliville ad, Sunday Oregonian, June 18, 1950.

This ad appeared in the June 18, 1950 Sunday Oregonian. Maybe Ed’s photography had something to do with buying or selling Chiliville.

9130 SW Barbur Blvd., ca. 2014, courtesy Google Maps.

9130 SW Barbur Blvd., ca. 2014, courtesy Google Maps.

Chiliville site today.

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1 Response

  1. Bruce Boland says:

    The Ford parked next to Johnny’s Chilliville is a 1952 model.

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