Then and Now – Annie Bloom’s

This summer we did a series of “Then and Now” posters for Multnomah businesses. The posters features a vintage image of the building housing the business, a small inset image of the current facade, and a brief history of the building. Over the next several weeks we’re going to publish the images and an expanded version of the histories here. Our first “Then and Now” is Annie Bloom’s Books.

Annie Bloom's Books "Then and Now" Poster.

Annie Bloom’s Books “Then and Now” Poster.

The caption reads: Multnomah Pharmacy & Ed’s Camera Corner, ca 1980. This 1926 building housed Multnomah Variety in the 1930s. In 1941 a basement and second level were added and it became a Ben Franklin Stores affiliate. Mr. Day, operator of the radio shop next door, played Santa Claus at the Variety store for many Christmas seasons. From 1972-1984, the Hess family operated Multnomah Rexall Drug at this location, and Ed’s Camera Corner downsized to this location from the building next door in the late 1970s. Annie Bloom’s moved here from across the street in 1985.

Partial List of Businesses Occupying this Building:

19?? Safeway (moved from 7847)
1930’s Friendly Variety Store
193? Purcell’s Dry Goods
1937 – 1941 Multnomah Variety- E.V. Gilmore
1941 – 1974 Ben Franklin Variety Store- Percy Hughes
1972 – 1984 Multnomah Rexall Drug- Sherman Hess (moved from 7800)
1980’s – 1983 Ed’s Camera Corner in Rexall Drug (moved from 7832)
1984 – present Annie Blooms Bookstore (moved from 7829)

Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen researched this building’s history. A list of all known occupants of all Multnomah commercial buildings is available from the Multnomah Historical Association, just email us.

Annie Bloom's Books, July 2, 2014.

Annie Bloom’s Books, July 2, 2014.

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