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First Salem G.I. Joe’s at Lancaster Mall

Salem G.I. Joe’s on Lancaster Drive NE, built in 1976. It was the first store built outside the Portland Metro area.  This was the 7th store in the 5th location (because there were 3 stores in North Portland adjacent to each … Continue reading

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Buying Tickets for the Kenny Rogers-Dolly Parton Concert in 1985

“CONCERT HOPEFULLS – After standing in the cold and wind for nearly two hours, these people are finally inside the Oak Grove G.I. Joe’s store with a good chance to buy tickets to the Kenny Rogers-Dolly Parton concert Feb. 10 … Continue reading

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Shoppers Jam G.I. Joe’s Toyland in 1958

G.I. Joe’s offered Christmas shoppers the largest toy selection in Portland in the late 1950s and 1960s.  Since this photo is marked 1958, the toy department must have been in the original store on Vancouver Avenue in North Portland.  In 1966, Dad opened Store … Continue reading

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Hey, it’s June and Time to Head for the G.I. Joe’s Portland Grand Prix!

G.I. Joe’s started sponsoring G.I. Joe’s Portland Grand Prix in 1984 and the last lap was run for Joe’s in either 2006 or 2007.  I first got to watch the race cars fly around the P.I. R. track in a previous race G.I. Joe’s sponsored in 1978. I still … Continue reading

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Elephants Parade in Front of G.I. Joe’s

Heading for Delta Park, elephants and their handlers trudge in front of the original expanded G.I. Joe’s store in 1956 or 1957.  They were part of a huge circus that put on shows for a few days. I remember going to the … Continue reading

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Over 300 “Likes” on Facebook page

Thank you so much for liking “Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” on Facebook!  At 10:30 this morning, there were 307 likes.  It feels good because the likes are basically a tribute to all the folks that built the company or … Continue reading

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Grab Your Gear From G.I. Joe’s and Let’s Go Fishing!

What a great ad!  Wil Askew designed it for G.I. Joe’s back in the day and then shared it with me recently.  Can’t you just feel the rain and sleet and snow when you look at the ad?

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G.I. Joe’s not only Store with Fishing Bait Window!

Bob’s Sporting Goods in Longview, Washington, has one, too!  Or a least, in October 2013,  Bob’s had a directional sign pointing to the early morning bait window in their parking lot when I took this photo. But too bad, I don’t think you could … Continue reading

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“I’ll Take a Mocha Latte and a Bag of Worms!”

Where could you place that order today?  I don’t know!  But in the old days, maybe you could get that order filled at the walk-up Espresso window at the Hayden Meadows store in North Portland! Hayden Meadows store featured a Java Joe’s … Continue reading

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Portland’s Vanport Flood happened May 30th, Sixty-Nine Years Ago

The Vanport Flood of May 30, 1948, was the most grave natural disaster that Portland has ever faced.  The Columbia River broke through a railroad embankment and inundated Vanport, which was the second largest city in Oregon at the time. The flood left approximately 18,000 … Continue reading

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