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Still As Weird As Ever

As promised it’s time for new photos from the United States. Two years ago, we stayed one night in Portland and quickly noticed that was far too short. So this year we included a longer stay in the city. From our first visit I posted two pictures, one of them called Keep Portland Weird, which is the city’s unofficial motto. We found Portland still pretty weird, but of course in the most positive sense of the word, it is definitely one of my favourite American cities.

Here is a collection of three pictures all taken on or close to Burnside Bridge. The one in the top left hand corner is the White Stag Sign or the “Portland Oregon” Sign. Made in 1940 to advertise White Sugar Satin and later, as from in 1957, White Stag Sportswear, it was acquired by the city of Portland in 2010, when the wording was changed into "Portland Oregon".

The neon sign belongs to Voodoo Doughnut, an independent doughnut shop in Portland. It has got two shops and a cart in Portland and a couple of shops in other American cities. This one is located in the Old Town on the corner of 3rd Street and Ankeny Street.

The sign at the bottom is found on the west side of the building of the OMFGCO Studio. There is also a large billboard for weed. Oregon is one of eleven U.S. states where the use of cannabis is legal for both medical and recreational purposes. Oregon was also the first U.S. state to decriminalise cannabis, already back in 1973.

I added a photo of a “Keep Portland Weird” mural to the WS.

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Exif Data (for the upper left hand side photo):
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
F-Stop: f/4.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 1790/100 mm
Date Taken: 2019-07-23 20:23
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1870 kb

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