Contemporary photo by Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

This 1941 news photograph shows the Portland Street buildings that today host Bintliff’s Restaurant and Rockin’ Rickey’s Tavern.

While this particular photograph did not appear in print, a similar photograph of the same scene ran in the Saturday, September 13, 1941 edition of the Portland Press Herald, on page 16. This was the accompanying story:

“Fire in the top floor and attic caused extensive damage to a three and a half story wooden building at 98 Portland Street Friday afternoon, giving Portland firemen an hour and a half battle. Cause of the blaze was not determined…

“Furniture on the upper floors, owned, firemen said, by Horace Stackpole, was damaged and Sid’s Lunch on the ground floor suffered water damage. The building is owned by the Maine Savings Bank.”

The Portland Room of the Portland Public Library is in the process of organizing and conserving the archival collection of original Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Evening Express photographic negatives — a major collection that spans from 1937 to 2005. Find more photos at