Sidewalk maker: Lazzero Banchero

Lazzero and Virginia Banchero lived at 2019 86th Avenue, in East Oakland, for many years while he ran his business. Although the 1925 directory lists him as a “cement worker,” the earliest mark I have from L. Banchero & Co. is a bizarre stamp from 1926 in the area, on Plymouth Street.

The Banchero home is still there, complete with a Banchero & Co. mark from 1928 on the sidewalk.

banchero-house

The earliest example of the standard stamp I have is from 1927. For the first few years of his practice, Banchero’s mark read “L. Banchero & Co.”

banchero-and-co

After 1933, he consistently wiped off the “Co.” (or chiseled it off his stamp). I don’t know why; probably he was just downsizing.

banchero-and

Banchero marks are scattered all over town, but they’re thick on the ground in East Oakland near his home base.

His marks continued until 1948, and possibly 1950. That’s a decent career.

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3 Responses to “Sidewalk maker: Lazzero Banchero”

  1. Al Guggrmos Says:

    I think he was a brother of my Uncle John Banchero of Banchero”s Restaurant.

  2. Mike Fitz Says:

    Judging by the sight of that truck in the driveway, it looks like the home’s occupants still work in the construction trades.

  3. Andrew Says:

    Looks like a good house for a serious workshop.

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