Archive for the ‘1941’ Category

Standout Streets: Lawlor Avenue

December 11, 2015

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Oakland has lots of streets that are special for one reason or another. As I threaded its labyrinth I wished I could show them to you, but didn’t want to interrupt the parade. Now I’m getting around to them.

The Work Projects Administration or WPA gave millions of skilled and unskilled people jobs during the Great Depression. Their work added a great deal to Oakland’s cityscape, not least in its sidewalks. Lawlor Avenue seems to have been entirely paved by WPA workers in 1941 — curbs, sidewalks and driveways. It has an unusual unity of appearance for that reason, and the work is almost unmarred even 75 years after the last trowel was washed dry. In that respect, it’s a heritage street.

1941 – (J.) Kemble

October 1, 2015

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1220 102nd Avenue

When he hand-drew his mark, J. Kemble sometimes used his initial, sometimes not. With this example, I now have both types from 1941.

1941 – General Con. Co.

September 30, 2015

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1320 103rd Avenue

This is a better strike than the previous one I documented several years ago.

103rd and 104th Avenues are interesting. The curbs were laid out without driveways, and each lot had a stamp with its number in the sidewalk. the sidewalk makers also put arrows in the pavement, but I’m not sure what the mark signifies, perhaps the location of the water lines. Each homeowner had to pay a concrete worker to cut out a driveway, and almost all of them are crude and unsigned.

1941 – C. Valenzuela

July 27, 2015

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1323 91st Avenue

Valenzuela marks from the 1940s are quite rare.

1941 – J. S. Mattos

May 13, 2015

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438 Harrison Street

This gives me a date for the otherwise-undated J. S. Mattos Concrete Co. mark.

1941 – Frank Lopes

March 17, 2015

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2630 94th Avenue

This is a much better strike than my previous example.

1941 – M. Dias

February 10, 2015

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1050 82nd Avenue

A hand-drawn mark to go with my stamped mark from this late year in Dias’ career.