Archive for the ‘1954’ Category

1954 – A. G. Moniz

November 21, 2015

1954q

10100 Dante Avenue

Good old Arthur Moniz.

1954 – F. D. Testa

October 27, 2015

1954p

2024 101st Avenue

A handsome mark from a name new to me. In the middle of the driveway is the word “QUEEN” with another word below it, obscured.

1954 – Lee Railsback

July 1, 2015

1954o

8809 Olive Street

Another rare date from the elusive Mr. Railsback.

Other dated things: EBMUD lid

May 20, 2015

EBMUD-lid

3718 Patterson Avenue

When I first noticed that some of the old EBMUD water-meter covers had dates, I freaked out for a while because I’d already covered half of Oakland. Then I decided to let someone else claim that obsession. You like these? They’re all yours.

Meanwhile, I’ve documented some more sidewalk stamps, so let’s resume.

1954 – Cragun & Cragun

December 24, 2014

1954n

Bancroft Road at 68th Avenue

This is in the middle of Bancroft, on the median at the crosswalk.

First there was Cal Cragun, starting in the 1930s. Then, starting in 1940, there was Cragun & Cragun, whose marks were simply a double-stamp of Cal’s mark. I’ve found examples up to 1947. Then there is this lovely new custom stamp, sign of a thriving business. So why have I only found a single example in two-thirds of Oakland? I think it must be because they were headquartered farther south somewhere.

The date of this mark is a conundrum. I think the original mark reads 1954, but this must have been emplaced in a later year—I just can’t tell what year.

1954 – G. Tribuzio

December 17, 2013

1954m

3745 Rhoda Avenue

This pushes G. Tribuzio still further into the 1950s. Note the partially obliterated part of the mark. He was using the full version as late as 1936 with his address, 425 Market Street.

1954 – A. J. Ferrero

December 5, 2013

1954l

3546 Mangels Avenue