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Plaza Livery Stable - San Juan Bautista

Plaza Livery Stable - San Juan Bautista

We don't think about livery stables much anymore, but in 1951 we find the Plaza Livery Stable alive and well across from San Juan Bautista Mission in California.

Photo: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

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I'm no expert on cars and was simply going off the date my Dad had placed on the original which are usually pretty close but not necessarily right. I believe he added dates many years later in at least some cases. Glad you enjoyed the image.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

"Get a horse!"

Later than '51 -- the car to the left is a '53 (I think) Kaiser. The car in front of the stable is a Studebaker. Image is too small to be sure, but I detect no glint of a "bullet nose," so it could be anywhere from '46 through '49.

I believe you're right…

I believe you're right. There also were scenes set in the livery stable (but may have been filmed in studio, though).

Interesting that Vertigo was not filmed for another six years after this photo was taken.

James Stewart - "Vertigo"

I think this was directly across from James Stewart's scenes with Kim Novak up in the bell tower, in Vertigo.

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