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Dogs to Go: 1923

Dogs to Go: 1923

San Francisco circa 1923. "Buick touring car at Victor's Dog." Not to be confused with Nipper, that other (RCA) Victor dog, and where's the bun? 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

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Finally. In this series of fine automobiles of yesteryear a brand that is still with us. Same for the hot dog that rose to national fame due to vendor/caterer Harry M. Stevens.

Cliff House

The Buick is parked in front of the Cliff House on Point Lobos Avenue in the city. On the sidewalk, actually. Here's a 1912 comparison view that shows the same storefront albeit with a different occupant.

This is the third incarnation of the Cliff House, finished in 1909. The restaurant portion is to the left with the curtained windows, while Victor's Dog occupies an addition built around 1911. It's easily discernible by the color change and slight offset in the facade. A close examination of the original print of the 1912 photo indicates a cigar vendor was the original occupant.

The previous two Cliff Houses, both built of wood, burned to the ground in 1894 and 1907 respectively. The owner didn't need another warning, and this version was constructed of bunker-like concrete nearly a foot thick. It's still standing today.

[Cliff House in 1955. - Dave]

Curb Service

The attractive young woman on roller skates is a few years off.

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