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Best Deal in Town: 1936

Best Deal in Town: 1936

    Labor on the left, management on the right. Everyone smile!

June 3, 1936. "J.A. Herzog Pontiac, 17th & Valencia Sts., San Francisco." 8x10 inch acetate negative originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.


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The building

But, bloody and unbowed, it still stands.

[The building now on the site dates from 2002. -tterrace]

Used car specials!

I wonder what they're asking for the '32 Marmon? It would be tough to get parts: Marmon went tango uniform a few years earlier. My grandfather was of the unlucky associates to feel the Depression hit home with that closure.

Upstairs, Downstairs

"OK, everyone who showers BEFORE work, please stand on the right. And everyone who showers AFTER work, please stand on the left."

Pontiac in Neon

It appears Mr. Herzog was quite the promoter. That Pontiac with the hood outlined in neon must have been quite the sight in 1936.

Road Barnacles

What are the big round covers on the street?

[The buttons were a way to designate a streetcar safety zone, like this one on Market St. in 1942. -tterrace]

Birdcage signal

Unique to San Francisco were the "birdcage" traffic signals invented in the 1920s by SF's Engineer of Underground Construction, Ralph W. Wiley. I remember many of these still being in operation in the mid-1950s; the last of them were removed in 1958 or 1959. Apparently only 20 or so are still in existence; here's an exciting video of one that's been restored to working condition.

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