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Rondale's Burgers: 1960

Rondale's Burgers: 1960

  AND THE ANSWER IS: Mission Boulevard in the Bay Area burg of Hayward, California.

Circa 1960, this random selection from the News Photo Archive shows a busy street in Anytown, USA. Where exactly are we? 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.


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Good catch Dave! LOL

What about the other Ford ...

... the one behind the Cadillac. I've never owned a Ford but I think I can tell the difference between the grille on a 1953 model and the one on a 1954 model.

Both a Bit Off

Actually VictrolaJazz, we were both a bit off. I called the Ford a "2 door post" as a slang reference vs. "hardtop" the correct connotation, per a 1955 Ford brochure is "Club Sedan". The 4 door was a "Town Sedan". The Victoria was 2 dr hardtop (no B pillar - I owned one once) and the "Crown Victoria" had a chrome strip across the roof that ran down as a B pillar. Anything with the chrome dip on the front door is a Fairlane. Just call me a pendant!

[Ok -- you're an earring! - Dave]

1955 Ford on the right

Is a Fairlane Victoria coupe, not a post sedan as one poster noted. The days when there was "a car for every purse and purpose" as stated by Alfred P. Sloan, one time president of GM.

24919 Mission Boulevard

... at Orchard Avenue and Carlos Bee Blvd. (formerly Hillary Street) in Hayward. Thanks to Sagitta and tterrace for their superlative sleuthing.

Nineteen Cent Burgers

From the 1958 Hayward phone book, by way of tterrace:

And from the 1961 Hayward Yellow Pages, where the dining options include the Spin A Yarn, Stop 'N Chat, and Snack & Yack:

How did Sagitta do it?

Clues are few to none. I’d like to know how he/she figured it out.

'49 Cadillac

A nice looking 1949 Cadillac convertible swinging through the intersection in front of a '53 Ford. Looks like a Peugeot behind the Ford, followed by a '56 Chrysler. A VW van and couple of shoebox Fords down the street - one coming, one going. On the far righthand curb a '57 Ford wagon and, closer, a 1959 Ford Ranchero. Over by the drive-in, a '55 Ford two-door post.

Where's Broderick Crawford?

Mountains (foothills?), wide straight roads, convertibles, vacation trailer rentals. All that is missing is Broderick Crawford of the California Highway Patrol pulling out of the Burger Joint. The Ford Ranchero being product placement for the rolling shot of him leaving.

467 Jackson Street, Hayward, California

At least according to the 1957 Hayward city directory.

The trees have grown since then, especially that redwood a few doors down!

[Excellent sleuthing! You found the city, but we think the address is 24919 Mission Boulevard -- by 1958, there were two Rondale's Burgers in Hayward. - Dave]


There appears to be a Ralph's grocery store down the road from the burger joint, there's a VW microbus approaching (which gives a West Coast vibe for a picture from the early '60s), and the out-of-focus license plates look like they're kind of dark so they could be the old gold-on-black California tags.

[It turns out that this particular Ralph's is an appliance store. - Dave]

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