1943 – J. W. Roberts and E. J. Patrick

6 February 2021

4521 Telegraph Avenue

This mark is on concrete patches, not original paving, on both sides of the Kasper’s building. I have another hand-drawn J. W. Roberts mark from earlier in 1943. No idea who E. J. Patrick was.

J. A. Marshall

2 January 2021

Lee Avenue at Perkins Street

This pristine mark, one of two at this locality, is officially the best J. A. Marshall impression in all of Oakland.

Mr. Marshall may be the contractor whose relative, architect Leola Hall, accompanied him and learned the foundations of her trade. However, he may instead be John A. Marshall, listed as a “cementwkr” in the Berkeley directory in 1905.

1941 – Dan Doyle Concrete

31 December 2020

2556 Frances Street

This is a much more definitive version than my previous example. Dan Doyle Company stamps with dates are uncommon, and only three years (1940-1942) appear in Oakland.

1953 – Carl T. Petersen

15 December 2020

3439 Morcom Avenue

This extends the record of Carl Petersen one more year.

1930 – G. Tribuzio

23 September 2020

1600 Harmon Street, Berkeley

With this stamp I now have marks by Gene Tribuzio from every year in the 1930s.

1927 – T. A. Ryan

3 September 2020

2525 Church Street

Ryan put the full date on this mark, whereas my other example from this year featured only the month. His practices, as well as his stamps, varied over the years between 1925 and 1940.

Contra Costa Water Co.

31 August 2020

521 55th Street

This is a good example of Oakland’s oldest water infrastructure. The Contra Costa Water Company was founded in 1866 by Anthony Chabot, a name you may recognize. It was Oakland’s largest water provider until its demise in 1907, when it merged with the Oakland Water Company to form the People’s Water Company, marking the end of the city’s infamous water war.

This is the only piece of street hardware I’ve found that features the full name of the company. If you see any others, by all means post the location in a comment. These unsung bits of history grow scarcer every year.