1954 – Cragun & Cragun


Bancroft Road at 68th Avenue

This is in the middle of Bancroft, on the median at the crosswalk.

First there was Cal Cragun, starting in the 1930s. Then, starting in 1940, there was Cragun & Cragun, whose marks were simply a double-stamp of Cal’s mark. I’ve found examples up to 1947. Then there is this lovely new custom stamp, sign of a thriving business. So why have I only found a single example in two-thirds of Oakland? I think it must be because they were headquartered farther south somewhere.

The date of this mark is a conundrum. I think the original mark reads 1954, but this must have been emplaced in a later year—I just can’t tell what year.

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