Jackson’s Device and other delights

Poking around Oakland’s old downtown has yielded some more overlooked old things. Take P. H. Jackson’s Device for Plentiful Ventilation, on Harrison south of 14th Street.


Somehow I don’t think it’s functioning any more. This is the same Jackson I featured two weeks ago. I found another configuration of ventilator from the Jackson company, this one with a patent date of 1893.


And as I suspected when I finished the big citywide survey, marks would continue to appear that I’d missed the first time through.

1923 – N. J. Lindstrom


722 Washington Street

At this time N. J. Lindstrom was using both this straight mark and a racetrack mark. That tiny little “S” also appears in his mark from 1922.

1995 – J.R.’s Landscaping


202 Webster Street

It’s no surprise I missed this one before. Presumably I decided it was indecipherable, but that isn’t true.

Corners: Alice and Fourth Streets


This makes the 12th corner I’ve documented with names stamped in the concrete. Notice that while the street signs on 4th Street spell it “4th,” this says “Fourth.”

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