Archive for the ‘1906’ Category

Some stamps from Berkeley 2

17 November 2017

Having spent a lot of time walking in Berkeley lately, I’ve collected a few more stamps bearing dates unrepresented in Oakland.

1906 – Esterly Con. Co.

1529 Le Roy Avenue

A fine double mark, though the date is dim. Oakland has a double mark from 1907.

1908 – Esterly Con. Co.

1529 Le Roy Avenue

Both of these Esterly marks are on the Hayward Fault, so it’s not clear how much longer they’ll last.

1921 – J. E. Reed

1631 Spruce Street

Oakland has a single example of Reed’s mark, barely over the Berkeley line.

1958 – G. W. Griset

2285 Virginia Street

Griset’s marks are fairly common in Oakland, but they span only a few years from 1950 to 1957.

Some stamps from Berkeley 1

6 May 2016

I’ve decided that since I’ve seen every bit of Oakland’s sidewalks, it’s now OK to fill in missing dates of Oakland’s sidewalk makers from out of town. Here’s the first installment.

1905 – Contra Costa Construction Co.


Arch Street, at The Berk (2311 Le Conte Avenue), Berkeley

There’s just one example of this mark in Oakland, from 1904.

1906 – Contra Costa Construction Co.


2107 Addison Street, Berkeley

This is in front of the Hot Cups Cafe. The building has a plaque on the front, on Shattuck Avenue, stating that it was the first site of the California Academy of Arts and Crafts (now CCA).

1907 – Hall & Nelsen


1876 Arch Street, Berkeley

There is only one example of this mark in Oakland, from 1918.

1910 – Blake & Bilger


1862 Arch Street, Berkeley

Blake & Bilger marks are rare and special, so I’m pleased to add a new year’s date from this iconic Oakland firm.

1906 – Peterson & Adler

7 August 2011


820 58th Street

This is the third 1906 Peterson & Adler mark I’ve found, and it’s by far the best preserved one by this maker, although the light doesn’t flatter it.

1906 – Peterson & Adler

10 July 2011


5920 Genoa Street

This is as pristine a mark as you will find from 1906.


1 March 2011


1053 Alcatraz Avenue

I just can’t make this out. It’s two initials plus H-A-x-x. Hall? Hahn? Will just have to find a better example. Nobody around here has one.

1906 – Peterson & Adler

14 February 2011


673 Poirier Street

I’ve found three 1901s and four 1907s by this maker; finally here’s a 1906.

1906 – Blake & Bilger

14 August 2010


1016 44th Street

There are two marks here, and the date is very faint but firm for both. This is right on the Emeryville line.