Archive for the ‘1923’ Category

Jackson’s Device and other delights

4 March 2016

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.”

1923 – F. E. Flaherty

3 September 2015


9712 Birch Street

This establishes an earlier first year for Flaherty.

Corners: Glen Park Road and E. 38th Street

19 May 2015


The corner at this intersection was laid down in 1923 by C. A. Lindstrom. However, at the time East 38th intersected with 14th Avenue. Later this section of 14th, just past where the eastbound 57/58L/NL lines turn onto MacArthur, was renamed Glen Park Road.

Corners: Suter and 39th Avenue

17 May 2015


The last time I put up a corner mark, I said that they aren’t dated or signed. There are exceptions, though. C. A. Lindstrom laid down this Allendale corner in 1923.

1923 – Jepsen Bros.

22 April 2014


2626 High Street

This probably dates from the establishment of the funeral home at this address. Jepsen Bros. marks are scarce in this part of town.

1923 – F. W. Metge

16 November 2013


2730 Abbey Street

This is a new configuration of the Metge mark for me, and my favorite so far.

1923 – Fugel & Sons

17 August 2013


Pleitner Avenue at Nicol Avenue

There are several of these on this block of Nicol.