Archive for the ‘1928’ Category

1928 – J. M. Ruiz

17 April 2022

330 Vernon Avenue

1928 – N. L. Monk

14 March 2022

5919 Dover Street

A rare Monk mark. Without my brush handy, it was hard to deal with the dirt at this lot under renovation. We’ll see if the driveway survives the upgrade.

1928 – Lovisone & Co.

26 May 2019

Peralta Street at 16th Street

Lovisone & Co. used two different stamps in 1928. This was the first one, with straight text. Later in 1928 they switched to a stamp with arched letters, and used it in 1929 as well. From 1930 to 1939, the last year I’ve documented, they used an arched-text stamp saying “Lovisone” without the “& Co.”

The only reason I know this is from 1928 and not 1925 is that a 1928 mark appears on the other side of this driveway.

1928 – Ed Doty

19 January 2018

573 Wesley Avenue

This version of Doty’s second-oldest stamp used a dot in the date instead of a dash.

The Piedmont streetscape

4 November 2016

I’ve taken some walks through the beautiful city of Piedmont recently, getting a preliminary handle on its geology, and if you’re a fit person this is a fun walking town. There are some notable things about the sidewalks that appear to apply to the whole town, or at least around its main axis.

For one thing, all the work is of high quality, although for some reason the concrete is usually tinted. In Oakland, only in the Havenscourt neighborhood are the sidewalks tinted so consistently.


The pink kind of clashes with all the green — and I must say that unlike every single neighborhood in Oakland, hills and flats, the residents aren’t making much visible effort to save water in their landscaping.

The mature street trees have heaved up the sidewalks everywhere, so they have to be beveled fairly seriously. That helps prevent pedestrian injuries, even though walkers are pretty thin on the ground. Renewing these sidewalks will be a major civic project, but I’m sure Piedmont will do the job right to preserve the town’s valuable character.


The district east of La Salle Avenue has an impressive sidewalk design that involves a golden tinted concrete, consistent scoring and nice inset tiles.


Apparently J. H. Fitzmaurice was the producer, to judge from the stamps on Somerset Way.


Finally, only the best cement contractors were hired. Just a few different guys, all major.



This Prentice & Kaiser mark at 223 Mountain Avenue is pristine, so I had to include it.


And this A. Casqueiro mark at 107 Estates Drive has an unusual configuration, so it gets included too.


The work dates from the 1920s and 1930s, the high-water mark of Oakland’s sidewalk contractor community.

1928 – Doyle & Sons

25 June 2015


1814 89th Avenue

Just a few weeks after putting down the mark I showed yesterday, Doyle (or one of his sons) made this one, using a different configuration for the date and somehow getting both the “D” and the “8” upside down.

1928 – Doyle & Sons

24 June 2015


1512 89th Avenue