1924 – Riechel & Bredhoff

8 June 2020

519 Van Buren Avenue

Riechel & Bredhoff had two different stamps, one with a high, tight arch inside the outline and the other with a lower, gentler arch (like this one also from 1924).

1974 – C. Valenzuela

2 June 2020

501 E. 12th Street

I’ve walked over this mark many times, but it’s in front of a grocery and usually covered with boxes of vegetables.

1916 – Jepsen Bros.

31 May 2020

2357 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

This differs from my other example in that the date is “1916” rather than just “16”.

This whole property is lovely.

1938 – J. Bowen

12 May 2020

707 Alice Street

J. Bowen worked prolifically in North Oakland, mostly, leaving marks that were very rarely dated. I’ve found marks dated from 1935 to 1937, and this hand-drawn mark puts him firmly in 1938 as well.

2019 – Rosas Brothers

10 February 2020

Clinton Avenue at Union Street, Alameda

This is the other version of the Rosas Brothers stamp, with a hand-drawn date.

2009 – Golden Bay Construction

8 February 2020

2700 Otis Drive, Alameda

1991 – Ransome Company

6 February 2020

Otis Drive at Pearl Street, Alameda