Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thanks to Buckeye Sue

Just for fun I went out to take photos of "Buckeye Sue's" childhood home on 38th Avenue the other day. In the process I came across yesterday's crazy house, plus this old commercial building on Noriega at 45th.

City records show it was built in 1949. I was attracted to it because it is pink. But then I saw all the tile. I also noticed a city Job Card, checked and there is an active permit for construction for "health food, acupressure, and acupuncture" use.

This storefront is on the Noriega side.

And this one is on 45th.

Sue - here's your block and old house. You can actually get cool views on Google Street View, too, just type in the address. Yum, you were so close to Polly Ann's.


Anonymous said...

I remember the 45th & Noriega storefront (the one right at the corner) used to house a comic book store at least into the early 1980's. I think their space extended into the 45th Ave frontage.

Janice said...

Hey anon - I wondered when the comic shop was there. I either saw remnants of a sign on the window, or debris inside to that effect.

Anonymous said...

Omigosh, my very own post!!! LOL

How exciting that you went to my old neighborhood and took pictures!

I think that in your first picture, my old childhood home is the one at the very left edge of the photo. You can not quite see the whole house. I am not certain that is my old home, but I think it is. After all, I moved away from there 40 years ago, so my childhood memory could possibly be a little wrong.

In the next photo, you have a closeup photo of a home which appears to be 1662-38th Ave. However, my old home was 1622-38th Ave.

I do remember an ice cream shoppe on Noriega that we would walk to. I'm not sure if it was Polly Ann's, but it might have been. My four sisters and I would walk there almost every Saturday night with money that our Dad gave us, and we got ice cream cones for 10 cents each, and 3 cents extra if you wanted it dipped in chocolate!

Janice said...

Well drat, Buckeye Sue. Maybe I'll get your grandparents' house right.
I'll bet it was Polly Ann's because they are really close. I'm acquainted with Bea Lassiter, who owned it in the '50's and '60's.

Anonymous said...

Hi Janice,

I think that the house you pictured at 1662 38th Ave is the home of one of my sister's childhood friends.

It is interesting because there are three families that we were very good friends with, and they still own the homes on 38th Ave. The second generations of those families are still living in the homes owned by their parents.

My grandparents lived at 1972 20th Ave.

I have used the Google Street View, and it is fun to look at the homes again.

I was born in 1946, so it would have been in the 50's and 60's when we went to the ice cream shoppe on Noriega.

Janice said...

Buckeye Sue,
Check out this article about the 50th anniversary of Polly Ann's. Maybe the old photos will ring a bell.

Anonymous said...

Hi Janice,

I just asked my younger sisters if they remembered the name of the ice cream store.

One of them replied with the name, "Pollyanna's," so it must indeed be the same store!

I looked at some of the photos, and the last one behind the counter does indeed look as I remember the ice cream store.

I don't remember the carnival wheel with the ice cream flavors, though. Maybe, that came later. I moved away from there in 1968.

Unknown said...

That used to be the comic book store closest to my parents' house growing up. It was walkable but the owner, an elderly lady, wasn't very friendly.

It was much more fun and welcoming to buy comics from Comics and Da Kind on 20something. When it was down the cozy little alley past the dentist's office.

Mike Tattoo said...

Just a little bit of Outer Sunset comic book triva for you all -

Randy sold Comics and Da Kind to my friend James Sime about a decade or so ago. James kept that name for a year out of respect and then had a party to announce the store’s new name – Isotope. It was a huge scotch tasting party with Warren Ellis (bigshot Hollywood type comic book writer. Some of the people from The Real World SF were there). A lot of the Isotope parties were fun because it was open bar in this tiny comic book shop hidden out in the Outer Sunset with a killer view just around the corner at the Sunset reservoir. Isotope later outgrew that location and moved to Hayes Valley where they are now one of the more successful comic book shops in the Bay Area and, according to the Guinness Book of world records, home to the largest collection of comic book toilet seat covers. True story. I like that story because it proves if you work hard enough, party hard enough, know how to market yourself and use the internet, you can turn a tiny hole-in-the-wall store out in the boondocks into one of the more finically successful business in your field.