In case you just tuned in, I’m doing a little fact-checking as I go through Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service.” This will be fairly tedious except to a research drudge.
Yesterday, in Part 3, I was exploring the history of Hollywood Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, site of the Richfield service station that figures prominently in “Full Service.”
Jan. 21, 1926: The Times notes that J.W. Sappington plans to build an apartment house on the northeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue. And you’re thinking: Wait! That’s the location of the service station.
We also find a plans for a Franklin automobile dealership in 1924 near Hollywood and Van Ness.
The dealership, operated by Ralph Hamlin, opened in 1925.
May 31, 1941: Residents want a traffic signal at Hollywood and Van Ness.
I’m out of time. And I just stumbled across an “ice pick murder.” Interesting, but unrelated. Perhaps for another day….