‘Full Service’: Fun With Fact-Checking, Part 4

"Full Service"

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.”

You thought I was done? Ha.
Fact-Checking “Full Service”: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Jan. 21, 1926, Hollywood and Van Ness
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.

A puzzlement.

We also find a plans for a Franklin automobile dealership  in 1924 near Hollywood and Van Ness.

Dec. 7, 1924, Franklin Dealership

The dealership, operated by Ralph Hamlin, opened in 1925.

May 31, 1941, Hollywood and Van Ness

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….

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8 Responses to ‘Full Service’: Fun With Fact-Checking, Part 4

  1. CatM says:

    Well…I suppose every intersection is entitled to four corners. I could be wrong.

  2. William Desmond Taylor says:

    Ice pick murder??!

    More please!

  3. Mike says:

    Not tedious, Larry. You’re writing a primer on solid research for the aspiring writer. Work that will stand up against other fact-checkers. Well done!

  4. Benito says:

    Mr. Attorney says a title search online for the property in question might be easier, if a bit less colorful. Bankruptcy paralegals like my ex wife do it all the time.

  5. CraigDeco says:

    Go to the below attached link- scroll down to the ‘Hollywood, CA.’ listings- and you’ll see a
    photo of the O”Connor Nash dealership referred to in yesterday’s post. This is all great fun-
    I must say!

    http://nashparts.com/Dealership/NashdealersCA.htm

    • Jim says:

      My dad had a dry-cleaners at 5222 Hollywood Blvd in the ’40′s, and there was a Tucker dealership on the next corner, the southwest corner of Hollywood and Harvard. Van Ness and Hollywood was where I totaled my first car (’49 Ford) a few years later.

  6. CraigDeco says:

    There is a building at 5766 Hollywood Blvd. that appears to be of the same size and scale as
    as the Franklin Motor Car rendering above. All of the ornamentation in the rendering appears to have been removed, and an entrance for cars has been made in what was once the showroom window. It is still some sort of car sales and repair business. It also appears to be directly across the street from the site of the former J. E. O’Connor Nash dealership…

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