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.
You want to know about all the hot gossip in this book? Sorry, I’m still stuck on the best little Richfield station in Hollywood, 5777 Hollywood Blvd. (I warned you that this would be tedious).
The next step is to see what was written about the gas station in The Times.
Fact-Checking “Full Service”: Part 1 | Part 2
We find that in 1949:
it was Booth’s Richfield Service.
And in 1952 we discover that the owner is
It was hiring in 1959:
and selling some equipment:
In 1960, it was a 24-hour operation:
Let’s try some different search terms…
Aha! Here we are in 1950:
Still different search terms reveal a new Nash dealership opening on the corner in 1946.
And here’s where we ran out of time for the day. Research is a thrill a minute, isn’t it?
Paul E. Finance? Service manager? Hard to believe Mr. Finance wasn’t attracted to the moneyside of the operation.
On another note, isn’t it remarkable these old city directories listed not only a person’s name, address and phone number but occupation as well? Such openness would be unthinkable nowadays and for good reason, I suppose.
The Nash dealership might have been the building on the SE corner that later became Hollywood Sports Cars. Nash was dying in the ’50’s.