‘Full Service’: Fun With Fact-Checking, Part 3

"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.

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:

April 14, 1949, Booth's Richfield Service

it was Booth’s Richfield Service.

And in 1952 we discover that the owner is

June 4, 1942, Bill Booth's Richfield

It was hiring in 1959:

Nov. 6, 1959, Richfield Service

and selling some equipment:

Nov. 23, 1959, Richfield Service

In 1960, it was a 24-hour operation:

Jan. 14, 1960, Richfield Service

Let’s try some different search terms…

Aha! Here we are in 1950:

July 20, 1950, Bill's Richfield

Still different search terms reveal a new Nash dealership opening on the corner in 1946.

Aug. 18, 1946, Nash Dealership
Aug. 18, 1946, Nash Dealership

And here’s where we ran out of time for the day. Research is a thrill a minute, isn’t it?

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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2 Responses to ‘Full Service’: Fun With Fact-Checking, Part 3

  1. Paul E. Finance? Service manager? Hard to believe Mr. Finance wasn’t attracted to the moneyside of the operation.


  2. 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.


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