Yesterday’s accidental detour into charcoal brought an old memory to the surface — of a charcoal works, south of the Arroyo Seco Parkway, a little east of the L.A. River. Maybe around what is today the Lacy Street Neighborhood Park. I remember it on a rise. This was about 1960 — I was six or seven — but the memory is pretty clear, perhaps because it seemed to me then so out of place, so primitive — a charcoal maker, in Los Angeles.
Looked and looked through what I have access to — business directories, a fascinating study of the Arroyo Seco Parkway ( by J. Philip Gruen and Portia Lee, August 1999: pdf ), digital archives of the Los Angeles Times ( where I learned there’d been a “junior airport” at the Hawley Municipal Playground at Avenue 26 and Lacy * ). Learned about the medicinal properties of charcoal (*, *) and the economics of charcoal in late 19th and early 20th century Japan (*). All good, but nothing on what I remembered until I turned to the Los Angeles Exchange Telephone Directory (Central Section of the Los Angeles Extended Area), June 1959.
403 W Ave 33. CAptl 1-9186.
from the air.
Charcoal Unlimited had two trademarks — one for Chef’s Delight (no image, and expired), the other (also expired) is shown (and described, from USPTO info), below.
Goods and Services
(EXPIRED) IC 004. US 001. G & S: CHARCOAL BRIQUETS.
FIRST USE: 19610101.
FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19610102
Mark Drawing Code
(3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code
Busts of men facing forward; Heads of men facing forward; Men — heads, portraiture, or busts facing forward; Portraiture of men facing forward
Bakers (men); Butchers (men); Chefs (men); Men, butchers, chefs, and bakers
Men, stylized, including men depicted in caricature form
Brick walls; Fences (including barbed wire and chain link); Garden equipment, fencing; Gates; Walls
Blocks, cement; Bricks; Cinderblocks; Stones, for building
Humans forming letters or numerals; Humans forming punctuation
Serial Number 72122599
Filing Date June 22, 1961
Registration Number 0738858
Registration Date October 9, 1962
CHARCOAL UNLIMITED DOING BUSINESS AS HY-CO SALES, INC. CORPORATION CALIFORNIA
403 W. AVE. 33 LOS ANGELES 31 CALIFORNIA
tags: charcoal; Los Angeles; humans forming letters or numerals; humans forming punctuation