Midtown Market (Duca Hanley) 1959 with Santa and me Historic Photos, posted by Andrew L. Freedman, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Dec 27, 2006 at 2:13 pm Andrew L. Freedman is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Note Santa - He doesn't look much like a Santa Claus. Behind me were about 40 kids waiting in line. A photographer from the Palo Alto Times was taking pictures, too. Jeans with rolled-up cuffs and PF Flyers were what kids wore back then. Not much in the way of “style” back then.
Posted by Andrew L. Freedman, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Dec 29, 2006 at 9:04 am
Thank you Mayfield child,
I was just thinking - It would be interesting to find out who that Santa was. Like, could it have been one of the Duca/Hanley, a city counsel member, the mayor, a clerk from the store? Maybe someone on this list could figure it out or maybe someone actually knows.
Posted by Mayfield Child, a resident of the Green Acres neighborhood, on May 15, 2007 at 3:54 am
Hahahahahahahaha! Never really thought of that angle..Think I will have to pull out my picture and take another look at my Santa...hummmm! You were only 4 in this picture, I was about 15, so Santa could not have been tooooo much older than I was...don't think it was Gary Fazzino (old Palo Alto Mayor, Councilman) ..but I will take another look...never know what jobs people have in their early years before the "Big Time"!
Posted by Perry, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Jun 28, 2010 at 6:48 pm
I recall Purity, Co-op, & across from Purity was Farmers Market, Safeway was gone when I was hanging out on Calif. Ave. I looked at magazines at the Calif. Ave Pharmacy. Entered a model car contest at the Ben Franklin Five and Dime, and again at a toy store, cant remember name, close to the pharmacy. There was Harryman's clothing store. Bishops Creamery for best selection of penny candy. Stout's Vacume's. A bakery across from pharmacy, A gas station next to Farmers Market or close to it. Can't recall what went into Safeway building. And a chinese butcher shop. Also gas station on N/W corner of El Camino. And a dairy behind it.
Posted by Frank, a resident of another community, on Jan 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm
My Mother worked in the old JCPenney store. I had to get all my school clothes there because employees got a 15% discount on purchases. I wore Foremost jeans while everyone else in school wore Levis. On weekends we would go to the Purity store at Stanford Shopping Center to buy groceries. In the Summer, while I was in elementary school, we would all go to the Stanford theater once a week to see movies with tickets from the PTA. University Avenue, El Camino Real, and all my friends from that era can never be replaced.