4905 Telegraph c1919

4905 Telegraph Avenue, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. The name of the delicatessen is not known, although the strorefront became the location of the Genova Ravioli Factory."The photograph was passed along by a friend who scanned it and sent it to me. The owner of Tanjia [the Moroccan restaurant that occupied 4905 Telegraph Avenue from 2002 until circa 2012], found this photo behind a wall during their remodel. On the back of the photo it says 'man on right is my grandfather Frank "Bosco" Querio-Circa 1919.' [Harry Yaglijian note]

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circa 1919

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4905 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, Calif.

Immigrants from northern Italy had begun to settle in Temescal well before the turn of the 20th century. However, it was the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire that brought a significant influx of Italian Americans to Temescal, eventually transforming it into the East Bay s Little Italy. So many came many fleeing San Francisco s North Beach neighborhood that by the 1930s, most Temescal s stores, markets, banks, restaurants, and bars along Telegraph Avenue were Italian American owned. It was said that Temescal s commercial district so diverse was its businesses provided everything one might need.

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