Telegraph 41st c1967


Description:
Telegraph Avenue (looking south), between 41st and 42nd streets, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. Businesses seen in this photograph include Bellini s restaurant, Beppo s Cocktails, Thompson Typewriter Co., and Arolla s Drugs. Oakland s wedding cake City Hall can be seen in the distance.

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Date of Document:
Circa 1967

Document Author:
Unknown

Geographic Location:
4156 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, Calif.

Context:
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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