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Old Posted Mar 18, 2015, 11:37 PM
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The California Furniture Co at 639-645 S Broadway. The seller says there's a 1908 postmark, but only included a picture of the front. I found a listing at that address in the 1909 CD.


The clipping below is from the October 15, 1905 edition of the Los Angeles Herald. It announces the grand opening of the new six-story building.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

The July 19, 1910 edition of the Los Angeles Herald contains this story about the company's bid of nearly $250,000 to furnish the Hall of Records being accepted.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

The California Furniture Co didn't stay in their new building for very long, because by 1911 they had moved across the street to 644 S Broadway (the 1915 CD lists the address as 644-646 S Broadway). Here's the store in 1929, just on the far side of Boos Bros Cafeteria.


The company's entry in the 1932 CD is headed "California Furniture Co (See W & J Sloane)". I looked up W & J Sloane and found "Sloane W & J. Owners of California Furniture Co, Oriental Rugs, Domestic Rugs, Carpets, Imported Furniture, Mastercraft Furniture, Fine Fabrics and Draperies, Interior Decoration, 644 S Broadway". It looks like W & J Sloane had moved to 3258 Wilshire Boulevard by 1936, and the old store at 644 S Broadway had become Brooks Clothing Co.
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