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Old Posted Sep 17, 2019, 2:46 PM
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A RARE & unique look of a hat cleaning storefront in Los Angeles.


The address is written in pencil on the reverse side.

348 S. Broadway
Los Angeles

Here's a closer look. It's AMAZING. You can see the men working on hats through the windows.

As you can see, it is located next to the Los Angeles Theater, a vaudeville theater at the time.

At first I thought the sign about the store, and partially hidden by an awning, said 'Wicker Hat Works', but under closer inspection
the first letter isn't a W...........(I thought wicker because of straw boaters)

I imagine panama hats became popular because of the Panama Canal, right? (the canal opened in 1914) If so, that would help in dating the photograph.
It's on my mind because of my recent mention of the two Panama expostions in California (both in 1915).

Seller asking $89.99

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