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Old Posted Sep 20, 2009, 1:43 AM
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It's funny how the Thrifty logo has basically stayed the same all those years; too bad they're no longer in business.

Here's a night shot of the Ralphs in Pasadena; courtesy of the LAPL; the building is from 1929, but the photo is probably from the late 1930s. Not an Art Deco Ralphs, but I think it has noirish qualities... An interesting place at night for someone to grab a loaf of bread and a pack of cigarettes. To paraphrase the Walter Neff character from Double Indemnity, "it was built in that California Spanish style that everyone was crazy about 10 or 15 years ago."

Courtesy USC Archive, here's the Ralphs on Rodeo Rd. and Crenshaw Blvd., 1942. I dig the guy's outfit, full suit and tie and fedora. I can't imagine being dressed like that and shopping at Ralphs today; you'd be considered eccentric.

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