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Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl October 22, 2016 October is American Archives Month. What is an Archive ? Archivists bring the past to the present. They are records collectors and protectors, keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available for current and future research. - Lisa Lewis Join us for our first Annual Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and learn more. Visit each of our eleven participating archive, museum and special collections locations for special displays and programs. You may join the Crawl at any of the eleven locations: Ainsley House 12-4pm (300 Grant St,...Read more...
Image: Cesare with his new 1941 GMC truck. He had a custom horn hooked up to his exhaust pipe which gave a unique announcement of arrival to his residential customers. Photo courtesy of the Bini Family.
Image: Cesare's Graham Brothers truck with its custom built bed. A hand crank was used to start the engine. Photo courtesy of the Bini Family . As a three-year-old living on Singletary Avenue (off The Alameda), I recall a vegetable peddler who would stop near our house. We and our neighbors would go out to the flatbed truck and see what sort of vegetables might be available that day. This was in the early 1960s, and after we moved in May of 1963, I never saw or heard about vegetable trucks again. The milk man disappeared not long after that,...Read more...