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 Senator Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign memorabilia

Historic Political Campaign: Robert Kennedy's 1968 Presidential...

The California Room presents a special exhibit designed by California Room staff, Ralph Pearce. Revisit Senator Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign on...

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Special Collections ~ California Room, 5th Floor

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Image:  This 1927 Associated Gasoline station stood on the corner of Market and Julian Streets . After being slated for demolition in 1978, History San Jose arranged for its relocation to History Park. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce.
Image: This 1927 Associated Gasoline station stood on the corner of Market and Julian Street s . After being slated for demolition in 1978, History San Jose arranged for its relocation to History Park . Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce. Service stations have evolved quite a bit over time. I can remember when gas would always be pumped by a uniformed attendant . They’d usually wash your windows while you waited, check under the hood (oil and water) if you wanted, and make a little small talk if they knew you. Often times they’d give you promotional items like dishware with...Read more...
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