The Claycord Online Museum – What Part of Concord is Pictured on the Postcard?

November 14, 2017 14:00 pm · 58 comments

This is a postcard that’s currently for sale on eBay, and all it says is ‘Concord, California’.

Look at the postcard, can you figure out what part of Concord is pictured on the postcard?

ABOUT THE CLAYCORD ONLINE MUSEUM: The Claycord Online Museum is made up of historical photos, documents & anything else that has to do with the history of our area.

If you have any old photos or items that you’d like to place in the Claycord Online Museum, just scan or take a photo of them, and send them to the following address: It doesn’t matter what it is, even if it’s just an old photo of your house, a scan of an old advertisement or an artifact that you’d like us to see, send it in and we’ll put it online!

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Mimi (original) November 14, 2017 at 2:08 PM

Is the park in the middle of the photo Ellis Park pre-lake?

It makes sense to me November 14, 2017 at 2:08 PM

Looking at that Post Card really makes me want to be there.

Mapquest November 14, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Downtown, Todos Santos upper middle of picture.

George November 14, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Todo Santos Park?

Bad Nombre November 14, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Green block in center is Todos Santos Park.

LocalHistory November 14, 2017 at 2:13 PM

Todos Santos Plaza in the middle. Pic appears to be shot from the west looking east. Diagonal street on left of pic is Concord Ave connecting to Galindo.

Edi Birsan November 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Todos Santos Park with the Library in it.

WC resident November 14, 2017 at 2:16 PM

The street at the bottom is Galindo. The green patch is Todos Santos Plaza.

The white tanks were on Willow Pass at Mira Vista Terrage.

Kentucky Derby November 14, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Agree with Local History #6. I believe he or she is correct.

WC resident November 14, 2017 at 2:24 PM

I should add – I’ll date it around the early 1960s to mid 1960s based on the sizes of the plants at Todos Santos Plaza. It’s before the late 1960s.

Jessica November 14, 2017 at 2:28 PM

That’s definitely downtown around Todos Santos Plaza, Brenden Theatre to the left, Bank of America in the foreground and BART to the right.

Here’s a link to the same view from today.

polarbearmarket November 14, 2017 at 3:03 PM

The 1/2 price book store building is the giveaway. Most everything else changed. I didn’t know that Galindo once went straight up into Mt. Diablo High School.

anon November 14, 2017 at 3:06 PM

BART did not begin until 1972

Cowellian November 14, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Nice picture!
Jessica, putting your picture next to the original helped sort it out for me.

B.J. West November 14, 2017 at 3:51 PM

Thanks, Jessica!

Keath November 14, 2017 at 4:23 PM

just below center picture is Lehmers Olds

TeacherMom November 14, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Todos Santos top center area. There used to be a playground in that part of the park. Also, the Veterans building is still located somewhat top right. The trees are part of the Galindo home.

Dk November 14, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Middle right you can see sugar plum restaurant

Aspirin November 14, 2017 at 5:38 PM

The blurry part ?

kilo November 14, 2017 at 5:40 PM

That’s Concord when it was still a nice place to live and raise a family.

Silva November 14, 2017 at 5:59 PM

Jeez, there’s still an orchard downtown.

ko November 14, 2017 at 6:54 PM

I just see the making of alot of traffic lights and the reason for all the congestion we have now.

JA November 14, 2017 at 7:24 PM

The four tanks in the lower left of the picture belong to the Contra Costa Water District when they had their offce on Salvio at the intersection with Adobe

MattfromConcord November 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM

That’s downtown Concord. You can see the park, the church and the Porno Theater. Although that might have been before the porno theater.

Joe November 14, 2017 at 7:48 PM

Nice downtown pic. Looks a lot better than what we have now. Empty buildings surrounded by chain link fences. I drove through there today and thought, what a dump!! Do something City of Concord. NOW !!!

kilo November 14, 2017 at 9:20 PM


You’re talking about The Enean Theater, which is what it would have been called then. It didn’t get turned into a porn theater until the late 70’s. The Presbyterian church next door bought the property so they could get the porn theater outa there. That was in the early 1980’s.

Local Lady November 14, 2017 at 9:26 PM

To the upper right of the park is the old Presbyterian church–note the peaked roof.

EJ Sa November 14, 2017 at 11:33 PM

wish I knew what Year it was, I Don’t even see the Old I.H.O.P. that was at Galindo & Willow Pass…. Kinda Looks Like Monument & Contra Costa, Or Possibly that Angled street is Puzzling me: had to be before Freeways, But I See No Drive in Theaters, Or RRoad Tracks…????

Silva November 14, 2017 at 11:51 PM

kilo #26, That happened in the early 70s. The Presbyterian church had to let the dirty movie theater continue in business for a while under their ownership a few years after they bought it, it was part of the deal.

D.V. Guy November 15, 2017 at 7:56 AM


I’m not sure what was worse, having a porn theater( short lifespan ) in town or losing a really cool Art Deco theater forever. The church destroyed it!……..downtown was really dead, Sun Valley was the coolist thing in NorCal.
Anything was ok as far as the destruction of classic structures, all that counted was building more tacky track homes as fast as they could. The good old days…………we DID have the BEST Jazz festival IN THE COUNTRY for many years till we pissed it away, we became complacent, oh well………..

MattfromConcord November 15, 2017 at 7:56 AM

@ know lo & Silva- I knew all of that. Just thought it would be funnier then answering the question, “it’s Concord”.

Badge1104 November 15, 2017 at 8:16 AM

I think this picture was from the 1960s because you because you can see Lehmers Oldsmobile dealership and the Snow White hamburger stand to the right of it. Plus the ioof hall across from the Presbyterian Church. yes nice memories thank you for bringing it to us claycord!

Anonx November 15, 2017 at 8:39 AM

Does anyone know how long Hot Dog Palace has been there?

Frambley1 November 15, 2017 at 9:19 AM

So then, in the top right corner, that is the Safeway?

Frambley1 November 15, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Also, I was pleasantly surprised at the low number of Concord bashing comments!

rings4me November 15, 2017 at 9:22 AM

The Hot Dog Palace was opened in 1978. I worked at the “Original Hot dog Place” in walnut creek back then. I helped (and worked) at the opening of both the new Concord local and then the San Ramon location. The owner/ family had a spat and the Concord store became the Hot Dog Palace. Original Hot Dog Place In Walnut creek closed many years ago and San Ramon did not last long either. Still kind of fun for me to see the Concord site still there. Likely has been sold off many times in the last 39 years?!

Greg94528 November 15, 2017 at 9:40 AM

@ Frambly1, post#35, yes it’s nice to have a post on the positive side! But I do understand that a lot of people are bashing Concord now because they sincerely are hurt by the degradation of the city.
We live on the other side of Mount Diablo now, in wonderful, rarefied community, but our hearts are still in Concord! Pictures like this ring warmth to us as we remember the community of the past. It truly is hurting to see Concord sink so low.

J. November 15, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Pickle Orchards, lower left.

Ricardoh November 15, 2017 at 3:31 PM

I can see the spaghetti factory.

Silva November 15, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Funny, I did not really appreciate Concord when it looked like this. I think because it was the first big flat place I’d ever lived.

mohairs November 15, 2017 at 6:14 PM

Look at this one of the old Fitzpatrick Chevrolet that was on the corner of Galindo and Laguna! Near the police station. There used to be a motorcycle store there – now it sits empty and is a ‘dated’ bldg.

Willow Pass November 16, 2017 at 12:52 AM

And the block with the tanks is Brenden

Not safeway November 16, 2017 at 12:59 AM

Franbly1 i thing tbe top right is tgr block tgat had blockbuster, mcworters, and the auto parts a few years ago.

Marvin Terrell November 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM

well have been living here sense 6/49. The park was never cape like that. I
don’t think this down town Concord. No water tower, No lib near park, it dose not look right for Concord.

RunnerDope November 16, 2017 at 11:21 AM

There are a few things that don’t look right. That diagonal street and what looks like a freeway on/off ramp in the lower left corner.

If it is Concord, I think it must be before 1960.

Cowellian November 16, 2017 at 11:42 AM

That Diagonal street is Concord. Gallindo no longer goes straight ahead, since there is the foaming fountain there now. I certainly don’t know when it was taken, but it was well before my time in Concord.

Kentucky Derby November 16, 2017 at 11:49 AM

I don’t know when the photo was taken, but I bought this postcard in 1967 – the year we moved here. I sent it to my cousin in Illinois. If it was easily found in all the drugstores in 1967, it was probably taken in the 60s.

Kirkwood November 16, 2017 at 12:43 PM

Yes it is Concord but I had trouble recognizing landmarks until I saw the clues above. The diagonal street is where Galindo St becomes Concord Ave towards the airport, the triangular area is where the Spirit Poles would be. You can see the building there with the door on the corner. It was originally B of A, later a pawn shop, and still later DeSaulnier’s pub. North is the top of the pic and I can’t figure the year.

@Marvin Terrell – James? If so, we ran together in high school. Clue: I flew model airplanes.

RunnerDope November 16, 2017 at 2:18 PM

OK, what threw me was the comment that this shot is looking east.
It is not. It is looking nearly due north.

The diagonal street is where Concord Ave. hits Salvio St.
Galindo used to continue straight through at that intersection.
The bottom left corner is that curved street at the end of Park and Shop.

I would date this pic at late 50s to early ’60s. I moved here in ’64 and this looks less developed along Galindo than I remember.

Kentucky Derby November 16, 2017 at 3:13 PM

The back of this post card (on sale for $8.00 online) was sent 8/11/64 (postmarked Alameda, CA) so it’s from 1964 or older.

RunnerDope November 16, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Kentucky Derby,

These postcards usually have an identifying code somewhere on the back.
I have used that code to find information about the photos. Could you post what is printed on yours; there usually in the margins and easily ignored.

Unfortunately, Claycord seems to have dispensed with its archive search functions.

Kentucky Derby November 16, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Runner Dope #52

The postcard I found is online. The identifying code is S2882-8. If for some reason it’s supposed to be all numbers – it’s 52882-8. I’m not getting any younger.

Hope this helps!

WC resident November 16, 2017 at 10:21 PM

The code on the back is 52882-B but it does not seem to mean anything.

A couple of the postcards of the era note Concord’s population growth. The back of this one has “Concord, California is noted for its unusual population growth attributed to industrial operations nearby.”

The photographer is Russ Halford. Google for that name finds that he was active as a professional photographer in the 1950s and 1960s.

Antler November 17, 2017 at 5:17 AM

My husband and I moved to Concord in 1960. Toward the upper right of the photo, I see the Odd Fellows Hall (the multi-story white frame structure across Colfax Street from the 1st Presbyterian Church). On Mt. Diablo Street across from Todos Santos Park, there is Henson’s Department Store (now Half-Price? or Spaghetti Factory?) This picture was taken in winter because there is no green showing on the beautiful Todos Santos wisteria arbor which sheltered the drunks at night in warm weather (about 28,000 population and some eight bars festooning town). Can you find the venerable Fire Station and the Veteran’s Hall on Willow Pass Road? On Monument/Galindo, I can see Fitzgerald’s car lot, and the Masonic Temple is still “where it belongs”. Sugar Plum is still where it always was, too.
Now I’m going back to look again. Thanks, Mr. Mayor!

Antler November 17, 2017 at 5:32 AM

Correction! This was NOT taken in wintertime. Now I see that the green part of the wisteria is just blending in with the street surface tones on Salvio.
See the Rexall (where Peet’s and some other shops are now)? At the corner of Salvio and Galindo, there was a big pawn shop in the building where the fountain and Skip’s pizza is now. (Someone told me the original structure was a bank???)

Sattler’s furniture and appliance is at upper right…. the big building with a nice-sized parking lot on East Street.

RunnerDope November 17, 2017 at 3:27 PM

@WC Resident,

The number does mean something. It can be used to date the card, but publishers used different numbering schemes.

Who is the publisher? It doesn’t seem to be Teich, but maybe Dexter Press?
Do you have a link to the card photo?

Kentucky Derby November 17, 2017 at 3:59 PM

WC Resident – Thanks for the correction! I should’ve enlarged the display size since I couldn’t read it clearly.

Runner Dope – You can google the Concord, CA postcard. It comes up pretty quickly. Sometimes you have to rely on yourself, and do your own research.

RunnerDope November 17, 2017 at 6:22 PM

I found the card on EBay. It is a Dexter. I’ll check with my source on it’s approximate date; probably late ’50s.

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