Segarini’s, Box 69, Oct 1948


Joel wrote following on the lid of this box of 16 press format negatives.

Segarini Store, Gov. Warren, Navy Day and Oct 24, 1948. (Which was a Sunday.)

Governor ,and later Chief Justice, Earl Warren, Old Courthouse, Stockton, circa Oct 1948 (Printed)

Earl could have been stomping for Thomas E. Dewey as running mate for the 1948 election. The latter is merely conjecture, Stockton historians may be able to figure out through the local newspapers from the day, what the motivation was for this appearance.

Second subject are a number of sail boat images. Not sure if this was on Navy Day, but that’s what Joel wrote on the negative box cover.

Sailboat, Stockton Harbor, circa Oct 1948 (Printed)

Sailboat, Stockton Harbor, circa Oct 1948 (Printed)

In the last image, the sunlight is hitting Joel’s lens directly, causing a major flare. The end result is pseudo artistic. Contrast suffers greatly. Observe the mothballed USS WWII ships in the background.


Sailboat, outside Stockton Harbor, circa Oct 1948 (Printed)
Sailboat, outside Stockton Harbor, circa Oct 1948 (Printed)

Last shot came out real nice, the low angle with perspective and the reflection of the sails in the water works.

The rest of the images relates to construction of a Segarini’s Market in Stockton, although the address is not given, the location can be surmised from the background elements.

Segarini store early, construction, 1948, Stockton

There’s smoke on the horizon at left, but one can equally discern the Stockton Adult School on the left. That school is at 1525 Pacific Avenue, and will pop up in a few more images.

Segarini store, walls going up, 1948, Stockton
Segarini store, walls going up, 1948, Stockton
Segarini store, construction detail, 1948, Stockton
Segarini store, construction detail close up, pumping shotcrete, 1948, Stockton
Segarini store, getting shape, construction, 1948, Stockton

There’s a “school” sign on the road.

Segarini store, construction detail, 1948, Stockton
Segarini store, construction nearing completion 1948, Stockton
Segarini store, construction detail, 1948, Stockton

In both of above images, one can clearly see the Stockton Adult school on Pacific at the right hand side of the image, so this Segarini store is the one on 505 West Harding, Stockton.

Last two images from this series are close up views of construction in progress.

Segarini store, construction detail, 1948, Stockton
Segarini store, construction abstract detail, 1948, Stockton

Joel printed all these construction images out at some point. I’ve personally taken a liking to the last one. Good composition with a clear hint to heavy construction and tools.

This store would be the last Segarini’s Market, out of 5 locations, sold in 1992. It became a Hi & Bye Market, until it burned down sometime in late June 2009.

All that’s left of the trusses that Joel so precisely photographed, is a brittle mess of charred wood.

There’s a Family Dollar store at the current location.

Cheers !


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