Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Stationery—now and then


This is Neil's Stationers at La Reina and Firestone Blvd here in Downey. They have been there since 1955 serving Downey's office supply needs.
136 years ago the Central Hotel was on this corner serving visitors' needs for hospitality as they came to the bustling commercial center growing up in Downey. John Gately Downey and Maston Duke Crawford built the hotel in 1877, which lasted until it burned down in 1900.

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