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[Samson Tire Company]
[COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS, EPHEMERA, AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL RELATED TO THE SAMSON TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY, LOS ANGELES]
[Los Angeles, Ca, 1935. Forty-six photographs, the majority measuring 8 x 10 inches and mounted on linen; twenty-eight pieces of advertising ephemera. All items in clear plastic sleeves. Contemporary three-ring textured black limp vinyl binder with "Samson Tires" in gilt on front cover. Some wear to extremities of binder. A few items with minor chips and tears. Very good. An interesting collection of materials documenting the construction and operations of the Samson Tire & Rubber Corporation's new factory in Los Angeles (now the City of Commerce). In 1928, in the midst of the tire and rubber boom of the decade, Samson Tire founder Adolph Schleicher decided to enlarge his operations. He contracted with the architectural firm of Morgan, Walls & Clements, one of the oldest and most prolific firms in the city, who designed many of Los Angeles' landmark buildings dating back to the late 1800s (including the Mayan and El Capitan theaters); they broke ground in January, 1929. Fifteen photos, stamped in the negative noting the architecture firm and J.V. McNeil Co. Contractors, portray early construction from grading to framing and finally interior shots approaching completion. The building was distinct. Schleicher started his company in 1918 in Compton, and named it "Samson" after the biblical figure, to symbolize strength and endurance. In the spirit of Samson, the architects set forth an Art Deco take on the seventh-century BCE palace of Assyrian King Sargon II. The wall surrounding the plant featured heraldic griffins and bas-reliefs of Babylonian princes. When the $8,00 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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