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by James Geddes

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4 Corners

Firehouse #2

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Nat's, Doc Lewis and Tsuda's

Neff's Fountain

Evelyn's Chow Mein

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Courthouse Baseball

Orleans Buggy Ride

Crossing the American

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Rendezvous at the State

Central Square

Stanton's Shell

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Gift card set of 12 4x5 cards. This is the entire set of cards that James created of Auburn scenes this year!
 



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Nat's, Doc Lewis' and Tsuda's Grocery

18x14 original graphite, carbon and charcoal

I am guessing this around1953-57. Nat Giuliani had a n army surplus store in this location next to Doc Lewis who started his veterinary practice in 1953. Both Nat and Doc served in the armed forces before settling down in Auburn. Nat played football, basketball and track while in school and Doc was my 20-30 little league coach. Doc coached baseball in Auburn for 30 years. Nat later moved his men's store up town and was the place we all ordered our lettermen jackets and sweaters. Doc moved to a new clinic on highway 49 across the canal from Gasoline Alley. Both men were well thought of in Auburn. Nat was married for 67 years and recently passed in 2014. Doc crashed and passed away in 2006. The Tsuda family was forced to move to wartime camps in 1942. Prior to World War II, this building was owned by the local Japanese-American community, during which time it served as a Japanese school and a Buddhist church. After the war, Frank Tsuda purchased the building and opened Tsuda Grocery in 1951. The Tsuda family has ever since owned and operated the business. After 88 years in business, the Tsuda family, closed its doors for good April 19, 2007.

Reference: Arthur Sommers

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Orleans

This drawing is from the 1910 era when the streets in Auburn were still dirt, dust or mud depending on the time of year. The buggy is on Court street as it decends down to join Main Street which is now Lincoln Way.

The dome of the new Placer County Courthouse can be seen peeking out above the New Orleans Hotel. The hotel was torn down in 1959 and repalced with a gas station. This was around the same time Firehouse #2 was moved to its current location.

Photo referece is from Arthur Sommers private collection.
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Rendezvous at the State

This drawing is from a photo taken in 1935-36. William Powell was starring in the movie Rendezvous. When I was young "The Show" cost $.25 and we all thought it highway robbery when they raised it to $.35!

We all looked forward to going to the State and sometimes, if our parents accompanied us, we could sit in the balcony! Maybe even in the loges!

At Christmas time all the classes were escorted to the theatre for a free movie. It was great fun! and snacks, with loads of sugar, were only a NICKEL!

In the distance you can see the Opera House and Linden Avenue leading up into the pines. I remember the Flying A gas station where my folks bought their gas. It sat on the corners of Pine, Almond and Lincoln Way.

Firehouse #2

Auburn's iconic firehouse is actually the second firehouse contructed in Aburn. The first was built in 1888 but moved in 1973 to El dorado Street.

Firehouse number two was built in 1891 and in 1957 the fierehouse was moved to accomodate the new Highway 40 freeway.

When I was a younster I can remember looking in the firehouse at the firetrucks and I also remember when it was moved to its present locaction. When my mom was a little girl, her dad left the the family and stayed in the firehouse while separated. At that time my grandma and my mom moved into the vacant lawyer's rowbuilding with no windows and iron doors. It was let to them in exchange for work.

Photo reference: Arthur Sommers
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Baseball and Buggies

I am guessing this scene was photograpghed from the Placer
County Courthouse about 1908-10.

As you can see the fountain that Jacob Neff had built for Placer
county and Auburn was a hub of activity. The fountain was
used for watering horses, dogs and thirsty visitors. The boys
used the fountain for home plate and the pillars at the entry
to the courthouse for bases in their baseball games!



Evelyn's

This drawing (22x15) is from Lower Auburn about 1958. Evelyn's Chow Mein was a treat that we occasional enjoyed when mom had a hared day at work and didn't want to go home to two hungry guys! Evenlyn was friendly and always greeted us with a smile and a full plate of chow mein noodles!

I will never forget the night we came in late and the cook was having his super. "Joe" was eating a carp on a bed of rice. The carp still had it's head in tact! At 8 years old, that made a lasting impression on me that I still remember today!
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Auburn Central Square
When I was a little guy my mom worked at Bank of America for many years. Jerry Burnsí drug store was next to the bank on the right. Martins Drug moves shortly after she started working at the Bank.


My dad and I would sit and wait for mom on Friday nights when the bank closed at 6 PM. She had to balance her drawer from the dayís transactions. Dad would quiz me on the models of cars as they stopped at the crosswalk. This went on for up to an hour or more. At 5-7 years old I learned a lot of cars! It was fun and helped pass the time. We would be parked right there in front of the bank in the drawing. 64 years ago.

Neff's Fountain 16x20

The Placer County Courthouse was dedicated
in 1898 and took four years to construct.
Jacob Neff who was the Placer County Sherrif
and then later became the California State

lieutenant governor. Neff had the fountain
contructed so people, horses and dogs had a
place to get a drink. The cost of the project
to Neff was 3000.00 dollars.


In my drawing you can see a man getting a
drink and two youngsters at one of three outlets
for people. The large suspended bowls were
for horses and there were indentations in the
base were fresh water was available for

animals, specificaly dogs.

When I was a young boy I was not able to
push in the water release, it was too stiff.
The boy in my drawing pushes the water
release for the young lady.


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American River Crossing 1911
17x12 pencil drawing of a buggy crossing Lyonís Bridge with the Quarry Bridge in the distance. The buildings that housed the workers who built the Quarry Bridge are still present at the foot of the bridge. It was an all day trip from Georgetown. Maybe longer in a buggy.

Thanks to Arthur Sommers for the loan of his image as reference.

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4 Corners

This is what was known in Auburn as ď4 CornersĒ. This view is from highway 40, about where the the Freeway is now. The firehouse is where it originally was. The Placer Herald newspaper and printing service is on the right and the old 4 Corners Garage And Richfield Station is on the left. The road signs list Grass Valley, Nevada City, Coloma, Truckee and Sacramento.



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Origianl 17x14 graphite, carbon and charcoal from a library reference.

I love to draw these old Auburn Images. As a little tyke I spent my days with my grandma May and grandpa Claude Cory. They had a house above the Shanghai. Lots of memories from those days. As I draw these pieces, thoughts of staying there become clearer. And talking with many who comment allows me to hear more history of this fine old town! Nancy shares her thought too. She remembers many aspects of old Auburn from a different perspectives.

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Stanton's Shell

I created this sketch from our family photo reference. The attendant in the white shirt and khaki pants is my dad. When he first moved to Auburn in 1948-49 he got a job at Stantonís Shell across from Champís Restaurant. My mom was in her senior year at Placer High school and lived on Nevada Street and walked past Stantonís on her way to school and coming back home. Dad would whistle as she walked by and it wasnít too long before the courtship got underway. They were in love for 64 years and as far as I know still are!


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About the Prints We Offer

We have our prints created on archival paper.
I have been working in photography and fine art printing for over 20 years. From
senior portraits, wedding photos and portraiture to Fine Art productions.
I sign and number all prints upon request. All my art is signed and your prints will have that signature.

The printing IS NOT inexpensive! My prints are mounted and are the highest quality possible!

If you would like info on sizes we can create from chosen artwork, please contact me via james(at)jgeddes.com
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