This 1959 photo shows several businesses on 49 1/2 Street, the short road behind 50th Street at France Avenue.
Cravens Company Realtors occupied the west end of the building...
Next door stood Alfred Nielsen salon, which took care to note it had air-conditioning, a given today.
After that, the business signs on the building are difficult to read, but never fear, the 1959 reverse phone directory is here. In the back of the older phone books, residents and businesses were listed by address. From the list below, you can see that a second salon (Evelyn Stauffer Salon) and Western Union also occupied this building.
Before the days of instant communication, people with an urgent message sent telegrams via Western Union. During World War II, the US government informed families their loved ones were dead or missing in action via a telegram, but people also sent telegrams to send happier news, such as birth announcements or notes of congratulations. In 2006, the company ended that service, but still transfers money for customers. See this web site for more on Western Union's interesting history.
Hooten's Cleaners (3944 49 1/2 Street), still in operation, was featured in a past Photo Friday.
If you remember any of these businesses, comment here or email me.
Happy Friday, everyone! If you have friends and family home for the holidays, take them to see our "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit now on display. We'll be open our regular hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.
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