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1921 food truck

1921 food truck

An early version of a food truck sells fruit in Los Angeles. This photo was published Aug. 7, 1921, in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Rotogravure Section with the caption, “The fruit vendor never lacks for customers.”

It was part of a photo page of nine images, all taken by Elias J. Spencer, a Times staff photographer. Spencer retired in 1938 after 18 years at The Times, during which he produced many photo pages for the section.

Before The Times, Spencer had worked in photojournalism for about 25 years, including at the old Los Angeles Examiner. I am on the hunt for more of Spencer’s images.


  1. September 21, 2011, 8:49 pm

    Does the original caption or story give any clues about where this picture was taken? The park in the background might be Macarthur or Echo park. But there is also a small bridge which might belong to Hollenbeck in Boyle Heights. Caras Bros. is a Jewish name, I believe. My guess is that it is Hollenbeck Park in that formerly wonderful Jewish neighborhood. It's a great period picture. Thanks.

    By: Rafachavez
  2. September 22, 2011, 10:06 am

    The print has no additional information on the back. I checked the Los Angeles Times files for Caras Bros. but came up blank. Thanks for the ideas for additional research.

    By: Scott Harrison
  3. September 22, 2011, 2:02 pm

    This picture is of my Grandfather. There were 3 brothers each one had their own route so it is difficult to see where this was taken. He was not Jewish, he was a Greek immigrant. We would also love to see the other pictures in this series or if a digital copy of this picture (or the others) is available, please let us know where to get it.

    By: SCARAS
  4. September 22, 2011, 5:42 pm

    I would love additional information on this image. Can you email me directly?

    By: Scott Harrison

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