October 1, 2011

Another Blast from the Past: Stop Prohibition in Los Gatos!

Here’s an interesting picture sent in by Burbed reader nomadic.  It’s from the Los Gatos Library (motto: At least we don’t charge $90 for a library card like Saratoga!) and you might enjoy a look at life over a century ago.

Here’s what nomadic had to share about these pictures:

The lower level of the Los Gatos library is lined with historic pictures of the town.  I thought the one attached was pretty funny, as well as interesting because it had four parcels of land for sale for $1250.  The year was 1909 and the property owner was protesting a local prohibition law.  The second picture is a close up of the signs – be sure to read the top one.  The one on the right in the first shot says “Los Gatos” inside the graphic of the casket.

So, have a look!


Have a better look at the signs. 


Wait, what’s this about TAX RATE INCREASED 20%?  Can’t you read my lips?


And one more close-up.  Can you imagine what that land would be worth today?


Whoops, it would probably be on the Wrong Side of some street that hasn’t even been built yet.  And where’s the other house, anyway?  Note the early version of “Buy now or be priced out forever!”

This is a Weekend Open Thread.  Have at it.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

8 Responses to “Another Blast from the Past: Stop Prohibition in Los Gatos!”

  1. Divasm Says:

    Saratoga charges $90 for a library card?? Are they made of silver or something?

  2. madhaus Says:

    That was a cheap shot on my part. Libraries in the county system are now charging people who don’t live in those eligible towns $90 for a card. Saratoga is in the county library system, Los Gatos is not. So a Los Gatoan would be charged $90 for a card at the Saratoga library (which is good at all libraries in the county system). It’s odd because half the cities aren’t in the system and there’s little geographic relationship to who’s part of it and who isn’t.

    Property owners in the County Library system are paying a 10 year Library Bond parcel tax until 2014. I ran an article about this when they announced the $90 alien charge.

  3. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Library cards are expensive as hell on the Peninsula. Late fees on books etc are insane also.

    I don’t recall paying anything for my library card here in Gilroy, it’s still good county wide.

  4. madhaus Says:

    Here’s the article about the County Library surcharge. Gilroy is part of the County system, and a Gilroy resident would not have to pay to get a card there.

    I had a card at Cupertino Library, and got an email telling me it would cost me $90 to keep it active, otherwise they would deactivate it as of July 1st.

    Tying this close to today’s article, they still do not serve martinis at the Los Gatos Library, so things haven’t changed completely from 1909.

  5. sonarrat Says:

    I think this is on Knox in San Jose, judging by the placard second from the right. Los Gatos is the town’s “Prohibition Sister.” And, in fact, that lot is now Prusch Park.


  6. SEA Says:

    All this talk about an extra $100 for a library card–reminds me of a friend who complained about the cost to fuel his Bentley. Now I understand those complaining about the cost to fuel a Yugo, but who complains about the cost to fuel a Bentley?

  7. PKamp3 Says:

    What’s the deal with Crothers Road? First they had http://www.burbed.com/2011/02/02/please-do-not-disturb-next-door-neighbor-pink-house-behind-subject/

    Now they have: http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Jose/10710-Crothers-Rd-95127/home/750474

    Great piano in the living room, but it looks like they have wooden counters?

  8. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    So ….. a library card is a luxury item now?

    I agree. @#$%#$% late fees.

    Here’s a hint: Most libraries have a book sale area, and even better, there’s often an “honor book” area, where you can pick out books, mostly paperbacks, for 25c or so. The gold here is the classics. They became the classics for a reason. Go for the great authors and you can’t go wrong. And you can keep ’em as long as you want!

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