The other week at the Temescal Street Fair, one booth that caught my eye was selling historical photos. The guy said he buys old negatives off eBay and prints them to sell. Of course my attention went straight to the Oakland ones.
Being a fan of the Key Route, I ended up choosing a picture showing a Key Route train running along Piedmont Avenue. It wasn't until after I'd purchased it that K pointed out that in the background was a familiar sign, the Shoe Renewing sign. In the picture it's Pat's Renewing, with "Pat's" in neon, and the same distinctive shoe shape. The date on the photo is 1940, which fits with the Key Route being active. In any event, nice to see an old sign still around!