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Re: Manning's Coffee, 1925-1984?

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Posted by Joann Benson on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:30:20 :

In Reply to: Re: Manning's Coffee, 1925-1984? posted by Joann Benson on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:23:30 :

Powell and Market St. The Cablecar had a turnaround near Mannings Cafeteria. I'm searching for the Oatmeal Cookie recipe they used. I was only a little girl but I'll always remember the sweet black men and ladies who were servers. They were very good to me when my mom was so impatient. I could send a picture of my mom, sister and me walking up the street.
~ Joann

: : : : What was the cross street for the 1175 Market Street one? I remember a Mannings coffee shop on Market St. on the South of Market side of the street, I think it was towards where the Greyhound Bus station is. If I'm thinking of the same place it was like a working class coffee shop.
: : : : I remember my mother used to take me there. A lot of newsvendors, like my dad (John Vance, he was President of the Newsvendors Union) used to hang out there. In fact my mother told me this 'funny' story a few years before she died. About a week after I was born she took me there to show me off to her friends. None of them had health insurance, in fact my dad didn't have any either - none of the newsvendors did. She told my aunt and my aunt got mad at her and tried to explain to her that newborns didn't really have an immune system. But I survived anyway. And when I got older I used to run around the place and say hello to everyone. My mother could never keep me in one place. So I guess Mannings was my playground.

: : : : : I checked the San Francisco City Directories (Polk-Crocker-Langley publishers) and found the earliest reference in 1925. Here are partial transcriptions of applicable entries.

: : : : : 1925 Manning's, Inc., F.I. Kerr, mgr coffee & tea, 1175 Market
: : : : : (no mention of the upcoming Manning's for 1925)

: : : : : 1926 Manning's, Inc., J.P. Dunn, Dist. Mgr.
: : : : : Manning, Edw M (Margt M), pres. Mannings, Inc., r. 3 - 25th
: : : : : Manning, Wm W, vice pres. Manning's, Inc., r. Ross

: : : : : 1927 Manning's, Inc., E.M. Manning, Pres.; W.W. Manning, Vice-Pres.; J.P. Dunn, Dist. Mgr., Teas & Coffees, 268 Market, branches...
: : : : : (in 1927, E.M. Manning is listed with his residence in Palo Alto)

: : : : : So, over the next years, the main offices move, and there were restaurants opened, etc. But, there always seemed to be a "Mannings, Inc."

: : : : : 1964 Manning's Coffee, Robt. A. Manning, pres., 901 Battery

: : : : : The last reference I could find to a "Manning's, Inc." was in a 1984 telephone book with them at 450 Golden Gate.

: : : : : So, they either went out of business, changed names, or moved out of San Francisco.

: : : : : Hope this helps,

: : : : : Ron

: :
: : It was on Market and 5th. It had a very special meaning for me. I always went there for coffee when I was down on my luck and had to plan on what to do next.

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