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Bunker Hill, Documentary Photographs by Theodore Hall, 1956 Henry Huntington Library
Anticipating the destruction of Bunker Hill in the mid-1950s, amateur photographer Theodore Hall photographed daily life on Bunker Hill. This series of photographs simulates a visit to the "Budget Basket"
The two photos below are taken from approximately the same position: In 1956 it was the south side of 3rd St. across from the Budget Basket; in 2000 it was "The California Plaza" looking toward the 300 Building, Tower 1.
See a panorama of this corner in the year 2000
Continuing the series, Theodore Hall photographed "Red" the newspaper vendor in front of the Budge Basket, on the north side of 3rd St.
The series by Theodore Hall concludes with this interior shot of a young girl purchasing milk and Wonder Bread at the liquor counter of the Budget Basket.
Note: Highways are shown for reference