In 1916, the Heinz Company poured its iconic number over…

LAHeinz57Sign2-croppedIn 1916, the Heinz Company poured its iconic number over other hillsides in California, notably overlooking the main rail line through South San Francisco. On a slope in the Baldwin Hills, where Moynier Lane curved among oil wells, and on another prominent slope near Culver City, “57” in giant concrete numbers reminded both motorists and Pacific Electric passengers to stock up on Heinz’s 57 varieties of condiments.

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A Quizno’s store manager kept her abandoned store open…

A Quizno’s store manager kept her abandoned store open for months by using the cash from sales to buy bread and discount lunch meats. With paychecks bouncing and vendors refusing to deliver on credit, she used cash from the till to buy cold cuts and bread each morning. She paid herself and her crew in cash, too, tallying each day’s wages on the back of their worthless paychecks, deducting the amount that would go for payroll taxes.

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