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Catalog Number 2014.071.009
Caption Luvera's Groceries 1936 drawing
Description A crowd of people is gathered in front of Luvera's Groceries for a drawing held for Christmas prizes in 1936. Paul Luvera (1898-1990) started this grocery on November 22, 1922, on the ground floor of the Blackmore Building, 702 Commercial. The Blackmore Building was built c. 1890 and was later known as the Hensler Building and owned by Gus Hensler. Luvera's father Nicola was a native of Reggio, Calabria, Italy who immigrated to Canada as a child and brought his family to Anacortes in 1918. Nicola, who died in 1956, worked in the store with his son Paul. The business had a variety of names over the years: Luvera's Fruit and Grocery, Luvera's Grocery, etc. Throughout the years his store was in business, Paul Luvera ran numerous contests and events in his store. They had different and catchy titles such as "Italian Spaghetti Feed" to celebrate the store remodel of 1928, "Oldest Grandmother" in April 1931, "Best Fiddler" and "Oldest Father" in 1931, "Guess Anacortes' population" and "Mickey Mouse Club" in 1930, plus yearly events each November to celebrate the store's anniversary.
Date 1936/12/
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Structure - Business
Credit line Donated by Paul Luvera, Jr., September 2014
People LUVERA, Paul, Sr.
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Luvera's Grocery
Blackmore Building
Hensler Building
Object Name Print, Photographic