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Neighborhood Connection

March 23, 2018
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After the BAB was included in St. Louis At Home’s March magazine, we heard from someone that saw a family connection in one of the photos.

For Sale Booker Bundschuh sign, tucked behind a pot of sticks (photo by Carmen Troesser)

We have this cabinet by the front door for dog walking supplies (former grocery bags, leashes, towels). A reader of the magazine recognized the For Sale sign as one from her grandfather’s brokerage. She found me on-line (there is only one other ‘Susan Pruchnicki’ that I am aware of and she is my sister-in-law) and wanted to hear how a family artifact ended up displayed in the BAB.

Here’s a bit of the conversation:

Hi Sue

My name is Colleen Hazelton and I was just reading an article in St. Louis Magazine about you and your husband. Excellent job!

I live in Carondelet, as well, and so that immediately caught my attention. I was looking through your photos I was completely blown away when I saw a Booker/Bundschuh FOR SALE sign tucked in there.

That is my grandpa, Frank Bundschuh, and I have the same sign at my house.  I was curious how you acquired it and if it had meaning for you or if you just liked the nostalgia of it. I’m really just being nosy and I apologize but its my family and it touches my heart when I saw it in your photo.

If you ever want any information, like where their offices were or where they lived or relationship or anything please feel free to contact me, what I don’t know I can ask my aunt…he (obviously) was her dad. They to originated in Holly Hills and then moved out to Lakeshire in the county. Their office was on Hampton.

I hope you don’t mind me messaging you I just was so excited and I sent the article to all of my cousins and my aunts. Congratulations on your renovation what a fantastic feet and a beautiful home!

Intrigued, as ever, by a personal historic connection to the BAB, I wrote back:

Hi Colleen-

Small world! We found the sign in a cabinet in the building. I was guessing it was from one of the times the building was sold. It was first a telephone exchange 1913-1945, then a stained glass factory 1945-1975, then a commercial printer. Tom & I love old hand-painted signs and that the phone number has the old ‘FL’ for the telephone exchange was interesting. It is cool that there is a neighborhood connection, too! When did he have his business on Hampton?

Sue

And she replied:

Originally Chippewa and Brannon then moved to Hampton about 1957.  His car men, Jetson and Herman…washed his car in the back parking lot every day😂😂.

Note that the phone number starts with an FL… My sisters and I growing up always knew the phone number as “FLANDERS” Because that’s what my mom had referred to it as… Any phone number that started with a 35X-XXXX she would comment “FLANDERS”

If you’re looking for any more information please feel free to ask. My aunt and cousins and sisters think it’s so cool that you have it and that you have it displayed in your house! It truly made my aunts day! 

Here’s a photo of him with my grandma and their “girls” (my mom and her 3 sisters)

A happy family with a very dapper Dad. Awesome outfits- gloves and stilettos!

I love these photos. They remind me of photos of my parents from that same time period. My reply:

Tom always makes fun of me- my mom taught me to stand like they are- one foot out front, hips turned, chin up. He’ll get a kick out of seeing this! Would you be ok with us putting your story and photos on our blog?

Hence this post:

Of course~we’d be honored! That’s funny about the positioning for a photo because my cousin said if this photo were taken today all they needed was their hand on their hip!😂😂

So, dapper Frank Bundschuh likely visited the BAB when the Jacoby Studios put it on the market in the 1970’s and helped the Oppliger’s to sell the building to the printing company, probably around the time that the first family photo was taken. And today, his granddaughter lives nearby!

It is so interesting, to me, to learn about the many unique people that had some connection to this place. Who will turn up next?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Schario permalink
    October 13, 2018 5:01 pm

    Thank you for posting the yard sign photo. Brings back memories of my childhood in the 60s. My grandpa, Joseph Schreiner, was a real estate agent for Booker-Bundschuh. We’d pass the Hampton office every visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s place on Oleatha.

    • Sue permalink*
      October 13, 2018 9:31 pm

      That is so great to hear about your connection. I wonder who the broker for this transaction was- maybe your grandpa?

      • Steve Schario permalink
        October 13, 2018 10:07 pm

        I wish he were here to ask.

  2. March 24, 2018 1:21 pm

    How wonderful and interesting.
    Those photos look like you peeked into my closet from years gone by. Also, nylon stockings were a must! No pantyhose, they were two to a pair. You bought the same shade, so if one got a run, you had a spare.
    Tidbit from the early “40”:
    Nylons were not available, so my older sister and my aunt, when they were going dancing, used to paint their legs with leg paint, and draw a line down the back of their legs, to look like the real thing. Fun to watch, not fun to look at.
    So many fond and wonderful memories of the “good old days”. 😉

    • Sue permalink*
      March 26, 2018 5:49 pm

      I’ve seen that in the movies- but I didn’t know there was a product called ‘leg paint’.

      • March 27, 2018 9:20 am

        It probably had a more sophisticated and catchy name, but when you’re 10 years old, it is leg paint. 😎

  3. Rick Peterson permalink
    March 24, 2018 6:39 am

    what an awesome story. you guys are having and sharing the most fun of owning the B.A.B. Thanks for sharing

  4. Maurine Pruchnicki permalink
    March 23, 2018 7:01 pm

    See, Mother knows best!

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