Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Is that a Y or a V ?

When all three of the Shirl and Myrtle (Weiser) Player children gathered at my father's home in June 2007, they poured over this photo, bringing back memories. They hadn't been together in over 17 years, except in twos here and there. As the defacto family historian, I was thrilled to hear stories of their childhood.

IMAGE: Updated signage at Player's Service Station,
623 Union, Seattle, Washington. Circa 1933.
The photo was labeled 15¢ parking.

Aunt Beverly (Player) Muir recalled she had been commissioned by their father to design the new lettering for Player's Service Station. The boys cut the letters out of plywood and all three painted. Using the popular style of the time meant that Y was a bit forced. They all laughed that the result looked more like Plaver's rather than Player's Service Station. Oh, well. The style of the time was art deco, and by golly, their Dad's service station was going to reflect that upscale trend.

IMAGE: Siblings Glen S Player, MD; Beverly (Player) Muir and Jack Player 16 June 2007.
Original photo taken by author at 7933 Overlake Drive West, Medina, WA 98007.

We can see that photography, as well as people, had come a long way in 74 some-odd years.

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Though this story wouldn't be complete, if I didn't tell you my father-dad hadn't changed much. See that red tape on his Jazzy electric wheelchair control arm in the photo above? Dad had that baby home not 20 minutes, but what he called me to bring the red electrical tape and some sharp scissors. I quickly retrieved the items from Dad's workshop, only to find he was "customizing" his new mode of transportation. Apparently, there was a battery gauge light that hit his tri-focals at just the wrong angle. Luckily, the tape effectively blocked the offensive light from obscuring his vision.

Yes, all three of the Player children were creative, inventive and highly capable.


  1. Pat,

    I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank-you, Jana! I appreciate the shout-out. :)