Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Top of Things



This sign sits proudly atop the Pantorium Cleaners at the corner of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Lima.  The business began in Chicago Wisconsin, in 1919, moving to Sierra Madre in 1955. 



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  1. I know Lima street but I just can't place where exactly it is along Sierra Madre Blvd.

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    1. On the southeast corner, across Lima from the B of A. It shares the lot with WildFlour Bakery.

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    2. Oh yes, B/A & Wildflower. Have you been to that bakery?

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    3. I have! Wildflour makes delicious cupcakes!

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  2. I cheated and googled...http://sierramadre.patch.com/listings/pantorium-cleaners
    originally from Chicago 1919 and relocated in 1955 to Sierra Madre...

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    1. Oh boy - I'm slipping! How'd I miss that? Thanks, KBF!

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    2. I modified the post with the info. Thanks again (to you and the Sierra Madre Patch!)

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  3. That is quite a move - I bet there's a neat little story behind that nice, old-fashioned sign (old-timey sign, rather:).

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    1. I'll bet there is a good story! I love the old-timey sign. Will show you guys the building itself, soon. It has sort of an art-deco feel to it...

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  4. Pantorium Cleaners was started in Lake Geneva WI (not Chicago) in 1919 by my grandfather, Peter Messe. My father, Joseph Delgatto took over the cleaners from his father in law in 1945. In 1954, we moved to Sierra Madre CA. In 1956 my grandfather build the building where my father opened Pantorium Cleaners. My brother Joe took over the business in 1975 and sold the cleaners in 2011.

    John Delgatto

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    1. Hi John! Thank you so much for the information. I took another photo, of the building itself, and will post it soon with this updated info. It's always been one of my favorite buildings in town. I'm glad to know more about it.

      Thanks again

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  5. Don't you just love when you meet (virtually or in person) the people behind the history?!!! Great post!!!

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