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Richard Ramos with On the Spot Mobile T.V. Service Van

Object Name: Print, photographic
Date: c. 1953
3 1/2 x 5 in. (8.9 x 12.7 cm)
Medium: Paper
Catalog number: 2004.45.29
DescriptionThis is a black and white print of a business van with driver Richard Ramos standing at its door. Written on the side of the van is: "Mobile T.V. Service. Tempe. Mesa. Phoenix. Scottsdale. Dick Ramos. Tom McIntosh." Also displayed are dark circles with "On the Spot" and the phone number, "WO.7-2492".
From Steve Ramos: This is my Dad, Richard (Dick) M. Ramos. The van was his repair shop and he had a small office and phone in the back of an appliance store on Mill, where the Rula Bula Irish Pub is today. The picture is on 4th Street just east of Mill, taken about 1952-53. He lived temporarily in a second floor apartment in the alley, west of Mill off 4th, before moving to a house on Wilson St. After having a T.V. repair business in Scottsdale for several years he worked 20 years for ASU in the Engineering Development Dept. where he worked on some of ASU's first computer systems. He died in 2007 at age 89.
ProvenanceFrom a collection of photographs donated by Patricia Wright. The donor's father was William (Bill) Hurlburt Wood. Bill Wood started the Pioneer Camera Shop in 1951, located in Tempe originally at 51/2 E. 5th Street. It later moved to Tempe Center, and was sold in 1961.
Many of the photographs in the collection were taken by Wood. They for the most part date to the years that he owned the camera shop, from 1951 - 1961.

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