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Von's grand opening
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Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Charles Theodore Von der Ahe was born in Denmark on August 29, 1882. His family moved to the United States in 1889, and they eventually settled in Illinois. Von der Ahe became an American businessman, an innovator in the grocery business in Southern California. He founded the Vons supermarket chain in Southern California. In 1906 he opened Von's Groceteria, his first store at the corner of 7th and Figueroa streets in Downtown Los Angeles. The chain eventually grew to more than 325 stores. He died on June 4, 1973.
Photograph caption dated December 9, 1954 reads "A magic wand activated the automatic doors of the new Von's Pacoima Market yesterday at Woodman and Osborne. Left to right are Kenneth Lynch, director of the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce; Dan Spencer, mayor of San Fernando; Lillian M. Freidman, Pacoima postmaster; Charles von der Ahe, founder of Von's Grocery Company; Bert Maze, representative of the Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce; Mrs. Charles Von der Ahe, holding the magic wand opening the doors; Wilfred Von der Ahe, company executive; Byron Roberts, market manager; Walter Rueff, president of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce; Stella Boaz, Von's training instructor; Jerry Etienne, grocery department manager; Ted Von der Ahe, company executive, and Ed Hershman, Von's delicatessen supervisor."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Von der Ahe, Charles,--1882-1973
Von der Ahe, Charles,--1882-1973--Family
Vons Companies
Vons Companies--Employees
San Fernando Chamber of Commerce--Presidents
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Businessmen--California--Los Angeles
Mayors--California--San Fernando
Families--California--Los Angeles
Supermarkets--California--Los Angeles
Dedications--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Stores & shops--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Signs and signboards--California--Pacoima (Los Angeles)
Corsages--California--Los Angeles
Pacoima (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Valley Times Collection photographs
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