After graduating college I was sure I could make a living off my art. It didn't quite work out that way. I ended up working at a department store in Coronado for a while. On one particular day, as I was marking down some delicate undergarments, a cute old woman in her 80's walked up to me and tapped me on the shoulder. She couldn't have been more than 4'10" and a whopping 85 pounds. She looked at me straight in the eyes and then lifted up her dress. Gasp! She pointed to her full body girdle and asked if we had anything similar.
I was more than a little stunned looking at this tiny woman's "body armor." I guess by the look on my face she realized she needed to put her dress down. I took her around and showed her what we had and after a long while she found what she was looking for.
I'm assuming because we shared such an intimate moment, she started to talk to me and tell me about her life. She told me about her husband who had passed away many years before. She asked if I had ever eaten at the Dog House on Central. I said of course! She told me that her husband was the original owner.
When her husband died she wanted to continue to run the business, but her lawyer told her to sell it because a woman couldn't and shouldn't run a business. This must have been in the late 50s or early 60s. I really don't remember what she said.
So I ask all you old timers, did anyone know the original owners? I hope this sweet woman wasn't swindled out of her money and business. And I hope she really was the wife of the owner of the Dog House and not just an 80 year old flasher!
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