Having not been to Newhall Hardware in a while, I wondered:
Were there still free peanuts, and was it still customary to throw the shells to the ground?
Did they still sell flag poles, fire hose, kerosene lamps, handguns, stainless hardware, chain by the foot and an impressive array of drift punches?
Were they still filling out receipts by hand?
And what about galvanized pipe? Did they still cut and thread it to length?
Affirmative to all the above but, as the receipt reflects, this was last November. I am sad to report that, after 60 years, one of the last great Los Angeles hardware stores has closed their doors.