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676 San Mateo Avenue
San Bruno, California
Type: Card Room
Status: Closed
Open: 1921, Close: 1967

In 1916 Joseph “Artichoke Joe” Sammut (1893-1967) is operating a pool hall in San Francisco. In April 1915 the San Francisco Board of Police Commissioners granted Sammut (age 21) a permit to operate a “billiard parlor” at 2606 San Bruno Avenue in San Francisco. In June 1917 Sammut fills out US Government draft registration form and lists his occupation as the owner and proprietor of a “pool room” at that same location. So I assume that he was operating there in 1916 (the 1918 San Francisco city directory lists him there as well).

Around 1919ish Sammut moves to South San Francisco. On February 4th 1921 Sammut purchases property in San Bruno on San Mateo Avenue and a few weeks later the city of San Bruno grants him a license to operate a pool hall on the property, this is what becomes Joe's Pool Parlor. Prior to Sammut buying the property, it appears that a guy named William Henson Martin operated a pool parlor there. Martin moved to the Bay area in 1919 and died November 27th 1920 when his boat capsized in San Francisco Bay (he had operated a billiard hall in Terre Haute, Indiana prior to moving to California.

So, it looks like 1921 is when Joe Sammut started his pool parlor in San Bruno. As for the name, the place started as Joe's Pool Parlor and seems to have used that name or a variant (Joe's Pool Room, Hall, etc.) up into the mid 1950s. In the late 1950's the place started using the name Club Artichoke.
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CG039358 Obsolete
Last Update: 2011-07-13
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CG039359 Obsolete
Last Update: 2011-07-13
Color: LT Gray
Inserts: 2 Red
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CG039355 Obsolete
Last Update: 2011-07-13
Color: Cream
Inserts: 2 Red
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CG039356 Obsolete
Last Update: 2011-07-13
Color: BEIGE
Inserts: 2 Blue
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CG039357 Obsolete
Last Update: 2012-11-30
Color: ORANGE
Inserts: 3 Red
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Contributed by: Glenn Grush
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CG039354 Obsolete
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Last Update: 2019-07-04
Color: Red
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CG039352 Obsolete
Denom: $1
Last Update: 2019-07-04
Color: Maroon
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CG039353 Obsolete
Denom: $1
Last Update: 2019-07-04
Color: Blue
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CG225792 Obsolete
Last Update: 2019-07-04
Contributed by: Rich Hanover
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