The World of Jack Hammer

Main Street, 1948

People say a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe they just don’t like readin’…
This is where I live and work: the squeaky clean streets of Salt Lake City in 1948. When I came home from The War  in ‘46 I was 26 years old, too old to go back to school or live with Mother. Instead I took a job as a night watchman at Auerbach’s department store babysitting mannequins. I’ve been trying to use my skills from my years in the Army as MP, so I set up my own little business as a Private Investigator finding stray dog, cats and husbands. I rent a little two-room office on Main where I work and sleep. If you need a good P.I. ask for me, Jack Hammer, Mormon Detective… If you just want to read my story, contact me.

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Broadway in Salt Lake City ca. 1948
Broadway is the home to the Auerbach Department Store where Jack works as a night watchman.

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Main Street in Salt Lake City ca. 1948 looking south
Jack’s case, involving stolen Nikola Tesla secrets, plays out along Main Street. The photo show banners hung across the street in preparation for the Days of ’47 parade. The Walker Bank tower, shown at the center left in the distance, figures into Bosko Cvito’s test in MORMON DETECTIVE. Jack’s office, in the Karrick Building, is opposite the bank and another 1/2 block south.

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State Street in Salt Lake City ca. 1948 looking north
Jack parks on State, and walks north to The Beehive Cafe from Auerbach’s. In the LOST RHOADES MINE AFFAIR, he fills his car with gas at the UTOCO.

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Inside the Naple’s Cafe ca. 1948
Jack meets Marko for lunch here in MORMON DETECTIVE. Marko buys his cigarettes from the machine in the center-left of the photo.

Text Copyright 2014-17 Steven R. Burt  All Rights Reserved
All Photos Courtesy Utah State Historical Society

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