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George Mitobe's 1957 Ford Ranchero of Artesia, California was restyled by Branson's Custom Shop sometime between 1957 and 1959. Larry Watson of Watson's House of Style applied the scallops and striping.
Watsons Custom Auto Painting - New Location - 17412 Lakewood Blvd - At the peak in 1966, Larry Watson sold his shop on Lakewood Boulevard in Paramount and moved to Mexico to pursue an acting career with his wife. Late in 1966, he returned to California, where he opened up a new shop at 17412 Lakewood Blvd., on the corner of Artesia and Bellflower. While he was away, two other "Watson" custom paint shops had sprung up in the area, offering custom paint jobs to teenagers that didn't know better, so after returning, Watson had to start promoting his shop as the real deal again. These chromed business cards were made when Watson returned from Mexico. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this card comes from the office of Larry Watson. Photo from The Kustomrama Business Card Collection.

Custom Cars Of Artesia

Gerald Twamley's 1954 Chevrolet
Perry Gardner's 1955 Chevrolet
George Mitobe's 1955 Mercury
George Mitobe's 1957 Ford Ranchero

Custom Shops of Artesia, California

Branson's Custom Shop

Citizens Of Artesia

Gerald Twamley
George Branson
George Mitobe
Perry Gardner
Van Leeuwen


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