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Old 09-25-2009, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default Ed Jackson & the Pizza Oven Restaurant

I really dig what you guys have put together in the Midget Forum here on ARM, it’s a fun place to roam through. I ran across this little gem I thought I’d add to it.





(J.L. McGuire collection) Ed Jackson strikes the classic “over the shoulder” pose of the
times in the PIZZA OVEN #5, Offy powered midget from about 1959.


What a great promo shot this made for the sponsor, the famous Pizza Oven Restaurant, once located just off of Speer Blvd. in downtown Denver.

I’ve always found this pic kind of eerie in a sense that there’s an absence of people in the background or in the restaurant in what seems to be mid-day. It’s like Ed’s the only person on Earth, in a racing episode of The Twilight Zone.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:44 PM   #2
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Love those old promo shots where the sponsors place of business is in the background. Especially when it's a neat old building and/or has cool signage, especially neon. Is that building still there? I think the character in the middle of the sign would look good hanging on my garage wall. Wonder where old signs go to die!
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:23 PM   #3
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Hah, Bill I couldn't resist this one. I think most of them go to the signetary although the Pizza Oven sign might have been cremated.
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Hi Olen,
Did it have pepperoni and sausage on it?
We have a friend who worked in one of the Pizza Oven's. I'm going to ask her if they are still standing.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:54 AM   #5
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Jerry Lee, terrific photo!! gotta' love those 1950's era buildings, signs, etc. My 14 year old daughter looks at these photo's and says "I wish I was alive in the 50's"!
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:05 AM   #6
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That looks like the "Pizza Oven" at 6th and Sherman.
The building is gone now.
Damn good pizza though.
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Wow! That's a shot I have never seen before! Very cool.

It is odd how vacant it all looks.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:54 AM   #8
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That looks like the "Pizza Oven" at 6th and Sherman.
The building is gone now.
Damn good pizza though.
Right you are, Terry! 600 Sherman is the exact address of that building according to a 1971 Denver telephone book I have. I guess I should have looked that up before I posted. I just remember seeing the red neon glow of PIZZA OVEN in the distance as a kid when we passed down Speer.

Other Pizza Oven locations listed were:
6151 E. Colfax
3250 W. Colfax
2690 Baseline in Boulder

I wouldn't be surprised if this photo might have hung on the wall somewhere in the establishment at one time. If any of you have ever eaten at Carl's Pizza on West 38th in Denver, they still have some framed pictures on the wall of Midgets and Coupes they've sponsored over the years.
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:06 AM   #9
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I thought I would add my version of Jerry Lee's Pizza Oven photo. Maybe it will jog some memories of what it looked like back then. I wasn't sure of what color Ed's midget was, so I left it white with a silver lettering.~Olen

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Great Picture !! Anybody know when he added the roll bar ? I know it was on the car in the '59 crash at Peoria Ill. maybe we can find some pictures of Eddie at Englewood in '58 I think I remember it then but I was only 6 at the time . He and my dad had a firery battle for the Time Trial and Ttophy Dash Championship. Dad won both with two more quick times and 1 more Dash then Eddie had. I remember that well but not the rollbar. Any help ?
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