Bennie and I have used Buckingham Street as a back-street route home from the West Footscray, Sunshine and the likes for years and probably thousands of times.
One time, as we were stopped and waiting to turn right into Victoria Street, Bennie gazed up at the faded lettering of the windows of what used to be a butcher shop.
He struggled to make out the words …
“Pickled … pickled … dork!”
As we turned right and started heading for the underpass, I started laughing.
Then Bennie started laughing, too.
And I started laughing even more – so much so I almost had to pull the car over to let it all out.
That incident has been a running gag at CTS even since.
Somewhat sadly, the “pickled dork” is no more.
The two windows have been superbly brought back to their original glory.
It’s all part of a revamp of the two-storey brick building at 70A Victoria that will see it be auctioned on March 28.
Vendor Dave gives me a rundown on the joint’s history …
He tells me the building went up in 1889.
Butcher John Cashmore signed the property over to his wife before departing to do his bit in World War I.
Upon his return, the property ownership reverted back to his name and stayed in the family until Dave bought it in 1989.
Locals who have passed by many times in the past decade or so will be aware that the corner house has had many, um, colourful tenants.
Dave’s had enough of the landlord lark so under the auctioneer’s hammer it must go!
The real estate listing for the property is here.