My Dad, Ira Tatum, learned his trade of glass repair by working for Automobile Glass Company in Atlanta, Georgia. He got a job there after his honorable discharge from the Navy, December 19, 1945, at the age of nineteen.
The Automobile Glass Company was founded in 1933 by Mrs. Ruby Buehler. The original building was located behind the famous Varsity off of Spring Street in downtown Atlanta. The business was dedicated to local automobile glass repair in the metro area.
That was the best part of meeting him at work when I was a child, getting chili dogs, fries and onion rings (don’t forget the frosted orange, peach or apple pies and ice cream).
I remember him talking about knowing all the streets in Atlanta as he drove one of the repair vans around replacing windshields. When we would go downtown in the years to follow he’d say that everything looked different now. I don’t recall the exact year but around 1964 he took a job at Friendly Ford in Decatur.