The photo is real but it is
not of Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi.
The photo was taken in 1951 at the Muller Brothers Oldsmobile Tires and Carwash in Los Angeles, California
by Life Magazine. The photo was one of many that appeared in a
photo documentary about the world's largest automotive service station.
The idea for the beauty contest was to celebrate the 3,000,000th vehicle
to go through the car wash. This according to a
May 16, 2012 article published in the blog site of John Straub.
Nancy Pelosi was born in 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland, where her family
had deep political roots. Pelosi would have been 11 years old at the
time that the photo was taken.
The photo turned out to be an interesting artifact of Hollywood history
and the Muller family, who settled in Los Angeles in 1893. The
family empire began with a fish market, which was later sold so they
could establish Hollywood's first ice company. In the 1920's the
Mullers entered the automotive business, which later resulted in a
massive automotive complex with an Oldsmobile dealership and Firestone
Tire store. The center also included a car wash, cafe, body shop,
home appliance center and auto parts and supply store.
According to the
Foundation to support Hollywood Heritage the Muller car complex was
located on the corner of Sunset and Ivar. It was not uncommon to see
Hollywood celebrities at the car complex getting their cars washed or
The complex was conveniently located
across the street from the Muller family home. The area where the
family once lived later became the site for the RCA Building and today
it is the home of the Los Angeles Film School. Today, the former site
of the world's largest service station is now home of another famous
Hollywood landmark, the
Cinerama Dome Theater.
Life Magazine Photo of Miss Lube Rack