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Then & Now

Photos from Hyattsville's history.

Oscar K. Hiser grew up in Hyattsville and ran a bowling alley before he and wife Mabel built the Hyattsville Bowling Center in 1940 at 5503 Baltimore Ave. 

With 24 lanes and a large concession stand the alley was a recreational and social gathering place for 10 years. When Hiser went bankrupt, Fields Buick, located next door, puchased the property and turned it into their dealership showroom. In 1988 this was merged with Lustine's Oldsmobile-Chevrolet. The building was demolished in 2006.

patrice ames August 25, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Donald, do you remember what was at the corner of Piney Branch and University Blvd. before it was Al's Transmission?
Nicholas Cifolilli December 11, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Donald might know what was there. Of course, He's A LOT older than I am.HAHAHA But I can't remember anything but the trans. shop.
Donald Fleshman Jr. December 12, 2012 at 04:42 PM
@Patrice , No m'am I only remember,Al,s Transmiission all through my childhood. sorry
Donald Fleshman Jr. December 12, 2012 at 04:45 PM
@Nick...HAHAHA ,you are too funny,"old" friend....I know you are younger,but you are catching up !! LOL :-)
Don Moore July 20, 2014 at 02:30 PM
My dad was manager at Fonatana's in the 60's & 70's

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