Karcher in 2007
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Carl Karcher | 1917-2008

Karcher in 2007
On his 90th birthday in January 2007, Carl Karcher, founder of the Carl’s Jr. restaurants, receives a star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars. His niece Mary Harrigan is at left. At right is Sue O’Donnell, who worked at one of his original restaurants. (Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Karcher removed from board
In 1993, Karcher arrives at a rally held in support of him next to the former company headquarters in Anaheim. About 200 people were protesting his removal as chairman of the board of Carl Karcher Enterprises. (Los Angeles Times)
Karcher by Carl’s sign
In 1941, Karcher borrowed about $300 against his new Plymouth sedan to buy a hot dog cart, which he set up at Florence and Central avenues in South-Central Los Angeles. Within months, he had several more carts. In 1945, he opened his first full-service restaurant, and in 1956 he opened two more eateries, one in Brea and the other in Anaheim. They were smaller versions of the original, and were called Carl’s Jr. (Los Angeles Times)
First Hot Dog Stand
Karcher, holding daughter Anne Marie, and an unidentified employee pose outside the Blimp, Karcher’s first hot dog stand, in South-Central Los Angeles. It was built across from a Goodyear plant. ()
Early restaurant
Karcher’s first restaurant, Carl’s Drive-In Barbeque, opened in Anaheim in 1945. (Karcher Family)
Karcher Remembers
Karcher in 1981, smiling at an early photo of himself and his hot dog cart. (Los Angeles Times)