File photo/The Herald-Dispatch In 1959, Mylar’s License Service opened an East Huntington office at 2660 5th Ave. Standing at the office entrance are, from left, C.W. Mylar, president of Mylar’s; Barbara Earls, office assistant, and Albert Mylar, manager of the new office.

Editor's note: This is the 235th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.

HUNTINGTON - In the early 1930s, C.W. Mylar opened a unique Huntington business, Mylar's License Service.

If you needed an auto or truck license or registration, a driver's license or learner's permit, you could apply for it at the Mylar's office, which would have a courier take your information to the motor vehicles office in Charleston, where it was processed. The courier then would return to Huntington with the appropriate document, which you could pick up at Mylar's the next day. Long-time courier Billy Bryant made at least one and sometimes two trips to Charleston each day.

Originally the business was located at 1023 16th St. and later opened a downtown office, first at 633 4th Ave. and later at 621 4th Ave. In 1949, it opened a West Huntington office at 705 W. 14th St. Oddly enough the West Huntington location was combined with a paint and wallpaper store. In 1959, Mylar's added an East Huntington office at 2660 5th Ave.

Mylar's also offered auto insurance and other types of general assurance, hunting and fishing licenses, and even provided assistance for people who needed help in filing their income tax returns.

For many years Albert Mylar and his wife, Ella Muriel Mylar, ran the business his father had founded. In the 1950s, Albert's two brothers, Ralph and Warren, along with their wives, Virginia and Norma, joined the family business. In 1973, Mylar's was purchased by the Cole Insurance Agency.

Today, the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) operates a network of regional offices, including a Huntington office at 801 Madison Ave.

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