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CityBoyDoug Jan 14, 2016 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7299578)
Yellow Cab driver striking a pose during training on Western Avenue, Los Angeles, 1926.


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Is it just me or is there something creepy about these photos. I know this is looking into the past but what a different world that was.


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...633/dvQxKn.jpg[/URL]

ethereal_reality Jan 14, 2016 10:45 PM

It's creepy if he's looking at the young school girls. (or boys)
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Thanks for figuring out the rooftop location Hoss! It's a perfect match.

I'm curious, what is this sign in the distance then?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...911/MCRv27.jpg
eBay


Here it is a bit larger.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...907/zq8RfH.jpg
detail


and flipped
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...908/RRv8VJ.jpg

:previous: Great Magnolia Life. (I'm not very good at this am I) ;) lol

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ethereal_reality Jan 14, 2016 11:26 PM

mystery location
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...905/I5FT7A.jpg
eBay


Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 7299212)
W Temple at N Grand. The building on the left is now the Music Center Annex.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...d.jpg~original
GSV

:previous:
Hoss, there's a noirish connection. The 1950s-era structure housed the County Coroner's office until the offices were moved to the county health center.
The building was turned over to the Center Theater Group in 1967.

"So what had been the morgue became rehearsal space." -said Stephen Rountree, Music Center pres.

from
http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/m...96a8befaa.html
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Here's the front of the building. (which they're thinking of tearing down)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...903/i3Vwrf.jpg
gsv

I wanted to post a photograph of the building when it was the coroner's office, but I haven't located one yet.




below: *This is the best i could do at the moment. It's dated 1967 (so the coroner's office had already moved)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...903/kVsFm1.jpg
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...d/21768/rec/10

Noircitydame Jan 15, 2016 2:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7299671)
It's creepy if he's looking at the young school girls. (or boys)
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Thanks for figuring out the rooftop location Hoss! It's a perfect match.

I'm curious, what is this sign in the distance then?


and flipped
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...908/RRv8VJ.jpg

:previous: Great Magnolia Life. (I'm not very good at this am I) ;) lol

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I bet there was a great magnolia life, somewhere, but I think the sign in your picture must say GREAT REPUBLIC LIFE.
The buiding (1923, Walker & Eisen), at 756 S. Spring, was at the spot where Spring and Main merge. It was sold to Occidental Life Insurance in 1935.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...publiclife.jpg lapl photo dated 1927.

...and today looking lonely, seen from the Main St. side.
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k.../grl-today.jpg you-are-here

HossC Jan 15, 2016 12:55 PM

:previous:

I had a quick look for that roof sign before posting the location of e_r's picture. Now that Noircitydame has told us that it said "Great Republic Life", I was able to find the pictures below. They're both from a Dick Whittington set called "Street scenes, East 8th Street & South Los Angeles Street & Santee Street, Los Angeles, CA, 1931".

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
Detail from picture in USC Digital Library

This one is from a lttle closer, but the roof sign isn't as clear.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
Detail from picture in USC Digital Library

ethereal_reality Jan 15, 2016 3:18 PM

:previous: Excellent! Thanks Noircitydame & HossC.
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John Maddox Roberts Jan 15, 2016 3:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 7299667)
Is it just me or is there something creepy about these photos. I know this is looking into the past but what a different world that was.


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...633/dvQxKn.jpg[/URL]

Does anyone else get the impression that this guy came out to L.A. with the intention of getting "discovered" for the movies? It looks to me like hes hoping some agent or casting director will see these photos and make him a star.

CityBoyDoug Jan 15, 2016 5:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Maddox Roberts (Post 7300348)
Does anyone else get the impression that this guy came out to L.A. with the intention of getting "discovered" for the movies? It looks to me like hes hoping some agent or casting director will see these photos and make him a star.

Oh yes, he does appear to be drooling over the prospect of movie fame and fortune.

Hollywood Graham Jan 15, 2016 5:39 PM

Noir Cab Driver
 
Maybe he is dropping off Elizabeth Short in the empty lot in back of the cab. Looks like he could have done it.

HossC Jan 15, 2016 8:12 PM

Here's the 1956 Superior Oil Building on the corner of W 6th and S Flower Streets. We've seen it a few times before, but most of the old images seem to be missing (and it's hard to resist a color Julius Shulman photo!). This is "Job 2375: Claude Beelman, Superior Oil Building (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1957". On the left is the California Club, with the Sunkist building and Bunker Hill behind. On the right, just a couple of arches of the Bible Institute are visible.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
Getty Research Institute

As has been mentioned before, the building is now the Standard Hotel. The California Club remains next door, but the rest of the background looks rather different.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
GSV

John Maddox Roberts Jan 15, 2016 8:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywood Graham (Post 7300547)
Maybe he is dropping off Elizabeth Short in the empty lot in back of the cab. Looks like he could have done it.

Speaking of Ms. Short, today marks the 69th anniversary of the discovery of her body in the vacant lot at 39th and Norton. RIP, Betty.

Noircitydame Jan 16, 2016 1:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 7300835)
Here's the 1956 Superior Oil Building on the corner of W 6th and S Flower Streets. We've seen it a few times before, but most of the old images seem to be missing (and it's hard to resist a color Julius Shulman photo!). This is "Job 2375: Claude Beelman, Superior Oil Building (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1957". On the left is the California Club, with the Sunkist building and Bunker Hill behind. On the right, just a couple of arches of the Bible Institute are visible.

We've probably had this on NLA before too but same corner, W
6th and S. Flower, c. 1916. The Plymouth Hotel on the corner, 556 S. Flower. The Victorian houses behind it would be gone in a few years.
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...16%20-left.jpg USC

CityBoyDoug Jan 16, 2016 2:45 PM

Movie magic...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7298274)
Just a friendly reminder.

Double Indemnity is showing tonight on TCM, 8:00 Eastern / 5:00 Pacific.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...910/owD9oD.jpg
http://margaretperry.org/barbara-sta...ady-or-a-liar/

Here is a famous entrie for the film Double Indemnity.

One is the actual home ....the other was made on a sound stage for the film. The reason is that they needed a larger space to film the stairs, the door and
the actress walking towards the door....drama.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...pscxohaxka.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psijmynzgd.jpg
CD files

ethereal_reality Jan 16, 2016 8:01 PM

Two snapshots (1970s?) of an unknown filming location.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...908/y8GpMa.jpg
eBay



http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/903/NtVqaH.jpg
eBay

:previous: note that it says Wrightsville on the vintage car.

Does anyone recall a movie that took place in (or near) a Wrightsville?

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HossC Jan 16, 2016 8:09 PM

There are 65 images in this photoset, so obviously I've just picked a small selection. We touched briefly on the Crane Co a few months ago, but didn't get much further than establishing that it was involved with plumbing. Here are a few of Julius Shulman's photos of their premises at 321 E 3rd Street. It's "Job 854: Crane Company Operations Offices (Los Angeles, Calif.),1950". This is the 3rd Street elevation - that car looks quite old for a 1950 photo.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original

This is the back of the building above.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original

And here's the loading dock in that building.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original

The young lady on the left of this office scene seems to be the only one looking at the camera.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...4.jpg~original

This storage room contains loads of pipe fixtures. The man with the suit and tie appears in quite a few of the pictures, so I'm guessing he's quite important.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...5.jpg~original

And finally, this must be the where the emails are handled :).

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...6.jpg~original

All from Getty Research Institute

It looks like the Crane Co's first appearance in the City Directories is 1893, when they were based at 118-124 Requena Street. Requena Street was just south of Commercial Street, on the west side of Alameda. By 1896, they had moved to 126 N Los Angeles Street, where they stayed until around 1909. The 1921 Baist map still shows the building as the Crane Block. After that, the company was based at 321 E 3rd Street for around half a century, with the last listing at that address in the 1960 CD. Here's an advert from the 1923 CD.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...7.jpg~original
LAPL

This is the building layout in 1952. The boxcar in the Shulman photos was near the end of an S-shaped spur that joined the main line between 1st and 2nd Streets on Alameda. The Crane Co buildings still looked much the same until at least 1980. The 1994 aerial image shows a cleared lot, and the current apartments on the site appear to be under construction on the 2005 image.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...8.jpg~original
Historic Aerials

ethereal_reality Jan 16, 2016 8:21 PM

We haven't visited the Hotel Regina on NLA.

I happened across this interesting postcard a few months ago on eBay.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...911/gu6eve.jpg

I've been trying to figure out where the Hotel Regina pool would have been located.

contemporary aerial
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...905/Fc1Eqt.jpg
google_earth

:previous: Initially I thought the pool must have been in that rectangular grassy area in the parking lot next to the old Hotel Regina building.



But if you look closely at the photograph it doesn't seem possible. (for one thing, there's a house on the left)

Here's an enlargement.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...633/Hmyqvu.jpg

So where the heck was the pool?

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GaylordWilshire Jan 16, 2016 8:43 PM

:previous:

Here's a 1972 "Historic Aerial"-- looks like the pool was there in 1964, and going back to at least HA's 1948 shot. Hard to tell, but the pool might have lasted until 1980, possibly later... Looks like a house or other small building to the south of the hotel.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-L...2520PM.bmp.jpghistoricaerials.com/

ethereal_reality Jan 16, 2016 9:01 PM

So you're saying this is the pool, right GW? (there looks like there might be another pool to the north) -under the IA of the word AERIALS

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...903/FWyZev.jpg

But to get the house in the right spot, the photographer would have to be at the back of the pool facing Westlake Avenue.
Yet this can't be the case, because there's a building where the street should be in the vintage photo.

I don't know why I'm not grasping this.
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jg6544 Jan 16, 2016 9:11 PM

Noted in this morning's LA Times/Real Estate - George Cukor's former home on Cordell Drive is on the market again.

HossC Jan 16, 2016 9:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7301904)

So you're saying this is the pool, right GW? (there looks like there might be another pool to the north) -under the IA of the word AERIALS

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...903/FWyZev.jpg

But to get the house in the right spot, the photographer would have to be at the back of the pool facing Westlake Avenue.
Yet this can't be the case, because there's a building where the street should be in the vintage photo.

I don't know why I'm not grasping this.

The photographer was facing Westlake Avenue. Here's a comparison with a GSV image looking from the alley at the back. In the vintage image, there's a narrow building between the pool and Westlake Avenue.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
eBay/GSV


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