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ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2019 1:40 AM

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Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 8781795)

........Who is this fun gal?....I really like her.

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CityBoyDoug Dec 23, 2019 2:35 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8782782)
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........Who is this fun gal?....I really like her.

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https://media1.tenor.com/images/e93c...itemid=5222653https://media3.giphy.com/media/Y8kIo...&rid=giphy.gif
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I believe that fun gal is Thelma White.....lived to age 94.

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2019 2:59 AM

Thanks, CBD.


You're correct, Thelma White played Mae in Reefer Madness. [1936]......-thus the madcap smoking.....

Thelma sure looks like Loretta Young in the GIF on the right.

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CityBoyDoug Dec 23, 2019 4:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8782826)
Thanks, CBD.



Thelma sure looks like Loretta Young in the GIF on the right.

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Hey, you got it, that is Loretta Young.

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2019 8:06 PM

A mystery location.

Two bordered snapshots from the 1930s of a Kevin Costner look-a-like.

Seller's description:...2 "Vintage Old Photos of Suave Looking Man in Suit Slauson Avenue Los Angeles CA"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...923/DMB9UK.jpghttp://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...923/xIvhS0.jpg
eBay


The reason the seller mentions Slauson Ave. is because of the bumpersticker on the car.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...924/lAiXJY.jpg
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I believe this might be the station advertised on the bumpersticker.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...923/ORm7hW.jpg
lapl

Of course this doesn't mean Kevin' is anywhere near Slauson Avenue.
(the 'Nuevo' makes me think he might have taken a day trip down to Tijuana) :shrug:


There are a couple additional clues. . .

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/GixvGR.jpg
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The sign by the man's head advertises Chop Suey Noodles and there's a decal in the back window of the car.
A building reflected in the window has one of those large decorative urns along it's roofline. (most of these 'urns' were removed after the 1933 Earthquake)
. . .so perhaps the photograph(s) pre-date the earthquake. :shrug:


Can anyone read what's written on the decal?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...922/ArRDak.jpg
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As you can see there are actually two decals. (I accidentally cropped one off in the larger pic.)










In the other photo, there is something framed, possibly a menu, on the building but it's washed out because of the bright sun.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/NCXlTn.jpg
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On the right, there is, what appears to be, a 'shield-like' sign that has been removed. The shape appears to be similiar to the Chop Suey Noodles sign.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...924/Eb4EHC.jpg

Get workin', minions. :superwhip

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HossC Dec 23, 2019 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8773565)

"Looking south on Alameda Street at Vernon Avenue."

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/Py1Y22.jpg
EBAY

While I was looking around this intersection, I spotted the building below. It would've been behind the truck on the left in the picture above. I can't see any previous mentions of this simple Deco-style building at 1912 E Vernon Avenue (although we've covered a couple of its neighbors).

https://i809.photobucket.com/albums/...12EVernon1.jpg
GSV

That's an old New York Central railroad dining car in the parking lot, but even more strange is what you'll find on the roof. There's a 1948 fire truck which has been there since 1987. It's just visible from the intersection. You can read a little more about how it got there in this 2010 LAT article.

https://i809.photobucket.com/albums/...12EVernon2.jpg
GSV

I would've posted this follow-up sooner, but Photobucket's been unavailable for most of the past week!

CityBoyDoug Dec 24, 2019 12:32 AM

https://waterandpower.org/8%20Histor...wer_ca1938.jpg
W & P photo
View looking east on 6th Street from Flower Street toward Hope Street. A streetcar is visible in the center on the tracks which bisect the street. The Hotel Savoy can be seen in the background.
1938...

ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2019 8:28 AM

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Originally Posted by odinthor (Post 8782699)
I don't believe we've had the cafe at Coulter's Dry Goods before . . .

https://i.postimg.cc/pT2pBqc9/Coulter001.jpg
odinthor collection

It was in operation by 1906


:previous: Excellent find, odinthor....I didn't know Coulter's Dry Goods had a cafe. . .& I'm surprised by how large it is! It appears to take up the entire fourth floor.


I realize we covered Benjamin Franklin Coulter's Dry Good Store back in the early days of the thread.

but let's brush up on our history. :)

It was a dark, stormy night....It all began on October 22, 1878

"In a small room, eighteen by twenty feet, in the Downey block at the corner of Temple and Spring streets (present site of the post office and Federal building) constituted Mr. Coulter’s first store. At that time it was the only structure available for store purposes in the community. Merchandise for this diminutive room was purchased in New York, the first order amounting to one thousand dollars.

Business grew so rapidly that a year later it became necessary to find more adequate quarters, and the Baker block at 332-34 North Main street, was selected because it offered a larger room—twenty by one hundred and ten feet. Here the store remained until 1885. During this period Mr. Coulter established the Coulter Woolen Mills, located at 439 Figueroa street, where fine blankets were woven and finished, marketed at retail over the counter, and also distributed wholesale in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and elsewhere.

In 1885 and thereabouts the business district of Los Angeles centered about the Old Plaza, extending only a little farther south than First street, so that the third movement of the store was true pioneering. The selection of a room sixty by one hundred and forty feet, in the Hollenbeck Hotel block at Second and Spring, seemed epoch-making; however the move proved amply justified.

In 1892 Mr. Coulter incorporated the store into the Coulter Dry Goods Company; its directors were from the immediate family, under whose management and sole control the business has ever since remained.

The pressing need for more ample space again manifested itself, and in 1898 the company selected a new site on Broadway between Third and Fourth streets—this being the ground floor of the Homer Laughlin building, fronting one hundred and twenty feet on Broadway.

In 1906 the company moved to its own building and into the Bicknell building adjoining, on Broadway between Second and Third streets; now occupying three floors, with one hundred and twenty feet on Broadway. At that time the establishment represented the last word in convenience and beauty of appointments; and here it remained until October, 1917, when the large and beautiful store on the southwest corner of Seventh and Olive streets was opened; where it remains today, catering to a discriminating clientele of the pioneer families of Los Angeles and their descendants."

Information from the restorationmovement

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ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2019 8:45 AM

Here's an amateur slide of the Richfield Building that is new to NLA.

Seller's description:..."Original Slide, 1950s Los Angeles Street Scene, Richfield Tower."

I count, no less than, four hotels in this image.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/tjPmej.jpg
eBay

I wanted to figure out what was going on in the lower left corner so I decided to enlarge it. And since it's so dark, I lightened it, as well.




https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/rWSohx.jpg

As you can see, it's people walking under a safety barrier.....I wonder if the neon is for a bar.





And of course the banner over the street piqued my curiousity too.

Someone with better eyesight than mine, will have to decipher it.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/NPWSeB.jpg
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You'll have to squint like there's no tomorrow!

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CaliNative Dec 24, 2019 12:45 PM

[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;8783871]Here's an amateur slide of the Richfield Building that is new to NLA.

Seller's description:..."Original Slide, 1950s Los Angeles Street Scene, Richfield Tower."

I count, no less than, four hotels in this image.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/tjPmej.jpg
eBay

^^^
389 feet of art deco magnificence. What a loss.

Scott Charles Dec 24, 2019 12:46 PM

The large words on the banner are CRUSADE and CHURCH, but I can't make out the rest of it.

Noir_Noir Dec 24, 2019 12:54 PM

:previous:


___ ___

CRUSADE

Join Now

CHURCH

OF THE

OPEN DOOR

__ __ 1951

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Lwize Dec 24, 2019 5:49 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8783405)

I miss old school Chinese food (even if Chop Suey is from San Francisco!).

I miss MSG. :(

ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2019 6:25 PM

The person that took the slide of the Richfield Building was no doubt staying at the Statler Hotel.


Here are two views from their room(s).

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/4XKS5L.jpg
eBay

I see a Hotel Ritz at far right. That doesn't ring a bell.









https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/qkKmd8.jpg
eBay

Note that the Union Oil Building has yet to be built. (it opened in 1958)






Last but not least, a slide of the photographer's home-base, the Statler Hotel.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/dVMkAe.jpg
eBay

This is the corner of Wilshire and Figueroa. (the hotel was demolished in 2012)


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ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2019 7:26 PM

Now for something a bit farther in the past.

A mystery location.

"Metz Friction Drive"...(whatever that is)


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/d0ZVTD.jpg
eBay..the seller cropped it this way.

I briefly searched Lipson & Bogard (the business across the street)but I wasn't able to find a street address.




I'm off to my mom's house for Christmas.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/5717/AjgtIE.gif
..Does anyone remember the NORELCO Christmas commercials?


Have a Joyous Christmas and Happy Hanukkah eveyone!

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BillinGlendaleCA Dec 24, 2019 7:52 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8784127)
The person that took the slide of the Richfield Building was no doubt staying at the Statler Hotel.



Last but not least, a slide of the photographer's home-base, the Statler Hotel.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/dVMkAe.jpg
eBay

This is the corner of Wilshire and Figueroa. (the hotel was demolished in 2012)


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Here's the Statler's replacement decked out in it's Christmas Colors(right of center):

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-...XCHVt5M-XL.jpg(Photo by me)

Earl Boebert Dec 24, 2019 8:55 PM

Friction drive:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friction_drive

Best Wishes for the Holidays to All

Earl

HossC Dec 24, 2019 9:06 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8784147)

Now for something a bit farther in the past.

A mystery location.

"Metz Friction Drive"...(whatever that is)

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/d0ZVTD.jpg
eBay..the seller cropped it this way.

I briefly searched Lipson & Bogard (the business across the street)but I wasn't able to find a street address.

The friction drive on the Metz worked by two perpendicular discs rubbing together rather than using a regular transmission. One of the discs was made of paper! The car probably dates from around 1913/14. Here's a similar model being driven around LA with an explanation of the friction drive:

Video Link


Davis Bros Tires opened their business at 5931 Washington Blvd, Culver City in 1937, and they're still there today. I'm guessing that this was a promotional vehicle for their business as the cars in the background are much newer than the Metz. The top line of the sign on the car door says something about "Oldtimers". Although my search yielded no results, I think that Lipson & Bogard was across the street from the tire shop as tire racks are visible at the left of e_r's photo.

Beaudry Dec 24, 2019 9:35 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8783871)
Here's an amateur slide of the Richfield Building that is new to NLA.

Seller's description:..."Original Slide, 1950s Los Angeles Street Scene, Richfield Tower."

I count, no less than, four hotels in this image.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/tjPmej.jpg
eBay

And of course the banner over the street piqued my curiousity too.


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Here's that NW corner of 6th and Hope in 1927. Note that in the slide the buildings to the west have been demolished for Superior Oil.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...515bd253_b.jpglapl

And if the banner is about the Church of the Open Door, that's in part 'cuz if you stood at that corner and looked to your right, the Church'd be right there (though in the early '50s, there'd be no Bunker Hill skyscrapers looming behind the library):

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...98292251_c.jpglapl

Looking west on Sixth again just for fun—

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...b152a91a_o.pnglapl

Yeah, it's a great slide. Needless to say I've got a big fat bid on it. I'm actually doing a lecture on the Richfield at Bolton Hall in February and I intend to make this slide a part of it!

HossC Dec 24, 2019 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 8784208)

Here's that NW corner of 6th and Hope in 1927. Note that in the slide the buildings to the west have been demolished for Superior Oil.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...515bd253_b.jpglapl

Here's a demolition picture which I originally posted alongside the image above in 2014.

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Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6758866)

I'm not sure of the build date, but I did find this demolition picture dated August 1955. The caption says it was wrecked for the Superior Oil Building. In the background is the California Club, which wasn't built until a couple of years after the picture above.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...LA701W6th2.jpg
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