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jg6544 Oct 11, 2019 5:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Lorendoc (Post 8714216)
Thanks for comments odinthor and HossC. Here's another one, taken from very close to the Huntington photo I posted last night:

https://i.imgur.com/ezm4rhV.jpg
calisphere.org

Things haven't changed much, apart from a trolley metamorphosing into a bus:

https://i.imgur.com/GzXSJpK.jpg
GSV, 2008


That and largely empty sidewalks!

sopas ej Oct 11, 2019 7:10 PM

:previous:

Wow, and that Google street view was from 2008? I wouldn't think so, looking at the Metro buses; I thought by 2008, the Orange Local paint scheme would have already been well-established.

Lorendoc Oct 12, 2019 5:59 AM

Here is another Ralph Morris photo. It's labled "Industrial building, exterior view." It is oddly cropped, but shows an inoffensive International Style structure.

https://i.imgur.com/hEtlfaZ.jpg
calisphere.org

There is a street number visible on the left side of the building: 3630. This turns out to be 3630 Eastham in Culver City. The assessor dates the structure to 1946.

The 1949 Culver City Directory shows two light industrial tenants at 3630 Eastham:

https://i.imgur.com/uWsOZLA.jpg
ancestry.com

The building has survived, although I'm not sure the passage of time has done it any favors:

https://i.imgur.com/dXwl8jp.jpg
GSV

They seem to have moved the main entrance to the parking lot and walled over the original entry way.

The current tenants (the Walton Isaacson agency) may explain the unfortunate remodel asthetic. From their self-congratulatory web site:

https://i.imgur.com/yzjwoRq.jpg

ethereal_reality Oct 12, 2019 10:26 PM

This slide was just posted on eBay.

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"Original Slide - Little Tokyo, Nisei Week 1959"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/5zNuR6.jpg
eBay

This is a very interesting (and busy) street scene.

At far RIGHT >...Note the Pool sign with the arrow bent at the end. Is this referring to a basement space?
Hmmm...I can't quite tell if the pool sign is directly above the Taul Bldg. marquee or just beyond.

Also visible, a bit farther down the block, is one of those ubiquitous vertical cocktail signs.

Does anyone recognize the white building on the left, just beyond the cafe and bakery sign? It's a rather impressive Deco-ish building. (I hope it's still there!)

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BillinGlendaleCA Oct 12, 2019 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8715557)
This slide was just posted on eBay.

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"Original Slide - Little Tokyo, Nisei Week 1959"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/5zNuR6.jpg
eBay

This is a very interesting (and busy) street scene.

At far RIGHT >...Note the Pool sign with the arrow bent at the end. Is this referring to a basement space?
Hmmm...I can't quite tell if the pool sign is directly above the Taul Bldg. marquee or just beyond.

Also visible, a bit farther down the block, is one of those ubiquitous vertical cocktail signs.

Does anyone recognize the white building on the left, just beyond the cafe and bakery sign? It's a rather impressive Deco-ish building. (I hope it's still there!)

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That's looking east down 1st Street, your building is still there at 309-313.

ETA: Here's a picture of that white building(it's actually more of a tan now) that I took on a shoot in Little Tokyo 2 years ago.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d699fc2d_b.jpg_9170155.jpg by BillinGlendaleCA, on Flickr

Noir_Noir Oct 13, 2019 4:55 AM

:previous:

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8715557)
At far RIGHT > Note the Pool sign with the arrow bent at the end. Is this referring to a basement space?
Hmmm...I can't quite tell if the pool sign is directly above the Taul Bldg. marquee or just beyond.



Around the time the photo was taken, it was Tom's place.


https://i.imgur.com/InUe9sk.jpg
cdnc.ucr.edu - Shin Nichibei 18 December 1960



Sometime later Frank moved in from his original location across the street at 321½ E. 1st St.


https://i.imgur.com/gXwKbDM.jpg
rescarta.lapl.org


"First, there was Frank's pool hall in the basement of the Taul Building on the corner of 1st and San Pedro. It looked incredibly seedy... no, I take that back,
it WAS incredibly seedy, with old men and young toughs shooting pool with cigarettes hanging out of there mouths at 45 degree angles. Weenies like me,
who couldn't shoot straight, had to play short games, like nine-ball, so we could actually finish a game in decent time. But the regulars played straight pool,
calling out numbers, "13 in the corner", then slide over the beads strung around the tables with each shot made. To these 17 year-old eyes, it was so cool
to see these guys shooting for the money they had splayed on the table before each game. I would suck on a Coke as I watched the regulars play rack after
rack of pool."


onigiriman.blogspot.com - Not Living Up To Expectations

ethereal_reality Oct 13, 2019 3:22 PM

:previous: Ah, so the pool hall was in the basement.
That description is really interesting. Old pool halls have always intrigued me.
I think it's because my family had a pool table in our garage when I was a kid. I was known around town as 'Minnesota Small'....ha ha


Here's another reminiscense of J-Town. (Japanese Town)
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One of the key buildings in Little Tokyo during that era was called the “Taul Building.”
I know a lot of people not familiar with the area thought it was named so because
it was the tallest structure in J-Town, but probably were confused at the spelling. Not “Tall,” but “Taul.”

"It’s hard to imagine how much J-Town has changed since the days when we were all “Taul Building Leaners."
Perhaps one of these days I‘ll devote an entire column to the old-time Little Tokyo. It might rekindle memories
for a lot of the guys from the J-Town of old, like that tiny coffee shop at the entry to the old Taul Building run by one lady".

Yeah, even if I didn’t have a nickel on me, the lady running the shop would still make me a bite to eat and let me pay her
the next time I had some money in my pocket. from G. YOSHINAGA
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'Taul Building Leaners'? I guess he means..as a youth, he (and his friends) hung out and 'leaned' against the building. :shrug:


BillinGlendale, thanks for sharing your photograph of the building that had caught my attention. I'm glad it's still there!

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odinthor Oct 13, 2019 4:17 PM

Here's a story both poignant and noirish relating to the Taul Bldg.:

https://i.postimg.cc/D0GST23k/Taul10-29-46.jpg
LA Times of 10/29/46, via ProQuest, via CSULB Library

ethereal_reality Oct 13, 2019 5:25 PM

:previous: That last paragraph is a bit heartbreaking. :(

Lwize Oct 13, 2019 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8711605)
it looks like McKee also had a taxicab service!

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/o2trPT.jpg

Looks like the 1915 version of Uber Eats!

FredH Oct 14, 2019 2:30 AM

E.R. - I know that you appreciate rooftop signs, so you may notice that (not only is your building still there) but also the rooftop billboard is still hanging in there too.

https://i.postimg.cc/R0V33F01/old-sign.png
Ebay

https://i.postimg.cc/KcnZ2bGm/new-sign.png
Google Street View

A bonus here is that the 1959 sign is advertising Lucky Lager! :cheers:



By The Way - Nisei Week celebrates the children of Japanese immigrants. The festival is still going strong in Little Tokyo.

ethereal_reality Oct 14, 2019 3:31 AM

You're absolutely right, FredH. Thanks for pointing that out. :)

ethereal_reality Oct 14, 2019 4:21 AM

Here is a rather strange snapshot of a snake charmer. It was on eBay yesterday but has since disappeared.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...921/QnTW09.jpghttps://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...921/XtXB6k.jpg
eBay

"The Fair Charmer, M.A. Fuller, 206 N. New Hampshire, Los Angeles." Apt. 106.

What in blue blazes is that in the audience, on the right?




Let's take a closer look.

The seller describes the snake charmer as an exotic woman...but I'm not so sure.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/QnTW09.jpg

What do you think noirishers...Man or Woman? :shrug:

Here's how the ad appeared on eBay.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...921/VyEFhc.jpg






re: The mystery in the audience.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/yN4iOU.jpg
DETAIL

It's a monkey.

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FredH Oct 14, 2019 5:59 AM

:previous:

I love these two guys in the audience, just standing there watching like there's nothing weird going on.

https://i.postimg.cc/Y9wdm00S/snake.png
Ebay


I wouldn't be getting that close to the snake...or the monkey...or the "woman"

ethereal_reality Oct 14, 2019 2:29 PM

An interesting business card from the 1920s or 30s.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...921/8C1Ckb.jpg
eBay

Ed's Beer Mug, 4619 Melrose Avenue, NOrmandy 9278.............Ed Levy, Proprietor


There's an odd little game on the reverse.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/MEFgfw.jpg
eBay

:shrug:

I can't figure it out.

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HossC Oct 14, 2019 6:17 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8716574)

There's an odd little game on the reverse.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/MEFgfw.jpg
eBay

:shrug:

I can't figure it out.

I think you draw the two straight lines to make a "T", and then put it at the start of each line to make a rather risqué sentence, especially given the quoted date!

ethereal_reality Oct 14, 2019 6:59 PM

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Yikes!

I had no idea.



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Scott Charles Oct 14, 2019 7:54 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8715557)
Note the Pool sign with the arrow bent at the end. Is this referring to a basement space?

I guess all of the (old) buildings on First Street have basements? I've been in the basement of Mr. Ramen before, a friend of mine was friends with the owner.

Lorendoc Oct 14, 2019 8:19 PM

Ed's Beer Mug, atoning for its past sins
 
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8716822)
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Oh my God!



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https://i.imgur.com/Zz4RJM7.jpg
GSV

pjenn Oct 14, 2019 8:55 PM

The storefront with "Bowls" on the front was the headquarters of the LAPD Special Intelligence Unit in 1938 at the time of the Harry Raymond bombing.


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