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ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2015 12:35 AM

We've seen Angels Flight hundreds of times on NLA, but not this particular amateur slide from the 1950s.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...538/Lx0NnB.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Koda...item35e545bcab





-here it is extra-large to savor the details.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/912/50ljCj.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Koda...item35e545bcab

Can anyone read the blue sign a third of the way up the flight?

I just realized the top line on the blue sign is the same as the name on the blade sign above it....Hulburt.
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HenryHuntington Feb 16, 2015 1:21 AM

Flying Wedge, thanks so much for the photos of Playa del Rey! Until his untimely passing last year, my brother lived in the condos built on the site of the old Westport Beach Club, and I've driven that stretch of Vista Del Mar a few hundred times.

We used to body surf there in the late 1960s, and I still consider it a tragedy that the neighborhood under the LAX flight path was taken out due to the runway extensions.

Of course, much of that area was developed by real estate promoter Fritz B. Burns who IIRC helped develop mass produced housing after World War II. If I'm not mistaken, he developed Westchester and Panorama City. Yet he was nearly penniless during the early Depression years and actually lived in a tent on the beach at Playa del Rey for a time.

MichaelRyerson Feb 16, 2015 2:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6916778)
We've seen Angels Flight hundreds of times on NLA, but not this particular amateur slide from the 1950s.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...538/Lx0NnB.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Koda...item35e545bcab





-here it is extra-large to savor the details.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/912/50ljCj.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Koda...item35e545bcab

Can anyone read the blue sign a third of the way up the flight?

I just realized the top line on the blue sign is the same as the name on the blade sign above it....Hulburt.
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Yes, it says...

Hulburt
Hotel Apartment
and Rooms
(small sign attached below is a Bell System logo sign and says 'telephone')

Godzilla Feb 16, 2015 2:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6916778)
We've seen Angels Flight hundreds of times on NLA, but not this particular amateur slide from the 1950s.


-here it is extra-large to savor the details.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/912/50ljCj.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Koda...item35e545bcab

Can anyone read the blue sign a third of the way up the flight?

I just realized the top line on the blue sign is the same as the name on the blade sign above it....Hulburt.
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Angel's flight circa 1910
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...urt&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...urt&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...urt&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...urt&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/8798/rec/2




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http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...urt&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/8798/rec/2



Has the vegetarian menu been posted?
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Eight mile an hour speed limit.
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...urt&DMROTATE=0

Wig-Wag Feb 16, 2015 2:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6916661)
Here is the old Griffith Park miniature train. I thought this was really cool at the time....and still do.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psfz5vnzsv.jpg
LATimes
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psaafpezn1.jpg
Self att.

Hey CDB! Great photos! Here is yours truly at the train courtesy of my Mom's Kodak 122A postcard camera. Not sure of the date but I was much younger then!

Cheers,
Jack

http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/...psjpthgjqc.jpg

CityBoyDoug Feb 16, 2015 3:07 AM

Here's another one of LA's miniature trains. This one operated at Venice Beach. Choo choo and clang clang all the way to the roundhouse....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps93298e3d.jpg
CD file

CityBoyDoug Feb 16, 2015 3:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wig-Wag (Post 6916855)
Hey CDB! Great photos! Here is yours truly at the train courtesy of my Mom's Kodak 122A postcard camera. Not sure of the date but I was much younger then!

Cheers,
Jack

http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/...psjpthgjqc.jpg

Thanks Jack for the picture. That is so cool.!!
I rode the train when I was about ten years old...25 cents. I believe the engine was a GM gasoline car motor. Probably a Chevy. If I recall correctly, GM made the train in their Detroit shops.

Here is a 60 year old photo of some kids riding the same train.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psiepf00fc.jpg
malcombsblog

so-cal-bear Feb 16, 2015 3:35 AM

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CityBoyDoug Feb 16, 2015 9:54 AM

Angels Flight
 
Decay and disrepair...LA noir.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psu5og1cqw.jpg

JScott Feb 16, 2015 12:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Handsome Stranger (Post 6915285)
That car may not be quite as close to the water as it appears. I get the feeling there may be a fairly steep slope just out of view, and a stretch of sand below. Here's another Red Car from a different vantage point to show you what I mean.

http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...ec495f17_o.jpg
[source: kcet.org]

KCET says this photo was taken in Redondo Beach in 1939. I see so many oil derricks in the distance that I question whether that's accurate.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6916744)
This aerial view looks north at the same area. LAPL dates the photo 1947, but it's a lot closer to 1927. You can see the streetcar tracks between the ocean and Vista del Mar:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...9.jpg~original
LAPL -- http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics48/00073809.jpg


The oilfield at Vista del Mar bears little if any resemblance to that depicted in the original photo in this sub-thread (top). The derricks in the former are not nearly as dense nor arranged in such orderly phalanxes as those in the OP photo or the multiple images of the Huntington Beach oilfield that I posted previously. The PE trackways and coastal topographies in both areas are very similar, I admit, but I think the truly salient feature that's key to identifying the actual location of the original photo is the physical layout of the respective oilfields, and not the topographical characteristics of the coastline, which are virtually indistinguishable from the one location vs. the other.

JScott Feb 16, 2015 12:37 PM

Nevermind.

Lwize Feb 16, 2015 3:09 PM

Vegetarian must have been an alien concept back then.

:)

Handsome Stranger Feb 16, 2015 5:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6916744)
That photo looks like it was taken in the Playa del Rey/Surfridge area. I believe the cars atop the bluff in the photo are parked along Vista del Mar.

Flyingwedge, thanks for the detailed follow-up and additional photos. I think you're right about the location. (I had been looking at those parked cars and racking my brain trying to figure out what beach community it would have been!)

ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2015 7:24 PM

'mystery' location of the day.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...908/Xe0nA9.jpg
eBay
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Lorendoc Feb 16, 2015 7:31 PM

Mystery photo
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6916760)

Lorendoc, are you still there?


I meant this one, from the east side:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-T...33001%2BPM.jpg

Yes I am still here, RL has been distracting a bit.

You are exactly right about that building. I took my photo looking west from the west side of the Metro Gold Line - Union Station boarding platform.

As JScott's photoshopping revealed, we are looking at City Hall, the Library Tower, and Union Station's tower.

ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2015 7:31 PM

:previous: That was a fun little challenge Lorendoc. You should do it more often.
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"Operated by the City of Los Angeles

Department of Recreations & Parks

The Famous Traveling Circus."

1971
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...631/zLANbK.jpg
eBay

Does anyone remember this traveling 'circus-mobile'?

I wonder what was in the bottom part....animals?
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HossC Feb 16, 2015 8:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6917407)

'mystery' location of the day.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...908/Xe0nA9.jpg
eBay

The De Soto/Plymouth dealer was Domenich Basso Inc at 1201 N Broadway. The end of the long wooden bridge over the rail yard is just visible of the right. Here's roughly the same view today.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...wayBishops.jpg
GSV

ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2015 8:36 PM

:previous: Wow that was quick HossC. -thanks
Did you find anything about the Legle Bros. Coffee Co? I see that they had a roaster on the roof. (at least that's what I think it is)
I believe the coffee co building is the white building in your gsv-, but I'm not sure.
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...just for fun.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...905/zFSban.jpg
ebay



one more.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/L9XVtq.jpg
ebay

When I was a kid, my grandfather had a plumbing business and this is the kind of calendars he had hanging in his store.


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tovangar2 Feb 16, 2015 8:50 PM

Thank you e_r and Godzilla for the Angels Flight photos. I was particularly enthralled by the C.C. Pierce one.

The details of people's dress, even the shoes of the ladies on the left was fascinating. Also, the design of the pentaglobe streetlamps, so much more elaborate than today's 'recreations' on W 7th Street. The Champ Clark for President placard in the window gave some context. Marsden Drug has postcards and a framed panorama for sale, probably at least some of them also C.C. Pierce's work.

I was a bit horrified at how grubby everything looked in the 1950s. The columns of the lower gate of Angels Flight in particular.

We seen them before, but I'll add a "before" and three "afters":

1885:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-E...15451%2BAM.jpg
water & power

1966:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-D...04502%2BAM.jpg
http://www.onbunkerhill.org/taxonomy/term/84

1968:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Z...05545%2BAM.jpg
William Reagh

Today:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-I...23253%2BAM.jpg
gsv

Martin Pal Feb 16, 2015 8:54 PM

Dark Canyon Road/Barham Blvd.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6916700)
I recently came across several rare ads for the Club Airport Gardens (later the mob run Club Continental).

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...631/e7IRmt.png
https://archive.org/details/hollywoodfilmogr14holl
________________

FYI: Here are two NLA posts relating that Dark Canyon Road, mentioned in the above ad, is now known as Barham Blvd.
When or why that name change occurred has not been mentioned yet.

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=17887

From the above post:

Developer Earl L. White [...] first developed the area centered around Magnolia Blvd. Earl White graded the road between
Burbank to the Cahuenga pass through what was then called Dark Canyon. It is now Barham Blvd.


http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=17996

From this post:

[From an] entry on a Yahoo group dedicated to the Pacific Electric Railway. [...] Raphel Long posted this [...]:

http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/P...ns/topics/4410

Monkey Island was located on the north side of Cahuenga Boulevard just west of Dark Canyon Road. The Cahuenga
Parkway ended just west of the [Barham] Dark Canyon Bridge where it crossed the Pacific Electric at grade.


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