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Albany NY Feb 14, 2014 3:08 AM

"Gooble, gobble, one of us, one of us."
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Krell58 (Post 6451503)
This is good...

Video Link

[B]C'mon, everyone. Let's all get together and harass ethereal reality until he finally watches the entire film. Anyone with a love of old Hollywood (even if not specifically old LA) has to watch It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World./B]

Tourmaline Feb 14, 2014 3:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6450069)
Owner Adolph “Eddie” Brandstter, center with customers.

Eddie had a bit of a noir side. I didn’t know Sardi’s was destroyed by a fire! From the linked article:

[i]The Sunset Inn, Café Montmartre, Sardi's: Wherever Adolph "Eddie" Brandstatter's night spots were, Hollywood once gathered. [After some questionable business decisions] in 1932 he declared bankruptcy and, after he sold the Montmartre, was convicted of theft for having absconded with assorted furnishings, including drapes, china and a large statue of a nude woman (described in the Los Angeles Times as "a cherished art object").


An object of Eddie Brandstatter's desire.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092908.jpg http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092908.jpg

And another
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092910.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092910.jpg


But Eddie clearly had proponents. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/31782/rec/3

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ter&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ter&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ter&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ter&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ter&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ter&DMROTATE=0

sopas ej Feb 14, 2014 4:39 AM

The Academy Awards are in a few weeks.

So, for shits and giggles, I thought I'd post some pics of Miss Deanna Durbin, who received a miniature Oscar for Best Juvenile Performance of the Year (an honor she shared with Mickey Rooney who also got a Juvenile Oscar that year), when she was 17 years old.

February 23, 1939. Deanna Durbin arrives with her parents at the Biltmore Bowl at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Ángeles.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-N...nnaOscar02.jpg
amazingdeanna.blogspot

Edgar Bergen sits with Deanna at her table. He will present her with her award later that evening.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6...nnaOscar04.jpg
amazingdeanna.blogspot

Look how small those juvenile Oscars were. They were honorary (non-competitive) awards presented off and on from the 1930s until 1961, when Hayley Mills received one for her work in "Pollyanna."
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o...nnaOscar06.jpg
amazingdeanna.blogspot

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-u...nnaOscar07.jpg
amazingdeanna.blogspot

HossC Feb 14, 2014 3:27 PM

Thanks for the 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' video, Krell58.


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Jack O'Hara, a.k.a. Jack "the Enforcer" Whalen. I've done my best to remove most of the watermark.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ackWhalen1.jpg
Ebay

His death was the lead story in the LA Times:

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ackWhalen2.jpg
latimes.com

For more info, see Larry Harnisch's article: Jack ‘the Enforcer’ Whalen Killed.

HossC Feb 14, 2014 6:29 PM

This picture seems vaguely familiar, but I've searched the thread for "pigeon hole" and "pigeonhole", and found nothing. Is that a '53 Buick just going in? (Let the argument commence :)).

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
Ebay

Some more pictures from LAPL with captions taken straight from that site:

Pigeon Hole Garage.
Under construction at Wilshire and Flower is a six-story garage in which an elevator will lift automobiles to the desired floor and park them in "pigeon hole" stalls. Blue Diamond Corp. is furnishing materials for the structure scheduled to open late next month. Photo dated: September 8, 1953.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...igeonHole3.jpg
LAPL

Downtown Pigeon Hole Parking Garage dedicated.
City councilman Ed Roybal (arrow) speaks during the dedication for the Pigeon Hole Parking Garage (background) located at 644 South Flower Street, at the intersection with Wilshire Blvd. The new type garage was built by Standard Stations, Inc. A hydraulic lift picks up a car and carries it to a parking space. Photo dated: November 5, 1953.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...igeonHole4.jpg
LAPL

Parking garage, downtown.
View of the fully-automated Pigeon Hole Parking Garage located at 644 S. Flower (at Wilshire). Photo dated: November 7, 1953.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...igeonHole5.jpg
LAPL

Pigeon Hole Garage car elevator.
A man controls the elevator that lift automobiles to the desired floor and parks them in "pigeon hole" stalls at the Pigeon Hole Parking Garage located at 644 South Flower St. Photo dated: November 7, 1953.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...igeonHole6.jpg
LAPL

Is this one solution for the parking problem?
The fully-automated Pigeon Hole Parking Garage at 644 S. Flower (at Wilshire) may be the answer for solving the parking shortage. Photo dated: July 13, 1965.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...igeonHole7.jpg
LAPL

Further reading on la.curbed:

Downtown Did Automated Parking Garages in the 20s and 50s

OLeander5-5225 Feb 14, 2014 7:08 PM

Flower Shops of Los Angeles
 
The Sephardic Immigrants Who Brought Flowers to L.A. by Edmon Rodman.
Jewish Journal
February 13, 2014


On Valentine’s Day, as you exit a freeway off-ramp or drive down the streets of Los Angeles, the people you see hawking red-and-white holiday bouquets on street corners may have more in common with you than you might ever imagine.

In the early 20th century, Sephardic immigrants, many from the Mediterranean island of Rhodes, as well as from Turkey and Syria, got their first scent of success in America by selling flowers on L.A. street corners....




http://www.jewishjournal.com/article...flowers_to_l.a

Martin Pal Feb 14, 2014 8:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6452531)
This picture seems vaguely familiar, but I've searched the thread for "pigeon hole" and "pigeonhole" [parking garage], and found nothing.

Perhaps...?...you were thinking of this recent post with the Apartmentmobile?

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=19089

HossC Feb 14, 2014 9:54 PM

:previous:

Thanks, Martin. I think it's a mixture of that recent post and a similar garage located elsewhere that I read about last year that's giving me a false memory :).


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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6339739)
Russian Cuisine
http://imageshack.us/a/img31/7817/8pyk.jpg


I hope someone can dig up a larger scan of this photo.
http://imageshack.us/a/img36/5860/49og.jpg
old cd of mine


interior/bar area
http://imageshack.us/a/img5/4400/qcg1.jpg
unknown/possibly ebay

This picture of Bublichki isn't any bigger, but it does add color.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Bublichki1.jpg
Ebay

The postmark dates the card at 1958.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Bublichki2.jpg

I've just noticed that the color picture has a sign saying "SUPPER" in the place where e_r's picture says "RUSSIAN".

Noircitydame Feb 14, 2014 10:47 PM

Henry’s-Brass Rail and Sardi’s-Chi Chi's
 
By some personality defect/quirk, I apparently can’t spend 5 minutes to learn how to do screen grabs, or effectively search the online city directories, but I’ll happily spend hours researching a minor point about an LA or Hollywood building. For example, I had looked in to the Sardi’s and Henry’s thing not too long ago, having come across somewhere else online claiming Sardi’s was where Henry’s used to be; I knew that couldn’t be right. 6321 where Henry’s was, opened as the new location of Perry’s Brass Rail in March 1934. By Christmas eve 1936, it’s The Weiss Café.

Henry's
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...e/henrys-1.png https://sites.google.com/site/hollywoodtheatres/vine

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k.../1-21-33-1.jpg LAT 1-21-33

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...t3-13-34-1.jpg LAT 3-13-34

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...12-24-36-1.jpg LAT 12-24-36


Then the former Henry's building seems to have been completely rebuilt (by S. Charles Lee) into a theater, and opened as The Admiral Theater (called the Vine in more recent days) in May 1940.
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...T5-17-40-1.jpgLAT 5-16-40

The Admiral Theater and Sardi's
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...dAdmiral-1.jpg https://sites.google.com/site/hollywoodtheatres/vine


Sardi’s, at 6313- Eddie was planning it as of July 1932. Opened as of Jan, 1933.
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...displanned.jpg LAT 7-10-32

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...open1-3-33.jpg LAT 1-3-33

I’m not sure when he sold it, but he and David Covey were co-owners at the time of the 1936 fire. I’ve seen another site that mentions Sardi’s burning down, but doesn’t mention it was rebuilt right away and reopened.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k.../10-2-36-1.jpg LAT 10-2-36

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k.../11-3-36-1.jpg LAT 11-3-36

The iron lung thing must be the “24 dish hors d’oeuvres wagon”

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...reswagon-1.jpg LAT 10-23-38

Tom Breneman broadcast his radio show from there, originally called “Breakfast at Sardi’s” until Mar 1945, when Tom got his own building around the corner in what had been the Tropics, and the new show was Breakfast in Hollywood. (that’s another story). Meanwhile back at 6313, there was a lawsuit about the name of the radio show, but Tom carried on with his thing and Sardi’s carried on without him for a little while.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...s6-21-44-1.jpg LAT 6-21-44

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...olawsuit-1.jpg LAT 3-14-45

Then August 1945 it reopened as Chi-Chi’s – part of a small chain, including the Palm Springs one. It was still Chi-Chi’s through 1946, then all of a sudden as of June 1947 it’s Sardi’s Chi-Chi’s, then in October, Sardi’s. Then they were denied a permit for some reason, and next thing you know, June 1948 "Sardi’s Chi Chi" fixtures are being auctioned off. In August 1948, a place called- fittingly enough- Eddie’s, is advertising at 6315. Probably no relation to the original Eddie, unless as a tribute, since he'd been gone for 8 years. I didn’t trace it any further than this.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...i8-12-45-1.jpg LAT 8-12-45

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...46chichi-1.jpg LAT 12-28-46

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...s-chichi-1.jpg LAT 6-28-47

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...47sadris-1.jpg LAT 10-25-47

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...iauction-1.jpg LAT 6-20-48

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...-chi-chi48.jpg LAT

For people who DO know how to do those Google-map screen grabs, it’s interesting: in Eddie’s obituary of January 19, 1940 it says he was found at home, 4709 Norwich Ave., Sherman Oaks. Then I came across a classified ad for a home at 6313 Ivarene Ave., Hollywood, that says it was Eddie’s too.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...-1-19-40-1.jpg
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...it-address.jpg LAT 1-19-40

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...AT-5-12-40.jpg LAT 5-12-40

MartinTurnbull Feb 14, 2014 11:02 PM

Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer Santa Monica beach house.
 
http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-con...beachhouse.jpg

MGM's Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer had a beach house in Santa Monica beach in the early 1930s. (Thalberg died in 1936.) As with his neighbors Louis B. Mayer and William Randolph Hearst, it sat right on the edge of the sand. But unlike his neighbors, Thalberg was an extremely light sleeper, so Norma had the entire house soundproofed so he couldn’t hear the ocean. Not a bad shack for a beach house, huh?

I don't know enough about 1930s cars to know what model that is out front but considering it probably belonged to the #2 at MGM, I'd have expected his car to be fancier.

HossC Feb 14, 2014 11:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Noircitydame (Post 6453035)

Then August 1945 it reopened as Chi-Chi’s – part of a small chain, including the Palm Springs one. It was still Chi-Chi’s through 1946, then all of a sudden as of June 1947 it’s Sardi’s Chi-Chi’s, then in October, Sardi’s. Then they were denied a permit for some reason, and next thing you know, June 1948 "Sardi’s Chi Chi" fixtures are being auctioned off. In August 1948, a place called- fittingly enough- Eddie’s, is advertising at 6315. Probably no relation to the original Eddie, unless as a tribute, since he'd been gone for 8 years. I didn’t trace it any further than this.

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...i8-12-45-1.jpg LAT 8-12-45

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...46chichi-1.jpg LAT 12-28-46

Just before Christmas, Martin Pal posted a color shot of Hollywood & Vine that included Chi-Chi. I followed up with a menu cover. You can see them both here. Thanks for filling in a load of background information, NCD.

ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2014 1:37 AM

Here's something you don't see every day.....a Los Angeles lot for sale via ebay.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...0/546/itvz.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/WOODED-LOT-I...item417cb3a203


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...0/854/2ggu.jpg



"Eldrid Street is famous for being LA's steepest street."

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...0/197/4v8h.jpg




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...0/401/3w4p.jpg
google_aerial
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ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2014 1:57 AM

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...0/716/y6rs.jpgebay
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...0/560/669v.jpg

Chicago? How'd that happen--
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This postcard is a repeat, but I thought I'd include it anyway. :)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/811/6urg.jpg

Graybeard Feb 15, 2014 2:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MartinTurnbull (Post 6453060)

MGM's Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer had a beach house in Santa Monica beach in the early 1930s. (Thalberg died in 1936.) As with his neighbors Louis B. Mayer and William Randolph Hearst, it sat right on the edge of the sand. But unlike his neighbors, Thalberg was an extremely light sleeper, so Norma had the entire house soundproofed so he couldn’t hear the ocean. Not a bad shack for a beach house, huh?

I don't know enough about 1930s cars to know what model that is out front but considering it probably belonged to the #2 at MGM, I'd have expected his car to be fancier.

Looks like a 35 Ford Coupe.

ProphetM Feb 15, 2014 4:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6453251)

Ah, I see the issue - Eldred Street at this location is only a set of stairs. 4836 is mentioned because that's the last house and the street ends there. If you want to live there you'd better find somewhere else to put your car, or go without!

FredH Feb 15, 2014 7:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 6453422)
Ah, I see the issue - Eldred Street at this location is only a set of stairs. 4836 is mentioned because that's the last house and the street ends there. If you want to live there you'd better find somewhere else to put your car, or go without!

And ProphetM is not exaggerating:

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps7574b77d.jpg
Zillow

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps8587be59.jpg
Google Maps

ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2014 4:28 PM

:previous: ah ha...now I see. The tract map the seller posted shows Eldrid Street intersecting with Cross Avenue when in fact it doesn't.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...0/593/ly8l.jpg
GSV
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The El Morera was located in the shadow of Pasadena's magnificent city hall. As far as I can tell, it's gone now.

1905
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/62/1tm8.jpg
ebay
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ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2014 5:06 PM

The search function for 'cordova' came up empty. (except for one mention of a film actor Arturo de Cordova)


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/513/370o.jpgebay

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/600/6jvo.jpg

perhaps we know it by a different name.

Martin Pal Feb 15, 2014 5:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Noircitydame (Post 6453035)
By some personality defect/quirk, I apparently can’t spend 5 minutes to learn how to do screen grabs, or effectively search the online city directories, but I’ll happily spend hours researching a minor point about an LA or Hollywood building.

Thank you for all that -- (the 24 Dish Hors D’oeuvres Wagon!) -- it was very interesting!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Noircitydame (Post 6453035)

Speaking of “verrrry interesting…” The Admiral Theater is playing HELLZAPOPPIN’! (A strange double bill with Hitchcock’s SABOTEUR!) Anyone ever seen Hellzapoppin’? Some dispute over the writing credits keeps it from being shown in the U.S., though a theater here in Los Angeles had an unadvertised and surreptitious screening of it last fall. (But who knew?) It’s like a film version of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and indeed the film is cited as a major influence for that variety show’s style.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Noircitydame (Post 6453035)

So that’s what they did with some Monkey Island remnants? :P

ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2014 5:33 PM

:previous: I didn't notice the Monkey Room when I first read NoirCityDame's excellent post. -thx for pointing that out MP.



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