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Mstimc Jul 19, 2014 1:33 AM


Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6659861)
Here's the clock in Fullerton. There's some history about its original location, its move across the street and its restoration here. While playing around with the new version of Google Maps for the post above, I found that the clock's neon can be seen illuminated in some of the 2007 historic Street View images. Sadly, the image quality isn't as good as the newer ones.

Thanks for the photos, Hoss! I grew up and still live in that area and had many a watch battery replaced at Alexander's, next to the clock. I'd love to get some interior pictures of the store--it was a true throwback to the 1920's right up to the day it closed.

Mstimc Jul 19, 2014 1:34 AM


Originally Posted by Albany NY (Post 6660866)

Bet you're right about the opera, Albany. I'm guessing Copland--maybe Rodeo or Billy the Kid?

ConstructDTLA Jul 19, 2014 1:37 AM

As an update on the old LA Times plot here is what it looked like this afternoon: from City Hall July 18th 2014 by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

Compared to June 26th Skyline by Hunter DTLA, on Flickr

And my album from within the construction site on June 29th

ethereal_reality Jul 19, 2014 2:32 AM

:previous: Thanks for the update DTLAdenizen. -much appreciated.

I've been trying to find out if this Christian Science reading room still stands. I find the odd shaped entrance quite interesting.
side-note: Why does the Second Church of Christ Scientist in the background appear to be half-drawn? Was it shrouded in smog
and they were trying to sketch it in?

-after saving this view, I think I need to go back and aim further to the right.

By coincidence, the reading room is/was located between the great domed church and Casa De Rosas which HossC revisited a couple of days ago

ethereal_reality Jul 19, 2014 2:56 AM


Originally Posted by Mstimc (Post 6660904)
Bet you're right about the opera, Albany. I'm guessing Copland--maybe Rodeo or Billy the Kid?

My first guess was Copland as well. Maybe someone can dig up some old programs from the 1950s.


ethereal_reality Jul 19, 2014 3:18 AM

batteries in a leather pouch.

Culver City police, 1932.

sadykadie2 Jul 19, 2014 6:16 AM


Originally Posted by Sonny☼LA (Post 6659742)
ER said he wanted to get inside - totally worth it! Now known as the MacArthur Park Recreation Center, the old Westlake Signal Office is a popular place these days with its own Zumba and aerobics schedule.

I didn't think the room would be recognizable but it was pretty obvious when I found the gym.

Great space with big arched windows overlooking the park on the wall to the left of the photographer of the vintage photo.

It's been reconfigured a bit, I think - as I'm not sure how the walls jibe with where I was standing. Behind me is a glassed-in desk like a roller rink and next to that is a hallway so it's pretty different from the wall of windows in the old picture. Or it's an adjacent room with the same ceiling that I couldn't access but I doubt there was enough room for that in there.
All photos by me

Excuse some of the image quality as I'm always playing with old film and older cameras.

I have so many of these from around town on my Flickr page and waiting to be developed - if people are interested, I can post more. This thread is totally invaluable for subject matter while I fumble with vintage cameras. Obscure landmarks and idiosyncratic mechanisms are a fun combination. I'm amazed I get anything back sometimes. :uhh:

Dang, Sonny, your flickr page is AMAZING!:yes:

HossC Jul 19, 2014 12:24 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6660958)

I've been trying to find out if this Christian Science reading room still stands. I find the odd shaped entrance quite interesting.
side-note: Why does the Second Church of Christ Scientist in the background appear to be half-drawn? Was it shrouded in smog?

It's still there on Hoover Street, although it's now the Art of Living Center. The sidewalk is now a lot closer, which appears to be the result of Hoover being widened in the 1970s (based on studying the images on Historic Aerials).

This view from across the street is the closest I could get to the original image. It was taken about five years earlier, and I noticed a different sign above the window which was too blurry to make out.

That meant that I had to curse and switch to the new Google Maps again to use the historic Street View function. There was a "For Sale" sign outside in February 2009, and the sign over the window looks very like the "Christian Science Reading Room" sign from e_r's picture.

The view from the old Christian Science Reading Room isn't bad either. These houses, which GW posted in 2010, are directly across the street. The full post can be found here.


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5088199)

And, farther south:
The Alfred J. Salisbury house at 2703 S. Hoover. Street View

Across 27th Street from the Salisbury house is the Cockins house by the same architects (Bradbeer and Ferris), at 2653 S. Hoover: Street View

Another view of the Salisbury house taken circa 1978. I wonder how long the owners allowed "Historic House Tours"?

And a front view of the Cockins house circa 1966.
California State Library

Martin Pal Jul 19, 2014 7:33 PM

It took me awhile to realize where this photo was taken. The angles and depth of focus give it an unusual perspective. No one standing at that spot would ever remember the Hollywood Hills in the distance being that close, nor the building labeled Max Factor (at that time) appearing so close and prominent.

The photo is taken about one block east of Hollywood and Vine, looking west. You can, of course, pick out the noted building marquees of the Taft and the Broadway Dept. Store (separated by Vine Street) on the left and a slice of the American Airlines sign on the right with the Security Pacific sign on the rooftop seeming to be just above that, but is actually several blocks down at Cahuenga. Underneath the traffic light, the white building/billboard is all the way down at La Brea!


Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6660481)

This photo reminds me of the "poetry" signs in West Hollywood that were installed several years ago.

This article about them, from 2012, says they were installed in 2010, but I could've sworn they were here earlier than that.

A list of them:

City Info:

ethereal_reality Jul 19, 2014 8:05 PM

Does anyone know where the Los Angeles Municipal Dump was located in 1936?

I'm asking because of this interesting photograph I found in an old file of mine.
old file/

above: In this 1936 view we're looking out through the municipal dump gate towards a busy street. (possibly Washington Blvd?)

Here's a closer look at the attractive building across the street from the dump.

I'd like to know if that building still stands. (I can make out "motors truck co." but nothing else)



I just found this photograph looking towards the dump. (but USC didn't include the location or year)

-note the curve in the road.

-here's a good look at the sign.

HossC Jul 19, 2014 8:58 PM


The first picture is definitely East Washington Boulevard because it shows the General Motors Truck Co at 1850 East Washington Boulevard. The picture below was taken in 1931, but it's the same building.
USC Digital Library

The image above is part of a four-picture photoset looking each way at the intersection of East Washington and S Alameda. The truck in the image below is roughly where the dump entrance would be a few years later. The sign is for the Blue Diamond Corp which is listed at 1650 S Alameda (a couple of blocks north) in the 1932 CD. They were in the building materials and supplies business, so it's possible this was their yard just south of their office.
Detail of picture at USC Digital Library

This picture is from 1961, but shows the curved street in the second of e_r's pictures. East Washington Boulevard is the short street nearly halfway down the left hand side. It crosses Alameda and then sharply curves around the dump. East Washington Boulevard now continues straight across the old dump site.
Detail of picture at USC Digital Library

ethereal_reality Jul 19, 2014 9:03 PM

:previous: Excellent informationHossC! I love that I understand the lay-out of the area.
-thanks so much.

ethereal_reality Jul 19, 2014 9:13 PM

I don't believe we've seen Koster and Barlow's Imperial Cafe on NLA.

It was a looooong restaurant!. Enter on Spring St. and exit on Broadway...or vice versa. :)

HossC Jul 19, 2014 9:52 PM

While we're talking about the dump and the curved road, it seemed like an appropriate time to post this. The description says "Car of drunk driver which missed curve on Washington Boulevard east of Alameda and crashed into city dump." It's dated 1951.
USC Digital Library

I also found that USC have a set of five photos showing the Blue Diamond Corp yard in 1931. For anyone who's interested, you can find it here.

ethereal_reality Jul 19, 2014 10:22 PM

:previous: He must have been three sheets. (OK, I just looked at the aerial again. The curve was pretty sharp)

While I was searching for the municipal dump I came across this photograph from 1960.

View of the ravine behind Lincoln High School which the city plans to use as a dump.
School Principal says "more space for an athletic facility is needed rather than a dump which would eliminate
our cross-country course (white arrows)."

Does anyone know...did the city go head with their plan?

HossC Jul 20, 2014 12:00 AM


I tried to duplicate the view with Google Earth. It's no guarantee that the ravine wasn't used as a dump, but the profile of the ravine sides looks the same to me. I can't see any sign of the cross-country course, so I guess the school now uses a different route.
Google Earth

ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2014 12:18 AM

:previous: HossC, the ravine's dimensions look about the same as the 1960 photograph (except for the trees obviously).
I'd say the city decided against a dump at this site that was so close to a public school.

Here's another image I stumbled across at LAPL while searching for the municipal dump. Andy Gump's Dump.(that's him on the sign)

first posted by rcarlton back in 2012.
I thought it wouldn't hurt to see it again. :)

-obviously the owner named his cafe after the highly successful comic strip...created in 1917.

After 50 animated shorts (1920-21) distributed by Paramount, Andy Gump and his family starred in two-reel comedies (1923 to 1928)
produced by Universal Pictures.

Here's actors Fay Tincher (as Min), Joe Murphy (as Andy Gump) and Jackie Morgan (as Chester).

Fay Tincher somewhat resembles Mary Astor in this photograph.


Tourmaline Jul 20, 2014 2:14 AM

Anyone remember Nixon's Family Restaurants?


Nixon's Family Restaurant was owned and operated by Francis Donald Nixon, known as Donald, the young brother of President Richard M. Nixon. Donald eventually owned five restaurants, including this restaurant and a drive-thru burger stand in Whittier.


In January 1957 Howard Hughes lent Donald Nixon $205,000 to bail out his "Nixon's" drive-in restaurant in Whittier, California. The restaurant went bankrupt less than a year later. Questions about whether this was a political favor dogged Richard Nixon during his campaign for president and later when he sought the governorship of California.


A kilt?


1957 - Looks like Disney had some competition.

Tourmaline Jul 20, 2014 2:29 AM

Y C Hong and his Hupmobile[/QUOTE]


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6507163)
Stellar Restorations/LAT

Looks like Y. C. Hong was a lawyer who in 1932 lived at 1045 S Gramercy in the Country Club District (as in the former LACC). The houses in the background don't match that address, however. Neither do any of the houses in the background match what appears to be his 1927-30 address, 533 East 33rd St. He was working as an interpreter for the US Immigration Service in 1927.

Turns out he was a civic leader with a very impressive résumé, including work as a developer of the new Chinatown:

In a shot similar to the one of his father with Hupmobile, here's Y.C.'s son Nowland with his '49 Ford and his brother Roger:

Mabel Hong--Mrs. Y. C.--in the back yard of 1045 S Gramercy, which is the not the house in the background... 1045 is at left in the GSV. (No indication which of the three ladies is Mrs. Hong.)


The C47 was purchased by the U. S. Treasury Department using money raised in the Los Angeles Chinese American community. Y. C. Hong served as chair for the Chinatown war finance committee.
July 1945

Tourmaline Jul 20, 2014 2:41 AM

Fruit crate labels

Washington Navels (Received as budwood from another Washington navel tree, Riverside, Calif., 1918) ✔

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