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Martin Pal Oct 31, 2014 5:06 AM

Miceli’s was Hollywood’s first pizzeria and is its oldest Italian restaurant, originally established by Carmen and Sylvia Miceli in 1949, along with Tony and Sam Miceli. The decor features carved wooden booths, which Carmen purchased from the original Pig ‘N Whistle restaurant upon closing its doors in the same year of 1949. Miceli's is located at 1646 North Las Palmas Avenue.

All photos below are of the Hollywood location and from the Miceli's Restaurant website, unless noted. The site indicates there was at one time a Miceli's in Beverly Hills and one on Restaurant Row on La Cienega. I'm not sure if those are the same places as some addresses near WIlshire are in Beverly Hills. There's also currently one located in Universal City, which opened around 1980.

http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/photo-gallery.htm

http://www.lamag.com/wp-content/uplo...atchmiceli.jpg


Miceli's under construction
http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/pho...90x491-001.jpg
Tony, Sam, & Carmen


The following photos are from 1950 and show Miceli's at night and day.

http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/pho...90x491-002.jpghttp://www.micelisrestaurant.com/pho...90x491-003.jpg

http://www.lamag.com/wp-content/uplo...lisMobCity.jpg

The bottom two photos are how it currently appears at night, left, as seen in the filming of the second episode of Mob City aired last year, and during the day at right. (Bottom photos/Lindsay Blake/L.A. Magazine)

http://www.micelisrestaurant.com/pho...0X-XXX-006.jpg

Tony, Sam, Sylvia, & Carmen

Supposedly, the I Love Lucy writers got the idea for the Lucy episode where she takes over making pizzas in a restaurant from watching the chefs here and that Lucy took lessons there for that episode from one of them.

The restaurant and alley beside it have been used in many films and TV shows including American Dreams, Mob City, Pretty Woman and Knocked Up.

Film Noir - A commenter posted:
For another movie filmed at Miceli’s, look for NIGHTFALL (1957), a film noir starring Brian Keith, Aldo Ray, and Ann Bancroft and directed by Jacques Tourneur. There’s a lengthy scene in the early part of the film that depicts Miceli’s, and some other parts of Hollywood Blvd., such as the nearby newsstand.

At the moment, I don't know if there's been any posts about the still open Boardner's establishment a street over from Miceli's, but there's a story on this link below about it, full of anecdotes about Hollywood Blvd. establishments we've heard of and not heard of before, the characters and celebrities who frequented them and about the owner, Steve Boardner. There's some details about Carmen Miceli included. A good read.

http://www.boardners.com/boardners_story.php

JScott Oct 31, 2014 5:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6789210)
The March 6, 1925 edition of the Covina Argus gives details of the move to Covina.
NB. I rearranged the headline to save width.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...naAcademy2.jpg
newspaperarchive.com

(...)
The California Preparatory School also appears in the 1927 and 1932 CDs, although neither gives the new address. The 1927 CD just says "¾ mile Southeast of Grand Avenue Station on Pacific Electric Railway".




Very interesting. I grew up a mile from the old Cal Prep campus, and was not aware until you posted this article from the Argus that the school existed elsewhere under a different name before coming to Covina.

Here is the newly-built California Preparatory School for Boys campus in 1926, which was located just south of the Pomona Road, today's Covina Hills Road. In 1932, US99 (later I-10) was routed through the San Jose Hills adjacent to the southern boundary of the campus.


https://otters.net/img/lanoir/califo...covina1926.jpg
Dick Whittington Studio, Huntington Digital Library


In 1942, the property was sold to the Theosophical Society Point Loma, then in 1951, it became the California Baptist Theological Seminary.

More detailed information on the history of the property can be found here.

ethereal_reality Oct 31, 2014 1:39 PM

Rediscovered speakeasy in the basement of the Rosslyn Hotel annex.
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-r...ry.html#page=1

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/yj9r3o.jpg
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-r...ry.html#page=1



excerpt
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/910/owmMrl.jpg
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-r...ry.html#page=1




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/teZmw6.jpg
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-r...htbox=81831645

A hand-painted desert scene adorns a side window of the long forgotten Monterey Room.
Patrons could access the speakeasy through a marble-lined tunnel beneath 5th Street.

What a perfect story for Halloween! It sends my imagination soaring.

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HossC Oct 31, 2014 1:55 PM

We've seen plenty of mimetic architecture on NLA, but not many mimetic vehicles. I found this one on eBay last night. The seller doesn't give a date for the picture, but car underneath appears to be an early '70s Honda 600. It was apparently known as a "Bootmobile".

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ootmobile1.jpg
eBay

Vasque Boots is a Minnesota based company, but the sign on the back says Quality Shoes, which is an LA company. Quality Shoes Inc have a store at 11427 Santa Monica Blvd, and still use boot-shaped vehicles. Larger versions of the following pictures can be found on foursquare.com. This black vehicle seems to be getting a little tatty by the time these pictures were taken. It can be seen outside Quality Shoes Inc in the GSV images from 2008 and 2009.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ootmobile2.jpg
foursquare.com/foursquare.com

I think this red vehicle replaced the black one. The turn signals and rear lights appear to be from a 1960s VW Beetle.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ootmobile3.jpg
foursquare.com/foursquare.com

Just to prove that it's still in use, here's a GSV image of Quality Shoes Inc which is dated September 2014.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ootmobile4.jpg
GSV

oldstuff Oct 31, 2014 3:10 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6788979)
We've seen the Los Angeles Soap Company before on NLA, but I can't find any mention of Joseph Strobl. I wonder how long the profession of soap taster lasted. The picture dates from 1934.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ephStrobl1.jpg
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ephStrobl2.jpg
Images from eBay.

The 1920 Census has Joseph (Josef) Strobl who was born in Germany in January of 1882. In that census he is listed with his wife Cecelia and two young children, Martha, 5 and Leo, almost 4. They lived at 502 E. 62nd Street in Los Angeles. The house, built in 1910 and which was owned outright by Mr Strobl at the time, is still there in a neighborhood which remains largely unchanged. Mr Strobl's occupation is that of soap maker.

He also appears in the 1940 Census, where he is noted as being the forman in the soap company. He then lived with his wife and family at 5021 West Blvd., Venice, CA. This house also appears to be still there.

He came to the US in 1896 and became a naturalized citizen in 1906. His naturalization papers state that he was 5 foot nine inches tall and weighed 140. At the time of his naturalization he was living at 904 E. Jefferson, Los Angeles. This property is now part of a school.

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/20548...b24?src=search

The photo shows Mr Strobl retiring from the L.A. Soap Company. He died in Fallbrook, San Diego County in 1972. A genealogy page states that he came through Ellis Island when he landed in New York.

MichaelRyerson Oct 31, 2014 5:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DTLAdenizen (Post 6789042)

Always a shame to lose a little gem like that and especially when they haven't made use of the site. Doesn't really make sense. Nice to see the handsome building next door at 635-639 has survived (as the Wholesale Jewelry Exchange) though.

Godzilla Oct 31, 2014 5:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4304249)


http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/7...ntbldghill.jpg

above: Paramount Building on Hill Street in 1960.
I'm confused about the now leasing sign (for a 35 story building)




More than one Paramount Building on Broadway?



Per source:
Quote:

The facades of the Paramount Building, which houses the Realart Beauty Salon, as well as the College Boot Shops (547 So. Broadway), and Gorton's National Baby and Corset Shop.
Nice tiara.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics16/00007864.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/pics16/00007864.jpg

Godzilla Oct 31, 2014 5:45 PM

Trick or treat?



1933 - The still extant parking lots at or near First Street and Washington Blvd. Mode O Day appears to lurk at the very left and it may be that the building with the roof ballustrades (at right) is 109 West Washington Blvd. I believe the 109 West Washington structure is still around with some unappreciated detail work.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0 http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/35999/rec/95


1933 - 122 W. Washington Blvd. Ceazan Tires.
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0









West Washington Blvd, featuring Mode O Day http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=3335

http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/929...ngwestonw2.jpg



Pioneer Fabrics
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0




http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/35999/rec/95




http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/35999/rec/95





Wonder if this interesting bespeckeled "H" style building is still around? (I think not.)

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

Godzilla Oct 31, 2014 5:52 PM


An orthopedic shoe car? :rolleyes:

HossC Oct 31, 2014 6:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6790130)

1933 - The still extant parking lots at or near First Street and Washington Blvd. Mode O Day appears to lurk at the very right and it may be that the building with the roof ballustrades is 109 West Washington Blvd.

There's a coincidence - another of my eBay finds last night was this 1931 photo which has the Mode O'Day building in the background. I like the title, "Collision--The Geyser", but the description doesn't give a location. It's got to be around Broadway and 21st Street. "Carooming" sounds like a great word, but I think it's meant to be "caroming" (which is also new to me).
NB. I've removed some of the watermark.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z.../LAGeyser1.jpg
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z.../LAGeyser2.jpg
eBay

Godzilla Oct 31, 2014 7:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6787113)
1940 - Glimpses of Santa Monica life. Not clear what, if anything remains.


Cloverfield Hotel and Canteen
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085709.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085709.jpg



Would have expected the Cloverfield Hotel's proximity to the plant and Santa Monica, in general, would have made it a well known landmark. Don't see any listings for it though. If only Betty Mack would take a break from the kitchen and answer my telegram. :uhh:

BifRayRock Oct 31, 2014 7:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5082473)
ethereal-- As you noted, the shot of the Silverwoods store you found--the one that turned out to be downtown on 7th Street--is misidentified in the USC Digital Archive. The archive places it at 6555 Sunset Boulevard, as it also does the picture of an obviously different Silverwoods below. Well, there was no Silverwoods branch on Sunset at all--but there was one at 6555 Hollywood Boulevard, and the building still stands:

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...F53071B27?v=hr
USC Digital Archive http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...F53071B27?v=hr

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TP...01256%20AM.jpgGoogle Street View

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zXN_GwdMYMo/TP...01810%20AM.jpgGoogle Street View






Per '32CD, Matthess Inc., mens clothier at 6555 Hollywood Blvd. Call Gladstone 2094 http://rescarta.lapl.org:8080/ResCar...00007/00000001





BifRayRock Oct 31, 2014 8:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5082457)

http://www.nileguide.com/destination...HARRIS_SUN.jpghttp://www.nileguide.com/destination...HARRIS_SUN.jpg
Sun Realty Bulding, 629 S. Hill St., 1930. It's by Claude Beelman, who also did the Union
Oil Building recently discussed. It seems that all design in L.A. in this period is
interconnected, and very local.










1930 - The Nettleton Shop, 637 S. Hill Street.


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...PA4VCL27EN.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...PA4VCL27EN.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...6FYVHC7J5R.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...6FYVHC7J5R.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...M1SURPTVBR.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...M1SURPTVBR.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...XKMH3MIRDG.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...XKMH3MIRDG.jpg




http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...SHFLCME774.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...SHFLCME774.jpg









BifRayRock Oct 31, 2014 8:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6789658)
At the moment, I don't know if there's been any posts about the still open Boardner's establishment a street over from Miceli's, but there's a story on this link below about it, full of anecdotes about Hollywood Blvd. establishments we've heard of and not heard of before, the characters and celebrities who frequented them and about the owner, Steve Boardner. There's some details about Carmen Miceli included. A good read.

http://www.boardners.com/boardners_story.php

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=10461 ;)

ethereal_reality Oct 31, 2014 8:37 PM

mystery postcard

1909
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/913/QfMNnL.jpg
ebay

Anyone know of a Marsh residence that overlooks the Pacific? It looks like a pretty impressive place.

hmmm...I've been looking at the postcard again. Maybe that isn't the ocean.
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Thanks for the post on Miceli's Martin_Pal. I loved the black and white photographs of the restaurant.

originally posted by Martin_Pal / Miceli's 1950, night and day.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/674/xAwFRi.jpg

It looks like a cozy little place.

ethereal_reality Oct 31, 2014 8:53 PM

This is a bit surreal.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...674/vzWbdK.jpg
ebay

Texaco Men, BP Dinos and an Esso Tiger in a Los Angeles storage lot. (no date)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/lZ2fW1.jpg



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HossC Oct 31, 2014 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6790382)

mystery postcard

1909
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/913/QfMNnL.jpg
ebay

Anyone know of a Marsh residence that overlooks the Pacific? It looks like a pretty impressive place.

hmmm...I've been looking at the postcard again. Maybe that isn't the ocean.

It's most likely the Robert Marsh Residence which once stood at 1119 Westchester Place. GW wrote about it in post #5551. Here's a larger version of the first picture he posted (from the same source).

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
Kansas Sebastian on flickr

I also found this Los Angeles Herald article from July 23, 1905.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
California Digital Newspaper Collection

The residence, circled on the left of the map below, originally had a view over the Los Angeles Country Club, until the club moved in 1911. The article above mentions the "broad terrace extending along the entire eastern front and terminating in a covered porch on the north, commanding a fine view of the valley and mountains in the background." The image below is from the 1910 Baist map. The 1914 map shows virtually no trace of the old club grounds (other than the name Country Club Drive), with the area already divided into plots and roads extended through it.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original
www.historicmapworks.com

ethereal_reality Oct 31, 2014 11:05 PM

:previous: Thanks for your quick research (and the correction) HossC.
When I first found that 1909 postcard I immediately thought that was the Pacific in the background.
(I thought it might be in the vicinity of Bernheimers in the Pacific Palisades)
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Here's a photograph I had in an old file of mine with no information. (I mistakenly deleted a lot of information at one point in time)
--somehow about five hundred photographs were relabeled...all saying the same thing) aargh!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/Hl7kn1.jpg


Would I be correct in saying this is looking east on Macy Street?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...674/Cd8pCW.jpg
GSV
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ethereal_reality Oct 31, 2014 11:14 PM

..and while we're in the area.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/qK5cWf.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...903/yHIezx.jpg
ebay

I found Eureka Metals in the 1960 directory. 551 E Macy

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/908/YkphS2.jpg
LAPL



I think this is a approximation of the 1955 photograph. (this is the last ornate lighting fixture on the north side of the Macy viaduct...looking west)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/RN6q65.jpg
GSV


but I couldn't find where this happens...a side street?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/T3Nbbu.jpg

You can see in the roadway where trucks have been turning in there (leaving white dirt on the road)

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HossC Oct 31, 2014 11:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6790126)

More than one Paramount Building on Broadway?

Per source:

"The facades of the Paramount Building, which houses the Realart Beauty Salon, as well as the College Boot Shops (547 So. Broadway), and Gorton's National Baby and Corset Shop."

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics16/00007864.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/pics16/00007864.jpg

The Realart Beauty Salon on seems to appear in the 1927 CD, although Ruby Hogan (the proprietor) appears at 551 S Broadway in 1926, 1929 and 1932.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...lartSalon1.jpg
LAPL

The classified listing gives us a better clue about the Paramount connection.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...lartSalon2.jpg
LAPL

The salon was over the Metropolitan Theatre entrance on Broadway. Grauman's Metropolitan Theatre was on the other side of this block on the corner of 6th and Hill (its address was 323 W 6th Street). MartinTurnbull wrote about the theatre in post #19417, and included a link to an article which seems to imply that it became The Paramount in the 1950s. However, cinematreasures.org says, "When it was acquired by the Publix theater chain in 1929, the theatre was renamed the Paramount. And to help distinguish it from other Paramount theatres in LA, the theatre was also known as the Paramount Downtown." Just to confuse things further, a large article on a site about Historic Los Angeles Theatres says Publix took over the Metropolitan and changed the name in 1928. The City Directories still call it the Metropolitan Theatre in 1929, but it's the Paramount Theatre in 1932. The College Boot Shops can be found at various and multiple addresses on S Broadway between 1915 and 1936, but 1932 is the only year I could find one at 547 S Broadway. Gorton's National is listed at 545 S Broadway in 1932 and 1936.

The two buildings on the left of the original picture are still standing. The last site I linked to also has a whole page about the theatre's Broadway entrance. It says that the Broadway entrance pre-dated the theatre, and that it mainly consisted of stairs and an escalator. Patrons had to go up a floor and cross the alley behind via a bridge which entered the theatre at balcony level. The next line is quite telling:

"As an entrance, it only lasted until 1929 and then was converted back to retail space. The chandelier that hung there was moved to the auditorium of the Million Dollar Theatre. It's still there."

If the building on Broadway ceased to be an entrance in 1929, I can't see why it would have retained its new "PARAMOUNT" signage for very long, so I'm guessing that the original photo dates from circa 1929.


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