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so-cal-bear Sep 9, 2012 3:08 AM

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ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 3:14 AM

A beautiful hand-tinted lantern slide of the old Los Angeles Post Office.

http://imageshack.us/a/img521/1184/a...postoffice.jpg
ebay

ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 3:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by so-cal-bear (Post 5825111)
That is not the Post Office. That's the Federal Building.

It was the Federal Building and the Los Angeles Post Office.
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ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 3:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5825103)


below: I just came across this similar black and white photograph.

Am I seeing things?!?

Compared to the above postcard, it looks as if more earth was excavated and a marble ground floor was added.
Is this even possible....am I missing something?*


http://imageshack.us/a/img803/5708/aafederalusc.jpg
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...whit-m984.html

*ok it just dawned on me...the b/w photograph from the USC archive (above) is flipped.

Duh.


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ProphetM Sep 9, 2012 4:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5825083)
..this has no relation to my 'mystery' photo.
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Does anyone know where the Giambastiani Fuel Company was located in 1914?

http://imageshack.us/a/img855/1329/aagiambastiani.jpg
unknown/found on old cd




below: You see, I am especially intrigued by this multi-storied building that appears behind and to the left of the fuel co.

http://imageshack.us/a/img515/6633/a...stianicopy.jpg
detail

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Both the 1909 and 1915 LA City Directories (available here) say 428 Aliso, which would have been obliterated by the 101 freeway. But that would put them 4-5 blocks west of the river, so perhaps the office was on Aliso but not this facility. The giant tank on the right side of the photo, with a building in front of it, leads me to believe that the Giambastiani building is between Jackson and Temple, on the east side of Center St. That would place the big building either just north of Temple or just south of it.

I will be looking through the city directory for that building on the right. It looks like it says US Metal Works to me but there's nothing in the CD that matches that.

westcork Sep 9, 2012 4:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5825066)
MYSTERY photograph !
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Some of you might think this is down-right silly, but I thought it would be fun to post a mystery photograph.
Can any one of the wonderful geniuses :) place this rather unique weathervane?

http://imageshack.us/a/img641/9519/a...0domecopy1.jpg
detail/found on one of my old cds.


I'm quite anxious to see how quickly one of you can pinpoint the location.
If no one succeeds (which I doubt)...I will post the answer and complete photograph on Wednesday, Sept. 13th.

Good Luck!!

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The Auto Club building on Figueroa :shrug:

Bilbo Sep 9, 2012 5:11 PM

You never cease to amaze me on here - obscure pictures/photos - detective work - being on the other side of the pond I salute you all - but here is a little teaser - I know a Vivian Dubois was a small bit actress and married to Billy Wilkerson for a short while but I cannot locate a photo of her - I would really like to see what she looked like - or any info on her

Bilbo

rbpjr Sep 9, 2012 6:18 PM

[QUOTE=Bilbo;5825413]You never cease to amaze me on here - obscure pictures/photos - detective work - being on the other side of the pond I salute you all - but here is a little teaser - I know a Vivian Dubois was a small bit actress and married to Billy Wilkerson for a short while but I cannot locate a photo of her - I would really like to see what she looked like - or any info on her

Same with Mildred Irwin...born about 1906...was in silent pictures...small roles...

MichaelRyerson Sep 9, 2012 6:47 PM

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8300/7...9425faaa_o.jpg
Sidewalk entrance to Berkeley Square, 1937

Herman Schultheis

LAPL

unihikid Sep 9, 2012 7:08 PM

there was a mayfair for ever there.in the mid 90s when i was in my teens we would go to loehmanns for shoes.then afterwards the farmers market had a long building along fairfax where they had shops and at the end of the shops was antique alley,its funny how in 15-20 years things have changed so much in that area.

For anyone familiar with the area, I vaguely remember the Whole Foods Store to have been a Market Basket too, or was it a Mayfair, or Alpha Beta or even Safeway? Someone peering over my shoulder reminds me that there was a Loehmann's Clothing Store further east on the south side of Third Street (across from the Gilmore DriveIn?). But before it was a clothing store, was it not a Steakhouse or Italian restaurant that had its fair share of interesting clientele? Or perhaps I am confusing this with someplace else.

For MR, isn't there a glimpse of the Gilmore DriveIn in AH?;)[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/QUOTE]

ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 9:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 5825162)
Both the 1909 and 1915 LA City Directories (available here) say 428 Aliso, which would have been obliterated by the 101 freeway. But that would put them 4-5 blocks west of the river, so perhaps the office was on Aliso but not this facility. The giant tank on the right side of the photo, with a building in front of it, leads me to believe that the Giambastiani building is between Jackson and Temple, on the east side of Center St. That would place the big building either just north of Temple or just south of it.

I will be looking through the city directory for that building on the right. It looks like it says US Metal Works to me but there's nothing in the CD that matches that.

http://imageshack.us/a/img855/1329/aagiambastiani.jpg

Thanks for your fine help ProphetM...much appreciated!
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Here is another 1914 photograph of the flooded Los Angeles River (notice the boxcars sliding into the river).

http://imageshack.us/a/img198/9057/a...14fallingb.jpg
unknown/found on an old cd of mine

Could the large building at the extreme right be the same large building at left in the first photo?
The direction of the smoke makes me think that it is a possibility.


http://imageshack.us/a/img850/9057/a...14fallingb.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img515/6633/a...stianicopy.jpg

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ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 9:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by westcork (Post 5825402)
The Auto Club building on Figueroa :shrug:

No, but that's certainly a good guess westcork.

http://imageshack.us/a/img341/9519/a...0domecopy1.jpg
mystery weathervane

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alanlutz Sep 9, 2012 9:46 PM

ER, you were seeing things.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5825141)
below: I just came across this similar black and white photograph.

Am I seeing things?!?

Compared to the above postcard, it looks as if more earth was excavated and a marble ground floor was added.
Is this even possible....am I missing something?*


http://imageshack.us/a/img803/5708/aafederalusc.jpg
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...whit-m984.html

*ok...it just dawned on me...perhaps the b/w photograph from the USC archive (above) is flipped.

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It most definitely IS flipped. I knew something was wrong when the Hall of Justice appeared to be EAST of the U.S. Courthouse and City Hall. Ha. So I flipped it correctly and this looks much better. Also, the picture (postcard) above this original post says Post Office and City Hall. Wasn't that a booboo? I only see City Hall, Bank of Italy?, and The U.S. Courthouse.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8029/7...4c5f6255de.jpg

Those Who Squirm! Sep 9, 2012 10:19 PM

I know I saw a few motels in this thread, so I offer this shot of the Astro in Culver City, as another remarkable midcentury survival.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8304/7...bb64e705_z.jpg

You have to love the Jetsonesque style of sign, which was obviously inspired by...Well, you can read the blog post if you're interested in what I think it was inspired by.

ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 10:32 PM

:previous: I love those small motels that survive relatively untouched for decades.

So is WanderinginLA your blog?
http://wanderinginla.blogspot.com/20...t-turn-ok.html

Those Who Squirm! Sep 9, 2012 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5825658)
:previous: I love those small motels that survive relatively untouched for decades.

So is WanderinginLA your blog?
http://wanderinginla.blogspot.com/20...t-turn-ok.html

You are correct, sir. Irregularly published and updated rambling musings by yours truly. Will there be another post this month--or next? The suspense will kill you. :D

ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 10:55 PM

Looks like a pretty good job to me. Keep up the good work Squirmy!

ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 11:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alanlutz (Post 5825635)
It most definitely IS flipped. I knew something was wrong when the Hall of Justice appeared to be EAST of the U.S. Courthouse and City Hall. Ha. So I flipped it correctly and this looks much better. Also, the picture (postcard) above this original post says Post Office and City Hall. Wasn't that a booboo? I only see City Hall, Bank of Italy?, and The U.S. Courthouse.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8029/7...4c5f6255de.jpg

alanlutz, I was also thrown off because I always thought the Main Street side of the Federal Building was identical to the Spring Street side.
I didn't take into consideration that Spring Street was at a higher elevation than Main Street.

below: In the postcard below you can see the grade/slope of Temple Street (circled in red).

http://imageshack.us/a/img94/2845/aafederalbldgpc.jpg
ebay
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below: The Spring Street entrance to the Federal Building.

http://imageshack.us/a/img23/4752/aa...ngstreetsi.jpg
google street view







below: The Main Street entrance to the Federal Building.

http://imageshack.us/a/img827/3158/a...stentrance.jpg
google street view


I will file this under "You learn something new everday."
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alanlutz Sep 9, 2012 11:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5825693)
alanlutz, I was also thrown off because I always thought the Main Street side of the Federal Building was identical to the Spring Street side.
I didn't take into consideration that Spring Street was at a higher elevation than Main Street.

below: In the postcard below you can see the grade/slope of Temple Street (circled in red).

http://imageshack.us/a/img94/2845/aafederalbldgpc.jpg
ebay
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below: The Spring Street entrance to the Federal Building.

http://imageshack.us/a/img23/4752/aa...ngstreetsi.jpg
google street view







below: The Main Street entrance to the Federal Building.

http://imageshack.us/a/img827/3158/a...stentrance.jpg
google street view


I file this under "You learn something new everday."
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ER, Great shots of the Federal Building. Today I only know it as the United States Courthouse, since there are two other Federal buildings to the east of it now. But it says "And Post Office" so I'm going to have to do a little more research on that. http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/

ethereal_reality Sep 9, 2012 11:45 PM

:previous: Just so you know alanlutz, 'so-cal-bear' also thought it was a mistake to call it the post office....so perhaps you two are on to something.
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