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Graybeard Feb 16, 2014 4:20 PM


Originally Posted by 3940dxer (Post 5560552)

Old sign on the southeast corner of the south building, along Main Street. It reads Sunlan something Mens Wear something something. Any clues? (BTW, this is now a very raunchy section of Main Street.)

Could it be a phone number? Metro something or another?

Retired_in_Texas Feb 16, 2014 4:52 PM


Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6454694)
Here is America's most perfect family of the 1950s....the Nelsons. In this picture we see the the family in their Hollywood home... Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky watching a B/W TV and having some milk in the family den. Its really hard to believe but they're all gone now.

Perfect family? Well maybe not but that was the illusion and we loved it. NBC TV
1822 Camino Palmero Street, Hollywood, CA, O

"The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" show was a Radio show of moderate success before it went to TV. Unfortunately, I have vivid memories of listening to it on radio.

While we all enjoyed the illusion of the fairy tale lives of Ozzie, Harriet, David, and Ricky no one ever figured out what Ozzie did for a living, though we knew in real life he once had an orchestra/band with Harriet as its female singer, but that career was never portrayed in the show in the same fashion that Desi Arnaz was portrayed in "I Love Lucy."

Musically speaking Ozzie's orchestra/band was categorized as a "Mickey Mouse" band by the entertainment industry because it never gained a unique style of its own.

Blaster Feb 16, 2014 5:43 PM


Originally Posted by jballou (Post 6445080)
First time poster, long time lurker.

I see this building every time I am in LA to see a client of mine.


5th and Wilton

Photo snagged off of Google maps.

I have a few others that I am interested in finding the history of. Will post those later.

This is the Chateau Laurier, built in the French Normandy style in 1929. It may or may not have been named after the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Lwize Feb 16, 2014 5:47 PM


Originally Posted by Graybeard (Post 6454888)
Could it be a phone number? Metro something or another?


Martin Pal Feb 16, 2014 6:10 PM

Just a little wishful thinking:,+Mar+15.jpgFrom ProQuest
Los Angeles Times Headline, March 15, 1952.

Martin Pal Feb 16, 2014 6:20 PM

A couple things I’ve never heard of before, until today:

Papoo’s Hot Dog Show, a 1950’s era hot dog stand! Looks as though it’s at 4300 Riverside Drive, lol! That would make it in Toluca Lake, I believe, near Warner Bros. studios.

Oh…I just found out a couple other interesting things. The least interesting is that it closed a couple years ago. It is now a "Umami." ?

The most interesting is that it was a location in the original 1956 film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.


Dated 1961.

Another one:

Apparently White Front was a chain, something like a precursor of the big box stores.

The Charles Phoenix site says: White Front started in Watts in 1955. Mr. Blackman was the owner. He drove a white Cadillac. The name refers to the white fronts of refrigerators he sold. He didn’t offer the decorator colors of the day as other dealers did. They had everything. A deli. A snack bar. They had a supermarket too.

ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2014 6:40 PM

:previous:I vaguely knew about Papoo's Hot Dog Show and it's appearance in a movie, but I didn't realize it's moment on film
was in the most noirish black and white Sci-Fi movie of all time, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. How cool is that!

I also seem to recall there was another Hot Dog Show on the L.A. side. I could be wrong.*

*I was wrong. The other Hot Dog Show was in Ontario CA 1950.

..but this is the first I've heard of White Front. -quite an interesting post Martin Pal.

I found these two photographs of a rather striking low-slung house in an old file of mine.

no address/no date/no location, except Los Angeles (or vicinity)
old file/probably ebay
old file/ebay?

I'm pretty sure I haven't posted these before. -if I have, my apologizes.

HossC Feb 16, 2014 6:49 PM


Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6455004)

Apparently White Front was a chain, something like a precursor of the big box stores.

From the Wikipedia entry for White Front:

White Front was a chain of discount stores in Southern California and the western United States from 1959 through the mid-1970s. They were noted for the architecture of their store fronts which was an enormous, sweeping archway with the store name spelled out in individual letters fanned across the top. The chain also ran Topps, a similar discount store with locations in the American Midwest.


The name White Front was said to refer to the practice of lining up appliances like washers, dryers and stoves in front of the store, giving it a "White Front." Another feature of each store was that each had a separate key booth located in the parking lot.

The company was founded in 1929 in Los Angeles and opened its first store at 7651 S. Central Ave. Their second store open in October 1957 at 16040 Sherman Way in Van Nuys. In April 1959, the two stores were acquired by Interstate Department Stores, Inc., which expanded the chain to other California locations and broadened its retail mix beyond the original housewares. In September 1960, Interstate also acquired Topps, which at the time had ten stores. For several years, White Front was the leading discount store in the United States.


In 1966, Interstate acquired the four-store Washington D.C. toy store chain Children's Supermart, predecessor of Toys "R" Us, which is the only survivor of the company. White Front filed for bankruptcy in 1975 and then went out of business; the locations were changed to Two Guys, another discount chain. Two Guys soon failed as well and the stores became relabeled as FedMart stores, which eventually were purchased by Target. The Target store in San Bernardino, California sported the archway across its facade for many years until a recent remodeling.

The White Front store on California Avenue in Bakersfield, California, was taken over by Zody's. Later it was purchased and remodeled by Mervyns, which also soon went out of business.

A number of independent local pharmacies continue to carry the White Front name in Costa Mesa and elsewhere, having inherited it from their former host stores, but are otherwise unrelated.

ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2014 9:44 PM

Before we get too far removed from our recent discussion of Ben-Hur...

Ramon Novarro as Ben-Hur, 1925

Ramon Novarro, MGM Star

leisure time


as Ben-Hur 1925

Ramon Novarro's brutal murder by two male hustler's on Halloween 1968 is one of the most noirish crimes in Hollywood lore.

The murder was briefly mentioned in only one NLA post more than three years ago.

originally posted by GaylordWilshire

(I've censored the nude photos)

not to over do it with the nudes..but this information is interesting.

A young Paul Ferguson modeling in Chicago.

During much of the time, Paul's younger brother Tommy was on the phone to a girlfriend in Chicago.

removing Mr. Navarro's body from 3110 Laurel Canyon.
originally posted by GaylordWilshire

The brothers were both found guilty of murder.

a more recent photo of Paul Ferguson


ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2014 10:50 PM

I found this not too long ago on ebay.

ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2014 10:55 PM

Is this the same station as in the previous post?

(I know we've seen this train station before, but I believe these are new views to NLA) -from Raymond Hill I believe.

ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2014 11:21 PM

Here is a group of black and white negatives I found several weeks ago on ebay.

Sunset Tower

and my personal favorite.

Tetsu Feb 17, 2014 12:22 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6453770)
The El Morera was located in the shadow of Pasadena's magnificent city hall. As far as I can tell, it's gone now.


The El Morera was, believe it or not, an early Greene & Greene design from 1902, before they had fully developed the Craftsman style they were known for. I think that exact picture appears in Randall Makinson's comprehensive book on the Greenes. It was built for Ms. Rose J. Rasey, and also known simply as the Rasey Rooming House. And, definitely long since demolished. University Libraries

ethereal_reality Feb 17, 2014 12:57 AM

:previous: oh man, that is some fantastic information Tetsu!
I toured two Greene & Greene houses when I lived in L.A. and absolutely loved them.

posted earlier this evening
above: It seems to be missing the clock.

I found a couple additional images in an old file.

and this
old file

Martin Pal Feb 17, 2014 1:17 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6455243)

In 1965, Ramon Novarro returned to the M-G-M lot where he co-starred with Luise Rainer, in an episode of Combat! Luise Rainer just turned 104 last month! Roman Novarro appears in several pages of the 2012 Scotty Bowers book, Full Service. The retro channel Me-TV runs Combat and you can catch this episode occasionally. It's titled "Finest Hour."

ethereal_reality Feb 17, 2014 1:29 AM

:previous: Luise Rainer is still alive!??

Ninja55 Feb 17, 2014 3:04 AM

I love this pic of my great Uncle Bert Rovere with his friends, Sheriff Eugene Biscaluez, Ramon Navarro, and an unknown "commish" man. Possibly taken at Bert's Paris Inn.

Ninja55 Feb 17, 2014 3:21 AM

Ninja55 Feb 17, 2014 3:36 AM

FredH Feb 17, 2014 4:08 AM

[QUOTE=CityBoyDoug;6454694]Here is America's most perfect family of the 1950s....the Nelsons. In this picture we see the the family in their Hollywood home... Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky watching a B/W TV and having some milk in the family den. Its really hard to believe but they're all gone now.

Perfect family? Well maybe not but that was the illusion and we loved it. NBC TV

Wait a minute, wait a minute. Is that Howdy Doody they are watching on TV?

That's going too far...even for me.

Let's just hope that David has saved the day, and that is a White Russian he has on the table behind him...not a glass of milk.[user]=139236802&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0

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