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Johnny Socko Feb 17, 2010 8:27 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4702810)
Here's another photo of the elevated path from Pasadena to Los Angeles.
The building on the right looks interesting with it's exotic turrets. I'm guessing the sign reads Pasadena Grand Opera?




http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/6...dbicyclepa.jpg
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I meant to say thanks when you posted this before. This was a great find...I had never heard of it before. And even though it's "just" a bike path, it's still a pretty impressive structure considering the distance.

Did any of our "regulars" know about the elevated bike path before? Amazing how some pretty considerable things from our history can crop-up like this.

ethereal_reality Feb 17, 2010 8:57 PM

^^^That's how I felt when I started coming across photographs of the elevated bike path.
I wondered how I had never heard of it before. Like you said Johnny Socko, a path from Pasadena to Los Angeles is no small feat.

ethereal_reality Feb 17, 2010 9:20 PM

Seventh & Santee, downtown L.A. (no date)



http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/7...andsanteed.jpg
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garfield Feb 18, 2010 7:12 AM

Downtown L.A Mystery
 
I see people are asking about historical buildings. I have a bit of a mystery that I'd like to solve if possible.

Below are a couple of pics of what appears to be a section of rail tracks. This was taken on the west side of the 3rd street tunnel. I thought this was the original location for Angels Flight before it was moved. However, all documentation on it states that it was on the east side of the 3rd street tunnel.

Does anyone know what this is? If not, could you point me in the right direction?

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/...3be0b352e9.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2794/...9a1af3f594.jpg

garfield Feb 19, 2010 5:01 AM

Attack on L.A.?
 
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4368961)
I found the photo. It's dated February 25, 1942.
(This event occurred three months after the attacks at Pearl Harbor)


http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/8...b251942ufo.jpg
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above: Mystery objects (U.F.O.s) over L.A. triggered a massive anti-aircraft artillery barrage.


For more details google 'Battle of Los Angeles'.

This could be from a series of balloon bombs where the Japanese used the jet stream (largely unknown at the time) to attack us. The U.S. military kept the attack quiet so the Japanese wouldn't know that the balloons were successful and would stop as a result. It worked. However, there are still balloon bombs that have safely landed in rural parts that have not exploded yet. A few have been discovered. Several years ago, a young boy was badly injured when a slight touch set it off.

ethereal_reality Feb 19, 2010 5:41 PM

^^^Very interesting garfield.
I knew that a few Japanese balloon bombs succeeded in reaching the northwest (killing several people).
But I was unaware of this happening in the Los Angeles vicinity.

Los Angeles Past Feb 23, 2010 6:23 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4680891)
This is a mystery slide I found on ebay. I believe it's the leveling of Bunker Hill.

http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/1...unkerposs1.jpg
ebay

It's interesting to me to see this block at First, Broadway and Hill cleared and excavated like this, because today, a half-century later, it's now excavated out again after the razing of the State Building #2. (And all within my own lifetime, too. That's a bit scary.)

Anyway, what I'm curious about are the buildings that were torn down in the mid-'50s on that west side of Broadway. Here's one of my favorite old L.A. postcards showing the intersection of First and Broadway, looking south from the first Times Building at that location (the one that was bombed in 1910). Note the date written on it... about a year-and-a-half before the "Crime Of The Century."

https://otters.net/img/lanoir/broadw...tlinda_sky.jpg

Sometimes, in my searches through the online archives, I'm lucky enough to find the original photograph that was used for a particular postcard. I've never been able to find this one, though. Have you ever seen it, Ethereal? (If anyone could have found it, I'm sure it would be you.) ;)

Also, do you have a closer photo of that west side of Broadway south of First? I've always been curious to see the "Resturaunt" that is referred to in Linda's postcard. See how the written word points to a spot under the last gable on that corner building? I've found plenty of pictures of that building showing its back as viewed from First Street Hill, but none at all from the front, or the rest of that block for that matter.

In case you're curious, here is the reverse of the postcard:

https://otters.net/img/lanoir/broadw...da_rev_sky.jpg

Note the return address: 741 W. Temple Street. Wouldn't that be on the north side of Temple near the intersection with Flower and Figueroa, that was also discussed earlier in this thread? I've never found a picture of that side of the street, either...

Aside: I wonder what "Linda" would think to see her postcard being shown and discussed on a world-wide forum a whole century after she wrote it! It's probably the only identifiable object she ever owned that survived her...

-Scott

garfield Feb 24, 2010 6:30 AM

Police watching every intersection
 
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Originally Posted by Los Angeles Past (Post 4544036)

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...an/CHS-154.jpg
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See the policeman inside the elevated traffic kiosk on the northwest corner of the intersection? Every major intersection in L.A. had a police kiosk like this. Many of these were still standing well into the 1920s...

-Scott

I think we're getting back to this again...Red light cameras!! : |

Great posts!! I love these photos. It's taking me a long time to go through all of them; but it's WELL worth spending the time.

:notacrook:

ethereal_reality Feb 25, 2010 8:31 PM

Scott- Interesting ruminations in your post. I like the postcard and Linda's sweet simple message.
And to answer your question, No...I haven't come across the original photograph of that postcard. :(

And garfield, I'm glad you're enjoying the thread.
I hope you keep coming back to it now and again.


Concerning the "Crime of the Century" (the Times Building bombing).
It used to confuse me that some photos of the Times Building had the crenelated tower and others did not.
Recently, I read somewhere that the tower was an addition to the building AFTER the bombing.
Does anyone know, is this correct?

I'll dig up some of the photos I have.

JDRCRASH Feb 25, 2010 11:52 PM

LAP, don't feel bad; you've already contributed so much.

Los Angeles Past Feb 26, 2010 8:21 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4718416)
Scott- Interesting ruminations in your post. I like the postcard and Linda's sweet simple message.
And to answer your question, No...I haven't come across the original photograph of that postcard. :(

Concerning the "Crime of the Century" (the Times Building bombing).
It used to confuse me that some photos of the Times Building had the crenelated tower and others did not.
Recently, I read somewhere that the tower was an addition to the building AFTER the bombing.
Does anyone know, is this correct?

I'll dig up some of the photos I have.

Ah well, it was worth asking anyway. :) I didn't think of this before, but since it was taken from the vantage point of the Times Building, the original photo might have belonged to the Times, and was perhaps destroyed along with the building itself in 1910...

And, yes, that crenelated tower was part of the third Times Building.

Here's a postcard view from shortly after the new building was completed:

https://otters.net/img/lanoir/newtim...dingpc_sky.jpg

Later, a flagpole and the word "TIMES" were added to the top of the tower, though I don't know exactly when...

-Scott

Los Angeles Past Feb 26, 2010 8:34 AM

Aha, I knew I had this photo somewhere...

Here are the first three buildings that were home to the Los Angeles Times:

https://otters.net/img/lanoir/00011936.jpg
LAPL

The first was located at Temple and New High (1881); the latter two at First and Broadway (1886 and 1911-2 respectively).

-S

ethereal_reality Feb 27, 2010 8:42 PM

^^^I appreciate the explanation Scott. Thank you.

ethereal_reality Feb 27, 2010 9:59 PM

I just found this photograph in one of my files.
This is post-bomb...construction of Times Building #3 with tower.


http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/4...fterthebla.jpg
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Here's a detail of the sign from the above photo.


http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/1...tertheblap.jpg



lol...this one sign would have answer several of my questions in an earlier post of mine. :)

ethereal_reality Feb 27, 2010 11:40 PM

I'm doing this ass-backwards.....here are a couple photos from the bombing (1910).






http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/6776/la0228bomb1.jpg
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http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/1...0228bomb1a.jpg
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ethereal_reality Feb 27, 2010 11:41 PM

You can see the Times Building with the tower below.



http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9130/latimesbldgm5.jpg
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ethereal_reality Feb 28, 2010 11:34 PM

Here's a photo of some especially nice buildings.
This is looking south on Main Street from Temple in 1926.




http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/4...ainstsouth.jpg
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sopas ej Mar 2, 2010 8:22 AM

Some pics of Long Beach.

Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, 1940
http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/6...cipalaudit.jpg
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Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, 1930
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/3...ditorium19.jpg
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Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, 1938
This is the front entrance. Before the auditorium was demolished, the mosaic in that recess of the arch was saved and is now on the side of a parking structure.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics33/00066102.jpg
lapl.org

Long Beach Municipal Auditorium and Rainbow Pier, 1946. Here you can see why the Rainbow Pier was called the Rainbow Pier.
http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/6...alauditori.jpg
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Long Beach Convention Center, 1968
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/877...entioncent.jpg
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This picture is amazing to me because I can see where the municipal auditorium once stood in relation to what's there today. I wasn't aware that when the Long Beach Arena was built, it was connected to the Municipal Auditorium. This site is now the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, with the very 1970s Terrace Theater now occupying where the Municipal Auditorium once stood, and the Convention Center exhibit space occupying buildings adjacent to the theater.

The Municipal Auditorium was demolished in 1975. I don't know when the Rainbow Pier met its demise; that beach area was drastically altered when the LA/Long Beach harbors built their breakwaters. Also, that area was filled in with landfill and to build the convention center and adjacent downtown Long Beach marina. Shoreline Drive is now in that area, too, where of course Long Beach holds its annual Grand Prix.

Los Angeles Past Mar 2, 2010 4:23 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4723358)
Here's a photo of some especially nice buildings.
This is looking south on Main Street from Temple in 1926.




http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/4...ainstsouth.jpg
usc digital library

Great pic of the Temple Block in its declining years! Everything in this picture had but 2-3 years left to exist. This is the exact spot upon which the new City Hall would very soon begin to rise...

Los Angeles Past Mar 2, 2010 4:27 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4721949)
You can see the Times Building with the tower below.



http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9130/latimesbldgm5.jpg
cal state

Superb aerial photo! I just wish it were available in a much higher resolution...


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