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GaylordWilshire Sep 24, 2012 1:14 PM

:previous:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-V...16wilshire.jpgUSCDL

Hadn't heard of this one--the building (two in from the left corner) was once an A&P, which was there into the
'40s. Not sure when it became the Premier, but it was still listed at 3716 in 1956; by 1960 it was a Mannings
coffee shop.

Chuckaluck Sep 24, 2012 2:39 PM

1903 cornerstone laying ceremony. Chamber of Commerce Building, Broadway between 1st and 2nd Streets.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5097?v=hrUSC Digital

Chuckaluck Sep 24, 2012 2:47 PM

1952, Van Nuys. Another celebration in the making - Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser groundbreaking. Get there early.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...CHS-40223?v=hrUSCDigital

Chuckaluck Sep 24, 2012 3:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 5828486)
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Main at 9th Street, Los Angeles, Herman Schultheis, 1937


This is a view of Main looking north from Ninth to where Spring and Main converge. . . . . We had seen these kiosks in earlier photos but I don't remember seeing them this late. Signs visible include the Los Angeles City Club (833 South Spring) and the California Bank in the 810 South Spring Building. Pedestrians are waiting in the street for a streetcar.

WigWag explains kiosk/switchtender's box: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=9200

Twenty years earlier - 1917. Spring Street merges into Main Street.
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-5767?v=hrUSCDigital

MichaelRyerson Sep 24, 2012 3:05 PM

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First Masonic Hall to be restored, 1958

First Masonic Hall to be restored, 7 July 1958. Matthew Condon (Past Master) (Standing on 100-year-old balcony)

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961



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First Masonic Hall to be restored, 1958 (2)

First Masonic Hall to be restored, 7 July 1958. Matthew Condon standing on balcony, view looking south. (I really love these kinds of shots that show the scale of the geography)

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961



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First Masonic Hall to be restored, 1958 (3)

First Masonic Hall to be restored, 7 July 1958. Matthew Condon on balcony (still), view looking north showing the old Merced Theater (three story building immediately next door) and the Pico House (just beyond the Merced, visible to the left of the telephone pole).

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961

MichaelRyerson Sep 24, 2012 3:29 PM

We've seen a couple of these before but perhaps not the whole series...
 
For my money, the last two are worth the price of admission...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8299/8...a2bf4f5e_o.jpg
Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 1951

Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 21 September 1951. General views.

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961



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Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 1951 (2)

Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 21 September 1951. General views.

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961




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Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 1951 (3)

Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 21 September 1951. General views.

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961



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Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 1951 (4)

Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 21 September 1951. General views.

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961



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Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 1951 (5)

Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 21 September 1951. General views.

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961



http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8312/8...4f0bd969_o.jpg
Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 1951 (6)

Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 21 September 1951. General views.

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961



http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8302/8...ab695082_o.jpg
Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 1951 (7)

Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 21 September 1951. General views.

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961



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Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 1951 (8)

Fireplug sheared off, 6th and Hill, 21 September 1951. General views.

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961

Chuckaluck Sep 24, 2012 8:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tourmaline (Post 5841188)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5217/5...c777ae8c_b.jpgFlickrhttp://farm6.staticflickr.com/5099/5...00ce3d82_o.jpgFLICKR

http://hdl.huntington.org/utils/ajax...XT=&DMROTATE=0HuntingtonDLInterior


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...64B5E327B?v=hrUSC Digital

Terrific write up: https://sites.google.com/site/downto...theatres/tally

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Dusk or dawn, North on Broadway, 1907. Street lights are on at another Broadway location. Wish the building (far left) was illuminated too, a la Tally's.
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/2...thonbroadw.jpg
ER's post> http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=2964

Chuckaluck Sep 24, 2012 8:14 PM

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Originally Posted by KevinW (Post 5178096)

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:previous:Last image above, '50s - facing north on Olive Street. This 1928 image is looking south - Olive Street, Pershing Square on left, venerable Biltmore on right.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics37/00068346.jpg LAPL

Arch2000 Sep 24, 2012 9:39 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5841888)
I wonder what the 'The Playhouse' is used for today. It looks like it's in pretty good shape.
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Bifrayrock is correct, the venue is being turned into a haunted house. I plan on going in the next few weeks, I've always wanted to go inside and never had the chance. Hopefully some of the venue can be seen under the props/cobwebs and lighting effects, I'd hate to imagine a nice interior all covered up by black plastic sheeting or faux stone walls.

Some great info about the theater can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/downto...y-arts-theatre

ethereal_reality Sep 24, 2012 9:46 PM

Broadway Department Store pocket mirror.

http://imageshack.us/a/img838/9148/a...tstorepock.jpg
ebay

"Auditorium Sales Room, 8th Floor."

Do you think there was some sort of a small auditorium up on the 8th floor, or are they just referring to the Los Angeles Auditorium?
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ethereal_reality Sep 25, 2012 12:10 AM

The 1951 grand opening of FOOD GIANT in Lynwood, Los Angeles County, CA.

http://imageshack.us/a/img713/4917/a...iantflickr.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/g_clise...ool-vintagela/




...near the intersection of Century & Imperial.

http://imageshack.us/a/img267/8921/a...antflickr1.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/g_clise...ool-vintagela/



below: I also like this photograph with the company President/CEO in silhouette....very striking!

http://imageshack.us/a/img189/9007/a...flickr1951.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/g_clise...ool-vintagela/
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ethereal_reality Sep 25, 2012 12:30 AM

http://imageshack.us/a/img198/6125/aalosala1957.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/n303wr/...pool-vintagela
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ethereal_reality Sep 25, 2012 2:50 AM

President McKinley visits Los Angeles.

http://imageshack.us/a/img607/3094/a...ey1901huge.jpg
ebay
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rick m Sep 25, 2012 3:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5843269)
The 1951 grand opening of FOOD GIANT in Lynwood, Los Angeles County, CA.

http://imageshack.us/a/img713/4917/a...iantflickr.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/g_clise...ool-vintagela/




...near the intersection of Century & Imperial.

http://imageshack.us/a/img267/8921/a...antflickr1.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/g_clise...ool-vintagela/



below: I also like this photograph with the company President/CEO in silhouette....very striking!

http://imageshack.us/a/img189/9007/a...flickr1951.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/g_clise...ool-vintagela/
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Oh THAT signage ! I was all over the 1963 grand opening of the Granada Hills Food Giant (and J.J.Newberrys-complete with now endangered cottontop marmosets in their Pet Dept)- Plenty of celebs on hand- such as original Cleo - the Basset Hound and Timmy from Lassie (John Provost )- who wore a crazy amount of makeup-Got my palm stroked ever-so-smoothly when I reached the end of a line to shake his hand! Dang-I could tell he also had custom made denims n tailored checkered shirt - Almost had me swooning-Best memory of Food Giant were the jumbo buttermilk donuts with the crunchy center knot !

Godzilla Sep 25, 2012 5:20 AM

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Originally Posted by rick m (Post 5843575)
Oh THAT signage ! I was all over the 1963 grand opening of the Granada Hills Food Giant (and J.J.Newberrys-complete with now endangered cottontop marmosets in their Pet Dept)- Plenty of celebs on hand- such as original Cleo - the Basset Hound and Timmy from Lassie (John Provost )- who wore a crazy amount of makeup-Got my palm stroked ever-so-smoothly when I reached the end of a line to shake his hand! Dang-I could tell he also had custom made denims n tailored checkered shirt - Almost had me swooning-Best memory of Food Giant were the jumbo buttermilk donuts with the crunchy center knot !


This is a wonderful thread!

I definitely remember both Timmys (Rettig and Provost), although they would have been in reruns!

http://pdxretro.com/wp-content/uploa...lassie2041.jpgGooglehttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513nm68t42L.jpggoogle


"Henry C. Soto used a big scissors to cut the ribbon at his "Disposal Gardens" dumpsite at its grand opening." (1965)
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics21/00060213.jpgLapl


1959 Grand Opening for the Cullen Stores
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00083/00083320.jpgLApL


1957 Lucille Stewart Stationery & Camera Shop, located at 8838 W. Pico Boulevard
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00088/00088387.jpgLapl


Grand opening, "Boulevard Theater," 1619 W. Washington Blvd., 1925 (Destroyed in the 1980)
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater1/00014938.jpg Lapl


1937 Holly Food Mart, Grand Opening. Located at 5959 Hollywood Boulevard. (Became home to Peterson Publishing (Motor Trend, Hot Rod etc.) in the 1950s. A marquee was added when it became the "X Theater." Currently it is closed, but the building is still there.)
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics44/00071504.jpg
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics44/00071522.jpg


1923 (Lou) Bards Theater Grand Opening (Now Vista) 4473 Sunset Drive (covered here before, but maybe not the grand opening.)
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics37/00068072.jpgLAPLhttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YvLhV4iKDV...00/Desktop.jpghttp://letopho.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html

How many Grand Openings is allowed? Undated Grand "Re-Re" Opening Merlo's Market at 7919 Beverly Blvd. "Repeated by public demand!"(?) Many will know this building as it is virtually next door to the Fairfax Theater (separated by an alleyway). This store remained as a market until 1980 when it became "Shoe Pavilion." Shoe Pavilion lasted for 28 years. In approximately 2010 it became a Goodwill. The corner of the building to the left of the Farifax theater in "relatively" recent image.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics33/00066387.jpghttp://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=1704 http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...JPG?1342052527google

MichaelRyerson Sep 25, 2012 12:48 PM

Are we seeing Rodger Young Village in 1961?
 
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8040/8...be263e88_o.jpg
Looking west across the Los Angeles River into Griffith Park, 1961

Looking west across the Los Angeles River into Griffith Park at the future site of the Golden State Freeway (I-5) and the CA-134 Freeway. San Fernando Boulevard and Glenoaks Boulevard cut across the southwest area of Glendale east of the river. Are we looking at Rodger Young Village? Was it still standing in 1961? I hope so. My Uncle Art and Aunt Henriette lived for a time at Rodger Young Village during the post-war housing crunch. Fond memories.

USCdigital archive/"Dick" Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987

Godzilla Sep 25, 2012 5:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4464867)
And for good measure I'll throw in a Thrifty A&P. (no address)
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/692/la0801thriftya.jpg
usc digital archives

Sopas EJ identified the address as Fairfax and Sunset.

I like this picture of the same building, ca. 1940 too.
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...325D6339E?v=hrUSCdigital

There once was a grocery market about a mile south of this market at approximately 370 N. Fairfax. It may be currently occupied by a charity. The 1987 directory lists E & S Grocery Mkt, but it is likely the market had many different names. I was told long ago by others that before THE war, they fondly remembered shopping at the the market as part of a trip to the movies at the Fairfax or Esquire (before Canter's). This was when sawdust covered the floors of many indoor-outdoor markets. I am told that the building was also used as a location for movie and television production, including Steve Martin's "Dead Men DWP," but am unable to confirm this with usual sources. I have also heard similar production occurred at Merlo's (see above). Additional information, including a photo or two would be appreciated.

Thanks to all contributors!

ethereal_reality Sep 25, 2012 5:16 PM

:previous: very interesting information.

Also, great post on all the grand openings Godzilla!
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Chuckaluck Sep 25, 2012 5:27 PM

Not sure about the noir-LA connection, but possibly recognize at least one of the autographs.

Quote:

Robert L. “Bob” Rasmussen (born May 26, 1930 in Rio Vista, California), is a noted military artist; a retired Captain in the United States Navy; a former career naval aviator, primarily in the F-8 Crusader; a former member of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, and Director of the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, Florida.
http://en.wikipedia.org wiki/Robert_L._Rasmussen

MichaelRyerson Sep 25, 2012 5:48 PM

In keeping with yesterday's post re: the Pig N' Whistle...
 
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8169/8...2d3e7dea_o.jpg
Interior of Pig 'N Whistle restaurant, ca.1930, William Reagh

The California History Room, California State Library


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