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ethereal_reality Dec 11, 2012 12:03 AM

Feb. 27, 1958

http://imageshack.us/a/img43/3681/aa...slatimesbl.jpg
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thed...008/02/page/2/
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BifRayRock Dec 11, 2012 12:19 AM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5932342)
This article seems to describe the buildings we see among the foilage:
http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/6...3compldate.jpg

Thank you for digging that up.

Inglewood Dahlia Show, 25 August 1951. Pictured is Mrs. Marty Gibson (winner of "Howard Flowerland Trophy for Biggest Dahlia").
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0USC Digital

1926 - PJ Howard
http://www.arboretum.org/images/uplo...nd_1926_11.jpghttp://www.arboretum.org

Horticulturist, Paul J Howard also had a nursery in Chatsworth.http://rescarta.lapl.org:8080/ResCar...earch_doc=1005

tovangar2 Dec 11, 2012 1:25 AM

Madison Complex & GRanite 4
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5932828)
With 'Adams' added to my google search I was able to find this brief bit of information. The building was
http://www.thecentraloffice.com/calif/la/lap/lap.htm
thanks GW

Thanks to both of you. I couldn't find anything on our local exchange, GRanite 4, at the link, but did have a host of questions answered about the Madison Complex on Grand.

GaylordWilshire Dec 11, 2012 1:42 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5932872)


http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/7659/queenwb.jpgIMDB


I don't know about Jane Adams, who might have thought of catchier screen name, but Mrs. Ron Waller was even more famous... the "Zsa Zsa Gabor picture" was apparently the Hungarian lady's 1958 masterpiece, Queen of Outer Space. Mrs. Ron Waller was known professionally as Marjorie Durant. Her claim to fame, even more than her memorable role as one of the "Venusians" (Venus being an all-woman planet for the purposes of the movie), was that she was (and apparently, is) the daughter of Marjorie Merriwether Post (which I think makes her the half-sister of the actually famous Dina Merrill). I'm no cynic, of course, but I can't help but wonder if perhaps Mummy's money helped her to be found "not guilty" of drunk driving....

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/5285/durantcar.jpg USCDL

As captioned by the library:
"Mrs. Marjorie (Ron) Waller, 28, at wheel of her sports car in front of her home at 235 Entrada
Drive, Santa Monica Canyon, which is under 24-hour guard by private detectives
reportedly hired by her wealthy grandmother. Dog in pix is her toy French poodle VIP
(meaning Very Important Poodle)."

Why do I think that being under 24-hour guard and posing for publicity pictures is counterproductive? Anyway, the house at 235 Entrada Drive is still there, though remodeled and obscured by %&*ing trees. (Have I ever mentioned that I liked L.A. better before all these trees?)

Godzilla Dec 11, 2012 2:01 AM

The pattern on Coulters is truly impressive.

The shadows suggest these images are from the late afternoon and that this might have been the start of the evening commute. Surprising that in '39 this area was so prone to rush hour congestion that it warranted traffic redirection. The far left eastbound lane is being used for westbound traffic. Were there that many motorists who commuted from West LA and Santa Monica to Downtown? What's next, bus only and hov lanes?

Source notes refer to this as "Suicide lane." Noticed this in other Wilshire photos at Western. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=9133 I wonder if this was a Wilshire phenomenon or whether other main streets (without Streetcars) had traffic lanes that changed direction at different times of the day.

No parking meters and so few street parking signs!

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

ethereal_reality Dec 11, 2012 2:34 AM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5933007)
http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/7659/queenwb.jpgIMDB


I don't know about Jane Adams, who might have thought of catchier screen name, but Mrs. Ron Waller was even more famous... the "Zsa Zsa Gabor picture" was apparently the Hungarian lady's 1958 masterpiece, Queen of Outer Space. Mrs. Ron Waller was known professionally as Marjorie Durant. Her claim to fame, even more than her memorable role as one of the "Venusians" (Venus being an all-woman planet for the purposes of the movie), was that she was (and apparently, is) the daughter of Marjorie Merriwether Post (which I think makes her the half-sister of the actually famous Dina Merrill). I'm no cynic, of course, but I can't help but wonder if perhaps Mummy's money helped her to be found "not guilty" of drunk driving....

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/5285/durantcar.jpg USCDL

As captioned by the library:
"Mrs. Marjorie (Ron) Waller, 28, at wheel of her sports car in front of her home at 235 Entrada
Drive, Santa Monica Canyon, which is under 24-hour guard by private detectives
reportedly hired by her wealthy grandmother. Dog in pix is her toy French poodle VIP
(meaning Very Important Poodle)."

Why do I think that being under 24-hour guard and posing for publicity pictures is counterproductive? Anyway, the house at 235 Entrada Drive is still there, though remodeled and obscured by %&*ing trees. (Have I ever mentioned that I liked L.A. better before all these trees?)

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:previous: All of this is so great GW! 'Queen of Outer Space' is one of the first movies I can remember watching as a child. The other two are 'The Boy with Green Hair' and 'The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T'.
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Chuckaluck Dec 11, 2012 2:41 AM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5933007)


A '58 Dual-Ghia Convertible? Or a '57?
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7109/7...01e4ec2555.jpgflickr

Smile of Confidence ?
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ant&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ant&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ant&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...ant&DMROTATE=0USCDigital

ProphetM Dec 11, 2012 3:26 AM

Is anyone else getting the USC digital pictures all broken-up? They seem to be cut into 4 different image files, and I get the top two and the bottom left picture on one line, followed by the bottom right picture on a second line, which places it beneath the top left picture. It's like a jigsaw puzzle that hasn't been totally assembled yet.

tovangar2 Dec 11, 2012 3:45 AM

hydraulic lane dividers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 5933027)
The shadows suggest these images are from the late afternoon and that this might have been the start of the evening commute. Surprising that in '39 this area was so prone to rush hour congestion that it warranted traffic redirection. The far left eastbound lane is being used for westbound traffic. Were there that many motorists who commuted from West LA and Santa Monica to Downtown? What's next, bus only and hov lanes?

Source notes refer to this as "Suicide lane." Noticed this in other Wilshire photos at Western. I wonder if this was a Wilshire phenomenon or whether other main streets (without Streetcars) had traffic lanes that changed direction at different times of the day.

You made me remember the hydraulic, pop-up lane dividers on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. They divided the eight-lane road into six lanes & two, north or south, depending on the rush hour, morning or evening. I think they existed from after the war until about the late 70's when they were abandoned in favor of hand-dropping traffic cones from slow-moving trucks. The automated dividers were a good enough idea in that "progress"-minded era, but when they failed, as they did on occasion, it was disastrous.

I'm amazed LA was doing the same thing with no markers at all. No wonder it was called the "Suicide Lane".

ethereal_reality Dec 11, 2012 3:52 AM

http://imageshack.us/a/img26/5828/aa...ensign1895.jpg
ebay

I've been trying to make out the sign at lower right....is it Hotel...Aberdeen?

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ethereal_reality Dec 11, 2012 4:17 AM

early...early...early.

http://imageshack.us/a/img832/3180/a...lywoodlook.jpg
ebay
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Chuckaluck Dec 11, 2012 4:19 AM

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Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 5933163)
Is anyone else getting the USC digital pictures all broken-up? They seem to be cut into 4 different image files, and I get the top two and the bottom left picture on one line, followed by the bottom right picture on a second line, which places it beneath the top left picture. It's like a jigsaw puzzle that hasn't been totally assembled yet.

'SC recently changed its format so that it is difficult to post higher resolution photos without stitching them together. I found myself playing with the zoom feature ("control" and "+" or "-" keys) and found the photos seemed to come together. I fear that unless everyone were to use the same monitor or monitor settings, posting larger images viewable by everyone will be hit or miss.

Even worse than the picture puzzles created by the new format is the fact that some old links either don't work or have disappeared. Look at some of the earlier postings and you may or may not see an image from SC. Trying to reedit the posts to include a "better" working link still has some kinks, as I have received several "oops missing image" messages.

hth

ethereal_reality Dec 11, 2012 4:26 AM

The Betsy Ross?...never heard of it.

http://imageshack.us/a/img255/6162/aapcbetsyross.jpg
ebay
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FredH Dec 11, 2012 4:31 AM

Chop Suey Crazy
 
Just in case you had any doubts about whether the Tuey Far Low restaurant in Chinatown (1939) served
Chop Suey, here they are sporting no less than three neon signs.

http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/8296/00101109.jpg
lapl

By the way, the wife is from Taiwan and I asked her once what exactly chop suey was. She gave
me a look like I was completely nuts...not the only time that has ever happened though. :koko:

ethereal_reality Dec 11, 2012 4:32 AM

:previous: Your 'chop suey' post made me smile FredH.


http://imageshack.us/a/img221/1899/a...isitannand.jpg
http://www.jmcvey.net/
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tovangar2 Dec 11, 2012 4:37 AM

Stoner & Texas 1963
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kznyc2k (Post 5930924)
And looking down from the tower:
http://imageshack.us/a/img443/7571/l...ial196304b.jpg
Doris L Walker Collection

I'm liking this 1963 photo of Stoner Ave looking south to Texas Ave more and more kznyc2k. I keep returning to it.

The composition is outstanding and the color wonderfully evocative. The height of the tower combined with the land dropping rapidly away in this area gives a pleasantly disorientating point-of-view. The Barrington Plaza towers look like a brave-new-world, Bauhausian, but failed, public-housing complex in Europe somewhere, maybe suburban Brussels, and are in stark contrast to the haphazard jumble of buildings on the east end of the University High campus, which span four or more decades. One's eye, guided by the sidewalks on either side of Stoner Ave, is drawn to the top of the frame, where Stoner picks up again on the other side of campus. The curve of the retaining wall under the south tower nicely mirrors the curve of the track surrounding Uni's athletic field in the upper right of the photo.

This image is one of the more enjoyable things I've seen this week. Thx for posting.

FredH Dec 11, 2012 5:51 AM

The Bridge to Nowhere
 
Back in the 1930's, the residents of the San Gabriel Valley decided that cutting a road through the San Gabriel Mountains
to the resort city of Wrightwood on the other side, was a good idea. The plan was to generally follow the East Fork of the
San Gabriel River. After a few years of blasting, road building, and bridge building, the Great Flood of 1938 came along and
washed it all away (except for one bridge).

http://imageshack.us/a/img818/5757/n...dgesidejpg.jpg
www.scvresources.com

The bridge is not connected to anything and it takes a nine mile round trip hike to get up there. Its main use now seems to be for bungee jumping.

http://imageshack.us/a/img255/2886/bridgetonowhere1.jpg
Google Maps

The Bridge to Nowhere comes by its name fairly, because it really is in the middle of nowhere. You can find it somewhere inside this red circle:

http://imageshack.us/a/img600/7015/bridgetonowhere5.jpg
Google Maps

If anyone wants to attempt the hike, the instructions (with a nice video) are here:

http://www.losangeleshikingguide.hik...tional-forest/

tovangar2 Dec 11, 2012 6:56 AM

Brown Derby, Wilshire west of Alexandria
 
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s...bywilshire.jpg
silverscreenoasis.com

The open windows are a nice touch.

tovangar2 Dec 11, 2012 8:09 AM

Culver City aerials
 
Triangle Studios, Culver, Washington & Venice Blvds running west, 1922
http://classicmoviechat.com/wp-conte...udios-1922.jpg
cc pierce

DeMille Studios (formerly Ince, later Selznick, later still, Culver) with
Hal Roach Studios to the east. Washington and Culver Blvds cross in the foreground, 1923
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/...c75d0242d5.jpg
cc pierce

GaylordWilshire Dec 11, 2012 1:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5933191)
http://imageshack.us/a/img26/5828/aa...ensign1895.jpg
ebay
I've been trying to make out the sign at lower right....is it Hotel...Aberdeen?
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http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/2...erdeen1000.jpgLAPL

The Hotel Aberdeen was at 310 N Broadway...where the Hall of Justice, seen under construction in 1925, is today. It was across B'way from the WCTU (which we've seen here before) at the NW corner of Temple.


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