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CityBoyDoug Dec 18, 2014 6:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6848556)
It looks like it was part of a 1930s/1940s craze for midnight ghost shows. They were basically spooky magic shows at theaters which included things like seances, spirit slate writing and ghostly apparitions. This poster appears to be for Dr U L di Ghilini, who was described as a Hollywood mystic on one site I found. I think the white word above his name is part of the phrase "in person". The text above the skeleton's head says "Do the dead return?". I can't decipher all the text at the top, but it looks like the venue was an unreadable auditorium, and the date was Sun Sept 15 (which is correct for 1935).

I found the quote below on www.redlandsdailyfacts.com. It gives a description of the same show just three days earlier:

Sept. 12, 1935

The time for a seance with "spirits" is midnight, and tonight at the zero hour of 12 o'clock, a frolic with "spooks" will take place on the stage of the Fox Redlands theater, when Dr. U.L. di Ghilini, famous investigator of spiritualistic phenomena reproduces two entirely different types of seances. No attraction in months is causing the comment, and the discussion that surrounds the appearance of the celebrated Dr. di Ghilini in person, on this occasion. The "ghost" show follows the usual theater picture program, and after the exit of the regular show at 11:15 p.m., the doors will be closed for 15 minutes and then reopened.


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That may say at the top:

MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM

Joe Gillis Dec 18, 2014 7:54 AM

Might it say Olympic Auditorium?

HossC Dec 18, 2014 1:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otis Criblecoblis (Post 6848634)

... the venue was the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, from what I can decipher.

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6848761)

That may say at the top: MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joe Gillis (Post 6848795)

Might it say Olympic Auditorium?

I'm leaning towards "MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM". This is partly based on what the words look like to me, and partly because the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium is just under six and a half miles from the poster location, while the Olympic Auditorium is about 15 miles away (using Google Maps' directions to find the shortest route).

After taking a second look at e_r's poster, and comparing it to the one I posted, I think the text at the bottom is likely to say "SPIRIT SEANCES" and "UNDER FLOODLIGHTS".

ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2014 3:45 PM

:previous: I had NO idea these 1930's era midnight 'spook shows' existed. I would have definitely attended.

:applause:
HossC, CBD, Joe Gillis and Otis Criblecobis.
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ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2014 6:10 PM

A very 'chic' late 1950s billboard for Robinson's.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/1TONiD.jpg
eBay

I'm curious about the sign to the right of the billboard. It appears to spell S E A c o something. Any one have an idea what it is advertising?
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ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2014 6:15 PM

...here's another billboard

This one advertising Forest Lawn Cemetery. The sign is on the roof of Tilford's on Wilshire Blvd.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/8PccWI.jpg
eBay

I always thought Tilford's was a coffee shop, but here I see a sign advertising 'Dancing Nightly'.
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ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2014 6:25 PM

I just found this one in another file of mine.
It's no doubt from the same group of slides since they all have that pinkish tint.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/gTyl2q.jpg
eBay

I don't recognize the establishment. The '25er' cocktails....doesn't ring a bell.
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Earl Boebert Dec 18, 2014 6:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6849230)
A very 'chic' late 1950s billboard for Robinson's.

[Snip]

I'm curious about the sign to the right of the billboard. It appears to spell S E A c o something. Any one have an idea what it is advertising?
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My guess would be "Seacoast" something or other.

Cheers,

Earl

ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2014 6:41 PM

:previous: Now I know why I was never a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. ;)-lol
...but Seacoast what? It's looks like a rather large (compared to the car beneath it) and well designed sign. I especially like the font/type they used in spelling out Seacoast.


Armand's 2156 W. Manchester Ave. Los Angeles

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ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2014 7:13 PM

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/t0TTTS.png
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old file eBay

"Hollywood Writer's Club, southwest corner of Sunset Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue. 1922"

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Beaudry Dec 18, 2014 7:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6849027)
:previous: I had NO idea these 1930's era midnight 'spook shows' existed. I would have definitely attended.

:applause:
HossC, CBD, Joe Gillis and Otis Criblecobis.
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Here's our own Orpheum, bedecked for the occasion, ca 1950:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8658/...bf0ee511_c.jpg

An earlier spookathon at the Orhpheum, Jan. 1932, gives an idea as to what went on on stage:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7579/...bd26d3c6_z.jpg

What I wouldn'ta given to have gone to this!

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7583/...105c0746_c.jpg


Here is a link to a collection of LA-area spook show ads

fhammon Dec 18, 2014 9:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6849239)
...here's another billboard

This one advertising Forest Lawn Cemetery. The sign is on the roof of Tilford's on Wilshire Blvd.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/8PccWI.jpg
eBay

I actually thought Tilford's was a coffee shop, but here I see a sign advertising 'Dancing Nightly'.
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I've got to get a plug in for the musicians here: The Frankie Ortega Trio

http://koolkatjazz.com/catalog/images/fod014.JPGhttp://www.koolkatjazz.com/catalog/f...os-p-1089.html


...and also the architect:
Quote:

Tilford’s Restaurant, circa 1949/Metro Customer Service Center, 2013. Top photo: Tilford’s restaurant and cocktail lounge, located at the northwest corner of La Brea Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, was designed by Los Angeles architect Welton Becket and opened in 1949. Welton Becket is best known for designing the LAX Theme Restaurant, the Capitol Records Building, Parker Center and other notable Los Angeles landmarks. The property was acquired by METRO in 1984 and will be the location of the La Brea/Wilshire portal of the Purple Line subway extension.
No photo - http://miraclemilela.com/the-miracle...then-now-2013/

I always thought that the LAX Theme Building was strictly a Paul Williams design but apparently they were part of team headed by William Pereira and Charles Luckman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theme_Building

Quote:

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5912900)


Remember to park at Tilford's! Try the "Broadbill Swordfish Saute," it's the Radio Special, after 4 PM!
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1963-PC-Tilfo...Er6Gw~~0_3.JPG[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]Ebay

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ethereal_reality Dec 18, 2014 10:49 PM

:previous: Thanks for reposting those images of Tilford's fmannon. I had forgotten the building was still standing.(and they even kept the curve front! -how cool is that)
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"Crossing York Blvd. in 1954."

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After several tries, I finally found the correct intersection thanks to the large building on the right.

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GSV


The building appears to be a church now (see below), but I wonder what it's originally purpose was?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/903/TE33mr.png
GSV

ethereal_reality Dec 19, 2014 3:57 AM

I posted this image a couple weeks ago on Dec. 7th.

"This building seems familiar but I can't quite place it"
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/KzPhUA.jpg
ebay


Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6834564)
:previous: That looks like the Society of the Sons of the Revolution building at 437 S Hope Street.

Tonight I came across these additional images on eBay. I couldn't believe my eyes! This is pretty fantastic. I never expected to see this small section of Hill Street in such detail.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/913/uR8UR9.jpg
eBay


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/972NX8.jpg
eBay


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eBay




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eBay


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This is pretty much a time capsule of this area in transformation.

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MartinTurnbull Dec 19, 2014 5:37 AM

Vine Street Brown Derby Life magazine photo
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6848035)
:previous:

LOL, e_r!



Martin, no, this photo has not been posted before! On Dec. 3rd I did a post about the Brown Derby where I wrote:

I have been looking for a LIFE magazine photo that I saw once (I remember it said LIFE in the corner) that was taken on the sidewalk outside of the Brown Derby at night, close, and showing from the sidewalk angle both the Brown Derby neon and the Bamboo Room neon. What was interesting to me that I did not know...if you look in the arch of the entrance in the above photo, you see white squares. Those are all lights that lit up the arch and are beautifully visible in that photo. Not sure why I can't find it.

This is the photo, you found it! Thanks for posting it!

I went back to my original post and inserted this photo into it:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=24904

OMG, this is the photo you were looking for? I was so focused on the sidewalk's octagonal pattern that I wasn't paying too much attention to the "Life" part of it. I'm so glad I was able to conjure it up for you!

JeffDiego Dec 19, 2014 7:21 AM

William Travilla
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6846593)
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www.allposters.com



Martin_Pal, I liked your anecdote about meeting the fashion design for the film 'Macao'. I have a similar story, but first I want to post these photos of Jane Russell in 'Macao'.


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http://www.starpulse.com/Actresses/Russell,_Jane/


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http://www.hollywoodsgoldenage.com/a...e_russell.html


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http://photobucket.com/images/jane%20russell?page=1

I wonder if Mr. Woulfe drove down to New Chinatown and picked out that kitschy hat? ;)

...but the gowns Ms. Russell wore in Macao were amazing. -see below.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/912/Ri6FGg.png
www.hollywoodsgoldenage.com

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/NPEVWK.png
www.hollywoodsgoldenage.com

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Now for my story...(mind you I was only 23 yrs old and not too savvy)

When I was working in publicity at Lorimar I needed a tux at the last minute for a function so I was sent down to MGM wardrobe. So I go in and the only person there was this little man. My immediate thought was that someone at MGM had taken pity and given one of the munchkins a job (this was in the early 80s). After going back and forth to the basement he finally found everything I needed. I tried it all on, he looked it over and gave his OK.

When I went back to the office, I told everyone I thought a munchkin was working down in MGM's wardrobe department and that he had helped me find a tux. One of the publicist heard me and sternly informed me that the man was Travilla, a famous costume designer (at the time, he was working for Lorimar as the costume designer for 'Dallas' and 'Knots Landing'). It turns out he was one of Marilyn Monroe's favorite designers, and that he had designed the iconic white dress that MM wore in 'The Seven Year Itch' (the one where the wind from the subway grate blows it up around her waist).

Just so you know I'm not making this up, here is a photo of Travilla around the same time I encountered him. He's the one on the left....the short one.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/674/SG1n3S.jpg
http://themarilynmonroecollection.bl...s-but-was.html

Now in all honesty, don't you think he resembles a munchkin just a little bit?
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Here's Travilla with Marilyn in earlier days.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/913/Jccfsh.jpg



..and here he is standing next to MM (who I believe was 5'4" or 5'5")

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/tIDshj.jpg
http://www.southwestflair.com/2010/J...ingmarilyn.htm

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William Travilla, or "Travilla" as he was often professionally known, was a MAJOR Hollywood fashion designer during the 40's and 50's, often teaming with another famous designer, Charles LeMaire at Fox - and yes, he later was the head designer for "Dallas" and "Knots Landing" and those were some great-looking clothes. The man had great taste and really knew how to make women look spectacular.

He was very good-looking when young, and wasn't the only male designer who was short, and as you have probably heard, MANY of the big stars were surprisingly small - sometimes even tiny - people.

Beaudry Dec 19, 2014 8:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6849973)
I posted this image a couple weeks ago on Dec. 7th.

"This building seems familiar but I can't quite place it"
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/KzPhUA.jpg
ebay




Tonight I came across these additional images on eBay. I couldn't believe my eyes! This is pretty fantastic. I never expected to see this small section of Hill Street in such detail.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/913/uR8UR9.jpg
eBay

These are indeed marvelous. I'll have a large bid in! Esp. as I wrote such an obsessive treatise on the SotR years ago, and these may be the best I've seen. Not color, mind you, but we can't have everything...yet...

Note the backside of the Sunkist Building, and how the Touraine and Santa Barbara are missing from the Sons's south and north, respectively.


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And here's this "skybridge" between the Edison and its Annex , that bridge can be seen here -- (from here)

I also like how we're looking through the alley toward where the backside of the Mayflower abuts the backside of the Church of the Open Door...looks like the beginnings of the Crocker Bank going up behind 'em.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/WC05n1.jpg
eBay


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/904/L8ENsw.jpg
eBay

This is pretty much a time capsule of this area in transformation.

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This last one is taken against the same fence as the second one. In the second one, the brick building to the left of the photographer would have to be the Hope St Distributing Station. The Union Bank is brand-spankin' new but Douglas Oil AKA the Architect's Bldg doesn't have much time left...

Graybeard Dec 19, 2014 9:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6849249)
I just found this one in another file of mine.
It's no doubt from the same group of slides since they all have that pinkish tint.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/gTyl2q.jpg
eBay

I don't recognize the establishment. The '25er' cocktails....doesn't ring a bell.
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http://imageshack.com/a/img909/2599/Ui4CeW.jpg

DivingHeader Dec 19, 2014 10:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6818923)
May I applaud your photo correction.

I second that applause

CityBoyDoug Dec 19, 2014 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6837172)

The Los Angeles Fire Department says the $30 million dollar fire was arson.

HossC Dec 19, 2014 1:05 PM

The other night I came across these three aerial pictures of Exposition Park and the Memorial Coliseum on eBay. The seller says they're from 1950s 4x5 negatives. I posted a couple of pictures of Union Station from the same seller in post #24481, and just like with those, I had to mirror them. The first shows Carl's Restaurant in the top left corner (see post #24761), and also the construction of the Harbor Freeway.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
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This one is looking east across S Vermont Avenue, and includes the Swimming Stadium on the right. It also shows the freeway construction in the background, although it's harder to see.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
eBay

The building below and to the left of the Swimming Stadium seating is still there, but most of the other buildings just north of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard have given way to parking lots.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original
eBay

ethereal_reality Dec 19, 2014 4:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Graybeard (Post 6850149)

:previous: Now that's what I call an impressive improvement! Great job Graybeard.
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Is anyone still looking for the 25er? I haven't had much luck.

ethereal_reality Dec 19, 2014 5:24 PM

Does anyone recognize this drive inn? (the seller gives the date as 1936)

So. California
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/908/2sodPI.jpg
eBay

The building resembles a squished derby.
-maybe it was intended to be a Brown Derby but someone screwed up during construction so they carted this one off to nowheresville ;). (and yes, that's the kind of imagination I have)

That said, I have no idea what the purpose would be for the tiny 'building' under the sign. It looks like a ticket book.....phone booth?
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ethereal_reality Dec 19, 2014 8:00 PM

This is a very interesting letter written by Busby Berkeley (I won't explain what's in it...I'll let you read it for yourself).

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eBay

This letter is quite touching. It chokes me up a little.

I googled-searched Audrey Miller, hoping to find that she had at least moderate success as an actress,
but I couldn't find any information on her. :(

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HossC Dec 20, 2014 12:35 AM

When I found this picture on eBay earlier, I was only planning to see if the building was still standing. I didn't realize there was a story behind it.
The picture shows the Palestine Exhibition at 2215 Lakeview Avenue. The seller dates it at 1947.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
eBay

Here's an earlier picture of the building showing its considerably smaller size in 1924.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...xhibition2.jpg
www.atlasobscura.com

The exhibition was started by Australian-born explorer, lecturer and evangelist Antonia Frederick Futterer in 1924, and originally offered Bible classes
to all faiths. In 1926, Futterer went on his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land in search of the Ark of the Covenant. Years later he became the
inspriration for the daring movie archeologist Indiana Jones.

The building is still standing, although it's now known as the Holyland Exhibition. Apparently, visitors could once enjoy an eight-course meal for 50
cents. Nowadays, a look around the artifacts will cost $2.50 for adults and $2.00 for children (which includes refreshments). The building has been
modified over the years, including an extension to the left side. Take a look around the side and you'll also see that the windows have been altered
and the arches are now curved instead of angular.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...xhibition3.jpg
GSV

This 1948 aerial is from roughly the same time as my first picture.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...xhibition4.jpg
Historic Aerials

This 2004 aerial shows how the exhibition narrowly survived the building of the Glendale Freeway, although it did lose most of it's front garden.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...xhibition5.jpg
Historic Aerials


Further reading;

www.atlasobscura.com - Holyland Exhibition

latimes.com - The Adventures of a Would-Be Raider of the Lost Ark

www.ten57mag.com - Take a Journey in the Holyland Exhibition

ethereal_reality Dec 20, 2014 2:27 AM

:previous: Excellent post HossC. It's absolutely amazing this place has survived.
Did you notice the 'Star of David' on the roof in your 1947 sepia postcard?

If I'm not mistaken, there was a 'religious sect' on a nearby hillside (which today would be on the opposite side of the Glendale Freeway).
I'll have to look into my files that date from the beginning of the thread.

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Godzilla Dec 20, 2014 10:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6850446)
Does anyone recognize this drive inn? (the seller gives the date as 1936)

So. California
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/908/2sodPI.jpg
eBay

The building resembles a squished derby.
-maybe it was intended to be a Brown Derby but someone screwed up during construction so they carted this one off to nowheresville ;). (and yes, that's the kind of imagination I have)

That said, I have no idea what the purpose would be for the tiny 'building' under the sign. It looks like a ticket book.....phone booth?
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Similar to another NLA post?



Quote:

Originally Posted by Tourmaline (Post 6656446)


westcork Dec 20, 2014 3:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6850377)
:previous: Now that's what I call an impressive improvement! Great job Graybeard.
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Is anyone still looking for the 25er? I haven't had much luck.

I suspect the 25er was a cocktail lounge connected to a bowling alley or other establishment. You could enter from outside, or from within the bowling alley.

ethereal_reality Dec 20, 2014 5:21 PM

The Lightning Adding Machine Co. Los Angeles

Anyone know how to work this contraption?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...905/V6IZXt.jpg
ebay
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ethereal_reality Dec 20, 2014 6:10 PM

We've followed the careers of ex-boxers Jim Jeffries and Max Rosenbloom, aka Slapsie Maxie, into the world of Los Angeles' bars and nightclubs here on NLA,
but there appears to be another ex-boxer who opened a nightclub in Los Angeles.

Bud Taylor, the 'Terror of Terre Haute'.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/qrByHR.jpg
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http://thecruelestsport.com/2011/03/...square-garden/



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terrahautein


He was infamous for having two of his opponents die of their injuries after fighting him.

Here's a brief synopsis of his life.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/iFR0L7.png
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Taylor

He eventually died in Los Angeles in 1962

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C. King Dec 20, 2014 6:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6851534)
The Lightning Adding Machine Co. Los Angeles

Anyone know how to work this contraption?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...905/V6IZXt.jpg
ebay
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You would use the point of a pen to turn each of the wheels. I don't remember how you reset it though.

CityBoyDoug Dec 20, 2014 6:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by C. King (Post 6851586)
You would use the point of a pen to turn each of the wheels. I don't remember how you reset it though.

It had a stylus (not included) that you would put in the holes and dial in the number. Each time you added another number it would total the amounts. A side bar, when pulled, would reset the numbers to zero. The model ER posted looks rather old. The newer models were easier to operate.

HossC Dec 20, 2014 7:20 PM

:previous:

Like C. King and CityBoyDoug said, these machines came with a stylus that fitted into the dials. The user then dialled in the numbers much like an old telephone, and the result would appear in the small circular holes near the top. The one below is a more advanced model with a lever at the side to zero/reset the display. From www.bantiques.com:

The highest number is entered first. The addition is done as each number is entered. Google "10's complement arithmetic" to get an idea as to performing subtraction.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
http://www.bantiques.com

This adding machine can be removed from its stand to show the original coupon with the company's address.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
http://www.bantiques.com

The following adverts are from the June 1951 and January 1952 editions of 'Popular Mechanics'.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ngMachine3.jpg
books.google.com/books.google.com

The current building at 1260 West 2nd Street was apparently built in 1943, and is very plain and uninteresting. It replaced the building below which housed Falck Radio and the Advance Electric Company back in 1931.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ngMachine4.jpg
USC Digital Library

CityBoyDoug Dec 20, 2014 8:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6851628)
:previous:


The current building at 1260 West 2nd Street was apparently built in 1943, and is very plain and uninteresting. It replaced the building below which housed Falck Radio and the Advance Electric Company back in 1931.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ngMachine4.jpg
USC Digital Library

According to Historic Aerials the building I outlined in blue is the location of the Advance Electric Company, with its new front wall. The plain building to the left is a later addition. To the right of the former AEC is the location of the former frame house. The 1948 Historic Aerial photo shows the old house and the deep AEC building. Check H.A. photos for yourself if you see it differently.

http://www.historicaerials.com/aeria...6152&year=2005

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps01efd11c.jpg
GSView

HossC Dec 21, 2014 12:28 AM

:previous:

It's difficult to tell. I got the 1943 date for 1260 W 2nd from honestbuildings.com. Their listing for 1262 W 2nd (the building highlighted by CBD) gives a build date of 1921, which means it must have existed when the USC picture was taken. That ties in with the Advance Electric Company's first listing in the 1923 CD, even though that's at 1260 W 2nd and nothing is listed at 1262 in the 1932 or 1936 CDs (the next two after the photo was taken). The 1932 CD shows a radio set supplier named F W Falk [sic] at 1260 W 2nd, and an animal hospital run by Walter L Curtis at 1264 W 2nd, which I'm assuming is the house on the right of the USC picture. By 1936, Fritz and Fred Falck's surname is spelled correctly again.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...eElectric1.jpg
LAPL

Here's what the Falcks were selling in the June 1929 issue of 'Radio News'.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...eElectric2.jpg
www.americanradiohistory.com (PDF file)

Moving on to the LA Adding Machine Company, here are the companies that appear at 1260 W 2nd Street in the 1960 CD (only the first three are in the 1956 CD). I can't see any listings for 1262 or 1264 W 2nd.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ngMachine5.jpg
LAPL

Back to CBD's question, here's USC's head-on view from 1931.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...eElectric3.jpg
USC Digital Library

I'm trying to work out if the house opposite, with the hideous front extension, could be the one seen in the reflection.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...eElectric4.jpg
GSV

I hope this extra information can help someone decide whether the original Advance Electric Co building survives behind the current 1262 W 2nd Street frontage. After taking the Googlemobile up Emerald Street to view the roofs, I'd say it's possible, but I'm not 100% sure.

BTW, I think the house on the hill in the background of the USC pictures is the same one that appears at the top of the hill in old shots of the Belmont Tunnel, like this one posted by FredH in his Belmont Tunnel...Through the Years post.

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Originally Posted by FredH (Post 5938769)


CityBoyDoug Dec 21, 2014 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6851844)
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It's difficult to tell. I got the 1943 date for 1260 W 2nd from honestbuildings.com. Their listing for 1262 W 2nd (the building highlighted by CBD) gives a build date of 1921, which means it must have existed when the USC picture was taken. That ties in with the Advance Electric Company's first listing in the 1923 CD, even though that's at 1260 W 2nd and nothing is listed at 1262 in the 1932 or 1936 CDs (the next two after the photo was taken). The 1932 CD shows a radio set supplier named F W Falk [sic] at 1260 W 2nd, and an animal hospital run by Walter L Curtis at 1264 W 2nd, which I'm assuming is the house on the right of the USC picture. By 1936, Fritz and Fred Falck's surname is spelled correctly again.

Thanks Hoss for your additional photos and comments....most interesting. According to the 1948 Historic Aerial one can see the AEC building and the old house on the right. The new building addition to the left is not yet in place. Its a challenge to figure this out because of the hodgepodge of added and removed buildings. Plus the blurry old aerial photos. Blue line--AEC....yellow line--old house.

The house across the street from the old AEC building match as far ad I can tell but there appears to be a slight offset. The match is not mirror perfect.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psdd55dd92.jpg
Historic Aerial

Godzilla Dec 21, 2014 3:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 4819763)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3637/...2a934674_o.jpg

...that of course is the Westminster shrouded in the mist, the Van Nuys (later to be adorned with its big Barclay neon) across the street, and to the right, the Farmers & Merchants Bank.


Westminister - Barclay, (early-mid '50s?)
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http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../8680/rec/1933

Godzilla Dec 21, 2014 3:40 PM

417 S. Main Street - The Muse Theater (Hellman Bldg.) Early '50s?)
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http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single.../8656/rec/1919



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Godzilla Dec 21, 2014 4:05 PM




Adding to the sidewalk "tic tock" list?


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Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6178121)

In this c. 1890-99 photo looking north on Spring, Phillips Block No. 1 is the tall building on the corner (NW corner of Spring and Franklin); the three-story building to the right housed Orr and Bird undertakers, whose parlor was on the ground floor under the third (far right) bay window:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...ps1f641fed.jpg
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/2279/rec/16




1896 - Spring St., looking south from Temple toward First St. Prior to realignment for City Hall Construction.

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...ierce3_970.jpghttp://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...ierce3_970.jpg

Godzilla Dec 21, 2014 4:15 PM

1969 - an uncrowded "110" Harbor Fwy


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Godzilla Dec 21, 2014 4:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6460261)
I don't believe we've seen this photo here before. At first I thought it was taken from the Mayflower/Hilton Checkers Hotel, but that's obviously not tall enough. It was taken from the
Crocker Bank Building at 6th and Grand.

Fifth Street runs left to right across the bottom of the photo, and Grand Avenue runs top to bottom through the center of the photo. The roof decks on the Sunkist Building at lower
left look very nice. Was anyone here ever out on them?:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...5.jpg~original
Huntington Digital Library -- http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/compou.../74799/rec/393

Zooming in a little closer, in the upper right corner is either Sinai or Olivet on Angel's Flight . . . at upper center are the Castle and Salt Box waiting to be relocated and torched . . .
and at left, at the end of what I guess is Upper North West 4th Street, is the Stuart K. Oliver house, the western end of which looks to be tilted down toward Flower Street:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...1.jpg~original
And of course that's the Engstrum to the left of the Edison Building, with the Edison Annex just behind the Engstrum. The old brick building north of the annex is still there, too.

More on the Stuart K. Oliver house:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=1314

http://onbunkerhill.org/georgemann#comment-350

P.S.

Well heck these two photos -- one of which I thought I saw posted here before but now I can't find it -- show part of Bunker Hill and were taken in December 1968, which I think was close
to when the photo above was taken. So why not put all three together in one post?

The intersection of Figueroa and 3rd is in the extreme lower right corner:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...e.jpg~original
Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/lafdhs/...7626553445719/

At left, 6th Street forks into 6th and 5th as it crosses eastbound over the Harbor Freeway, and to the right of center Wilshire Blvd. crosses over the freeway by the Signal Building.
It looks like there's a building behind (north of) the Sunkist Building that is missing from the Huntington photo above, so I guess that photo is early 1969 (the Castle and Salt Box were
moved in March '69):
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...3.jpg~original
Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/lafdhs/...7626553445719/


Edison Bldg. and general environs, date unk.
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corriganville Dec 21, 2014 8:33 PM

MGM "Gone With The Wind"... ''Atlanta" burns to the ground in 1939, Culver City. Old MGM back-lot movie sets used in massive movie fire effect.
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MGM

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MGM ~ Vivien Leigh & Hattie McDaniel[/QUOTE]

"Gone With the Wind" was not filmed at MGM. For one thing, it was a Selznick production. Its main filming studio was the old RKO/Pathe Culver City lot, using the "40 acres" backlot. The Atlanta burning scene used the old King Kong wall as the main source of the fire.

CityBoyDoug Dec 21, 2014 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by corriganville (Post 6852483)
MGM "Gone With The Wind"... ''Atlanta" burns to the ground in 1939, Culver City. Old MGM back-lot movie sets used in massive movie fire effect.


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"Gone With the Wind" was not filmed at MGM. For one thing, it was a Selznick production. Its main filming studio was the old RKO/Pathe Culver City lot, using the "40 acres" backlot. The Atlanta burning scene used the old King Kong wall as the main source of the fire.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the clarification about the amazing fire scene...!!!

The fire was real, but Scarlett wasn't. Vivien Leigh had not yet been cast in the role, so the stunt double for Scarlett isn't seen very clearly.

"The location for the filming was to be the Pathé lot in Culver City, not far from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. To clear this lot of some old standing sets in order to make way for the construction of the plantation mansions of Tara and Twelve Oaks and the Atlanta buildings and streets, the art director, William Cameron Menzies, proposed that the old sets be brought down in a monstrous nighttime conflagration which could be photographed to constitute the big scene of the burning of Atlanta, a climax in the film. This heroic suggestion was enthusiastically embraced. Two stunt men were engaged to ride in an old wagon in front of the burning sets to represent in long shot the flight of Rhett and Scarlett (and Melanie Wilkes and her newborn child) out of the defeated city."



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Pathe archives

HossC Dec 21, 2014 11:35 PM

Just a little addendum to the recent Advance Electric Co posts - the third and last picture in the USC set is this one. The houses on the hill in the background were on Huntley Drive, a street which seems to have survived until the 1980s.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...eElectric5.jpg
USC Digital Library

What caught my eye were the advertising boards on the left. "Eat CHICKEN DINNER" made sense, but "Eat CHICKEN DINNER Candy" had me confused.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...eElectric6.jpg
Detail of picture above.

From what I can find, Chicken Dinner candy bars were made in Milwaukee by the Sperry Candy Company between about 1923 and 1962. Despite the name, and the picture of a roast chicken on the packet, the descriptions I've read make them sound quite similar to Snickers bars.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ckenDinner.jpg
guff.com

The other advert is for Powow Cleanser, made by the West Coast Soap Company of Oakland, California.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...LA/LAPowow.jpg
eBay

ethereal_reality Dec 22, 2014 9:54 PM

Interesting conversation on the Falck Radio building and it's neighbors HossC and CityBoyDoug. I would have chimed in but I was out of town for a funeral. :(

I especially liked this one with the lone house on the hill and a residence next door as well.

originally posted by HossC
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/911/tGjAwg.jpg
USC

...and that Chicken Dinner Candy is pretty strange. It immediately made me think of Chick-O-Stick candy.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/912/uOFwo8.jpg
vintagecandy

My Mom loves Chick-O-Sticks.
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ethereal_reality Dec 22, 2014 10:23 PM

This is a remarkable bit of ephemera.

It's a rare 1929 Western Air Express 'air log' between Kansas City and Los Angeles.

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ebay


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/oNlgUJ.jpg
ebay

It's quite an adventure.

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ebay

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/911/CoxFQT.jpg
ebay

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ebay

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ebay

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ebay

I just realized there should be another page as the planes crosses from Arizona into California.

I'll post this beautiful detail of the cover graphic to make up for it.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...661/96or1T.jpg


There are lots of interesting details here, especially if you are into aviation.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/908/2OcnyT.jpg
ebay


..and here.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/4pJGBt.jpg
ebay


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ethereal_reality Dec 22, 2014 10:44 PM

vintage tea cup with advertisement. 1940s?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...661/WTYvjr.jpg
ebay

HossC Dec 23, 2014 12:00 AM

I can't find any previous NLA references to the "ultra-modern barber shop" at the Ambassador Hotel. The seller thinks the postcard is circa 1950s.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...dorBarber1.jpg
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...dorBarber2.jpg
eBay

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 12:12 AM

I just posted that Hung Guey tea cup about an hour ago. I just found a postcard of the place. (and I wasn't even looking for it)


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...912/U0x3AY.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PC-Yee-Hung-...item259c01c289

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 12:25 AM

Beetle protest car 1963.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...910/XBNCwd.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item259a07b207

'Smog Liners'. I believe they are referring to the buses that were replacing the street cars.
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