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CityBoyDoug Dec 23, 2014 12:46 AM

Back in the Day....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6853652)
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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Hello ER. That's a fantastic old airplane guide booklet. Page 14 shows the defunct Alhambra Airport. The airport was featured in the movie, Hollywood Hotel.

I used to live in a house that was built on the old runway. It was right about where we see the big plane in this photo.

The narrative details flight at about 10,00 feet in a plane that is not pressurized as they are today. It was noisy and one could actually see the ground.

Lastly they bravely write about a possible engine failure. Yikes...!!! In today's world that subject would be taboo in a passenger book.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...pse2654d29.jpg
water & power archives

Here's the song from the film that shows much of the old airport:

http://youtu.be/KpkLVUaBcB8

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 12:50 AM

:previous: -very cool that you used to live in a house that was built on an old runway CBD. (did you ever hear ghostly sounds of airplane motors?)
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Below are a photograph and a page from a 1961 booklet on Angels Flight date.


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/3HkBcf.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANGELS-FLIGH...item51c76ca94d

I don't remember seeing that 'APARTMENT special weekly rates 10 cents' sign before. (unless I've just overlooked it)




And I wasn't aware that Colonel Bradbury's wine cellar was fifty feet below his mansion!!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/sUZAbQ.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANGELS-FLIGH...item51c76ca94d

Is this correct, or am I reading this wrong? *EDIT: (I just realized I AM reading it wrong. My mind had placed a coma behind 'below')

also, note that the above illustration is dated 2001....as in...THE FUTURE.
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To see more photographs and pages from the booklet go here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANGELS-FLIGH...item51c76ca94d

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Wig-Wag Dec 23, 2014 6:00 AM

Beetle Protest
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6853789)
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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Well ER, I wish you had posted this one a day or two earlier so I could have bid on it, but that point notwithstanding, when it comes to serendipity you sure know how to pick'em!

The fellow in the dark jacket at the extreme left of the photo is none other than a teenage "Wig-Wag" on one of the last daytime run excursions during the last day of service for streetcars in Los Angeles over the weekend of March 30/31, 1963. The fellow to my right is my friend Richard who went on to become a transportation engineer and served in management for several major U.S. city transit operations. I believe the fellow leaning into the VW is another friend who went on to a career the LA DWP.

Attached are two documents from that day including the solicitation to ride the very last PCC car to run before the shut down and conversion to GM Dreamliner Busses. That run began at 11:00 PM on the evening of March 30th. Needless to say we all rode that last run!

http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/...psf0f1b961.jpg

http://i1315.photobucket.com/albums/...s96aa642b.jpeg

Thanks HossC for your photo help!

Cheers,
Jack

Godzilla Dec 23, 2014 2:01 PM

Interesting WigWag:previous: . Can you identify the location? ( Near "ERHSA HQ" on South Genesee Ave?:cool:)



[North] Genesee Avenue. Homes built in early-mid-'20s.

James Copeland residence. (Curious object near chimney. Radio Antenna?)

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...UGU1S9A5EX.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...UGU1S9A5EX.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...EIFI3HRCYV.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...EIFI3HRCYV.jpg




And in the backyard?
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...SDF4RXR7JS.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...SDF4RXR7JS.jpg


Edit: HossC, name provided by source. I was also unsuccessful with the CD. Thanks for follow-up.

HossC Dec 23, 2014 3:26 PM

:previous:

I had no luck looking for James Copeland on Genesee in the City Directories, so I turned to Google Maps. Near the northern end I found 1600 N Genesee Avenue.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...0NGenesee1.jpg
GSV

It's now surrounded by a hedge, and some of the features have been changed, but the circular detail just below the roof remains the same (there's another on the back). I found a build date of 1922 and "Year Renovated" date of 1942 on redfin.com.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...0NGenesee2.jpg
GSV


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Thanks for posting the documents about the last excursion of the street cars, Wig-Wag, and I'm glad the picture posting worked out for you.

Martin Pal Dec 23, 2014 6:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6853760)
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.

It says "Conveniently located on the Casino Floor."
I don't recall ever hearing about a casino in the Ambassador Hotel. :shrug:

Hollywood Graham Dec 23, 2014 6:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6854543)
It says "Conveniently located on the Casino Floor."
I don't recall ever hearing about a casino in the Ambassador Hotel. :shrug:

Casino does not only apply to a gambling establishment but can be a building (as at Avalon, Catalina Island) or an area for social amusement. The term maybe fell out of use for the Ambassador for one reason or another at some time.

jg6544 Dec 23, 2014 6:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6853819)
Hello ER. That's a fantastic old airplane guide booklet. Page 14 shows the defunct Alhambra Airport. The airport was featured in the movie, Hollywood Hotel.

I used to live in a house that was built on the old runway. It was right about where we see the big plane in this photo.

The narrative details flight at about 10,00 feet in a plane that is not pressurized as they are today. It was noisy and one could actually see the ground.

Lastly they bravely write about a possible engine failure. Yikes...!!! In today's world that subject would be taboo in a passenger book.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...pse2654d29.jpg
water & power archives

Here's the song from the film that shows much of the old airport:

http://youtu.be/KpkLVUaBcB8

It was a great airline guide. At one point, one of the airlines was offering flights (transcontinental, I think), that would fly in daylight hours; land as the sun was setting, and the passengers would continue in Pullman cars; then they'd meet a plane the next morning and resume their journey. It was faster than going the entire distance by train.

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 6:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wig-Wag (Post 6854108)
The fellow in the dark jacket at the extreme left of the photo is none other than a teenage "Wig-Wag".

Now that's pretty amazing! You're a good looking bloke Wig_Wag.
:)

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ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 6:57 PM

"First air-raid shelter built in Los Angeles, 1941."

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/EfxDq5.jpg
ebay

What's with that white V near the man's eye?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/IdLWuy.jpg

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ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 7:38 PM

Bank clerks on horseback in Azusa, Los Angeles County 1880s or 90s.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...538/O7XFFe.jpg
ebay

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HossC Dec 23, 2014 8:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6854543)

It says "Conveniently located on the Casino Floor."
I don't recall ever hearing about a casino in the Ambassador Hotel. :shrug:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywood Graham (Post 6854551)

Casino does not only apply to a gambling establishment but can be a building (as at Avalon, Catalina Island) or an area for social amusement. The term maybe fell out of use for the Ambassador for one reason or another at some time.

LAPL has around 300 pictures of the interior, exterior and surrounding buildings of the Ambassador Hotel taken by Tom Zimmerman in 2005. Sixteen of these picture claim to be taken on the "Casino Level", but not one shows a casino, so I guess Hollywood Graham's explanation applies. Here's a selection including their descriptions.

View of the shopping promenade on Casino Level of the Ambassador Hotel. Several shops signs are visible high along the long corridor. The hotel's demise is visible along the ceiling and walls with cracks and peeling paint; carpeting also shows signs of wear and tear.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sinoLevel1.jpg
LAPL

View of the shopping promenade on Casino Level of the Ambassador Hotel, looking toward ballroom. Several empty shops are visible along the long, wide corridor, as well as a stairwell on the left. The hotel's demise is visible along the ceiling and walls with cracks and peeling paint; carpeting also shows signs of wear and tear.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sinoLevel2.jpg
LAPL

View of the shopping promenade on Casino Level of the Ambassador Hotel. Several shops are visible along the long, wide corridor, "Global Travel and Books" and "Samsonite" is written along the windows on the left. The hotel's demise is visible along the ceiling and walls with cracks and peeling paint; carpeting also shows signs of wear and tear.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sinoLevel3.jpg
LAPL

The sign on the door says "Private Investigator".
View of a shop interior in the shopping promenade of the Ambassador Hotel. Photograph shows an empty shop with numerous doors and windows and checkerboard flooring throughout the room. This shop was located on the Casino Level of the hotel.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sinoLevel4.jpg
LAPL

View of a staircase from the Casino Level to main lobby of the Ambassador Hotel. A directory is visible all around the column on the left, and a neon sign can be seen hanging from the ceiling on the right which reads: "Lobby - Cocoanut Grove - Embassy Room [arrow pointing left]"; a smaller "Exit" sign hangs to the right of it.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sinoLevel5.jpg
LAPL

I wonder if this could be the top of the staircase above.
Interior view of the Ambassador Hotel, where a beautifully decorated lobby greeted guests and visitors upon their arrival. The carpeted lobby shows separate groupings of couches, chairs and table lamps, as well as lavish chandeliers the length of the corridor. The Controller's Office is the 1st doorway on the left, a stairwell leading to a lower floor is also on the left next to a column, and the "Health Club and Street Parking" doorway is at the end of the hallway. The hotel's demise is visible along the ceiling, with chunks of paint seen peeling off.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sinoLevel6.jpg
LAPL

LAPL also has a black and white picture of the Ambassador Hotel's Post Office, but I thought that color would be better.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sinoLevel7.jpg
www.christies.com

HossC Dec 23, 2014 8:25 PM

Here are some 1950s/60s slides that I found on eBay. They're all from the same seller, and the seller says that all their slides were taken by the same person. I've included the seller's description with each one.

Can we ever have enough pictures of the NBC building at Sunset and Vine?
"Original LOS ANGELES Vintage SLIDE Hollywood [sic] & Vine NBC STUDIOS Street Scene"

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

'Goldfinger' had its Hollywood release on Christmas Day 1964. Michael Caine's 'The Ipcress File' was released in the UK in March 1965, but wasn't seen in the US until August of that year.
"Vintage 1965 Original SLIDE Los Angeles GRAUMAN'S CHINESE Street Scene HOLLYWOOD"

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

Preston Sturges and The Players Restaurant have both appeared before on NLA, but I don't remember seeing this shot.
"Original RED SLIDE Preston Sturges THE PLAYERS RESTAURANT Vintage LOS ANGELES"

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

"LOS ANGELES 1965 Original SLIDE S Broadway STREET SCENE Palace Theater PHOTO"

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

I think the banner next to the Barker Bros sign is advertising the premiere of 'Mary Poppins'. 'The Night of the Iguana' and 'Mary Poppins' both came out in August, 1964.
There are more pictures of this building as both the Paramount and the El Capitan in post #7156. Barker Bros is now the Disney Studio Store.
"Original 1964 LOS ANGELES Vintage SLIDE Paramount Theater HOLLYWOOD BLVD"

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

"Original LOS ANGELES Vintage Slide UNION Train STATION Red Border Amateur PHOTO"

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

"Original LOS ANGELES Vintage Slide HOLLYWOOD PLAZA HOTEL Vine Street RED BORDER"

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

Godzilla Dec 23, 2014 8:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6854618)
"First air-raid shelter built in Los Angeles, 1941."


What's with that white V near the man's eye?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/IdLWuy.jpg

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"V" appears to be a bandage. (Easily explained if swimming laps in a 12' pool or as part of rumpus room testing. )




10' x 12' temporary shelter for 10 people. Swimming pool potential? :no: Soundproof rumpus room? :tup: Let the rumpus begin?



1936 - Merle Norman's, "Rumpus Room"
http://hdl.huntington.org/utils/ajax...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://hdl.huntington.org/utils/ajax...XT=&DMROTATE=0
http://hdl.huntington.org/utils/ajax...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://hdl.huntington.org/utils/ajax...XT=&DMROTATE=0http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...id/30396/rec/1



1978 - 600 Block of Alvarado, "Rumpus Room" Bar. Bring your ID.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00090/00090031.jpghttp://jpg1.lapl.org/00090/00090031.jpg

Noircitydame Dec 23, 2014 8:59 PM

Taking a break from Christmas shopping for tea and sticky orange rolls at the Tick Tock

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...cktockxmas.jpg
(old file)

Is that Santa trying to escape through an air vent?

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 9:10 PM

:previous: lol -maybe he's trying to tear down that awful ceiling.

ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 9:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6854733)
"Original LOS ANGELES Vintage Slide HOLLYWOOD PLAZA HOTEL Vine Street RED BORDER"

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

As most of you know, this was the site of silent film star Clara Bow's IT Cafe.

Here's a 1930's photo that we've seen before on NLA, but I thought it would be fun to compare it with HossC's color slide.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/pa5tMI.png

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ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 10:13 PM

A Christmas present for Beaudry. -another group of six photos. :) (I just found them last night on ebay....http://www.ebay.com/itm/Orig-1960s-3...item58baf393c1

#1
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...540/dl2R7W.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Orig-1960s-3...item58baf393c1




#2
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...540/yAcNkb.jpg
ebay




A rare view. Looking west along Fourth Street.

#3
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...910/5GrTzF.jpg
ebay




below: I posted this one a bit larger. be sure to pan right------>

#4
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/uaoSGD.jpg
ebay



#5
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...661/qI67v3.jpg
ebay




below: View from 3rd Place (I didn't know there was a 3rd Place) and Bunker Hill Ave.


#6
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/QA50vD.jpg
ebay

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I've marked in red the 'modern' residence that is visible in photo #3 and photo #4. (we've discussed the residence before on NLA, but I don't recall the details)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...909/y8ohJB.jpg
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...416008&page=22


...and here.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/kSdf2B.png
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...416008&page=22

HossC Dec 23, 2014 10:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6854902)

We've discussed the 'modern' residences on the right, but at the moment I can't remember the details. (looking west along Fourth Street.....right?)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...910/5GrTzF.jpg
ebay

That's the Stuart K Oliver house. More info and pictures by gsjansen in post #1314.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6854902)

Where was this rather large parking lot?

I think the entrance on the left of the picture above leads to the parking lot in the other one. Here's the parking lot partly hidden by the Edison Building in a picture posted by Flyingwedge.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6460261)


ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 11:43 PM

:previous: Thanks HossC.



This is a bit of a mystery.

"1920s, Trolley on Wheels, Movie Ads, Hollywood, Los Angeles."
-'trolley' is advertising MGM's 'The Big Parade' at Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/Gl1NxS.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/N1-C-1920S-N...item566e78cb89

Anyone have an idea where this might have been taken? I believe that's a Union Pacific depot at far left.

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ethereal_reality Dec 23, 2014 11:58 PM

...and a more recent mystery.

"Los Angeles Street Scene Chevy Vintage Cars c.1962 Orig. 35mm Slide"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/nhM6e4.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item2c936bd2c8

...but the location is unknown. Do you think we can figure out where it was taken?

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HossC Dec 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6855006)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/Gl1NxS.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/N1-C-1920S-N...item566e78cb89

Anyone have an idea where this might have been taken? I believe that's a Union Pacific depot at far left.

Orange Belt Emporium was on the northeast corner of E 2nd Street and S Garey Avenue in Pomona, CA. The image below is dated at 1908/09.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...OrangeBelt.jpg
Pomona Public Library

Godzilla Dec 24, 2014 12:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6855006)
:previous: Thanks HossC.



This is a bit of a mystery.

"1920s, Trolley on Wheels, Movie Ads, Hollywood, Los Angeles."
-'trolley' is advertising MGM's 'The Big Parade' at Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

PIC

Anyone have an idea where this might have been taken? I believe that's a Union Pacific depot at far left.

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Choo Choo! More Big Parade Train> http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=10861

unihikid Dec 24, 2014 1:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6855018)
...and a more recent mystery.

"Los Angeles Street Scene Chevy Vintage Cars c.1962 Orig. 35mm Slide"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/nhM6e4.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item2c936bd2c8

...but the location is unknown. Do you think we can figure out where it was taken?

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looks like santa monica to me,maybe wilshire bl.

ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2014 1:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6855040)

...for those who skipped the link.

Here's Godzilla's photograph / posted in 2012.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/8cWqWo.png
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=10861

-embossed stamp 'Sierra Madre'
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ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2014 2:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6855021)
Orange Belt Emporium was on the northeast corner of E 2nd Street and S Garey Avenue in Pomona, CA. The image below is dated at 1908/09.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...OrangeBelt.jpg
Pomona Public Library

:previous: HossC, as far as I can tell the Orange Belt Emporium building is gone. :(

...but while 'cruising' around downtown Pomona I did find some interesting old signs.

Kitron Radio at 2nd Street and Park Avenue.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/HV1Zh8.png
GSV


detail
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/mrqxls.png
GSV


Across the street, on the same block there is this M&M Electric sign.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/zVbOmt.png
GSV

detail
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/911/iGjeAX.png




...and there's this 'fish' sign at 3rd Street and Park Avenue.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/909/KmayGQ.png
GSV


detail / I think it's a Catfish.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/XCDOnk.png

There are others, but I'll stop at these three.:)

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Albany NY Dec 24, 2014 3:58 AM

Wherefore art thou?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6851628)
: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

Another ad, from circa 1942 shows an address of 543 South Spring Street, which puts it in the Spring Arcade Building.
http://imageshack.com/a/img673/7906/JEnoih.jpgwww.sliderulemuseum.com

ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2014 4:09 AM

Dr. Franklyn Thorpe M.D.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/901/T0lVLA.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1947-Frankly...item2eda515eaf



date stamp on the reverse.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/n09GsB.png
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1947-Frankly...item2eda515eaf

I wonder if he was ever questioned about the Black Dahlia's murder?
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CityBoyDoug Dec 24, 2014 4:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Albany NY (Post 6855192)
Another ad, from circa 1942 shows an address of 543 South Spring Street, which puts it in the Spring Arcade Building.
http://imageshack.com/a/img673/7906/JEnoih.jpgwww.sliderulemuseum.com

If that calculator was $12.95 in 1942, that would make it $146.00 today in 2014...rather pricey

The minimum hourly wage in 1942 was 30 cents an hour.

A full steak dinner with soup, salad, potatoes, dessert and coffee in a restaurant in 1942 was $1.75.

A hamburger at a Sunset Blvd. drive-in was about 15 cents...add 5 cents for a Coke. Now you're a big-spender.!!!

Handsome Stranger Dec 24, 2014 4:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6854733)
Can we ever have enough pictures of the NBC building at Sunset and Vine?
"Original LOS ANGELES Vintage SLIDE Hollywood [sic] & Vine NBC STUDIOS Street Scene"

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

Nope! I never get tired of seeing photos of it, and every time I pass that block I am saddened about the loss of such an elegant building.

Coincidentally, earlier this evening I was searching the web for a copy of The Kraft Music Hall radio program from Christmas Day, 1941, and I stumbled across this slightly painful anecdote about something that happened at NBC's Hollywood location.
Quote:

According to Carroll Carroll, principal writer on Kraft Music Hall:

Back when the past was the present, and I was writing Bing Crosby's Kraft Music Hall Thursday nights on NBC, one of those rare few was our engineer Murdo MacKenzie. Each week he would save the big electrical transcriptions of the show, for what use no one really knew. When he was called to war, about 1943, I guess, he put his complete set of recordings in a closet at the old NBC studios at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. He put an extra padlock on the door and a sign, PERSONAL PROPERTY OF MURDO MACKENZIE. DO NOT DISTURB. After he and a few million others had secured the peace he came back to find his closet had a new door and was full of brooms and mops. NBC execs could only say, 'We needed the space.'
[source]

HossC Dec 24, 2014 12:19 PM

This is the Temple of Truth, built by Louis Waynai, a 54-year-old Hungarian cabinet maker, to house the world's largest Bible. The Bible measured 43.5 inches high and 98 inches wide when open, and had a 34 inch spine when closed. Apparently, his original idea was to exhibit the bible in his own house, but he ended up having to build this little church instead.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ynaiBible1.jpg
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ynaiBible2.jpg
eBay

There's a video of Mr Waynai making his Bible on YouTube:

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ynaiBible3.jpg
Critical Past/YouTube

Here's the rubber stamp wheel he used to print the Bible ...

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ynaiBible4.jpg
Critical Past/YouTube

... and the finished tome. The lady in the background is Louis's wife, Theresa.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ynaiBible5.jpg
Critical Past/YouTube

None of the articles I found gave an address for the Temple of Truth, but the City Directories provided me with an address of 1165 E 61st Street for Louis Waynai and his wife. There's a small parking lot there now, but at 1167 E 61st Street is the building below. Obviously, the dome is missing, but the detail on the porch looks the same, and the window configuration also matches (I think the pointed tops were just painted on). If it had been on the other side of the street, it would have been lost when the Diego Rivera Learning Complex was built a few years ago.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ynaiBible6.jpg
GSV

I expect you're all wondering what happened to the Bible. According to an article I found at blogs.acu.edu, the Bible was purchased in 1947 by Rosen Heights Church of Christ in Ft Worth, Texas. In 1956, the congregation donated it to ACU (Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas), where it was exhibited in the Library until 2013. After that, ACU agreed to loan the Bible to the Green Collection of Oklahoma City to be displayed as part of its touring exhibit (it can be disassembled into 31 sections for moving purposes).

Godzilla Dec 24, 2014 12:20 PM

How many So Cal structures owe their existence to sand?


the Crystal Silica Co.? 716 east 60th Street, LA CD listing

Oct 1928 - Crystal Silica Co. Not clear if this nondescript industrial image is for this address.
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Consolidated Rock 656 S. Los Angeles Street. Per 1932 Ad "27 plants, 22 bunkers, 250 trucks"


(Source indicates Compton; Los Nietos is near Whittier/ Santa Fe Springs) April 1929
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more (Compton) Consolidated Rock, April '29
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Blue Diamond Co. 16th and Alameda Street (Main Office)

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...d/13498/rec/32

Godzilla Dec 24, 2014 12:30 PM

Who needs Catalina with idyllic Alamitos Bay?


Alamitos Bay (undated except for maybe the bathing costumes)


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0
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Merry Christmas to all NLA'ers!


Alamitos = Little Cottonwoods

Godzilla Dec 24, 2014 1:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5764307)
Wing walking over Santa Monica 1918 (Probably scouting for Monkey Island or a decent parking space.)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7243/6...6ffcaa21_b.jpghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmar...n/photostream/



:previous: Fond of this image. Wish there more - and in better shape.


Another view of undated aerial view of PCH, Santa Monica
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Move along!
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Bay Cities Guaranty (6% interest) **
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** 1929 Bay Cities Guaranty
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...KEFB2APKTA.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...KEFB2APKTA.jpg



1905 - The ninety-nine steps, Santa Monica
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HossC Dec 24, 2014 1:12 PM

I posted about the Blue Diamond Co back in July in post #22725. Here's a reminder of their advert from the 1923 CD:

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...mondAd1923.jpg
LAPL

Godzilla Dec 24, 2014 1:19 PM

:previous: oops.:redface:

Too much eggnog. (Not enough rum?)





A trip to nowhere. Refreshment time?


Observation Parlor Coach, '27 location unk.

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Godzilla Dec 24, 2014 2:16 PM

1931 - Union Oil Station
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...15933/rec/2614


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And for those fond of candy canes . . .



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ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2014 2:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6855372)
This is the Temple of Truth, built by Louis Waynai, a 54-year-old Hungarian cabinet maker, to house the world's largest Bible.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ynaiBible1.jpg
eBay



http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ynaiBible6.jpg
GSV

:previous: What a discovery HossC! I bet the people living there now have no idea their home once had a massive dome.

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Godzilla Dec 24, 2014 2:53 PM

Chase Hotel, Santa Monica. Later known as the Breakers. Gone


1951 - Chase Hotel
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http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...and&DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co.../4841/rec/2426


1951 Santa Monica Wind Damage
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ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2014 3:45 PM

:previous: I don't remember seeing that photo of the Chase Hotel before. I wonder what was located in the part that looks like a sunroom?




TWA Stratoliner postcard, 1945.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/wDvSTt.jpg
ebay


-interesting comment on the price of the flight.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/913/cYcoCq.jpg
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ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2014 4:07 PM

1955 ad for the 'sumptuous' Beverly Hilton. (the starburst is a little Christmasy)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/AJ5gQt.jpg
ebay
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ethereal_reality Dec 24, 2014 4:20 PM

The 3rd street side of the Million Dolllar Theater in the 1960s. (found this last night on ebay)


Be sure to pan right---> to see the SADDLE ROCK CAFE.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/5mJK3x.jpg


The building that housed the liquor store and the Saddle Rock Café is gone / replaced by a parking garage.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/feBza9.png
GSV




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GSV
____________


Merry Christmas noirishers!!! -See you in a few days. :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/905/1VxOYD.jpg
ebay

...fra la la la la la...... la la la la!

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srk1941 Dec 24, 2014 5:52 PM

This is in Long Beach. That modern high-rise on the right is the Royal Palms, the older high-rise on the left is the Lafayette.

This must be taken from a balcony at the Long Beach Towers, at 600 E. Ocean, at Atlantic. The same circular driveway is still there, though the planter box has been modified.


Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6855018)
...and a more recent mystery.

"Los Angeles Street Scene Chevy Vintage Cars c.1962 Orig. 35mm Slide"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/nhM6e4.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item2c936bd2c8

...but the location is unknown. Do you think we can figure out where it was taken?

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CityBoyDoug Dec 24, 2014 6:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6855495)
:previous: I don't remember seeing that photo of the Chase Hotel before. I wonder what was located in the part that looks like a sunroom?




TWA Stratoliner postcard, 1945.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/wDvSTt.jpg
ebay


-interesting comment on the price of the flight.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/913/cYcoCq.jpg
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That flight would be $1200 in today's money. Flying used to be very expensive by today's standards.

What's very costly today is the price of a hotel room in comparison.


Noircitydame Dec 24, 2014 7:06 PM

Noirish Christmas to all

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...s-L-UXDF4y.jpg
Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...esbirthday.jpg
The Bogarts, together again this Christmas (also happy 115th birthday tomorrow to Mr. Bogart, 12-25-1899)

http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/k...helma-xmas.jpg
Thelma Todd
(all from old Christmas files- unknown where from)

HossC Dec 24, 2014 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by srk1941 (Post 6855612)

This is in Long Beach. That modern high-rise on the right is the Royal Palms, the older high-rise on the left is the Lafayette.

This must be taken from a balcony at the Long Beach Towers, at 600 E. Ocean, at Atlantic. The same circular driveway is still there, though the planter box has been modified.

No wonder I couldn't find Joseph Salon Shoes in Beverly Hills - the 1956 CD lists an address on North Rodeo and the 1960 CD lists one on Wilshire.

I had a quick go at correcting the color of e_r's picture and getting rid of some of the blemishes.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
eBay - original posted by ethereal_reality

Here's a clipping from the October 12, 1958 edition of the Independent Press-Telegram. It advertises Joseph Salon Shoes' third anniversary in Long Beach, and gives an address of 547 East Ocean Boulevard.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sephSalon2.jpg
www.newspapers.com

The January 24, 1960 edition of the same paper contains this advert for a sale, and also includes one for the Parisienne clothes store which is in the center of e_r's picture. Their address was 539 East Ocean Boulevard.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sephSalon3.jpg
www.newspapers.com

Here's the back of the building as seen in the chase near the end of 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World'.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...sephSalon4.jpg
MGM

Here's the front of the Lafayette Complex at 130-140 Linden Ave.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...x.jpg~original
GSV

AlvaroLegido Dec 24, 2014 10:21 PM

From the East
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BrandonJXN (Post 4300507)

Merry Christmas to EVERYBODY by the Frenchie (and only one out of country) of the Thread.

CityBoyDoug Dec 24, 2014 11:12 PM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps900ba6bc.jpg
Crimescene

Suicide.....Los Angeles, 1950s

Wig-Wag Dec 25, 2014 12:14 AM

Merry Christmas
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AlvaroLegido (Post 6855824)
Merry Christmas to EVERYBODY by the Frenchie (and only one out of country) of the Thread.

And Merry Christmas to you and yours, Alvaro!

Cheers,
Jack

Lorendoc Dec 25, 2014 7:11 AM

Observation
 
The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on the good and not so good things in one's life. I am grateful for stumbling into this forum two years ago. It has provided many hours of diversion and more importantly, education about the city most of us love, and some of us hate.

I have met an LA Noirisher in person (3940dxer), and have had interesting correspondence with many others (e.g. HossC, ProphetM, et al.)

But most of all, I'd like to thank e_r for keeping it all going. Well done.


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