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HossC Dec 13, 2018 12:59 AM

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Looking for more pictures of the Shell station, I found a set of four photos of the decorations being constructed. Here are two of them.

Christmas display at station on Wilshire Boulevard and South Catalina Street, Shell Oil Co., Los Angeles, CA, 1930

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Christmas1.jpg
USC Digital Library

CityBoyDoug Dec 13, 2018 9:01 AM

Dedicated Noirishers checking the Baist map books.

https://66.media.tumblr.com/d4b583ca...px5vo1_500.gif
gif circus

GaylordWilshire Dec 13, 2018 3:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8406623)
mystery gas station.


"Opening of Santa Claus display at station, Shell Oil Co., Southern California, 1930." (but it says 1929 on one of the giant books in the display)

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/RMiB4B.jpg
USC DIGITAL ARCHIVES


What was there: Permits for the first Shell station buildings at the nec of Wilshire & Catalina were issued on Aug 1, 1930--more than six years after the Aronson house was cut up and moved to Fremont Place.... The full story is here.

https://i.postimg.cc/QMpx4thw/3325-MAIN4-FB.jpg


The building seen at right is the Post Building, built in 1925--you can just seen the Aronson lot at left, apparently bare and awaiting Shell... Read all about the Post Building here.

https://i.postimg.cc/Kz3P1t2w/3301-WB-Post-Bldg-bmp.jpg
LAPL

ethereal_reality Dec 13, 2018 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by HossC (Post 8406802)
The Du Barry sign can be seen in the background, so I'm going to guess that we're looking at the Shell service station at 3325 Wilshire Boulevard (listed in the 1932 CD).
That's the corner of Catalina.

Thanks for figuring out the correct location Hoss!

Who should break the news over at L.A. Relics?

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/icG6Lj.jpg
#WRONG_ADDRESS

By the way, I didn't see the Du Barry sign. Good eye Hoss.



Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 8406802)
Dick Whittington's envelopes (also part of the photoset) give the date very clearly as 1930.

Oh. You're right. So the giant book is from the previous Christmas.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/wqz6Ye.jpg

:shrug:

ethereal_reality Dec 13, 2018 10:38 PM

And from the other side of giant Santa's chair.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/Mo46Te.jpg

The only Mitzi I know is Mitzi Gaynor and Mitzi Rose Lee.








wink

Noir_Noir Dec 13, 2018 11:25 PM

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https://i.imgur.com/QlhxPRS.jpg
ecrater.com



The film is on archive.org -

Tom Sawyer - 1930

GaylordWilshire Dec 13, 2018 11:34 PM

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Never heard of her, but I guess she was the coming thing in 1929...but then came Shirley

https://i.postimg.cc/qqRj9CtS/mitzi1-bmp.jpg
LAT Oct 18, 1929

HossC Dec 14, 2018 2:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8406623)

"Opening of Santa Claus display at station, Shell Oil Co., Southern California, 1930." (but it says 1929 on one of the giant books in the display)

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/RMiB4B.jpg
USC DIGITAL ARCHIVES

The Shell station is at the center of this aerial view which dates from about a year after the Christmas scene (this one is December 16, 1931). The corner of the Ambassador site is in the lower-left corner.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...lWilshire1.jpg
mil.library.ucsb.edu

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8407937)

Who should break the news over at L.A. Relics?

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/icG6Lj.jpg
#WRONG_ADDRESS

The main 1930 CD lists about 60 Van Fleet & Durkee service stations (with a couple more in the regional ones). For some reason I can't see a list in the 1931 CD, but the 1932 CD includes our station at 3325 Wilshire among around 80 Shell Service Inc stations. 129 W 2nd is the address of the Van Fleet-Durkee Inc offices (along with many other companies). In 1932, William C Van Fleet is listed as president of Shell Service Inc, with W T Durkee Jr (or possibly William P Durkee) as vice president.

ethereal_reality Dec 14, 2018 2:17 PM

:previous: Thanks for the additional information Hoss.

And thx for the info. on Mitzi Greene Noir Noir and GaylordWilshire.


Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 8407122)
Dedicated Noirishers checking the Baist map books.

https://66.media.tumblr.com/d4b583ca...px5vo1_500.gif
gif circus

This gif reminded me of a particular scene in Chinatown.

The scene where Jack Nicholson rips pages out of a plat book ('coughing' each time to cover up the ripping sound).
The male librarian looks up...but doesn't realize what's going on right under his nose.

Remember that scene?

GaylordWilshire Dec 14, 2018 5:39 PM

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https://i.postimg.cc/W49svYyG/warnick-UT-bmp.jpg

Actor Allan Warnick in that scene...


Here he is later in The Two Jakes (from post 5896 from 2012)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-u...2520PM.bmp.jpg

GaylordWilshire Dec 14, 2018 6:03 PM

If anyone needs ideas for presents, these two new LA books are great:

https://i.postimg.cc/zDKTFdg2/LAbook.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/mDtWGzQh/librarybk1.jpg


The story of the library fire is noirish and the writing is great


A sample from Dear Los Angeles that I especially liked...

Evelyn Waugh, February 13, 1947 (right after, of course, the demise of E Short):

"The city is quarter-built, empty building lots everywhere and vast distances. Since the war they have succeeded in spoiling even the climate by inducing an artificial and noxious fog...."

AlvaroLegido Dec 14, 2018 6:19 PM

Chinatown
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8408614)
This gif reminded me of a particular scene in Chinatown.
The scene where Jack Nicholson rips pages out of a plat book ('coughing' each time to cover up the ripping sound).
The male librarian looks up...but doesn't realize what's going on right under his nose. Remember that scene?
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And if I remember well, this scene takes place in our beloved Hall of Records...

CityBoyDoug Dec 14, 2018 8:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlvaroLegido (Post 8408999)
And if I remember well, this scene takes place in our beloved Hall of Records...

https://bamfstyle.files.wordpress.co...jkt5-deets.jpg
bamf

2 photos here from the Hall of Records scene......

BDiH Dec 14, 2018 8:08 PM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 8408039)
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Never heard of her, but I guess she was the coming thing in 1929...but then came Shirley

https://i.postimg.cc/qqRj9CtS/mitzi1-bmp.jpg
LAT Oct 18, 1929

https://www.ebay.com/itm/202531148623

In her adult career, she was most famous for her role in Rodgers & Hart's Babes in Arms. She introduced My Funny Valentine and The Lady is a Tramp.

How soon we forget.

GaylordWilshire Dec 14, 2018 11:41 PM

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I'm not sure anyone who saw her on Broadway in 1937 is still alive, so her not being so well remembered is understandable. Plus, she died young. Seems it's up to NLA to revive her fame.


She was big. It's the pictures that got small. Big enough to have star on the Boulevard (6400 block):

https://i.postimg.cc/pL9v9Vkg/mitzistar-bmp.jpg



Wonder where this might have been taken...

https://i.postimg.cc/vBvwR4H6/mitzi1-bmp.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/Fzs5hh7C/mitzi2-bmp.jpg

ethereal_reality Dec 15, 2018 4:37 AM

Here's a photograph of the FBI office in Los Angeles. [1950s?]

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/wgmMa5.jpg

I found the pic HERE (the address wasn't given)

Does anyone know where this field office was located?

My guess is..somewhere near LAX. (the building looks 'airporty' to me)

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GaylordWilshire Dec 15, 2018 12:35 PM

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The slant of the street made me doubt it being too near LAX, but I totally get your thinking that it looks--or looked--"airporty"...


It's at 1340 West 6th St...seems to have been also, at least until recent renovations, an office of the DEA...

https://i.postimg.cc/N0Lwnfmb/1340w6th-bmp.jpg


https://i.postimg.cc/kMvhxPt5/1340compl.jpg
LAT April 27, 1956

ethereal_reality Dec 16, 2018 4:44 AM

:previous: You found it! Thanks GW.
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re: FBI.


Here's J. Edgar Hoover in Hollywood, 1951. I'd love to know what's going through Hoover's mind at this very moment.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/SGiM8g.jpg
Hoover visits Dorothy Lamour and Cornell Wilde on the set of The Greatest Show on Earth, with Charlton Heston in the background, 1951

This article at abcnews says he 'dated' Dorothy Lamour. (despite the title of the article, "J. Edgar Hoover: Gay or Just A Man Who Has Sex With Men.") :shrug:

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J. Edgar with his companion Clyde Tolson.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/3...924/agYZX5.jpg
pinterest

ethereal_reality Dec 16, 2018 5:45 AM

mystery room.

Rare C1900 Los Angeles California Photo Trainmen In Railroad Or Transit Station

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...921/C7ndE6.jpg
EBAY


There are two photographer's stamps on the reverse.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/6ogi6o.jpg
EBAY

Tracy, Photographer
102 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, Cal.,
Phone A 9623
Established 1902




A closer look.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/wLIJVU.png
EBAY

I wonder if this photograph was taken in the Pacific Electric Building at 6th and Main?
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CityBoyDoug Dec 16, 2018 2:39 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8410421)
:previous: You found it! Thanks GW.
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re: FBI.


Here's J. Edgar Hoover in Hollywood, 1951. I'd love to know what's going through Hoover's mind at this very moment.



This article at abcnews says he 'dated' Dorothy Lamour. (despite the title of the article, "J. Edgar Hoover: Gay or Just A Man Who Has Sex With Men.") :shrug:

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J. Edgar with his companion Clyde Tolson.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/3...924/agYZX5.jpg
pinterest

...http://images.smh.com.au/2012/01/25/...over-420x0.jpg
google
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/...98_468x313.jpg
getty image

After I read the detailed ABC article that ER linked.....there is only one conclusion that you can come to...unless you're brain dead.

Hoover and Tolson lived in the Closet Generation.

The two love-birds many photos........http://internetsecuritysoftware.info...-clyde-tolson/


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