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sopas ej Sep 10, 2015 5:34 AM

In honor of all this hot weather we've been having in SoCal for the past several days...

Heat wave, Santa Monica Beach, 1956.
https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...97817396_o.jpg
USC Archive

sopas ej Sep 10, 2015 5:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7158419)
Mid-Century Modern.


"LLOYDS BANK, ALHAMBRA 1960s"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...673/VsoFAp.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1960s-LLOYDS...item20ffb18af0



I thought this was an entirely different building until I noticed the two surviving mid-century light fixtures. (red arrows)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...661/DER8hQ.jpg
gsv

I wonder what they did with the other five?
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^^^That building was recently demolished, like just some months ago, and the Bank of the West moved into the new development next door.

Flyingwedge Sep 10, 2015 8:21 AM

More Annandale Country Club
 
It's too hot to sleep, so I thought I'd poke around the Internet some more. It turns out that the 1907 Annandale
clubhouse was designed by Sumner P. Hunt.

The Golfers' Magazine, November 1908:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...m.jpg~original

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...t.jpg~original
Hathitrust -- http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?i...ew=1up;seq=531

HossC Sep 10, 2015 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7158474)

immersed in fabric.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...905/hPBKb2.jpg
eBay

:previous: they appear to be sisters. -possibly twins?

reverse (it's difficult to read)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...913/t6Diab.jpg

:previous: Byou(?) Studio, 221(?) South Spring Street, Los Angeles Cal

It says "Bijou Studio". I found it listed in four of the City Directories from 1894 to 1911. The 1894 CD (below) lists the proprietors as Chester W Burdick and Andrew F Swisher, and the address as 221-223 South Spring Street. By 1898, Mr Swisher's name is missing, and the address is listed 221½ South Spring Street. The address stays the same after that.

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

HossC Sep 10, 2015 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7158419)

Mid-Century Modern.

"LLOYDS BANK, ALHAMBRA 1960s"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...673/VsoFAp.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1960s-LLOYDS...item20ffb18af0

I thought this was an entirely different building until I noticed the two surviving mid-century light fixtures. (red arrows)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...661/DER8hQ.jpg
gsv

I wonder what they did with the other five?

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 7158618)

^^^That building was recently demolished, like just some months ago, and the Bank of the West moved into the new development next door.

While looking for pictures of Bank of the West at 100 S Garfield Ave, I came across their page at yelp.com. There's already a review of the new branch, and it isn't good. There were also three pictures of the building above. The photo below is credited to "Franklin M", and shows the rear entrance in 2012. With such a similar design to the front, I'm guessing the mid-century façade was probably repeated here. In fact, GSV shows four of the mid-century lights down each side of the building, so could the design have gone all around?

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...tAlhambra1.jpg

The two images below are credited to "Alfred M Villa" and also date from 2012. They give us a look at the interior of the building.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...tAlhambra2.jpg

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...tAlhambra3.jpg

All pictures from www.yelp.com

oldstuff Sep 10, 2015 2:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tourmaline (Post 7158367)
There were many Biff's, including 7th Street, Yucca, Sunset, Crenshaw and Wilshire (below). Affiliated with Tiny Naylors.



Wilshire and McCarty Drive. Date unk. ('50s)
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/21310/rec/1





http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0






http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/utils/...EXT=DMROTATE=0





http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2287/2...12b_z.jpg?zz=1http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2287/2...12b_z.jpg?zz=1





http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ESS7DccQ09...0/IMG_2262.PNGhttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ESS7DccQ09...0/IMG_2262.PNG





http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/013...g?v=1402770085http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/013...g?v=1402770085




http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/013...g?v=1402770085http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/013...g?v=1402770085

The building that housed Biff's on San Fernando in Glendale is still there, although now it is a bit hidden by some potted plants

oldstuff Sep 10, 2015 2:29 PM

All from Getty Research Institute

There's still a Bank of America building at 6551 Van Nuys Boulevard, but not the same one. The boards either side of the entrance have "To Lease" adverts, but Google still lists it as open.


This building looks like it was originally a Home Savings. They were all in that style of building and had some kind of art on the front.

oldstuff Sep 10, 2015 2:33 PM

old file / eBay I think

Is that a sea serpent on the beach?

And what's the large building in the distance? There appear to be two smokestacks...is it a ship? power plant?

also, I wonder what they're processing in the upper right (where all the smoke is). Sugar Beets?

Your "sea serpent" is actually the stem of Bull Kelp. Unlike brown kelp, which has fronds all the way up, Bull Kelp has a long stem and the fronds near the top, which are attached to the "bladder", the gas filled bulb that allows the plant to float near the surface. Thus ends the botany lesson for the day

ethereal_reality Sep 10, 2015 3:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 7158668)
It's too hot to sleep, so I thought I'd poke around the Internet some more. It turns out that the 1907 Annandale
clubhouse was designed by Sumner P. Hunt.

:
:previous: Thanks for your research on the Annandale Golf Club Flyingwedge! So L.P. stood for Lamanda Park....good sleuthing.

Here's another photograph of the club house.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...538/Iutk1X.jpg
detail



It's from this panorama. (the club house is at far right.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...912/Y1FwYq.jpg
eBay



Here's the left end of the panorama, with some information, although it's difficult to read. (I believe it says copyright 1913)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/rAYe7w.jpg
detail

ethereal_reality Sep 10, 2015 3:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oldstuff (Post 7158763)

The building that housed Biff's on San Fernando in Glendale is still there, although now it is a bit hidden by some potted plants

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...537/QFNL7h.jpg
gsv



http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...538/KKJTBv.jpg
gsv



It's interesting how the building is placed at a slight angle on the lot.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...538/cTNHLY.jpg
google_earth
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ethereal_reality Sep 10, 2015 4:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 7158678)
In fact, GSV shows four of the mid-century lights down each side of the building, so could the design have gone all around?

:previous: Good eye Hoss. I totally missed the four lights on the sides.

There they are, plain as day.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...910/OiAd0C.jpg
gsv



So there may have been a total of 22 lights!! -that is, if there were seven in the back (where people parked and entered, so actually a second 'front')

It must have been especially impressive at night.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...673/VsoFAp.jpg
eBay
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HossC Sep 10, 2015 4:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7158886)

Here's the left end of the panorama, with some information, although it's difficult to read. (I believe it says copyright 1913)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/rAYe7w.jpg
detail

The same image is in the Library of Congress - you can see it here. Their title is "Annandale Country Club, Pasadena, Cal., Dec. 25th, 1909", which seems to correspond with the text in the center of the panorama.

They also have a similar view from 1910 - that one is here.

ethereal_reality Sep 10, 2015 5:31 PM

While putzing around in the google-mobile I came across another bank that caught my eye.

The Wing Lung Bank at 201 E. Valley Boulevard, Alhambra CA.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/TVWzkW.jpg
gsv

After a quick google search or two, I found out it features the largest glass tile mural in North America.

The mural, inside and out, comprises approximately 1 million pieces of glass set in an abstract interpretation of the nearby San Gabriel Mountains.


inside the oval.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...909/RCRgMs.jpg
http://archinect.com/rushjackson/project/wing-lung-bank



interior #2
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...661/Mc99LJ.jpg
http://www.resourceanddesign.com/iportwin/3winpop.html

The mural was design by Neil Seth Levine.
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ethereal_reality Sep 10, 2015 5:53 PM

And before I leave Alhambra: This restaurant has been in business since 1941!

The Bun 'n Burger at 1000 E. Main Street.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...538/J7SMuv.png
gsv




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/90YJ06.jpg
http://thewackytacky.blogspot.com/20...-n-burger.html


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/NaEDni.jpg
http://thewackytacky.blogspot.com/20...-n-burger.html

I had to look up Menudo.
It's Mexican tripe soup....or a traditional stew from the Philippines.

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HossC Sep 10, 2015 5:54 PM

We've visited today's Bank of America location before - I'll post the links below the Julius Shulman photos. This is "Job 1004: Bank of America (Los Angeles, Calif.),1951", and it shows the bank at La Brea and Melrose. To the left of the bank is Kaiser Printing.

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

Next to Kaiser Printing is the Bell & Howell building at 716 N La Brea Avenue, complete with one of their advertising boards.

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

Looking north, the large structure on the right is the extant La Brea Building. To the right of that is Ted Harris Real Estate.

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

All from Getty Research Institute

The Bell & Howell building was highlighted by e_r in 2011 in post #4220. The GSV image below shows that it's lost its flagpole and the shields near the top of the tower, but otherwise it looks good. Even the cellphone masts have been painted to match in. It's also a great example of how much better these old buildings look with restrained signage.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...4.jpg~original
GSV

There was a follow-up to e_r's post about the Bell & Howell building, but all the images are missing. I'm guessing that this was one of them. Even the shields had neon.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...5.jpg~original
California State Library

We also visited this intersection in October 2014. BifRayRock posted an undated vintage shot (probably late-20s) showing the bank building and the La Brea Building in post #24109. My follow-up has some information on the buildings, and a couple of "now" pictures, including the one below. Yes, the lovely bank building has been replaced by a Jiffy Lube.

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

HossC Sep 10, 2015 5:57 PM

As I mentioned in my post above, all the images of the Bell & Howell building are missing from an old follow-up post. It looks like the California State Library has reorganized their storage system, because a few other posts from around that time also have missing hotlinked CSL images. This is the danger of hotlinking, and happened earlier in the thread when USC changed their storage system. I'd hate to think how many images we'd lose if LAPL changed their system. What we're left with is posts with very little information, and links to non-existent images. Please stop hotlinking to images. It doesn't take long to set up a image host like ImageShack, Flickr or Photobucket, and you get so much more control over the images you post. You're no longer reliant on the original image staying online, and you get a chance to crop and scale images, tweak levels and use screengrabs.

While I'm having my two cents, can people please stop quoting lengthy, image-heavy posts just to add a line or two underneath. I'm not the first person to raise this issue, but it seems to be happening more again at the moment. I realize that the thought of editing quotes probably scares some members, but it's really not that hard. The messaging system handles quotes in virtually the same way as the forum, so if anyone wants to practice editing quotes privately, feel free to PM me.

John Maddox Roberts Sep 10, 2015 7:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7159154)
And before I leave Alhambra: This restaurant has been in business since 1941!

The Bun 'n Burger at 1000 E. Main Street.

I had to look up Menudo.
It's Mexican tripe soup....or a traditional stew from the Philippines.

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ER,
Menudo is a traditional Sat/Sun breakfast item because Latinos believe it is a sovereign hangover remedy. Friday and Saturday nights are, of course, the traditional party nights.

CityBoyDoug Sep 10, 2015 7:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7159154)
And before I leave Alhambra: This restaurant has been in business since 1941!

The Bun 'n Burger at 1000 E. Main Street.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...538/J7SMuv.png
gsv

I had to look up Menudo.
It's Mexican tripe soup....or a traditional stew from the Philippines.

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Thanks ER for the great memories of Alhambra. I do have a slight connection with the B & B....I ate there several times...ordinary food for the most part. Menudo...I don't like it.

I went to high school in that city. The school was one scandal after another. Several of the boy's male gym teachers were fired for having sex with male students. In the 1950s the boy's gym was like a Roman orgy.

My male English teacher announced in class one day that he was living with another male teacher from the same school. Juicy gossip was rampant as a result of that remark!.
The school was basically a collection of student snobs and cliques. Half of the teachers were dedicated but the other half were totally unfit to be near kids.....ever. The school was a wild noir place for the 1950s.

Library patrons discovered Alhambra vice cops were 16mm color filming inside the men's toilet from behind a two-way mirror. Patrons smashed the mirror. Year approx. 1955.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psls6amg9w.jpg
file CD

This building was removed around 1958.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psdhqqdvms.jpg
file CD

ethereal_reality Sep 10, 2015 8:07 PM

[QUOTE=sopas ej;7149162]

Before 1948, LA's Power Grid Was Incompatible With the Rest of the US

Here's an interesting ad from 1929

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/5N0lKd.jpg
eBay

-note the artist's interpretation of City Hall.
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ethereal_reality Sep 10, 2015 8:33 PM

This "Bank Café" seems about 7 or 8 decades before it's time.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...673/MuV3pR.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Unused-Linen...item567ad3db58

"Changed from a bank to a café and back to a bank again in 24 hours." It's like today's "pop up" restaurants.



reverse
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...909/BXLmKn.jpg

but where's the street address? I want to know where in San Pedro.
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