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CityBoyDoug Jan 27, 2014 7:29 AM

Theater of the mind....
 
As ThoseWhoSquirm said:

Signal sponsored The Whistler, a popular radio suspense show that ran in the late 1940s and 1950s. If you like that sort of thing it's worth a listen and can be found wherever OTR recordings and podcasts are available.


This has been posted before but since the famous radio show was mentioned, here it is again. Note the sponsor.

The opening:

I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes... I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak.


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

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psa27f7525.jpg
personal collection

Flyingwedge Jan 27, 2014 7:43 AM

Aliso Street & Lyon Street 1932
 
That's the old Los Angeles Cracker Co. Building! It's been remodeled since this c. 1886 photo, but the width of the 2nd and 3rd floor windows in front match (although in the old photo the middle window is a door), and the 2nd and 3rd floors on the side match.
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...a.jpg~original
California State Library

Previously posted here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=15667

Flyingwedge Jan 27, 2014 8:43 AM

4400 Block of West Slauson Avenue
 
This is between Overhill Drive and Angeles Vista Blvd., on the north side of the street. The photo is undated, but the white car looks like some flavor of 1941 Chevrolet (if wrong, correct ID welcome!):
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...f.jpg~original
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/395/rec/137

2012:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...a.jpg~original
GSV

When I was a little kid it was still a market but it was called Food Fair.

GaylordWilshire Jan 27, 2014 4:15 PM


Before there was Calpet/Texaco, I. Magnin, and Switzer's, there was Lawler, Cole, and O'Melveny:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...0/707/dngh.jpg

Attorney Oscar Lawler survived the 1919 bombing of his house at the northeast corner of Wilshire and New Hampshire; the celebrated Calpet/Texaco station replaced it eight years later.

Full story here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...ue-please.html



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Businessman and Hellman-family in-law Louis M. Cole built at the southeast corner of Wilshire and New Hampshire—later the site of Magnin's.

Full story here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...boulevard.html



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Henry O'Melveny, another big L.A. lawyer who built at the Wilshire/New Hampshire intersection—the southwest corner, later the site of Switzer's—moved his house to Windsor Square in 1930 and remained in it until he died in 1941.

Full story here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...e-see-our.html


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oldstuff Jan 27, 2014 4:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6423632)
This is from the 1906 LA City Directory, under Plumbing and Gas Fitting:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...0.jpg~original
Fold3.com

708 E. 9th Street is just east of San Pedro Street; just a parking lot there now.

Garrett Joseph Eustace, Sr. was born in Ireland in 1844 according to census records. He came to the US in 1860 and initially settled in New York. He served in the Civil War on the Union side in a New York regiment, between 1862 and 1865.

He came to California between 1892 and 1896 when he first appears in the voter registrations. He was a naturalized citizen. Mr Eustace does not appear in the census records in New York. His wife's name was Honora Emma O'Donnell. The 1900 census indicates that they were married 29 years. He was widowed at the time of that census. Garrett Joseph may have died in Los Angeles in 1917.

The Emma Eustace in the photo is Garrett's daughter. Their son, Garrett, Jr. was born in 1868. The man in the photo is probably her uncle James Eustace, born in Ireland in 1867.

ethereal_reality Jan 27, 2014 4:46 PM

:previous: Thanks oldstuff!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...0/849/qoih.jpg
Emma and Uncle James strike a pose.

WCArch Jan 27, 2014 6:56 PM

Makes me wish i could have seen LA in those days.
http://westcoastarch.blogspot.com/

GaylordWilshire Jan 27, 2014 6:59 PM

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...0/138/sdv9.jpgUCLA


I know we've seen Lucca's here before, but I don't remember reading that it replaced the original restaurant in the building. Above is the original, at the southwest corner of Western and Fifth. The building was built in 1925; Marchetti's moved to Beverly Hills in 1933.


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/43/c4ji.jpg

The 1933 opening of Lucca's in a shot from a prior NLA post here.


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...0/534/4vo2.jpgJune Street Architecture


The interior of Marchetti's:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...0/268/0clp.jpgUCLA


Other prior NLA posts on Lucca's:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=3450
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=3146


And more detail here--including the sad thing now on the sw corner of Western and Fifth.

Godzilla Jan 27, 2014 7:19 PM



3257 Wilshire - Chesterfield's - is another overlooked gem, destroyed in the early '70s. Many similarities to Bullocks Wilshire down the street. (Brief write up: http://urbandiachrony.wordpress.com/...nue-1931-2013/ ) Interesting how new construction seems to mimic some of the fluted columns found in this and other buildings, notably, Bullock's Wilshire. Curious about the interior.

The second picture provides a glimpse of the Green T Cafe (far right). I recall another image posted here with the Green T adjacent to the tiled Texaco Station advertising a 50¢ Ham dinner. :rolleyes:




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Godzilla Jan 27, 2014 7:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6424789)
Before there was Calpet/Texaco, I. Magnin, and Switzer's, there was Lawler, Cole, and O'Melveny:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...0/707/dngh.jpg

Attorney Oscar Lawler survived the 1919 bombing of his house at the northeast corner of Wilshire and New Hampshire; the celebrated Calpet/Texaco station replaced it eight years later.

Full story here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...ue-please.html



http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...0/577/gl0q.jpg

Businessman and Hellman-family in-law Louis M. Cole built at the southeast corner of Wilshire and New Hampshire—later the site of Magnin's.

Full story here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...boulevard.html



Familiar steps and fire hydrant? :previous: Light standard seems slightly different.

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Flyingwedge Jan 27, 2014 9:08 PM

Montecito, 6650 Franklin @ Cherokee
 
Designed by Marcus P. Miller, it's on the National Register of Historic Places.

This was taken prior to the building's September 1, 1931 opening:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...c.jpg~original
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/17503/rec/13

Possibly taken August 29, 1931:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...6.jpg~original
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/91129/rec/2

1931 east side; the sign says CAUTION GRADE 22.7 PER CENT:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...b.jpg~original
California State Library

1931 Franklin entrance:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...0.jpg~original
California State Library

1981 north side:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...d.jpg~original
California State Library

March 1987, rehabilitated:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...8.jpg~original
LAPL -- http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics40/00054905.jpg

South side:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...7.jpg~original
Bing 2012

Franklin entrance:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...9.jpg~original
Thomas Safran and Associates Properties -- http://www.tsahousing.com/properties.aspx?propID=1085

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...8.jpg~original
Thomas Safran and Associates Properties -- http://www.tsahousing.com/properties.aspx?propID=1085

ethereal_reality Jan 27, 2014 9:45 PM

:previous: Excellent post on the Montecito Flyingwedge. What a great old apartment building!
Is that a small penthouse on top or is it just for housing mechanical equipment/elevator/etc?
if it's just for housing equipment why so many windows?





http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/836/0am7.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike68/361289929/lightbox/

It's actually quite large when you compare it to the plastic lawn chairs and the grill.

Tourmaline Jan 27, 2014 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6425322)
Designed by Marcus P. Miller, it's on the National Register of Historic Places.

This was taken prior to the building's September 1, 1931 opening:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...c.jpg~original
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/17503/rec/13

Possibly taken August 29, 1931:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...6.jpg~original
USC Digital Library -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...id/91129/rec/2


March 1987, rehabilitated:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...8.jpg~original
LAPL -- http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics40/00054905.jpg



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A building with much history that I assumed was covered here before, especially its connections with a former president and many silver screen luminaries. Would have been my first choice but for what appeared to be semicircular balconies. Then there are the missing windows on what might be described as the third floor in the subject photo. Clearly in mid construction.

San Franciscans would be at home with the inclines near the Montecito. Functioning brakes are always a good thing.;)

WCArch Jan 27, 2014 10:20 PM

Brand new article about the Wilshire Grand Tower at
http://westcoastarch.blogspot.com/20...eshape-la.html

Lots of renderings. To bad it had to take out the old Wilshire Grand Hotel though.

ethereal_reality Jan 27, 2014 10:25 PM

LAPD 1952
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ebay

ethereal_reality Jan 27, 2014 10:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WCArch (Post 6425420)

Stunning renderings! Welcome to NLA WCArch.

CityBoyDoug Jan 27, 2014 10:42 PM

Black leather jackets with an eagle on the back....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6425428)

That cool photo posted by ER reminded me of my photo of members of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club. The club is located in Los Angeles and was founded after WW II. I think the motorcycles are the well known Harley ~ Davidson brand. "Buddy" the short sleeved man's father was a local Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psbeca1358.jpg
Personal collection

Member's meeting, circa 1980. I believe they met in a local church.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps89c653ae.jpg

ethereal_reality Jan 27, 2014 10:49 PM

Los Angeles Auto Show 1955
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ebay

Martin Pal Jan 27, 2014 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 6424195)
Different sources indicate The Beverly Hilton opened in '53.

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics19/00019480.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/pics19/00019480.jpg

The building in the left of that triangle containing the Hilton is J.W, Robinsons Department Store aka Robinsons (opened in 1952) and, after merging with another chain in 1993, known as Robinsons-May. It closed in 2006 for various reasons. There have been a lot of proposals on the Beverly Hills ballot concerning remodeling and or redeveloping of this area. So far, none have proceeded.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 6424195)

Trader Vic's, on the corner, seen in the 1987 photo above opened in 1955. This location closed in 2007. What they called an "updated" version of Trader Vic's opened in 2009 at the L.A. Live entertainment complex in downtown, across from the Staples Center.

The Beverly Hilton has been home to the Golden Globes ever since I can remember. Richard Nixon's west coast campaign headquarters were here in 1960 and for his run as Governor in 1962--where he lost and delivered his famous line "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore" to the press the next day. Some films have been shot there. One I can remember is Frost/Nixon. Merv Griffin owned it for a time and opened a nightspot called the Coconut Club. President Obama gave a speech early in his Presidency there as well as stayed there a time or two.

On the right of the above photo, the woman in the light colored jacket is crossing to the corner where this fountain is located:

http://www.iamnotastalker.com/wp-con...1/IMG_3206.jpg
I Am No Stalker

It is known as Electric Fountain and it was built in 1931 at a cost of $21,000 by architect Ralph Carlin Flewelling, who also designed the Beverly Hills Post Office, recently discussed.

It was used in a Go-Go's music video in 1981 and can be famously seen in the film Clueless when Alicia Silverstone pauses in front of it and the fountain comes to life as she realizes she's in love.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BbzBFaDt1k...0/Fountain.JPG
I Am No Stalker

ethereal_reality Jan 27, 2014 11:48 PM

Let's stop at Pico and Rimpau for some Lutfisk.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...90/46/0rmc.jpgebay

A very classy curved market. -notice the coat of arms (shields) in the arched leaded windows.



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I'm not sure what lutfisk is.


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