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Old Posted Dec 16, 2020, 8:27 AM
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One more look at ths recently posted mystery snapshot. . .


Los Angeles

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Originally Posted by odinthor View Post

e_r, from what we see in the pic, can we imagine that the track is "cup-like"? Venice had a cup-like track:


LA Times, 6/4/1914.

Note that a "big Haynes auto" was present . . . and that there was a "slant of 75 deg." (as the article states), alias "75% Grade" (as the postcard writer would have it).
Interesting summation, odinthor.

I thought I had found the "cup-like" track when I happened upon this original photograph on picclick


picclick

But it isn't Venice Beach. . .it's Long Beach.

Seller's description:...RARE 1920s PHOTO OF A COUPLE AT LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA SHOWING RECKLESS ROSS MILLMAN'S WALL OF DEATH IN THE BACKGROUND




Long Beach...Wall of Death


At first I wondered if this was, indeed, Long Beach California. (there's one in N.Y. as well) I compared the pier in this photo with the Long Beach pier from around the same time periods and it's a match.

But I looked through old timey photographs of the Long Beach amusement area and wasn't able to find a single one that showed the 'Wall of Death'. ...so there's that.





Let's take a closer look.


detail


In the mystery photo (at top) you can see the back of a facade (for lack of a better word) at the upper edge of the track. There's no nearby 'facade' that's tall enough in the Long Beach photo.


It's still a mystery.



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