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Old Posted Sep 15, 2009, 6:00 AM
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noir......sweet....noir.
I'd love to be in that airplane.
Like Howard Hughes and Kate Hepburn?

Thanks for posting the Ralphs locations, I totally creamed my pants when I saw that. Now I know that the building at 3rd Street Promenade and Wilshire in Santa Monica was once a Ralphs! It's now a Barnes & Noble, with the interior totally gutted of course, and that tower outside modified. I thought maybe it was originally a Woolworth's or Penney's or something.
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This is by far one of the most spectacular threads I have seen on ssp. Thanks for all the work!!!!
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The City of Los Angeles' float in the 1946 Rose Parade.




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Wow, that is really cool. They really took pride in their buildings. I wonder how many are still standing....
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Is this the tunnel to Toontown? Naah, it goes clear to Pasadena.
Figueroa Street Tunnels, 1938 (pre-Pasadena Freeway)

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Fair Oaks and Colorado, 1954, Pasadena. I see the 35er existed even back then.

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^^^I've always loved the Figueroa Tunnels.

I had to google 35er to see what you were talking about sopas_ej.
I see it's a bar still in business after all those years.

Why is it called 35er I wonder?

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Wow, that is really cool. They really took pride in their buildings. I wonder how many are still standing....
I did a spot check of about 10 of those Ralph's buildings via google earth street view, and unfortunately only one of them I looked for was the building remotely distinguishable.... the one at 2601 Pasadena Ave Los Angeles, Ca. (the middle-right side of that huge Ralph's picture with all of the store buildings.)

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I said it a month ago and I'll say it again: this thread is awesome. I've got Chinatown playing and some bourbon on the rocks within fingers' reach.... the noirish mood is intoxicating
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.......your post is intoxicating kznyc2k.

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COLD WAR NOIR.


below: City Hall tower February 6th, 1951.



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How cool is this....an atomic flash from 300 miles away.
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COLD WAR NOIR continued



Scenes from 'Kiss Me Deadly' 1955.


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below: Opening a pandora's box of RADIUM at a beach house in Malibu.



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below: A radiation facial.



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Escaping the beach house........or did they?

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^^^
Funny, when I saw the pics your posted of the Atomic Blast, I thought of "Kiss Me Deadly," and sure enough, your next post was just that.

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Here's the Ralphs on 3rd Street and Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica; it was designed by Stiles O. Clements, and built in 1939-1940.

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Here it is now, courtesy of Google Earth. It's now a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and 3rd Street is now the Third Street Promenade. It's all gutted, and they added an upper story.
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^^^I've always loved the Figueroa Tunnels.

I had to google 35er to see what you were talking about sopas_ej.
I see it's a bar still in business after all those years.

Why is it called 35er I wonder?
I don't know why it's called the 35er. I've walked by it many times but have never gone in.

Here's a contemporary shot of it courtesy Google Earth. I couldn't get the same angle/perspective from the 1954 photo, though.
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^^^The comparison shots of the Ralphs are too cool. THX for posting them PHX31 and sopas_ej.

I don't know what it is about comparison shots that I find so fascinating.
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Accident at Olympic and Grand 1951.
(I thought it looked like Pink's Hotdogs)



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^^^That's a very attractive policeman.
(Now days, 3/4th of them are obese.....at least in Chicago)

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Great pic, ethereal! It does kinda look like Pink's.

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^^^That's a very attractive policeman.
I concur.
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Washington Blvd. underpass in 1953 before widening.



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Can't believe that Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica used to be that Ralphs. I used to go there all the time. Oh how I miss LA.
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Since we've been discussing all the Ralph's I should have posted the following pics....
(I forgot I had them)



below: Ralphs at 5615 Wilshire.


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below: Ralphs at 5711 Hollywood blvd.


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below: Ralphs at 6121 Pico blvd.


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below: Ralphs at 2024 E. 10th St.



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below: Ralphs at 3rd and Vermont.



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