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Old Posted Mar 18, 2018, 11:48 AM
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Aspiration (or a copy) overlooking the pool at Villa Valentino.

"Aspiration at the Villa Valentino, Tom Lyle's home in the Hollywood Hills. I believe Tom Lyle, was a major contributor, paying for the statue to be set in De Longpre Park, in 1930."
Looks like it's still there, ER:

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You can just barely make out the statue from Google Street View:


It seems(?) that the white Aspiration is the original statue, and the bronze (now black) statue is a reproduction. The following article makes it sound like the bronze statue (or perhaps just the monument?) was created post-mortem:

allaboutrudy.org

The original statue seems(?) to be in storage...

"Baby Georgia and Aspiration, 1979":
maybellinebook.com

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I asked my sister about the Maybelline cosmetics. She laughed and said "second-tier products for Target stores....no sophisticated woman would ever buy Maybelline".
CityBoyDoug, that Maybelline website says "Maybelline was considered 'the Provence of whores' and not used by respectable ladies."
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Old Posted Mar 18, 2018, 1:00 PM
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This is post number 46,003 after 2300 pages and over 22 million views. Absolutely amazing thread guys. I only learned about this thread yesterday when I saw the view count and did a double take. I have since gone through many pages and not even scratched the surface.

By the way, is there really a restaurant next door to Rudy's old place just called "crabs"?
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This is post number 46,003 after 2300 pages and over 22 million views. Absolutely amazing thread guys. I only learned about this thread yesterday when I saw the view count and did a double take. I have since gone through many pages and not even scratched the surface.

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e_r has created . . . a monster!!!


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Old Posted Mar 18, 2018, 4:37 PM
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I think some people get Valentino's two homes mixed up, as they look similar.
This is very true CBD. (although I can't agree that they look similar)



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Here's another shot of Valentino's 6776 Wedgewood Place, this time with Valentino, his 1923 Voisin, and two dogs:


Myloveofoldhollywood

For example, the house shown below is the same house as the one above (6776 Whitley Terrace) -it's still hard to believe.

NEW PIC FROM MAYBELLINE BLOG

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"Tom Lyle, Arnold and Emery with two of Tom Lyle's neices in front of Villa Valentine."



I didn't believe it....until I saw 'Villa Valentine 6776' inlaid on the front step. (see below)

FROM THE PREVIOUS POST

MAYBELLINE BLOG

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Of the two houses, Falcon Lair is far and away the most famous. (in the public's imagination anyway)

I had a metal piece of the Falcon Lair fence that I abscombed in the 1980s. (that is...until my sister decided to clean out our family garage in Illinois

it was one of these curvy things (red arrow below)

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The fence was all rusty and the piece practically fell off in my hands.

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Can anyone figure out where on La Brea this short gif was filmed?

La Brea Ave, Los angeles 1960'S

update:

I just found the complete .59 sec. video.

Video Link

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Pretty easy to figure out because there are only two places where La Brea turns sharply at an intersection like it does in the beginning of the video - Wilshire Blvd and Sunset Blvd.

The video starts at the corner of Sunset and La Brea, heading north up La Brea past Lanewood Ave, Hawthorne Ave, Hollywood Blvd, and finally, Yucca St.

In the entire clip, I could find only three(!) buildings that are still standing.
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Thanks, Scott Charles. I'd like to point out/add that in the first frames of the video, in the background you can see the CBS "eye" and a sign for Perry Mason. The buildings there are the old Charlie Chaplin Studios on La Brea and is where Perry Mason was filmed.

This was posted by BifRayRock.

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http://www.google.com/
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As the car crosses Sunset Blvd. to the left we see a Standard gas station on the corner followed by a Coffee Shop. The coffee shop is the Carolina Pines. Here's a photo of that area looking north, from a different post also by BifRayRock.

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C Pines Jr. on La Brea

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At 0:29, on the left, there's a "lounge" shown that I can't make out the name of, can anyone else? In that video there are three gas stations all in close proximity!

I happened to notice, just now, when the video ended there's a link to another video that is traveling up La Brea and ends just as it gets to the Chaplin Studios. They are both labeled Part 1, but the above one should be Part 2.

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There's a lot of signage that can be read in this video, but I haven't had time to do it yet. As you can see in the youtube photo that comes up, while traveling up La Brea, at about the 30 second spot, you can see the skeleton of a gasometer, the one that I presume was located near the Goldwyn Studios on Santa Monica Blvd.! You'll see the whole thing if you watch the video.

And since it's the same year, 1965, here's another video:
The Hollywood Dream: 1965
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rhpoEzu59c
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Old Posted Mar 18, 2018, 6:06 PM
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Souvenir hunters used to comb the hillside
above the 101 for pieces of Villa Valentino until CalTrans built a sound wall above the freeway. I think 6776 Wedgewood
would have been about here; maybe that wall to the left of the sign at the edge of the freeway was part of the property?



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Gosh darn! I had no idea. If I had known that I would have been traipsing all over that slope.


The remnants of the Villa Valentino lie just on the other side of that sound barrier/wall on Wedgewood Place.

And guess what folks. There's a DOOR! pretty much right at that spot.


GSV



Anyone have a crowbar?

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Old Posted Mar 18, 2018, 6:29 PM
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The video starts at the corner of Sunset and La Brea, heading north up La Brea past Lanewood Ave, Hawthorne Ave, Hollywood Blvd, and finally, Yucca St.
Scott Charles, thanks so much for the information and finding the three buildings that are still standing. (hard to believe only three have survived)
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UPDATE:

I didn't realize that I was posting PART #2 last night.

Here is part #1 (yes, I'm ass-backward)

"Vehicles traveling north on La Brea in 1965 Part 1" oops! (I didn't see Martin Pal's post)

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Special thanks to Alison Martino who posted these videos on youtube.

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Gosh darn! I had no idea. If I had known that I would have been traipsing all over that slope.

The remnants of the Villa Valentino lie just on the other side of the sound barrier/wall on Wedgewood Place.

And guess what folks. There's a DOOR!


GSV



woo hoo.
As late as the early 2000s, part of the Valentino fence still existed near the freeway wall. We picked pieces of the wood and put them in our wallets and jokingly referred to them as fragments from the "True Cross." The fence is now completely gone.

I attended one of the Valentino commemoratories in the 1960's at the Hollywood Memorial Park when singer Rudy Vallée spoke. He told how people confused him with Valentino and thought he was the actor who, "sang in silent movies."
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Old Posted Mar 18, 2018, 6:45 PM
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Oh man BDiH, I wish I could have been with you on one of your excursions to the Villa Valentino site.

I've always wanted a fragment of the True Cross
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At 0:29, on the left, there's a "lounge" shown that I can't make out the name of, can anyone else? In that video there are three gas stations all in close proximity!
Comparing the sign in the video to the 1964 CD, I found Sullivans Lounge at 1626 N La Brea. The other visible signs on that block are for Gates Piano Co at 1630 N La Brea and Regina Cleaners at 1632.
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Sep 7, 1951, Los Angeles Times @ ProQuest via LAPL
Do you know what I find strange about this photograph FW?

I'm 99% sure that the man brandishing the pick axe is Thomas Lyle Williams.


MAYBELLINE BLOG

Why would he pose destoying his own house? He loved Villa Valentino.



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Is this looking through the windows just above and to the right of the people in the pic below?
I'm pretty sure it is FW.

here's a blow up / detail

DETAIL

What/Who I thought was Emery in my earlier post....is actually a potted bush. lol

I thought it was Emery bending over. (until I enlarged the pic)

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Old Posted Mar 18, 2018, 8:07 PM
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By the way, is there really a restaurant next door to Rudy's old place just called "crabs"?
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Hi, Phil, I noticed that, too, and it amused me. Doesn't seem like there would be a restaurant in that particular location, does it?
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Thanks for the Sullivan's Lounge ID, HossC.
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This is post number 46,003 after 2300 pages and over 22 million views. Absolutely amazing thread guys. I only learned about this thread yesterday when I saw the view count and did a double take. I have since gone through many pages and not even scratched the surface.
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I think you're right, Flyingwedge!



All these years driving past that, and I had no idea!
I just love these animations you have built for the thread Scott. They are so helpful.
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Last night I watched a 1931 movie also called Possessed, also starring Crawford, and which also begins with scenes shot in downtown LA.





[image source: Warner Bros Archive Collection]

Can any of you sleuths tell me whether there actually were ramshackle houses this close to the gas works in 1931, or did MGM put them up just for a couple of shots? All the period photos I've seen near the Gas Works show a distinctly industrial neighborhood.
Well, here is a 1928 aerial showing the gas tanks, with Aliso crossing the LA River at the top and 1st Street crossing
the river at the bottom. It looks like there could be houses just west of the gas tanks. Marked with a red dot on the
east side of the river is the intersection of Kearney and Anderson (today, Anderson is Mission and Kearney doesn't go
that far west):



Flight c-300, Frame k-209 @ UCSB


This February 12, 1933, photo is described as "Kearney Street west of Anderson Street, east side." The homes
and their front yard fences look similar to those in the movie stills:



PC17_v3_E046 at California Historical Society


Here you can see Kearney and Anderson just below and left of center on the 1921 Baist Map:



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I had a strange feeling about that also. He may be trying to pry loose some souvenirs from the house. Not that you or I would ever do that.
Maybe he thought that, if you pushed the "reverse" button on the pick, it would rebuild the place.

Edit add: More seriously, sometimes when something dear to one is to be destroyed, no choice, it makes one feel better to have a hand in it one's self, even in a "ceremonial" way, and so gain a feeling of control; otherwise, one feels victimized and weak.

This episode of Armchair Psychology On the Air brought to you by Acme Rubber Wall Company. Remember our motto: "We put the bounce into Life!"

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I just love these animations you have built for the thread Scott. They are so helpful.
Glad you like 'em, Lomara!

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Old Posted Mar 19, 2018, 3:44 AM
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Welcome to NLA Phil McAvity....glad you found the thread. Enjoy!
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