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Does the Out of Bounds map have any addresses for the ones missing an address below?
Biltmore:
Brass Rail:
Cellar: 521 S. Main
Crown Jewel: 754 S. Olive
Harold's 555 Club: 555 S. Main
Jolie's:
Maxwell's: 214 W 3rd Street (from HossC's post)
Numbers:
326: 326 S. Spring
Waldorf:
Burbank: 548 S. Main

The Biltmore was I am sure referring to the bar in the Biltmore Hotel. There was a Brass Rail at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard. Noircitydame had a good post on it at #19591. There is no mention of it or Jolie's or Numbers in the Out of Bounds list. The Waldorf Cellar/The Waldorf Annex was at 521 S. Main, which is the same address as "The Cellar" listed above.

In the 80s there was a hustler bar called The Numbers at 8029 West Sunset in West Hollywood. At that address there was an "Apple Inn" in the 1973 street directory, and in 1950 it was under the auctioneer's hammer as "The Black Watch." It was a bookie spot in the 30s. Pre-1961 city directories list the Geary Hotel at 334 S. Hill.
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Wow! That is a great find HossC. Do you think that is the same wall too? Looks like it might be a little shorter.
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The same postcard appears in a 2009 LA Times article titled A thorny history with the cactus. It contains this explanation of Watt Moreland's Gasifier engines:

"Nominated by his peers as Mr. Truck of California, Watt Moreland was an early Los Angeles inventor. In 1909, at an auto show held in Hamburger's department store in downtown L.A., he introduced a long-range motor. The following year Moreland opened the Moreland Motor Truck Co. He manufactured six models with a Gasifier engine fueled by distillate, a form of diesel. Distillate got 60 miles to a gallon and was cheaper than oats for a horse."
First of all, it's the other way around, diesel is a form of distillate.

And I'm calling shenanigans on the LA Times. 60 mpg would be possible with a Laurel and Hardy-driven truck going down Mt. Lowe, not under normal conditions. The truck on the PPC runs on #1 distillate/diesel which has less energy (BTUs/gal) than #2 distillate/diesel which is about the same as gasoline.
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The street layout to the west of the rail tracks is still recognizable on this 1948 aerial, even though there have been several changes.


Historic Aerials

Just four years later, and all the housing has gone. The old streets can still be seen, but they just have parking lots between them.


Historic Aerials
Given the proximity to Union Station and all the train noises that go with a large above-ground train station, I wouldn't be surprised if the owners of these houses found them difficult to sell or rent out--or to live in, particularly.
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Fanchon and Marco girls pose by the Cascades at the ill-fated Midwick View Estates development in Monterey Park CA, circa 1930.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/16159/rec/57



and it's still there!


http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/


El Encanto and the Cascades were built in the 1920s to showcase a high-end development called MidWick View Estates.
Unfortunately, the stock market crashed and Midwick View Estate never came to be.


In this view we're looking in the opposite direction towards the club house El Encanto where the grand opening ceremonies are taking place on October 6th 1929.

note the Midwick View Estates sign on the hilltop

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html



El Encanto is still there as well.


http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/




http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/





http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/





http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/




http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/



-interior of El Encanto.

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html



Now lets return to the day that held so much promise, Oct. 6, 1929.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19


starlet?

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19




http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19



another starlet perhaps?

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19



-there's part of that ship tile work that you saw earlier in the color photo. (looks like it might have been a hot day )

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19



comfort station





http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19


-another look at the Cascades.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33302/rec/66


-many more trees in this photo compared with the preceding photo.

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html



once again, looking toward El Encanto...this time in the 1970s or 80s.

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html



a good view of El Encanto.

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html




one last look at the Cascades and the statue Athena.

http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/


-here's how it all looks on google-earth.

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After Midwick View Estates went down the tubes, El Encanto and the area around the Cascade was home to a refugee camp in the early 1930s.
(there are several photos of this on the google)

Oh, and one other neat tidbit, during WWll El Encanto was turned into an USO.


http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html

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Biltmore:
Brass Rail:
Cellar: 521 S. Main
Crown Jewel: 754 S. Olive
Harold's 555 Club: 555 S. Main
Jolie's:
Maxwell's: 214 W 3rd Street (from HossC's post)
Numbers:
326: 326 S. Spring
Waldorf:
Burbank: 548 S. Main

The Biltmore was I am sure referring to the bar in the Biltmore Hotel. There was a Brass Rail at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard. Noircitydame had a good post on it at #19591. There is no mention of it or Jolie's or Numbers in the Out of Bounds list. The Waldorf Cellar/The Waldorf Annex was at 521 S. Main, which is the same address as "The Cellar" listed above.

In the 80s there was a hustler bar called The Numbers at 8029 West Sunset in West Hollywood. At that address there was an "Apple Inn" in the 1973 street directory, and in 1950 it was under the auctioneer's hammer as "The Black Watch." It was a bookie spot in the 30s. Pre-1961 city directories list the Geary Hotel at 334 S. Hill.
La Cita at 336 S. Hill Street was previously called The Brass Rail.
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I found this picture of South Hill Street which shows Brass Rail behind the red truck. It's dated 6/10/66.


Detail of picture in Huntington Digital Library

BDiH mentioned La Cita. Looking at Historic Aerials, the building seems to occupy the same footprint as the one that housed Brass Rail. Is this the first floor of the old building?


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The video link was posted by alanlutz in post #14425. The Amoco Tower appears at just over four minutes in, and Dominguez Junction can be seen at around 9:15. You can find the video here:

Ride The Last Red Car Los Angeles April 1961


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That is an excellent video! I purchased it during my first visit to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in April 1990
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After seeing HenryHuntington's impressive identification of this location, I had a look at Historic Aerials. The 1948 image (below) appears to show a streetcar on the right side of the northern end of the right-of-way at W 3rd Street.


Historic Aerials

I then took the Googlemobile there to see if anything remained. Looking south from W 3rd Street there's no longer any trace of the right-of-way (NB. I went back to a 2011 Streetview image to get a wider view, but it looks the same today).


GSV

Spin the camera around by 180 degrees and it's a different story. The little garage from the original picture is still there. I think the house on the left is also the one from the original picture, but it's now hidden by bushes.


GSV
For years after the streetcars were discontinued, LAMTA/SCRTD/LACMTA used the right of way as a layover zone for various bus routes. More recently (don't know the exact year), it was abandoned in favor of a new terminal near the Wilshire/Western Purple Line station.


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Fanchon and Marco girls pose by the Cascades at the ill-fated Midwick View Estates development in Monterey Park CA, circa 1930.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/16159/rec/57



and it's still there!


http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/


El Encanto and the Cascades were built in the 1920s to showcase a high-end development called MidWick View Estates.
Unfortunately, the stock market crashed and Midwick View Estate never came to be.


In this view we're looking in the opposite direction towards the club house El Encanto where the grand opening ceremonies are taking place on October 6th 1929.

note the Midwick View Estates sign on the hilltop

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html



El Encanto is still there as well.


http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/




http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/





http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/





http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/




http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/



-interior of El Encanto.

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html



Now lets return to the day that held so much promise, Oct. 6, 1929.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19


starlet?

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19




http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19



another starlet perhaps?

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19



-there's part of that ship tile work that you saw earlier in the color photo. (looks like it might have been a hot day )

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19



comfort station





http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33894/rec/19


-another look at the Cascades.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/33302/rec/66


-the trees have grown a bit in this photo.

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html



once again, looking toward El Encanto...this time in the 1970s or 80s.

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html



a good view of El Encanto.

http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html




one last look at the Cascades and the statue Athena.

http://la-explorer.com/visiting-el-e...monterey-park/


-here's how it all looks on google-earth.

__


After Midwick View Estates went down the tubes, El Encanto and the area around the Cascade was home to a refugee camp in the early 1930s.
(there are several photos of this on the google)

Oh, and one other neat tidbit, during WWll El Encanto was turned into an USO.


http://www.markkeppelhighschoolreuni...buildings.html

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Some background on the people in the photos.

Blenda Irene Ostler, born in Utah in 1902 of Danish immigrant parents.

She married Nephi Clifford Ostler, (called Cliff) who was born in Utah in 1903. They were married in Alhambra, CA in 1923. The Article below shows that they were married in El Encanto

They appear in Monterey Park in the 1930 Census, living in a house at 608 W. Harding Avenue, Monterey Park. At that time, he is noted to be a cement contactor, but in later listings he works for the city, in various capacities until he is mentioned as being retired from being the Superintendent of City Buildings

They had two children Donald Ostler and Marie Ostler, (she is shown with her father in the background of one of the pictures)

The Betty Bradbury, who appears in the photos is the future wife of Donald Ostler.

Jimmie Marcus, who appears in Navy Uniform, became the husband of the Ostler's daughter Marie

The Ostler family lived in El Encanto and were responsible for keeping the USO open during the war, according to an article about the installation of officers for the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce. They apparently purchased the property in the 1940s and lived in the main El Encanto building.

" Excerpt from the article appearing online in THE CITIZEN'S VOICE"

Electronically Serving Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, & Rosemead

Posted by Nancy Arcuri on 8/19/14 • Categorized as Articles

Damien Orozco gave a brief history of the early El Encanto. He spoke about the pictures of the building on the cover of the program. He discovered the name of the young lady looking down in one of the pictures was Marie Marcus who lived in El Encanto in the 1940s. He introduced the family members to the audience.

"Susan Byard and her sister, Karen Call with their mother Marie Marcus and Karen’s husband, Gary Call. The family lived with Cliff and Irene Ostler in El Encanto in the 1940s. They purchased the property and kept the USO opened without government funding. Each side house had six beds for servicemen to use. This USO was a peaceful setting and no drinking was allowed.
Susan Byard and Karen Call recalled their childhood memories of living in El Encanto with their parents, Marie and Jimmy Marcus and grandparents, Cliff and Irene Ostler. Their parents were married in El Encanto. The family lived in the main house as well as the two side houses. They remembered that their parents and grandparents all volunteered in the city. Their grandfather and father helped to design the Barnes Park Pool. Their grandmother, Irene was a famous cook in the city. It was a great time for their family in Monterey Park. They love the city. The family thanked the Chamber for inviting them to El Encanto. It is part of our city’s heritage."
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Gee-- Jolies was popular with the older set-most of the late 50s to early 70s it sited on s/w corner of Vermont 2 doors down from Beverly Blvd.. The Waldorf was at 527 S. Main- pix in early Life magazine expose of urban homo scene--Brass Rail was at 334 S.Hill near Angels Flight- mjr teen dance floor scene in early 60s according to a fan who bussed there fresh off the plane from Romania - now its La Cita... At least a dozen others rose and fell pre-Stonewall here..

Biltmore: 506 S. Grand Ave
Brass Rail: 334 S.Hill
Cellar: 521 S. Main
Crown Jewel: 754 S. Olive
Harold's 555 Club: 555 S. Main
Jolie's:
Maxwell's: 214 W 3rd Street (from HossC's post)
Numbers:
326: 326 S. Spring
Waldorf: 527 S. Main
Burbank: 548 S. Main

Hi, thanks all for some new information. In various places The Waldorf and Cellar are mentioned as separate establishments, but there's also places that call it The Waldorf's Cellar or The Cellar at the Waldorf. Info provided also has come up with an address for each 521 & 527 S. Main. No photos have appeared showing either as yet. Numbers must also have been another location downtown, as well as Sunset Blvd., whether they were related or not.

When the bar at the Biltmore is recalled, was there only one bar and did it have a name? Currently it's listed as the Gallery Bar and the Cognac Room.

Rick M in the quote above has Jolie's at Vermont near Beverly. This article I discovered this morning has it at a different location:

Maxwell’s, the Waldorf, the Brass Rail, the Biltmore, the Numbers, the Crown Jewel and other bars were popular downtown for decades, as was Jolie’s on Western at First. Bunker Hill downtown was a gay neighborhood for decades, from at least the time when Stockton’s sailors started building a fortification there in 1848 until most of the crumbling old houses on the hill were raised in the mid-’60s.

It also says this, which surprised me:

Barney’s Beanery, once a gay bar, put up the “Fagots Stay Out” sign in the ’30s to ward off police pressure, but management and clientele later took the sign literally.

http://tangentgroup.org/mediawiki/in..._LA_Early_Days
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Biltmore: 506 S. Grand Ave
Brass Rail: 334 S.Hill
Cellar: 521 S. Main
Crown Jewel: 754 S. Olive
Harold's 555 Club: 555 S. Main
Jolie's:
Maxwell's: 214 W 3rd Street (from HossC's post)
Numbers:
326: 326 S. Spring
Waldorf: 527 S. Main
Burbank: 548 S. Main

Hi, thanks all for some new information. In various places The Waldorf and Cellar are mentioned as separate establishments, but there's also places that call it The Waldorf's Cellar or The Cellar at the Waldorf. Info provided also has come up with an address for each 521 & 527 S. Main. No photos have appeared showing either as yet. Numbers must also have been another location downtown, as well as Sunset Blvd., whether they were related or not.

When the bar at the Biltmore is recalled, was there only one bar and did it have a name? Currently it's listed as the Gallery Bar and the Cognac Room.

Rick M in the quote above has Jolie's at Vermont near Beverly. This article I discovered this morning has it at a different location:

Maxwell’s, the Waldorf, the Brass Rail, the Biltmore, the Numbers, the Crown Jewel and other bars were popular downtown for decades, as was Jolie’s on Western at First. Bunker Hill downtown was a gay neighborhood for decades, from at least the time when Stockton’s sailors started building a fortification there in 1848 until most of the crumbling old houses on the hill were raised in the mid-’60s.

It also says this, which surprised me:

Barney’s Beanery, once a gay bar, put up the “Fagots Stay Out” sign in the ’30s to ward off police pressure, but management and clientele later took the sign literally.

http://tangentgroup.org/mediawiki/in..._LA_Early_Days
Got into One Archives to put in some hours -- looking up Joly's (the actual spelling) I find it had been sited at 117 S. WESTERN - just below First St-- I stand corrected--- The red tag for Harold's shows it not on Main but the alley in middle of block- I entered it once through their front door on Main st. waay back in late70s looking for any fliers for the super early gay archives...It was doors away from 6th St corner...
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Got into One Archives to put in some hours -- looking up Joly's (the actual spelling) I find it had been sited at 117 S. WESTERN - just below First St-- I stand corrected--- The red tag for Harold's shows it not on Main but the alley in middle of block- I entered it once through their front door on Main st. waay back in late70s looking for any fliers for the super early gay archives...It was doors away from 6th St corner...
Thanks for the update, rick_m. I don't know why Google Maps put Harold's on an alley.

Speaking of questionable night spots, we have:


my files

which today looks not that different:


GSV

"Lysol Hill" was a new one to me, although I now see that it's mentioned in Hurewitz's book as "Crown Hill" just west of downtown "in the Wilshire district."
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Thanks for the update, rick_m. I don't know why Google Maps put Harold's on an alley.

Speaking of questionable night spots, we have:



"Lysol Hill" was a new one to me, although I now see that it's mentioned in Hurewitz's book as "Crown Hill" just west of downtown "in the Wilshire district."
What would I say if my mother asks me where I was last night?

I don't think she would like me to say....."...Oh, we were over on Lysol Hill."

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I had a quick look through the USC library for pictures of Joly's, but the images I've found so far are either from the wrong time period or the wrong part of Western Avenue. The picture below fits into the latter category. It shows a traffic accident at 36th Place and Western Avenue in February 1952. The caption names the traffic officer as J. I. Massey, and says that the lady in the car is 25-year-old Alyce L. Hanson, who was one of the drivers involved. There are two pictures in the set, but they both have virtually the same view. I was hoping to see the other car. I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that the car is a 1950 Chevy convertible.


USC Digital Library

When I first arrived at this intersection in the Googlemobile, I wasn't hopeful that any of these buildings would still be there. Three of the corners are occupied by an equipment rental yard, an auto repair shop and a parking lot, but the fourth has stayed relatively unchanged for the last 60 years (the most recent GSV image is from October 2012).


GSV

The Western Public Market, a block away at 3601 S Western Avenue, was discussed in post #18895, post #18902 and post #18969
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Got into One Archives to put in some hours -- looking up Joly's (the actual spelling) I find it had been sited at 117 S. WESTERN - just below First St-- I stand corrected--- The red tag for Harold's shows it not on Main but the alley in middle of block- I entered it once through their front door on Main st. waay back in late70s looking for any fliers for the super early gay archives...It was doors away from 6th St corner...
I think Jolie's may have still been in business when I lived nearby in the early 1980s. I lived on S. Ardmore and 2nd. There was at that time a gay bar near 1st and Western that catered to an older crowd and supposedly had been open for many years This link may have been posted before. I found it pretty interesting.

http://tangentgroup.org/mediawiki/in..._LA_Early_Days

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I had a quick look through the USC library for pictures of Joly's, but the images I've found so far are either from the wrong time period or the wrong part of Western Avenue. The picture below fits into the latter category. It shows a traffic accident at 36th Place and Western Avenue in February 1952. The caption names the traffic officer as J. I. Massey, and says that the lady in the car is 25-year-old Alyce L. Hanson, who was one of the drivers involved. There are two pictures in the set, but they both have virtually the same view. I was hoping to see the other car. I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that the car is a 1950 Chevy convertible.


USC Digital Library
Baby face cop. Is he old enough to order a beer?


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I've been walking past this place on Valley for a while now. I've been guessing it was a tea cup or a coffee cup. But it turns out to be a chili bowl. And there were several them...


waterandpower.org


waterandpower.org


weirdca.com


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12281 W Pico Blvd
12281WPicoBlvd by Westcork, on Flickr
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501 W Valley Blvd
501WValleyBlvd by Westcork, on Flickr
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This structure's shape and size give away its former life as a Chili Bowl restaurant; it has since been demolished.
1961 - Theater Ninety, located at 972 Vine Street at Willoughby Avenue (lower left)
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Pontiac Dealers - mostly post '40s



A.E. England Pontiac - Date unknown 6161 Hollywood Blvd (Parts or Paris?)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_...5866/lightbox/

Bldg still there:
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1947
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00104/00104369.jpg




1948 - A.E. England Pontiac
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-unknown parade, downtown Los Angeles 1915.

Are those 'hoists' on top of the Bullocks bldg?

ebay

The marchers appear to be women (Salvation Army?). There's also a white Shriner's flag visible above the parade route.



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