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Old Posted Mar 6, 2016, 12:17 AM
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'mystery' location*

I found this interesting photograph of a french restaurant in an old file of mine.


bruce's computer

It looks like the sign say Marcel F. 'something'........................................................................................................................


R epublic F rancaise?




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AmeriCar the Beautiful

Saw this online-- no info on location or the film it came from....
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1886 LA County Jail and 1891 LA County Courthouse

I don't believe we've seen this undated view of the New High Street side of these two buildings before:

UCLA -- http://lit250v.library.ucla.edu/isla.../laviews%3A250

We must have seen that old jail in a number of posts, but this is the only one I could put my finger on at the moment:
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AmeriCar the Beautiful

Saw this online-- no info on location or the film it came from....
No info in the location but I think the film where they wreck a Ford coupe is False Alarms (1936).

same car before the wreck?

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Mystery House?

This c. 1928 photo (which I've lightened a bit) shows a home on a corner on Bunker Hill. Does the house look familiar to anyone?

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No info in the location but I think the film where they wreck a Ford coupe is False Alarms (1936).

same car before the wreck?

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Larchmont Blvd. was a favorite filming location for the Stooges, as it was convenient to Paramount's studios. The line poles in the center of the street and the upscale residences in the background were characteristic of Larchmont during that era.

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Good find Hoss. It's good to see that they're still using the building.
The present color scheme looks the best by far.









It's great to see what the building looked like unihikid.

Where did the little statue end up?


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Every council office to my knowledge has one, this one got restored and is inside the new building on the way to the break room...he's very much forgotten but is still standing.
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Old Posted Mar 6, 2016, 1:01 PM
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I also like before and after pictures, jumbo0, and you've picked a good selection. The only one I'd question is the first one:



If we're on the west bank of the Los Angeles River, the "after" picture should be something like this.
NB. This is actually from a couple of years ago, because the latest images have barriers down the right (south) side of the viaduct.


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Seems you're right, indeed! Thanks a lot for the correction!
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A second part of before/after pictures from http://lacityhistory.pastperfect-online.com


Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct, Waverly Drive overhead crossing looking east of the west approach, between Glendale Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue. The Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct and bridge is 56 ft-wide, 1,340 feet long and features a series of thirteen concrete arches. Designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976, the bridge was designed by Merrill Butler who was the city’s chief bridge engineer during the 1920s and was responsible for construction of most of the city’s historic bridges still standing. May 24, 1927.



Century and Rindge District, mixing concrete to be hauled to streets with rather heavy grades, along Rindge from Beaumont Street. September 28, 1928.



West Boulevard and Sherman Drive Bridge, looking east over Venice Boulevard. Bridge name later changed to West Boulevard Bridge. October 1, 1928.



Glendale-Hyperion viaduct, placing first of black base on roadway. Glendale-Hyperion viaduct, washout of old trestle bridge. The new Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct and bridge completed in 1928 is 56 ft-wide, 1,340 feet long and features a series of thirteen concrete arches. Designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976, the bridge was designed by Merrill Butler who was the city’s chief bridge engineer during the 1920s and was responsible for construction of most of the city’s historic bridges still standing. October 22, 1928.



San Fernando Road looking south across the intersection with Fletcher Drive. Southern California Gas line in foreground. November 9, 1928.



Girl waiting for bus on Beverly Boulevard, interesection at Van Ness, showing absence of sidewalk. Stop sign, automobiles, shade umbrella, boxes. July 17, 1931.



North Broadway, looking north from First Street. January 25, 1938.
It changed so drastically that it almost doesn't seem the same place?



Adams Boulevard, 200 feet west of Figueroa Street, looking west before removal of center parkway. January 27, 1938.




Marchessault Street from Alameda Street looking west, showing old Chinatown before construction of Union Station. Approximately 3,000 residents were evicted in 1937 and in 1938 streets were completely razed to allow construction of railroad tracks for the new passenger terminal. December 11, 1933.



Alameda Street from 100 feet north of Apablasa Street, looking southwest, showing Chinatown before construction of Union Passenger Terminal Station. City engineers took these historic photos before approximately 3,000 residents were evicted in 1937. Twenty-five blocks were razed in 1938 to allow construction of railroad tracks for the new passenger terminal. December 11, 1933.



Santa Barbara Avenue (renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in 1983), looking west from Vermont Avenue, after street improvement. July 15, 1940.
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Old Posted Mar 6, 2016, 2:13 PM
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Marchessault Street from Alameda Street looking west, showing old Chinatown before construction of Union Station. Approximately 3,000 residents were evicted in 1937 and in 1938 streets were completely razed to allow construction of railroad tracks for the new passenger terminal. December 11, 1933.
Sorry to correct you again, jumbo0, but if we're looking west on Marchessault Street in the vintage shot, we're looking up the hill towards the Plaza, so the now shot should be facing away from Union Station.


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Old Posted Mar 6, 2016, 2:21 PM
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AmeriCar the Beautiful

Saw this online-- no info on location or the film it came from....
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No info in the location but I think the film where they wreck a Ford coupe is False Alarms (1936).
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Larchmont Blvd. was a favorite filming location for the Stooges, as it was convenient to Paramount's studios. The line poles in the center of the street and the upscale residences in the background were characteristic of Larchmont during that era.
The car in 'False Alarms' is never seen with a license plate, but the damage does look consistent. Nevertheless, it's a fun short, and has a few outside locations.

Opposite the fire house where the Three Stooges are working, Curly unrolls the hoses, but they get chopped up by passing streetcars.





You can see a then and now comparison of this location at N Larchmont and Melrose in the video below.

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The fire house itself was Engine Co No 61 at 5821 W 3rd Street.





It was demolished in 1984. There's a set of black & white photos courtesy of the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society on Flickr, while the image below is from a page at lafire.com.


www.lafire.com

Curly manages to catch a cake that he knocked out of a window at the Ashley Apartments. I found the Ashley Apartments in the CDs at 849 S Kenmore Ave, but by 1936, it had been the Ashby Arms for a few years, so I'm guessing that this was a set.



Going by HenryHuntington's description, this must be N Larchmont Boulevard.



Carl Folsom's gas station was at 600 N Larchmont Boulevard, very close to where the fire hose scenes were filmed.



Although I found Remington-Rand Inc at 1656 Cherokee Avenue, Max Factor was at 1668 N Highland Avenue in 1936. Coupled with the curve in the street, which wasn't there when the car crashed, it makes me think that this was also a set. Compare the damage, especially the windshield, with the image posted by GW.



I don't know which street this is. It's a static camera angle that the fire truck drives through.



The final shot shows the Three Stooges drive off with the smoking car in the back of a Bekins truck. By the position of the E Clem Wilson Building, this must be looking south on LA Brea.


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De Luxe Transfer Co. 910 So. Figueroa

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Does anyone recognize the building in the distance? Could the rooftop sign say' Mildred'?

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It could be the Mildred Apartments, which were at 1019 W 11th Street, just a couple of blocks from 910 S Figueroa. Looking at Historic Aerials, I think the Mildred Apartments survived the construction of the Harbor Freeway, but were gone by 1972. I haven't been able to find a picture yet, but here's an advert from the December 2, 1913 edition of the Los Angeles Herald. As the comedian Steven Wright once said, "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."


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The car in 'False Alarms' is never seen with a license plate, but the damage does look consistent. Nevertheless, it's a fun short, and has a few outside locations.


The final shot shows the Three Stooges drive off with the smoking car in theback of a Bekins truck. By the position of the E Clem Wilson Building, this must be looking south on LA Brea.

you guys are so good!
They must have taken the plate off for filming but left it in the still shot.

On the left in that last image, La Brea-Wilshire Health Center was at 348 S. La Brea in 1936
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The building with the arrow could be Mirassou's French restaurant, who moved to 362 S. La Brea in 1936
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The car in 'False Alarms' is never seen with a license plate, but the damage does look consistent. Nevertheless, it's a fun short, and has a few outside locations.


I don't know which street this is. It's a static camera angle that the fire truck drives through.




The building behind the "76" sign is at the NW corner of La Brea and Third Street and has been mentioned on NLA a few times. http://www.skyscraperpage.com/forum/...ostcount=31561


http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5143/5...85820993_z.jpg




GW posted news of a December-1932 burglary by the "Monkey Bandit" that included removal of 5-gallons of a controlled substance - wait for it - alcohol. http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...ostcount=10721 At one time, the NE side of La Brea (immediate right in image below) was Paul J. Howard's Flowerland Nursery, then a car dealership and eventually a Ralphs market.



In exploring this intersection several things come to mind. Third Street seems deceptively wider than La Brea. Maybe this is due to the Streetcar as the center of attraction, or the absence of lane markings. The False Alarms ending shots of "2-lane" La Brea are odd because the street traffic is clearly moved over to accommodate the production. La Brea also looks like it has fresh macadam and/or center lane divider paint. Some of the street numbers seem to have changed over the years too. (Above and behind the N La Brea False Alarm shot is a sign for a Cafe. A few short blocks north at Beverly would have been the McDonnell's drive in.

"Majestic"
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McDonnell's http://catalog.library.ca.gov/F/SELP...ence=006500831






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On the left in that last image, La Brea-Wilshire Health Center was at 348 S. La Brea in 1936
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"348 S. La Brea" later went from a place to reduce to a place to consume foie gras when it was Robaire's Restaurant
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AmeriCar the Beautiful

An interesting northerly view up San Pedro Street from East 7th--apparently early '50s. It looks like the old Central Chevrolet building is still behind another structure that looks like it might have gone up on the parking lot not long after this shot was taken.

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The title of this Julius Shulman photoset gave me another earworm! When I read "City at Night", it made me think of the lyric "City of Night", which is at least from a Los Angeles related song - L.A. Woman by the Doors. The video has some scenes from LA, but that's not Jim Morrison's gorgeous Shelby Mustang.

Back to pictures. This collection shows four apparently unrelated locations, although the description suggests that they're connected by AC Martin Partners. It's "Job 2203: City at Night (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1956". The light trails from the cars in some of these shots are wonderful. The first image shows the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
NB. I've increased the contrast of all the images to make them more "noirish".



The next two pictures were taken from the hill overlooking North Broadway and the Cornfield railyard.



This shot is from a slightly different angle when the sky was a little darker. Just to the left of the foreground tree is the tower of the Richfield Building. To the right of the tree, the illuminated street must be part of the Arroyo Seco Parkway.



Now we have a couple of pictures of Union Station. I'm guessing that they were taken from the Terminal Annex Building.



This one shows the bus loop.



The location of the last shot is a mystery. Does anyone recognize it?



All from Getty Research Institute
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Marchessault Street from Alameda Street looking west, showing old Chinatown before construction of Union Station. Approximately 3,000 residents were evicted in 1937 and in 1938 streets were completely razed to allow construction of railroad tracks for the new passenger terminal. December 11, 1933.
I guess the vintage shot is Ferguson Alley not Marchessault which was broader. And to pinpoint it exactly today, the alley was a little further south, approximately where the entrance to the 101 Highway is.
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HossC, that Rose Bowl shot is fabulous! If that shot was from the July 4 fireworks show in 1956, then I, my brother and our neighborhood pals (aged approx. 9-14) were up on the Chamberlain Street firebreak above the Linda Vista neighborhood in Pasadena watching the show. I witnessed that actual skyburst. It was a yearly ritual for us.
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We've had a few scant photos of the Russian restaurant "Bublichki" at 8846 Sunset Blvd.
A previous photo was dated 1945 and a postcard that HossC posted had a date of 1958.
I don't think we've established how long Bublichki's was there, but here's a 1964 photo
that we haven't seen before.

Vintage L.A.

Sign says:

Sasha Lukas
"something" Ensemble
Cocktails
Gypsy Music

Another sign on the restaurant says "Carousel" and underneath "Record"...?
Turner's is across the street (Larrabee) and the Melody Room next door to it
featuring The Freddie Estrada Trio. A billboard advertises, "Visit West Palm Springs
Village." Never heard of that. I'll leave it to the car experts to decipher at least
four of the five automobiles pictured in the photo. The second one from the left
looks like it has some kind of horn on the front hood in an odd place. I do believe
the car on the right with the two guys in it is a Pontiac.

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