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anatomy of anguish

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/79622/rec/1



Woman with a shotgun, 1956


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/79622/rec/1



the shotgun




Officer looks in on Lilly Garbos, age 35 -"on way to psycho ward at General Hospital."


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/79622/rec/1



mess in room of Lilly Garbos.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/79622/rec/1


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Old Posted May 26, 2014, 11:14 PM
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Watch the movie here (VMRR first appears around the 4:00 minute mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uArLF-B8pgE

At the very end of the movie, a little girl jumps into Aldebaran Canal; I'm not sure if this is the same bridge, but the area looks similar.
It looks like this bridge has a sea serpent on it as well:

USCDL -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co.../73418/rec/245
Excellent post on the Venice Miniature Rail Road, Flyingwedge.

The sea serpent can also be seen at the bridge where they find the boy with toothache (about 8:51 onwards in the video).


YouTube

It was also filmed at the bridge over the Aldebaran Canal.


YouTube

It's now the intersection of Riviera Avenue and Market Street. The house in the background is still there.


GSV

Here's an enlargement of Flyingwedge's USC picture which shows the sea serpent in more detail.


USC Digital Library

The picture above shows the north side of the bridge. Although they're now partially obscured by trees, both of these houses are also still there (albeit with some changes to the windows).


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Old Posted May 26, 2014, 11:39 PM
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That sea serpent is totally cool. I've never noticed it before.
It made me think of Gaudi's lizard at Park Guell.
http://eclairewallace.files.wordpres...3/img_1338.jpg




this school still stands!

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Here's GaylordWilshire's post on the Cumnock School of Expression way back on page 156.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=3112
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While searching for some photographs of the miniature train at Griffith Park, I came across these photos of Travel Town in the 1950s.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/M339-RP-1950...16.m2518.l4276




http://www.ebay.com/itm/M341-RP-1950...16.m2518.l4276



They also had an old San Francisco cable car.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/M338-RP-1950...16.m2518.l4276

Looks like there's a dilapidated double decker bus in the distance at right.
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Old Posted May 27, 2014, 12:17 AM
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Choo Choo in miniature....

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Very interesting post....FW.

This is the Eastlake Park Scenic Railroad that ran all over the park and over the lake. Built and operated by master machinist John Coit and probably was a similar attraction like the small trains in Travel Town and in Griffith Park today. The miniature train did not last long at the park. When Abbot Kinney was in need of a light railway system for his Venice Pier resort area in Southern California, he contracted Coit to do the work. The popularity of the railway at Venice and the state of the not-so-popular Eastlake Park Scenic Railway [Lincoln Park] prompted John Coit to move the train to Venice around 1905.


Here is the little train before it was transferred to Venice. The maker, Mr. Coit is wearing his usual bowler hat.




Lincoln Heights WP
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Old Posted May 27, 2014, 3:31 AM
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Unfortunately, even with a magnifying glass on the original, I can't make out more than Los Angeles. I don't know if that was the Times or the Herald. Maybe someone more familiar with the old mastheads can tell us.

Greg H - Looks like it may be the Los Angeles Examiner


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Yes, that is Central Station and that is a Motor Cop of the "speed Squad in about 1913. He is in full uniform of the day by the way. I am unable to scan the photographs found in an Arcadia Publishing book titled Los Angeles Police Department by Hays and Sjoquist. A photo of the "Speed Squad" is on page 33 and a photo of the alcove of Central Station is on page 36.
I've noticed that the puttees-and-boots ensemble seems to have been standard, in the early days of automobiles, for anyone whose job involved a great deal of driving.

I bet he kept his spare motoring gloves in the glove compartment, too!
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It's astonishing how much more "urban" the downtown core seems to have been a century ago.

It didn't have all the patches of missing buildings cleared for parking lots, so the overall effect is one of much greater density
with a lot of storefront retail going on in all the commercial stretches.

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I came across this postcard dated 1913 on ebay last night.





I had forgotten (if I had ever known) that the Alhambra Hotel had an annex.
I was wondering where it was located, then I found this old post (below).

I believe you can see the annex in this photograph posted by rcarlton
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7193

ecarlton says the hotel was moved across the street. Was it, or was it just moved laterally?
So the hotel was on the same side of the street as the annex at one point? I'm confused.


I don't see the annex anywhere in this pic. (we've seen this pic on NLA before)


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/2122/rec/2
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Silent Locations


It wasn't moved across the street, but rather 122 feet north. The picture above, with amendments, comes from John Bengston's great work at Silent Locations. Full post here: http://silentlocations.wordpress.com...lent-comedies/


Possibly the source of confusion--card below is from a post by Beaudry in 2012:
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Old Posted May 27, 2014, 3:42 PM
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Not far away from the Alhambras was Sharp and Sons--

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As GW says, the Hotel Alhambra and the Annex were across the street from each other. Here's where they were in 1921, before the main building was moved.


www.historicmapworks.com

There's no sign of the annex building on the 1910 Baist map, but in 1914 it's shown as the O'Donnell Hotel and Apartments.


www.historicmapworks.com


Don't forget ProphetM's post about the Alhambra's basement becoming the first floor when they regraded that section of Broadway (including the tunnel) in 1916:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=13060
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LAT July 8, 1906

What must have been one of the earliest houses in Brentwood... Assuming it did get built, does anyone have any idea where it might have been, or where it might still be?
Here is a rather lengthy bio of Mr Parkyns: (sorry to those of you who don't like long things)

George Arthur Parkyns was born in Wales in 1859. He came to the US in 1875The 1910 Census has him and his wife Jennie living on San Vicente Blvd. in what is called in that census "West Gate Acres", on the street name side of the page and "West Gate Village" at the top of the sheet. The article attached to the picture above notes that it is near the Soldier's Home. The census notes this to be Malibu at that time. There is no street number given in the census.

Parkyns and his wife were married in Chicago in 1884. A Chicago directory lists him in 1885 as being a clerk for the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.

They lived in the San Francisco area before coming to Los Angeles. He appears in 1897-1898 in Oakland and in San Francisco in 1901. In 1903 he is listed in a Los Angeles Directory as being an assistant General Freight and Passenger Agent for Southern Pacific with offices located at 261 S. Spring. His home at that time was noted to be at 620 Temple. (the 1902 directory has 920 Temple as his home address) (no houses of that vintage at either address at the present time) Interestingly, a 1902 San Francisco directory lists him but says that he "moved to Los Angeles"

There is a listing for Mr Parkyns in 1907 which notes him to be the Vice President of the Merchants Trust Company. While his residence is noted at that time to be in Brentwood, but once again, the street number is not given.

There is a picture of Mr Parkyns in the Los Angeles Herald, Volume 32, Number 204, 23 April 1905, where he is commenting in the article that there were a lot of people coming to California and that he did not think that it was needed to have a campaign to get the World's Fair in Los Angeles in order to bring more people here. This can be read in the California Digital Newspaper Collection online.

Mr Parkyns died in Los Angeles in 1918 at the age of 64. He and his wife are buried in the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael, CA.
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Very interesting post....FW.

This is the Eastlake Park Scenic Railroad that ran all over the park and over the lake. Built and operated by master machinist John Coit and probably was a similar attraction like the small trains in Travel Town and in Griffith Park today. The miniature train did not last long at the park. When Abbot Kinney was in need of a light railway system for his Venice Pier resort area in Southern California, he contracted Coit to do the work. The popularity of the railway at Venice and the state of the not-so-popular Eastlake Park Scenic Railway [Lincoln Park] prompted John Coit to move the train to Venice around 1905.




Here is the little train before it was transferred to Venice. The maker, Mr. Coit is wearing his usual bowler hat.




Lincoln Heights WP


All Aboard! Passengers take your seats!




LAPL dates this image of a ~3 foot tall Venice mini-train to 1935. Is the nearby telegraph/telephone pole also a scaled down version of the real thing? Or perhaps it is glorified hitching post?

Looks like the throttle is wide open!

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics18/00008994.jpg


http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics19/00009087.jpg

Could this have been a glorified movie prop? Hard to tell what, if anything, is mounted on the parallel track in background.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics19/00009038.jpg


Evidently, mini-trains were not exclusive to Lincoln Park or Venice. Source notes suggest this example was somehow affiliated with Pomona, circa 1914.


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...HJKIYAXUQL.jpg

Mini train a la Griffith Park

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics01/00010259.jpg

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00103/00103779.jpg
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This morning I became slightly obsessed with pinpointing the location of George Parkyns's house...the illustration below, with no more accompanying information, was in the Times of August 16, 1907. Baist atlases of 1910 and '14 don't of course include the June 14, 1916, Westgate annexation, but the '21 edition does. At right is a section of the map with my red circle around what might be the house's one-time location..."across the Los Angeles–Pacific from Brentwood Terrace"....






Today, the house doesn't appear to be there. Or could it be, sort of, maybe?




It's probably just wishful thinking, and I'm really only hoping that the little dormers might be the same ones...oh, probably not...but could the Parkyns house have migrated a little north? Could it have been incorporated into the house now addressed 12916 Evanston Street, even if the assessor says it was built in 1982?


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1909 map showing route of the Venice Miniature Rail Road. Starting at the VMRR station at Lake Avenue and El Camino Real (lower right corner of map; now Venice
and Abbot Kinney), the train traveled west past Venice Park (site of Villa City) then looped around at the end of Windward Avenue and went back east along the
same route then turned north on Riviera, to Rialto, then turned right onto El Camino Real and back down to the VMRR station:

http://bjwrr.org/wp-content/uploads/...re-Railway.pdf

The same area today:

Bing


More on VMRR:
http://www.lawesterners.org/wp-conte...-FALL-1999.pdf
http://bjwrr.org/wp-content/uploads/...re-Railway.pdf
http://www.westland.net/venicehistor...venice-map.htm
http://www.westland.net/venicehistory/articles/rail.htm (previously noted)


Nice Continuing Choo-Choo coverage! Interesting image of train crossing a Venice Canal here: http://www.lawesterners.org/wp-conte...-FALL-1999.pdf



More on East Lake Park Senic Railway.


http://www.lincolnheightsla.com/linc...ortraitWEB.jpg

http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/odscene2.jpg

http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/odscene4.jpg

http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/odscene1.jpg
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Looking at the North Spring St. side of the Sentous Block, with The Sepulveda behind and to the left on North Main St., July 15, 1957:

Huntington Digital Library -- http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/6197/rec/12



. . . . . . . . .. . . . . .


As we've already seen here, the Sentous Block, Hotel Atlantic and Hotel Pacific are gone, but The Sepulveda is still standing:

GSV August 2012


Surely this has been posted before (but I can't seem to locate original post).

1950
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...FGCP61HF4X.jpg
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Nice Continuing Choo-Choo coverage! Interesting image of train crossing a Venice Canal here: http://www.lawesterners.org/wp-conte...-FALL-1999.pdf
Here's the picture mentioned by Chuckaluck:



While reading through the PDF file about the VMRR, I noticed that "Three locomotives were ordered from the Johnson Foundry & Machine Works at 1119 North Main."
My search for pictures of North Main led me a few blocks further east. This is the Los Angeles Brewing Company in 1949.
(Lots of scrolling ---> )


USC Digital Library

I think the only building that's still standing is 1910 North Main, which e_r found about a year ago. It looks like it just needs a little TLC.

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I also came across this empty art deco building at 1910 N. Main Street. I would have bet money that this was a defunct WPA era post office.


gsv

Well, it turns out this was part of the Los Angeles Brewery as well.

You can see e_r's full post about this and other brewery buildings here.
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ER - Looks as though the move may still be in progress. Also, interesting signs on the building.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/2122/rec/2


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/2122/rec/2
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