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Old Posted Feb 14, 2015, 2:55 PM
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Headed South into History........

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I hope I'm not throwing too much at you, but here's yet another slide I came across tonight on ebay.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item4ae4dae7b4

"Compton Station 1957". visible at far right---->
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A very sad scene, BB. The faded paint on the Red Car....the beginning of the end.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2015, 3:53 PM
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Slide dated 1955.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item541a0820d5

sellers description -"1955. Los Angeles area, near Amoco Tower." (from this elevated vantage point, maybe it was taken from the Amoco Tower)

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-what are those silver tanks on the left?
I can't find out what they were, but I can show you where they were. The aerial view below is from 1964, but the dome and the two large cylinders next to it are visible from 1952 to 1994 (the dome seems to appear between 1948 and 1952). According to loopnet.com, the current building at 2088 S Compton Avenue (the rough location of the tanks) was completed in 2003. Addresses in this block are mysteriously absent from the City Directories. The 1956 CD has the following listing for the north-east corner, but that's about it.

2015 Long Beach Av Shell Oil Co garage. MA 5-2760
2015 Long Bch Av Shell Oil Co sales orders & deliveries Garage. MA 5-1403

It's not clear if Shell owned the whole site or just the top edge. The current business at that address is DeWitt Petroleum, a fleet fuels business whose site stretches along E 20th Street from S Compton Avenue to Long Beach Avenue.


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-Very interesting HossC. thx for your research.

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"Los Angeles City Hall 1950s." -

of course my eye gravitated over to that old, old building on the right.


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At first I thought it was the old jail, but then I noticed the peaked 'turret' on the left side corner of the building. Are we actually looking at two buildings here?

(could it be the old U.S. Hotel?)
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2015, 4:36 PM
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Happy Valentines Day everyone!



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Old Posted Feb 14, 2015, 4:50 PM
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Miss Gussie Hasson's

Union Pacific Employees Athletic Club of Los Angeles card, 1930.


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-Do any of you rail-fans know where this athletic club might have been located? -was it on company property?
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"Los Angeles City Hall 1950s." -

of course my eye gravitated over to that old, old building on the right.


ebay

At first I thought it was the old jail, but then I noticed the peaked 'turret' on the left side corner of the building. Are we actually looking at two buildings here?

(could it be the old U.S. Hotel?)
That's the Amestoy Block, seen here in 1955. I'm sure we must has seen this image before on NLA, but a quick search only turned up a similar black and white shot from the LA Times (there were many other images and posts about the Amestoy Hotel/Block). It was finally demolished in 1958.


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Old Posted Feb 14, 2015, 5:18 PM
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I thought the turret in the 1950s slide looked more square-ish, like the one on the U.S. Hotel. (but it's just the angle I guess)



below: Amestoy left, U.S. Hotel right.


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the Amestoy survived much longer than the U.S. Hotel, so I should have known. (I was close though )
thx again Hoss.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2015, 5:27 PM
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This is an amazing view taken from one of the upper floors of the Pacific Electric Station.

"The elevated tracks leaving the Pacific Electric Station at 6th & Main."


http://www.ebay.com/itm/View-Los-Ang...item541a082c4d

In the distance on the left, is the Towel Supply building we discussed last week (gray building next to the El Rey Hotel). pretty cool huh-
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just for fun. XTL size

http://www.ebay.com/itm/View-Los-Ang...item541a082c4d

There are several buildings, mostly in the distance, that I don't recognize. -like the white building 'above' the El Rey Hotel that looks like it has a flat roofed clock tower.

...and I just noticed the large rooftop HOTEL sign to the right of the smokestacks. -is that on the El Rey roof or a building behind it?

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The photographer would have been in one of these windows.


Tom Gildersleeves photograph / Jim Finn collection at http://www.pacificelectric.org/wp-co.../FINN00176.jpg

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Old Posted Feb 14, 2015, 5:28 PM
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The pix on 12th st were at the LARy -LATL-LAMTA storage yard which occupied much of the block on the west side of 12th. behind the photographers. Herald Express had a giant sign across the building which faced the yard- I always assumed that was the place where the newspapers got printed

In this second view, there is a brief glimpse of a Herald Express sign on the building to the right of the Hotel Houston.


old file / unknown film

So there are Herald Express signs on both sides of the Hotel Houston. Why I wonder?...were their offices nearby?
(or is that their offices in the smallish building to the left of the hotel)-as shown in the original black-&-white photo.

-not that big of a deal...but interesting none-the-less.
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It's not accurate. South Bay never looked like this. We're south of Long Beach here on the P.E. Southern line.

There's a map here
Redondo Beach was reached by two electric lines and the Santa Fe Railroad-
Los Angeles and Redondo had the more direct route, proceeding inland. Los Angeles Pacific skirted the surf north to Del Rey [like the pic], thence eastward via Culver to 5th and Hill sts. Can't tell you about the oil wells, except at sometime there were wells in Venice, just north of Del Rey. LA&R was split between the PE and LARy , PE built a shortcut to Watts and that portion to Redondo was standard gaged. The part north of that remained narrow LARy until service ended ca 1955. ex LAP service to Redondo ended 1940
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I found that (the? a?) Googie's was in front of (?) Schwab's Pharmacy.

from blogs.getty.edu. (http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/files/20...ner_googie.jpg)

Wikipedia says that Schwab's Pharmacy was located at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Both the Googie's facade and the rest of the corner appear to be different in this pic from the previously posted pic, so perhaps there was more than one?
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This is an amazing view taken from one of the upper floors of the Pacific Electric Station.

"The elevated tracks leaving the Pacific Electric Station at 6th & Main."

In the distance on the left, is the Towel Supply building we discussed last week (gray building next to the El Rey Hotel). pretty cool huh-


http://www.ebay.com/itm/View-Los-Ang...item541a082c4d

There are several buildings, mostly in the distance, that I don't recognize. -like the white building 'above' the El Rey Hotel that looks like it has a flat roofed clock tower.

...and I just noticed the large rooftop HOTEL sign to the right of the smokestacks. -is that on the El Rey roof or a building behind it?
What a fantastic picture. I think the "HOTEL" sign belonged to the El Rey. Here's a postcard I originally posted in part 3 of my Citizens Trust and Savings Bank round-up.


Elizabeth Fuller on flickr

The old Metropolitan Warehouse building at 1340 E 6th Street seems to fit the bill for the white building with the tower. I tried to find an old photo to see if it once had a clock in the tower, but so far I haven't found one.


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Amestoy

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I thought the turret in the 1950s slide looked more square-ish, like the one on the U.S. Hotel. (but it's just the angle I guess)
below: Amestoy left, U.S. Hotel right.

water&power
If I remember well, the Amestoy was the first building to have an elevator. This seems not really useful for only two floors above the first.
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I hope I'm not throwing too much at you, but here's yet another slide I came across tonight on ebay.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Los-Angeles-...item4ae4dae7b4

"Compton Station 1957". visible at far right---->
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More Compton? During wartime?
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Wartime gas rationing brought people back to the area's electric trolley lines in record numbers
(Source indicates Circa 1940, Long Beach) I may be wrong but wouldn't gas rationing have generally commenced in May '42? Was LA an exception?)




http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...id/5642/rec/46







http://www.prewarbuick.com/img/featu...w/b80ac2c0.jpg


Rationing >>>> http://www.prewarbuick.com/features/...r_is_a_war_now



Dr. Betz's wartime residence? (6216 Crestwood Way, 1910 build date. per http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/62...20769130_zpid/)
http://photos3.zillowstatic.com/p_f/IS17du6f7av8bdv.jpg

http://photos2.zillowstatic.com/p_f/ISqn47pmwtuen7.jpg

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I found that (the? a?) Googie's was in front of (?) Schwab's Pharmacy.

from blogs.getty.edu. (http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/files/20...ner_googie.jpg)

Wikipedia says that Schwab's Pharmacy was located at 8024 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Both the Googie's facade and the rest of the corner appear to be different in this pic from the previously posted pic, so perhaps there was more than one?




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1902 Electric Bill. $2.35 for 9 kilowatt-hours of electricity. Curious, aside from lighting, what else was being electrically powered.





http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...id/5772/rec/24



Electric iron, fan, vacuum cleaner, kettle, oven, sewing machine and chair were allegedly invented before 1902. http://www.localhistories.org/electric.html Unclear what was generally available in Los Angeles.




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Love that banner--and the shoe. I got interested in the Grant Building, on top of which sat the shoe...

CSU http://www.csulb.edu/~odinthor/BroN4th.jpg

CSU http://www.csulb.edu/~odinthor/BroShoe.jpg

LAPL http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics08/00013830.jpg
A lovely noirish 6AM shot down Broadway...


USCDL


So I went looking for the Grant Building, and I was reminded of the now low-rise character of the Broadway
streetscape between 3rd and 4th. Much of it seems to be taxpayers, at least for the moment, anyway. At
first, the Grant appeared to be gone along with the shoe. But... the curve... eight windows on the 4th
Street side, five along Broadway... it looks as though that it might not be gone entirely:

Google Street View






Kilowattage on Broadway. Details right down to the road apples.

More of the Grant Building.


1902 - Fourth and Hill
http://www.pacificelectric.org/wp-co...adway-1902.jpg




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That's not quite 4th & Broadway. The street sign says Hill St., so that's 4th and Hill, looking toward Broadway. Great pic, though!
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Meant to correct, thanks for the reminder.

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