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This place looks very noirish:

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Caption reads Downtown Los Angeles (1920-1930).
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Panoramic view of North Figuero Street.

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Panoramic view of North Figueroa Street, looking south from Spruce Street, showing early stages of street improvements on Figueroa, November 1935 or February 1936. Three single story buildings with pitched roofs sit in the centerground of the image, among the two dirt lanes of the Figueroa Street construction site. The site is bordered on two sides by a low fence. Two construction vehicles are visible, one in the near centerground and one in the far centerground. Hills sit to each side of the construction site, while City Hall and other buildings of downtown are visible at the horizon.

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Photograph of a view of the dirt lanes of the North Figueroa Street construction site, showing a truck, looking south, February 1936. A dirt lane of the North Figueroa Street site runs from the lower left corner to the centerground of the image. A piece of construction machinery sits in the center of the lane near its far end, while a truck sits in front of it, facing the lower left corner. Wooden planks sit among the dirt in the right foreground of the image, while a wheeled apparatus sits at the left foreground. The hazy skyline of downtown sits in the background, with City Hall at the right.
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Traffic jam.

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A traffic jam along Wilshire Boulevard and pedestrians also crowd the sidewalk.
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Noirish activity: Kidnap-Robbery arrest...Arcadia 1951



Suspects Robert Nausbaum, 24 (standing, arms up) and Rawley R. Poe, 29 (crawling from culvert as they were flushed out of hiding by Officer Al Blanchard (with tear gas gun).




James Hogan, 18, and Richard Wood, 17, first pair of suspects captured. Notice the fancy shirt and cuff links Richard Wood is wearing.


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L to R: Officer Emil Leese (who caught Hogan and Wood); Richard Wood, 17; Rawley Poe, 29; Robert Nausbaum, 24; and James Hogan, 18.
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Traffic jam.

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A traffic jam along Wilshire Boulevard and pedestrians also crowd the sidewalk.
great shots rcarlton,i had to post a photo of mrs candy since bullocks is in the photo

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taken inside of bullocks wilshire in 1959 the back says "Wilshire stock office 1959 imagnin order" whatever that means.
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Caught in elevator (1110 West Washington Boulevard), 29 August 1951. Olin Thompson (paper carrier caught in elevator)











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The boy is carried from the Fowler Hotel, 1110 West Washington Boulevard.
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Photograph of a wrecking crew superintendent pointing to murals on the walls of the old dining room at the Natick Hotel. "Old dining room. -- A superintendent of the wrecking crew points to murals on the walls of the old dining room [of] [t]he Natick Hotel. Plumbing and other fixtures are being salvaged as the building is being torn down. Hotel had first hand-operated elevator in city. -- Los Angeles Examiner photo" -- Examiner clipping attached to verso, dated, "July 24, 1950". Verso dated, "July 25, 1950".

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A visit to old Los Angeles
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More crime: Three boys stole 35-foot yacht, 1951





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James William Long -- 13 years; John Richard Long -- 11 years; Carlton Elwood Agrelius.
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Gangsters shooting, 07 August 1951.:











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Tony Brancado (body victim); Tony Trombino (body victim)

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John Gerace (wanted for questioning by police).
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Hollywood gangster murder, 8 August 1951.



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Hollywood double murder. 1-2: Lt. Lee Jones, in charge of PD* Scientific investigation examines Fratianno car for blood stain. *PD is Los Angeles Police Department)".
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Here's a mystery: Husband shot accidentally, 1951



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Husband shot accidentally, Sunday, 29 July 1951. Mrs. Idell Betty Sholts -- 31 years; Elmer L. Sholts (body) -- 56 years. Hmm...25 years difference in age, and what is the hairy thing on his back? Kantleek box in the bedroom is for a hot water bottle. The bottle is peeking out of the box on the floor. Four pair of female shoes in closet, probably not a clue. Note stuck to his back, what does it say? Blood in middle of bed and pillow. Might have been shot in the lungs. Looks like the body was moved based on location of blood and crossed feet. Did she move the body? Notice the card on the table...a clue or a card from the detectives? Looks like they were reading the Sunday funnies. Letter under newspaper, hmm. Tissue wadded up, but is it wet? Afghan on floor with coffee table on top of it. Could she have smuggled the rifle in in the afghan? Is it on the floor hiding something? Looks like I have been playing too much L.A. Noir.
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Here's an earlier post I did on the gangland slayings. It includes a few additional photos and some before/after pics I thought you might like to see. Without knowing it, I posted this on the exact day/60th anniversary of the slayings. I had no idea until Gaylord_Wilshire pointed it out to me.
Kinda creepy....very noirsh. Thanks for refreshing my memory rCarlton.


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The gangland slaying of two Kansas City mobsters Tony Trombino and Tony Brancato.
The rub-out took place on North Ogden Drive just off Hollywood Boulevard in 1951.




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below: The two residences across the street today.



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below: Looks like the owner of the car was a Rotary Club member.


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below: The mysterious phone-book found in the back seat of the 'death' car.


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below: Looking north on Ogden Drive toward Hollywood Boulevard. The murders occurred in front of the apartment buildings on the right.


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below: North Ogden Drive and the apartments as they appear today (amazingly unchanged).


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below: The 'death' car in front of the apartment on N. Ogden Drive.


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below: The apartment on N. Ogden Drive today.


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I loved this photograph the minute I saw it. The proud birthday girl, standing and dressed in pink, preparing to slice her special cake.
It's sweet as sweet can be.

Thanks sharing your family photographs with us here at 'noirish' Los Angeles unihikid. It's such a rare treat and is greatly appreciated.

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Would this hold up in a court of law today?

Boy kills self, 28 August 1951. George Geiger -- 2 years




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One negative shows sorrowing parents of 2-year-old George Geiger, who killed himself in temper tantrum after mother denied him candy. L - R: Glen Geiger, the father; and his wife, Mrs. Marian who holds their 3-month old daughter Edna Mae. One print shows George Geiger, 2, who killed himself in tantrum fit".
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Hotel torn down, 24 February 1960. Westminster Hotel torn down at 4th Street and Main Street.

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Here is a photo of the bullocks wilshire lobby christmas 1945.
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I was quite intrigued by this unusual tree. At first I thought it was Bullock's take on a snow laden tree,
but it turns out the tree is completely made of white feathers!!




below: It seems Bullocks Wilshire loved this tree for many years. Here it is during the holiday season of 1986!


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Sin house, May 28, 1951. Attorney Jess Whitehill; Sheila McDonald; Barrie Lazes.







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Contreras shooting, September 16, 1951. David Contreras -- 38 years (victim); Angela Graciano -- 46 years.





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I thought you might like to see the Westminster Hotel before it was being torn down. This is dated 1890.


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Hotel torn down, 24 February 1960. Westminster Hotel torn down at 4th Street and Main Street.

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Spear in leg, 26 July 1951. Dave Lemone -- 19 years (victim); Bill Andrews -- 23 years; F.L. Woolcott (fireman); Hubert Kendall (fireman).







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