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Old Posted Nov 4, 2012, 8:13 PM
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Facing the northeast corner of Citrus and College, Covina; the occasion at top was the raffle of a Buick in 1926.


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It was just a joke (a bad one I guess) because you guys kept talking about the running squirrels (which I thought was quite funny).
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While searching for that bank on Figueroa I came across this blank sign atop a building at Figueroa Street and Roselawn Place.


google street view

The shape of the sign looks familiar but I can't quite place it. We've probably covered it before.




below: A little further down the block is another fine vintage rooftop sign.


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Old Posted Nov 4, 2012, 11:29 PM
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I got my hopes up for a second that the drugstore was going to be revived in its original location... anyway, I was sure that we'd seen the Bank of Highland Park here before-- I searched the thread and finally came up with a few more views:
this post and this one.

Up the street was the Sunbeam Theater here.
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Old Posted Nov 5, 2012, 12:13 AM
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As most of you probably know:
Exposition Park was previously Agriculture Park (established in 1872 by the Southern District Agricultural Society).


http://www.lapl.org/

...but the fairground could not turn a profit and was foreclosed in 1879.
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And now for something you probably didn't know:
The park's new owners took advantage of the fact that the park lay just outside the southwestern corner of Los Angeles' original four-square-league royal land grant. With gambling, prostitution, and related activities banned inside the city limits, these vices migrated across the boundary into Agricultural Park.


http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...tion-park.html

I pictured Agricultural Park as a bucolic place with cake walks and ice cream socials.
Well it might have been like that for the park's first 5 years, but the next 20 years the park was more like sodom and gomorrah.
I've even heard the 'busy hotel' described as the fairground brothel.

Finally, in 1899 (with help from some big-wigs at USC) the park was annexed by the city to rid the area of the sordid crowds and their lascivious vices and unsavory activities.



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http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...tion-park.html
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In 1875, the Main Street & Agricultural Park Railroad began shuttling passengers to the park.



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Old Posted Nov 5, 2012, 1:27 AM
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A couple of photographs of St. Moritz Hotel in the 1970s or 80s. (found on ebay)



above: 77 rooms...much larger than I thought. I would have guessed 37.



below: This one is slightly different...showing the gables





The St. Moritz today.


google street view
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postcard from the 1940s. I love the look of that bar.


http://pinterest.com/pin/46161964901020950/
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An amazing kodachrome slide found on ebay. The cars are so beautiful!..and what is KYRON?




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below: Here is an earlier post on the same building.

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A photograph of the 'world's largest' Rexall on the SE corner of Beverly Blvd. and LA Cienega.


unknown/possibly ebay


below: Here is the main entrance to the building.
I can't remember if these were Rexall executive offices.......or perhaps medical practices (Cedars-Sinai Hospital is a block west).







below: The entrance to the Rexall Drug Store was at the rounded nw corner of the bldg.




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Technicolor 6311 Romaine Avenue (1930-75 at this location), circa '38
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Circa '38
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The Technicolor complex, circa '48
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Television Center, 6311 Romaine Street (1975-present)
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A few blocks away (6823 Santa Monica Boulevard - SMonica and Highland) Pathé Studios aka International Studios.
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*note: The original Bank/Pharmacy building still exists on Figueroa in Highland Park.


...and please tell me this isn't it.

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Great post on Highland park E_R. Im sorry to say that this is the the building that sit where the original bank was. And I remember as a kid the sign at the corner of Fig and Roselawn used to be for another paharmacy but i cant remember the name.

I also love the Highland Theater sign, a while back the sign was in disrepair, only some of the letters worked, the light bulbs were old and the sign was rarely turned on, but as of a few years ago, the sign was restored and is lit up every night.

Also, in the picture of the theater sign, the brick chimney sticking out from behind the Figueroa street sign is a Italian restaurant called Follieros Pizza. The little brick building it's in kinda stands out from it's neighbors. they have a little nice sign on the front as well. Me and my family would go eat there and then go watch a movie across the street. As soon as we would walk in we could see the cooks making the food and the delicious smell would hit my nose
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Those are some very nice memories H.L.P. Thank you for sharing them.

It is so great to hear that the old Highland Theater sign is lit up every night.
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Technicolor 6311 Romaine Avenue (1930-75 at this location), circa '38
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BifRayRock, I didn't realize this wonderful art deco building originally housed the Technicolor Corp.


http://patentlawcenter.pli.edu/2012/...e-patent-wars/

Thanks for that insight.
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Interesting Mayor Shaw. Think how many 'secrets' there are in each and every hotel in Los Angeles.
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no doubt! Jim Thompson, maybe the greatest noir writer ever worked in hotels in his youth and said that is where he got the ideas for many of his dark and twisted tales...
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Traffic accident on Hiway 101, 1958

Traffic accident on Hiway 101, 8 March 1958. Meno Besanson -- 43 years (victim); Christopher Besanson (victim); Philip Besanson (victim); Ethel Besanson; Bula Honeycutt (victim); R. M. Rackerby.

Caption slip reads: "Photographer: Sandusky. Date: 1958-03-08. Assignment: Traffic, 101 Highway 2384: Meno Besanson, 43 at lower left lying on back. To right of him, obscured by sheriff, is son Christopher. Other son Philip lies next to station wagon. Wife, Ethel Besanson, talks to investigator R. M. Rackerby, center. Right rear, ambulance attendants & firemen carry Bula Honeycutt to ambulance".

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Blame it on Bula

Los Angeles Times March 9, 1958
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no doubt! Jim Thompson, maybe the greatest noir writer ever worked in hotels in his youth and said that is where he got the ideas for many of his dark and twisted tales...
You may see Jim Thompson's own residence, Villa Bonita apt building on Hillcrest Dr & Franklin ave (just north of Franklin, a block west of Highland.) If Google streetviewing it, remember to zoom up to see the Villa Bonita writing on building's south -facing wall. The quite tall structure (for this neighborhood) seems to be unaltered from its original style. It was just one of his Hollywood foothills -area homes. In his biography, his daughter wasn't too fond about the Villa Bonita, called it a dump or something similar.
Most of Jim's Hollywood homes were in walking distance from Musso & Frank's.
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Speaking of Technicolor...

LAT

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All of which brings into relief a quote from this online history of Technicolor:

"If you think Charles and Diana had problems.... No piece written about Natalie Kalmus has ever been found that didn't include the word 'bitch.' The Curator sees no need for name calling, especially when others have done it so eloquently."

The Battling Kalmuses...
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...and who knew Natalie had her own line of TVs?


Los Angeles Times November 16, 1950


"Your TV dealer will show you the radical, unbelievable, inconceivable,
incomparable NATALIE KALMUS Television set. To miss seeing this is like
missing the headlines in an ATOMIC EXPLOSION..."...


If you can't find yours at a store in the list above, here's another source:

ebay

Details here.

Presumably this is the "modern" version of the "Full Combination" with the TV on the right...

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On Castle tonight they've got a scene filmed in the Dutch Chocolate Shop.
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You may see Jim Thompson's own residence, Villa Bonita apt building on Hillcrest Dr & Franklin ave (just north of Franklin, a block west of Highland.) If Google streetviewing it, remember to zoom up to see the Villa Bonita writing on building's south -facing wall. The quite tall structure (for this neighborhood) seems to be unaltered from its original style. It was just one of his Hollywood foothills -area homes. In his biography, his daughter wasn't too fond about the Villa Bonita, called it a dump or something similar.
Most of Jim's Hollywood homes were in walking distance from Musso & Frank's.
thanks, I did not know that...here is a screenshot from Google Maps Street View...I read the the bio on him "Savage Art" years ago and it made a big impression, need to find another copy

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Traffic accident on Hiway 101, 1958

Traffic accident on Hiway 101, 8 March 1958. Meno Besanson -- 43 years (victim); Christopher Besanson (victim); Philip Besanson (victim); Ethel Besanson; Bula Honeycutt (victim); R. M. Rackerby.

Caption slip reads: "Photographer: Sandusky. Date: 1958-03-08. Assignment: Traffic, 101 Highway 2384: Meno Besanson, 43 at lower left lying on back. To right of him, obscured by sheriff, is son Christopher. Other son Philip lies next to station wagon. Wife, Ethel Besanson, talks to investigator R. M. Rackerby, center. Right rear, ambulance attendants & firemen carry Bula Honeycutt to ambulance".

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Today's view at this location, from Google Streetview (hosted on Flikr):

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