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Old Posted Jun 6, 2013, 5:56 PM
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noirish photo shoot

Martha Vickers

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Old Posted Jun 6, 2013, 6:52 PM
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1956 city directory

http://www.lapl.org/collections-reso...al-collections





-notice the globe light with the word hotel. (I'm still trying to figure out where this is exactly) -probably on main st. as well


screen-grab The Exiles 1961
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Your answer is right there in the Directory. At 306 Main is Murray's Custom clothes and next door at 308 Main is The Milan Hotel
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Living in Los Angeles since 1976 your mystery building is on Wilshire and South Park View. http://goo.gl/maps/Vh2kp Since I was in my before teens I hated that building. I always thought it looked like a beehive! And I still do at my old @$$ 40 years.
Thanks so-cal-bear. To be honest I don't mind this mid-century building at all; in fact I kind of like it. (despite the podium)
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What was once there:

HLA

Read all about it here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...lease-see.html


Similar views east, one from the Park-Wilshire, one from the American Cement Building:

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Al Heard....Bill Heard?

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Could the text on the verso be talking about the infamous Los Angeles Chevy dealer Bill Heard or his father? He was the largest car dealer west of Denver.
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Could the text on the verso be talking about the infamous Los Angeles Chevy dealer Bill Heard or his father? He was the largest car dealer west of Denver.
It says "Al Herd" and I just found this obit in the LA Times for 1997:

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Alva Herd; Automobile Dealer and Real Estate Broker
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Alva (Al) Herd, 91, a major Southern California automobile dealer and real estate broker. Born in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Herd moved alone to Oakland when he was 13. He gravitated to Los Angeles in 1921 and a decade later opened a car dealership at Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. He conducted automobile auctions in four states and was one of California's largest dealers in the 1930s and 1940s. Herd switched to real estate in 1947, brokering land purchases for what is now the City of Industry, Rancho Mirage, the Del Amo Shopping Center and the Howard Hughes RKO Ranch. Herd handled sales of estates to celebrities in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, along the Sunset Strip and in the Hollywood Hills. He earned national publicity as one of the first to use creative financing packages when inflation pushed up housing prices in the 1970s. On Sunday in Los Angeles.
Not sure if there is any relation to Bill Heard.

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http://www.glamourgirlsofthesilversc...how.php?id=278

15 September 45 her plans to marry Hollywood automobile dealer Al Herd never materialize
Al Herd realty promotional video:

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A White Cadillac....and a pink carnation.

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It says "Al Herd" and I just found this obit in the LA Times for 1997:



Not sure if there is any relation to Bill Heard.

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Al Herd realty promotional video:

Video Link


Thanks mdiederi for the information...most interesting.

Evidently Al Herd had his day in the sun. His sales gimmicks apparently included a dazzling white 1953 Cadillac Eldorado!.

wallpapershd.biz

Here's Al driving one of his lady real estate clients around in his white Cadillac.

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1938 - 321 Market Street, Inglewood. "Foodland"
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Designed by the architects Norstrom & Anderson in early 1937.
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The Clock & Terminal Produce Market

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It must have been quite beautiful at night....but who would see it at night? Wouldn't the market be closed?

That said, I am completely surprised it was erected by an out of state grower's association. thx for the info.Flyingwedge.

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I've been meaning to say this for months now, but better late than never.

This thread is absolutely amazing, and I have spent many, many hours enjoying it.

Thanks so much to all that contribute.
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I've been meaning to say this for months now, but better late than never.

This thread is absolutely amazing, and I have spent many, many hours enjoying it.

Thanks so much to all that contribute.
Welcome, AtlantaGuy! Personally, I'm not able to contribute much, since my hometown is Albany, NY. But, like you, I have come to appreciate all the hours and detective work that others have put into this site. The history of Los Angeles is simply amazing, and since it is such a new city, that history is often in pictures so we can see where she once was, and where she is now. I hope you visit this site every day, as I do. There seems to be no end to the surprises, mysteries, and drama of this great city.
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^Thanks so much, Albany NY!

Sadly, I don't visit this thread every day, but I should. I find it absolutely fascinating, and I have a very deep love affair with Los Angeles. I don't get there as often as I would like to, but am fortunate to visit several times a year as my favorite couple in the world live there and I work virtually for a SoCal firm.

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Old Posted Jun 9, 2013, 2:46 AM
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Sufridge

Since I already had my map out, I thought flyingwedge might like to see the Surfridge area in 1947.






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A closer look at Playa Del Rey?

(Note: some of the "undated" photographs seem to have duplicates that bear dates mostly between 1907 - 1924. A certain amount of confusion/overlap with Surfridge is, one supposes, understandable. The same might be said for nearby Manhattan Beach - http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...entennial.html.)


1913
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics20/00019942.jpg



1895 The "Ballona." As dredges go, it looks like a nice one.
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...VB6VJ2M4LK.jpg



1902
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022967.jpg



And as pictures go, so many are undated.

Undated possibly 1907
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022971.jpg

Undated
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022970.jpg

Undated
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022976.jpg

Undated - Possibly '24
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022969.jpg

Undated
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022973.jpg

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics07/00023009.jpg


Undated
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics07/00023015.jpg

Undated
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics14/00006774.jpg

Undated, but probably late '30s e.g., '37
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022981.jpg

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Architect Stephen Gooson designed the Spanish Colonial Revival style 1925 Westport Beach Club located at 7301 Vista Del Mar in Playa del Rey. Surrounding the club a small exclusive residential district was built comprised of 45 beachfront properties. The original clubhouse burned in a fire in 1964. The beach club closed in 1978 and was demolished in 1984 for a condo development.
West Port Beach CLub gate - Late '30s
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00096/00096798.jpg

West Port Beach Club swimming pool, Playa del Rey, - Same as previous, probably '37
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022985.jpg

Suits and swimsuits at West Port Beach CLub late '30s
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00096/00096800.jpg

Exterior of West Port Beach CLub
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00096/00096803.jpg

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00096/00096799.jpg


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Playa Del Rey's Oil Fields - Circa '37


More Playa Del Rey Oil Fields - '37
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00097/00097860.jpg


View toward Venice from Playa Del Rey, Late '30s
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00097/00097861.jpg

(Nearby) Venice Oil field. Late '30s
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics45/00042281.jpg

Ballona Creek Wetlands and Venice Channel - Late '30s
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00097/00097401.jpg

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1937
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics24/00031642.jpg

1941 - Bridge across Ballona Creek
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics47/00043329.jpg





1947



1960
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...8DJC3A95DK.jpg


1966
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics07/00023007.jpg

1966
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics07/00023008.jpg



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A row of ocean front homes on Vista del Mar Street to be demolished under condemnation proceedings because of airport expansion and noise, 11-8-67.
(Another source dates this picture "1950" http://untappedcities.com/2012/10/17...dscape-of-lax/ )
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics24/00031651.jpg

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Excellent photographs of the Playa Del Rey area BifRayRock.

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Can anyone tell me what we're looking at here? At first I thought it was the same building in BRR's post.


old cd

I found this pic. in an old file, and my description is "maehome 64 st. & ocean front walk playa del rey."

For the life of me, I can't remember why I put "maehome". Did mae west own beach front property? mae murray?
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Old Posted Jun 9, 2013, 10:32 PM
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ebay

I LOVE Judy Holliday.

I never knew Josephine Hull won an Academy Award.

Not a big fan of Jose Ferrer.

George Saunders ended up killing himself (and his wife, if I remember correctly) -noir
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Can anyone tell me what we're looking at here? At first I thought it was the same building in BRR's post.


old cd

I found this pic. in an old file, and my description is "maehome 64 st. & ocean front walk playa del rey."

For the life of me, I can't remember why I put "maehome". Did mae west own beach front property? mae murray?
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Isn't that the same house in the background of this picture from BRR's post?


Undated, but probably late '30s e.g., '37
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022981.jpg
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A closer look at Playa Del Rey?

Undated
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022970.jpg
Something seemed familiar.

http://pix.epodunk.com/CA/ca_playa_del_rey02.jpg

1907
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics06/00022975.jpg

Interesting coverage of the Playa Del Rey transit line: http://www.uncanny.net/~wetzel/redondo.htm

http://www.uncanny.net/~wetzel/delrey.jpg

Conductor, "I've got sand everywhere!"
http://www.uncanny.net/~wetzel/redondobeachline.jpg


PE Line through Manhattan Beach
http://www.uncanny.net/~wetzel/manhattanbeachearly.jpg
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Many communities have their own "Dogtown." E.g., St. Louis. Santa Monica, especially near Ocean Park, is occasionally given the moniker, "Dogtown." Yes, skateboarders hail from the area (bottom), but is there a definitive reason for/origin of the nickname as used in SM?

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...VLTD/SMPC2.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...VLTD/SMPC3.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...VLTD/SMPC4.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r...VLTD/SMPC5.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ilmPoster.jpeg
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Hope Ranch - Bryce Beach cabañas and funicular designated an Historic Landmark by Santa Barbara County Bd of Supervisors. http://santabarbara.legistar.com/Leg...2-890205DF161A




1941 - Santa Barbara Beach - Fascinating funicular looks like fabulous fun.
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...DXJ3DDDYX8.jpg



http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...B5Y88KIFEG.jpg

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...G1CMQRKLHC.jpg

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...3F9LRTB73Q.jpg

Playa Del Rey evidently led the way in Beach funiculars - for 7 or 8 years.

1901-08
http://www.erha.org/playa-del-rey-incline.jpg
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