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ProphetM Mar 6, 2014 9:27 PM


Originally Posted by Lorendoc (Post 6481916)
Excellent - I laughed at this one.

otoh, I see that imageshack is now a pay site. are there any free alternatives?

There's imgur, which can be used both anonymously or with a user account.

HossC Mar 6, 2014 9:33 PM

We've seen the Heinz 57 sign near Culver City before, but today I found that the Huntington Digital Library has these much higher resolution pictures. Going by the caption, the first was taken from Adams Street on Dec 10, 1916.
Huntington Digital Library

This close-up shot shows the lighting rig in front of the sign. The horse in the other field gives a good idea of scale. I'm assuming that the "AirLine" in the caption refers to the Pacific Electric Santa Monica Air Line which opened a few years earlier. For some reason it took the photographer a day to get a field closer!
Huntington Digital Library

And finally, let there be light ...
Huntington Digital Library

Previous posts about various Heinz 57 signs around Los Angeles:

GaylordWilshire Mar 7, 2014 2:40 PM

I recently discovered this picture from the Times of June 25, 1911, showing Pickfair as it was originally conceived as a country house for attorney Lee Allen Phillips and his wife Catherine in 1911.

Full story here: http://www.berkeleysquarelosangeles....ips-house.html

So far I can find little information about Horatio Cogswell, although it seems that he was active in West Adams during this period. He built his own house at 1244 S. Van Ness the same year he designed the Phillips house in Beverly Hills: City Project

More information:

ethereal_reality Mar 7, 2014 7:51 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6480504)

I had to look to see if 2220 Cedar Street still stands; there is no house now at that address. While the Newmans were listed at 2220 before 1923, it turns out
that they were later at 2224--which is still there, I'm happy to report. Perhaps the caption-writer applied their earlier address to the later house...

Imagine my surprise when you located this house GW! I had checked and only found a pitiful 1950s shoe-box shaped apartment building.

M_P, thanks for the additional information on Monkey Island & Hanna-Barbera. -always interesting!

Flyingwedge Mar 7, 2014 9:23 PM

Log House @ 1701 W. Adams @ Normandie
GW introduced us to the Log House, and er and Tourmaline found other postcards of it:

Here's more, starting with a larger version of one of the photos GW posted; USC dates it c. 1905:
USC Digital Library --

USC also dates this one c. 1905; the landscaping is different, and there appears to be a driveway on the east side of the house, unlike in other photos and postcards:
USC Digital Library --

This early photo shows the Normandie Avenue side of the house:
Autry National Center --

It was built by Judge Edwin H. Lamme, apparently in late 1897:
October 24, 1897 Los Angeles Times

The home, misplaced at Budlong and Adams, is mentioned in the last sentence of this article:
April 29, 1898 Los Angeles Times

It may have also been known as Casa Rusticana (was the Judge fond of listening to Cavalleria rusticana?):
Autry National Center --

The house changed little between the 1900 and 1921 Sanborn Maps:

The LA County Assessor says the building that's now on the NW corner of Adams and Normandie was built in 1923, so the 1921 Sanborn (and Baist) may have been the Log House's last
documented appearances.

ethereal_reality Mar 7, 2014 9:29 PM

:previous: -good stuff on Judge Lamme's Log House flyingwedge.

I found some information on the house next to Mr. Swan's early Greene & Greene.

It belonged to B. Frank Wood Esq.


ethereal_reality Mar 7, 2014 9:38 PM

Here's another fine home.



I wish the street address was included.

ethereal_reality Mar 7, 2014 9:45 PM

I know this photo was posted eons ago on NLA. (I just found it again on ebay)

Does anyone remember the earlier discussion?
I'm curious about the large wooden building in the background on the right/I'd like to figure out what it is.

GaylordWilshire Mar 7, 2014 10:34 PM


We saw it here in 2011...

Another post followed (#4423), but all the pictures have vanished. They had come from I'll see if I can dig them back up.
EDIT: I looked. No luck. (I'd forgotten what a total pain in the ass that forum is to maneuver...I'll never complain about the "search" feature here again.)

Here's part of a USC picture:

Full zoomable shot here:

ethereal_reality Mar 7, 2014 10:48 PM

:previous: Thanks for your help GW. -much appreciate.

MichaelRyerson Mar 7, 2014 10:52 PM

That reminds me I need a car wash...

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6483962)
Does anyone remember the earlier discussion?
I'm curious about the large wooden building in the background on the right/I'd like to figure out what it is.

That's the Westlake School for Girls over on Westmoreland Avenue.

Retired_in_Texas Mar 7, 2014 11:15 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6483962)
I know this photo was posted eons ago on NLA. (I just found it again on ebay)

Does anyone remember the earlier discussion?
I'm curious about the large wooden building in the background on the right/I'd like to figure out what it is.

E_R I'm thinking you/we are looking at an optical illusion that appears to be a single building, but in reality may be several structures next to one another on a street running at a diagonal, thus creating the illusion of a single building.

HossC Mar 7, 2014 11:20 PM

The Auto Laundry also appeared in a post by BifRayRock, but in case the picture breaks up, here's a solid version (click the link under the picture for a zoomable version).
USC Digital Library

Back in post #645 e_r posted a smaller version of the picture below. It shows the El Patio Ballroom and Bimini Baths before the auto laundry was built.

Another of e_r's posts on the Rainbow Gardens/Palomar Ballroom:

ethereal_reality Mar 7, 2014 11:34 PM

ginger noir

Wow, recently posted this photograph of Tina Louise in honor of her 80th birthday.
She sure makes a great lookin' femme fatale.

I wish she had found more success in movies (before Gilligan's Island).
Has anyone seen her as Griselda in the 1958 film 'God's Little Acre'?
It's really an impressive performance.

Hey, thanks MichaelRyerson, HossC and RiT for the El Patio Auto Laudry information.
When I came across the photo again on ebay, I didn't associate the el patio auto laundry with the el patio ballroom. duh!
-and it was kinda' obvious wasn't it...sorry.


Retired_in_Texas Mar 7, 2014 11:40 PM

El Patio Auto Laundry
With a bit of looking around I found other views of the El Patio Auto Laundry taken in different years. It was located at 260 Vermont Street, which might make it a bit easier to figure out the buildings seen in other images on a street more or less behind it. USC DIGITAL LIBRARY

The El Patio Auto Laundry was the brain child of real estate developer B.K. Gillespie. Gillespie is credited with coming up with the super service station concept.

Graybeard Mar 7, 2014 11:46 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6483955)

1015 Prospect Blvd, Pasadena, CA.

ethereal_reality Mar 7, 2014 11:56 PM

:previous: Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a survivor!
-many thx Graybeard.

FredH Mar 8, 2014 12:00 AM

2700 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach - 1933
It is a gathering of the Signal Oil Tarzan Club

It is the Great Depression

No joke

1930's kids

Free Popsicles! (probably the main attraction)

Oh, and a big congrats to our leader - ER
(on to the second 1,000!)

GaylordWilshire Mar 8, 2014 12:09 AM


Originally Posted by Graybeard (Post 6484171) Pasadena

Albany NY Mar 8, 2014 1:32 AM

The Age of Innocence
[QUOTE=FredH;6484194]It is a gathering of the Signal Oil Tarzan Club

What a great shot, FredH! Good kids excited over a wholesome hero (and free stuff). Sad that the Signal station is now a Liquor store. And Tarzan is nowhere to be seen. The building across the street is still there, though. It looks like it has been well cared for over the years. Curious why the signs were blacked-out on the original photo. GSV

Imagine what would happen these days if a stranger tried to give a kid a free popsicle!

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