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ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 7:38 PM

I can't remember if we've seen this or not. I really love the blues.

Los Angeles 1951
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/843/3av8.jpg
Richard Wojcik at https://www.facebook.com/VintageLosAngeles?ref=stream

CityBoyDoug May 2, 2014 7:41 PM

Skid Row Canteen....
 
"When Did You Write To Mother?"


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps009c9b22.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psd53b7084.jpg
220 South Main st., Los Angeles.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps140e71a7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps3839f212.jpg
Images: LAPL

In March 1942, the URM’s Board of Directors allocated the necessary funds to purchase the northern half of the Swanfeldt Building and open a center whose objective would be “a day and night ministry seeking for the men in uniform that vital experience of Christian realities” which the URM described by the phrase “response.” This venue would stand in stark contrast to the bars, tattoo parlors, strip clubs and amusement arcades which provided more earthly amusements along Main Street, Los Angeles.

In August 1942 the Victory Service Club opened its doors under the direction of Rev. Robert Bolin Hubert Mitchell. He brought in directly under him the young Rev. Don Spencer McCrossan.

Don McCrossan would shepherd the Victory Service Club through WWII, Korea and the Vietnam War. By his retirement in 1975, the club had played host to more than three million servicemen, and provided an unexpected oasis of comfort on Main Street which deserves to be remembered.

Quote from SRO Land blog. http://www.insroland.org/

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 8:24 PM

Have we seen this residence before? I searched 'Steny' and nothing came up.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/841/1yuy.jpg
Ryerson & Burnham Archives/Art Institute of Chicago http://digital-libraries.saic.edu/cd...d/10773/rec/35

Now that I look at it, it does seem very familiar. (I might have commented on that odd chimney flue)
-note the oil wells in the distance at left.
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GaylordWilshire May 2, 2014 8:37 PM

:previous:


That's Judge Clinton N. STERRY's house once at 2607 Wilshire. We have seen it, and references to it, here in several posts, among them:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=19268

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ry#post6437899


Full history of the house here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...boulevard.html

GaylordWilshire May 2, 2014 8:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6562630)
I can't remember if we've seen this or not. I really love the blues.

Los Angeles 1951
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/843/3av8.jpg
Richard Wojcik at https://www.facebook.com/VintageLosAngeles?ref=stream


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-f...720/nash50.jpg
LAT June 23, 1950


Nothing like a Nash and its Uniscope...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7033/6...d938cfca_z.jpgURL="https://www.flickr.com/photos/myoldpostcards/6797956655/"]Randy von Liski[/URL]
(Seen in a '49 Ambassador)


Reminds me of this Cry Danger! screenshot we've seen here before--can find the pic but not the post...
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-O...s800/CD-03.jpg

Handsome Stranger May 2, 2014 9:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6562751)
Reminds me of this Cry Danger! screenshot we've seen here before--can find the pic but not the post...

Might you mean this post?

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 9:31 PM

This tall smokestack was still standing as late as 1938. I wonder if it shows up in any vintage photographs from that era.
(like downtown aerials looking northwest)

the article is from June 1938
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/838/q7h5.jpg
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thed...uestro_pueblo/

I realize the smokestack was located down in a ravine, but there's a chance the upper half might be visible.
-note the two gas-o-meters in the distance at right (I believe they are the tanks by Union Station)

*the article also states that there were two smokestacks at this location (Chavez Ravine) at one time.
Let's dig up some photos!:)
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Flyingwedge May 2, 2014 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6562751)

This is a "Bathtub" Nash, correct?

There was also the:
Auburn Boat Tail Speedster
Coffin Nose Cord
Shark Nose Graham
Bullet Nose Studebaker
Buck Tooth Buick
Pregnant Elephant Packard
Austin Healy Bug Eye Sprite

There are probably others I'm leaving out . . .

My sense is that cars don't get nicknames like that any more. Is that because today car styling is more conservative, or because society is less nickname-prone?

GaylordWilshire May 2, 2014 10:18 PM

:previous:


That's a Bathtub Nash--the '49-'51 Mercurys are sometimes called Bathtub Mercs, and I've heard the '48-'50 "Pregnant Elephant" Packard called the Bathtub Packard. And then there were '48-'54 Bathtub Hudsons...

Speaking of pregnant--there was the "Pregnant Buick" of 1929--just a little bulge below the beltline in an attempt to be distinctive, but there were so many jokes about it that the styling was dropped...

I've heard DeSoto grilles referred to as "buck tooth"... stories vary, but postwar Buicks gave rise to what was called the "Dollar Grin" in England....

'49-'51 Ford are called "Shoebox Fords" by some collectors these days.

There were "Jellybean Fords" in the '80s, starting with the Taurus I believe.

JScott May 2, 2014 10:47 PM

Have we talked in detail here about Bellevue Terrace before? I can't recall exactly, but I don't think we have. Anyway, I know next to nothing about it, myself, but when I saw this stunning group of Victorian buildings in that 1916 Figueroa pano shot the other day, I couldn't help but be curious about its history.

http://otters.net/img/lanoir/bellevu...ce1916_sky.jpg
USC Digital Library/California Historical Society: Panoramic view of Los Angeles, showing Sixth Street, Figueroa Street, Flower Street, east side of Sixth Street, ca.1916 (detail). Photographer: C.C. Pierce.

Can anyone maybe fill us in about the history of Bellevue Terrace?

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 11:14 PM

:previous: That's an exceptional photo JScott!
I wonder what was eventually built on that rather large, and empty, parcel of land?
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You can see a couple images (posted in 2009) of the Bellevue Terrace Hotel here:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...&postcount=178
...but I don't know any details about it's history.
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Thanks for the correction on the Judge Sterry residence GW. -much appreciated.

GaylordWilshire May 2, 2014 11:26 PM

Re the Bellevue Terrace--

I noticed this ad while looking into the old wooden house down the street...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o...2520PM.bmp.jpg
LAT Aug 25, 1886

Albany NY May 2, 2014 11:34 PM

Howdy, Chap!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6561515)

While on the subject, I saw this eBay listing. A similar company, or the same company after a name change. I can't find an address for either name. It's a shame to think that this entire industry was rendered completely obsolete within a few short years.:(

"For Sale: 1900 era Leather Cowboy Chaps LOS ANGELES SADDLERY & FINDING CO Rare : $188 This listing at is for an original 1900 era set of two color leather cowboy chaps by the Los Angeles Saddlery and Finding Co. Chaps are nicely marked on the belt (this mark is hard to read) and also on the pocket buttons. Measures 38" long. Missing a few conchos."
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...0/836/7ep0.jpgeBay

ethereal_reality May 2, 2014 11:49 PM

:previous: That's a rare find Albany. You should buy the chaps and wear them while you're perusing NLA. ;)
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Whoa, take a look at this NASH backseat GW and FlyingWedge.

1950 Nash Statesman Custom Brougham interior.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/843/f0rtq.jpg
http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Am...gham-dec1d.jpg

This definitely looks first class.. I wonder if there were there any movie stars that drove Nash automobiles around L.A.?
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GaylordWilshire May 2, 2014 11:58 PM

:previous:


Nashes were pretty uncool--the bathtubs have great charm, but they were especially uncool. Unless it's a Nash-Healey...


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9AIJ2fvYog...954%2BMain.jpg


http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/def...?itok=BCSvkmOi

ethereal_reality May 3, 2014 12:10 AM

Seven, count'em seven, automobiles burned. -1958

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/834/2akj.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/842/gaqlk.jpg
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...d/94072/rec/19




The T-bird at the epicenter of the accident.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/838/9dgt.jpg



spectators in bathrobes.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/836/fnda.jpg





I can't quite read this sign. (looks like 'New Orleans' something)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/838/oee4.jpg



If you look at the dark background closely, there appears to be a large church or something similar.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/838/z3ax.jpg

but when I used the address (10400 Wilshire) that was included in the description of the photograph I wasn't able to locate such a church in the immediate vicinity.
-perhaps my eyes are playing tricks on me.
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GaylordWilshire May 3, 2014 12:19 AM

:previous:

The church is the Westwood United Methodist, still there at Wilshire & Warner.


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_...2520PM.bmp.jpgGSV

JScott May 3, 2014 12:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6563024)
:previous: That's an exceptional photo JScott!
I wonder what was eventually built on that rather large, and empty, parcel of land?
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You can see a couple images (posted in 2009) of the Bellevue Terrace Hotel here:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...&postcount=178
...but I don't know any details about it's history.


I was wondering that, myself. Whatever was built in that vacant area couldn't have stood longer than about 30 years, though, as the Harbor Freeway (I-110) wiped out a wide swath of the buildings in the middle background of this view.

That was a great post you linked to! I was looking at that a couple of nights ago and wishing I could find higher-res versions of some of the photos there.

JScott May 3, 2014 12:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6563042)
Re the Bellevue Terrace--

I noticed this ad while looking into the old wooden house down the street...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o...2520PM.bmp.jpg
LAT Aug 25, 1886



Interesting! That post that e_r linked to has a photo dated 1880 showing Bellevue Terrace when it was apparently called 'Pickit Villa'.

Wig-Wag May 3, 2014 3:03 AM

Bathtub Nash
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6562918)
This is a "Bathtub" Nash, correct?

There was also the:
Auburn Boat Tail Speedster
Coffin Nose Cord
Shark Nose Graham
Bullet Nose Studebaker
Buck Tooth Buick
Pregnant Elephant Packard
Austin Healy Bug Eye Sprite

There are probably others I'm leaving out . . .

My sense is that cars don't get nicknames like that any more. Is that because today car styling is more conservative, or because society is less nickname-prone?

I believe that this is the model, if not the specific year, that Popular Mechanics automotive journalist Tom McCahill in describing its cornering abilities made the comment: "It goes around a corner like a rhinoceros on a wet clay bank".

Cheers,
Jack


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