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MartinTurnbull Feb 15, 2015 6:00 PM

Idle Hour, Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood
 
As we all know, it's a very rare thing when an old building in LA gets returned to its former glory and, I suspect (I haven't been inside yet) surpasses its former glory.

The old Idle Hour Cafe has just reopened as the Idle Hour

http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-con...lly-McLain.jpg

http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-con...m-bradford.jpg

This feature in the rear courtyard looks familiar. Makes me think of a Barkies Sandwich shop.

http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-con...m-Bradford.jpg

More photos of the refurb can be found here: http://laist.com/2015/02/14/idle_hou..._hollywood.php

Earl Boebert Feb 15, 2015 6:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MartinTurnbull (Post 6916513)
As we all know, it's a very rare thing when an old building in LA gets returned to its former glory and, I suspect (I haven't been inside yet) surpasses its former glory.

The old Idle Hour Cafe has just reopened as the Idle Hour

[Snip]

This feature in the rear courtyard looks familiar. Makes me think of a Barkies Sandwich shop.

http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-con...m-Bradford.jpg

More photos of the refurb can be found here: http://laist.com/2015/02/14/idle_hou..._hollywood.php

Did they get the Bulldog from the set of "The Rocketeer" or build a new one? And has anybody had Tamale Ice Cream?

Cheers,

Earl

HossC Feb 15, 2015 6:12 PM

:previous:

This one is a scaled down model from the Petersen Automotive Museum. I wrote about it back in December in post #25095. The post also includes a picture of the Bulldog Cafe under wraps in the back yard of Idle Hour, and a link to the story of how it was saved.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...APetersen2.jpg
GSV

Hollywood Graham Feb 15, 2015 6:16 PM

Stop Sign
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JeffDiego (Post 6916426)
Perhaps this has already been covered, but what exactly were "Boulevard Stops?" Signs saying Boulevard Stop have appeared here in numerous street photos from the 1920's through 40's. In the movie "Hollywood Canteen," (1944) a soldier new to Los Angeles is driving a woman home, and she says "Watch for the Boulevard Stops."

In the early days of transition from horses to automobiles their were no traffic signs. Out of the necessity for rule and order, signs were put up by whomever to warn or regulate auto traffic. The Automobile Club of So. Cal. (ACSC) spear headed good roads,rules and signs to solve problems with auto travel. The diamond shaped sign you refer to was an ACSC designed STOP sign just the same as you see today only the shape was different. The octagon stop came about in about 1930 but many diamond sign remained. You could go across the U.S. and find many different shapes, wording and colors of stop signs. Signs now are universal shape and color and regulated bu the U.S. government.

Wig-Wag Feb 15, 2015 7:17 PM

Mirriam-Webster defines boulevard stop as: " a traffic stop required of vehicles before entering or crossing a through street"


Cheers,
Jack

ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2015 8:57 PM

N I B B L E R S

I posted this photograph of the corner of Spring and First streets back in October 2012.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...661/7qI6KQ.jpg
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/prin...pp=20&page=485



Godzilla in turn, found this screen-grab from the film noir "Illegal" (1955), that also shows Nibbler's.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/mU8nsU.jpg
http://lileks.com/bleats/archive/07/0907/091107.html



Well, I just came across this Kodachrome slide that captures Nibbler's in living color!

The slide is dated 1955....the same year as Godzilla's screen-grab from "Illegal".

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...673/RP8jJ5.jpg

What in sam hell is depicted on their corner sign? I can't make heads or tails of it.*
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*OK, I just figured it out, but I'm not telling ;) -I want everyone to have a chance to figure it out on their own.





Here is the complete slide.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...903/HGr7MS.jpg
you may bid on it here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/19-50s-1955-...item20f6408e9e
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MartinTurnbull Feb 15, 2015 9:11 PM

Bulldog Cafe
 
AH! YES! That's where I recognized it from. I've been wracking my brains since I posted that. Thanks, HossC!


Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6916520)
:previous:

This one is a scaled down model from the Petersen Automotive Museum. I wrote about it back in December in post #25095. The post also includes a picture of the Bulldog Cafe under wraps in the back yard of Idle Hour, and a link to the story of how it was saved.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...APetersen2.jpg
GSV


MartinTurnbull Feb 15, 2015 9:24 PM

Bulldog Cafe
 
And/or maybe this:

http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-con...3d3ac92d67.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by MartinTurnbull (Post 6916629)
AH! YES! That's where I recognized it from. I've been wracking my brains since I posted that. Thanks, HossC!


ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2015 9:41 PM

mystery thing.

-for the life of me I can't figure out what this is.


"Butcher Supply Co. Los Angeles"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/IwQ4ix.jpg
ebay



http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...661/Qt0fAc.jpg


tongs to rip the drumsticks off of chickens??


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...909/7mkGOZ.jpg
ebay

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tovangar2 Feb 15, 2015 9:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6916612)

What in sam hell is depicted on their corner sign? I can't make heads or tails of it.*

*OK, I just figured it out, but I'm not telling ;) -I want everyone to have a chance to figure it out on their own.

I can't seem to get anything right recently, but it looks like a chef bunny eating a sandwich.

CityBoyDoug Feb 15, 2015 9:52 PM

Great for adults and maybe kids.....
 
Here is the old Griffith Park miniature train. I thought this was really cool at the time....and still do.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psfz5vnzsv.jpg
LATimes
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psaafpezn1.jpg
Self att.

HossC Feb 15, 2015 10:14 PM

:previous:

The Butcher Supply Co gadget is actually a mold for making chicken legs - City chicken legs (AKA. mock drumsticks, mock chicken or California chicken). You can read more on Wikipedia and Trkingmomoe's Blog.

ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2015 10:42 PM

:previous: I have never heard of molded chicken legs.

but I take comfort in knowing the metal tongs were not used to rip the legs off chickens. ;) lol



http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...661/7uapYU.jpg
http://www.bigmapblog.com/2011/los-a...-america-1934/


I recently came across several rare ads for the Club Airport Gardens (later the mob run Club Continental).


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...631/e7IRmt.png
https://archive.org/details/hollywoodfilmogr14holl


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...661/VDPYpo.png
https://archive.org/details/hollywoodfilmogr14holl




below: -mentions the floods.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...540/Mb0kP9.png





below: Even Edith and Virginia, the hat-check girls, get a mention. (they must have been awful purdy ;))

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...537/VAuCsH.png
https://archive.org/details/hollywoodfilmogr14holl

Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 5927267)

But still no photographs!! ....and we've been looking since 2012.


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Earl Boebert Feb 15, 2015 10:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MartinTurnbull (Post 6916643)

OK, looks like the Bulldog Cafe/Diner situation shapes up like this:

Original(s): Gone. At least one with pipe, one without (or modified?). Need a post with locations and dates :-)

Rocketeer replica: on Disney back lot for a time, then reported hauled to Orlando where it was allowed to disintegrate. Had pipe, jaw shaped like original.

Peterson Replica: Pipe, undershot jaw. Saved, now behind the Idle Hour.

Posted on behalf of the Bulldog Diner Historical Society (™) :-)

Cheers,

Earl

ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2015 10:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6916656)
it looks like a chef bunny eating a sandwich.

And you would be correct. :)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/8jzXPf.jpg

I think he's eating a club sandwich.

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ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2015 11:09 PM

"We Care What You Think"



Hollywood Boulevard, 1970s.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...661/KuHC7k.jpg
old file / ebay

Does anyone know what "The Research Experience" was?
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the site has been an empty lot since at least 2007.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...661/X1Ynvq.jpg
GSV

Flyingwedge Feb 15, 2015 11:44 PM

Playa del Rey streetcar
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Handsome Stranger (Post 6915285)

http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...ec495f17_o.jpg
[source: kcet.org]

KCET says this photo was taken in Redondo Beach in 1939. I see so many oil derricks in the distance that I question whether that's accurate.

Quote:

Originally Posted by HenryHuntington (Post 6916297)

I'm not precisely sure where this photo was taken, but it's definitely the Redondo via Del Rey line. Each bracket arm that carries the trolley wire is hung from one pole but spans both tracks, and this arrangement was unique to this line.

The Newport-Balboa line did have some beachfront right-of-way on a "shelf" adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach (now a bike path), but the trolley wire was suspended conventionally. -- HEH

Thanks for confirming my suspicion, HEH. That photo looks like it was taken in the Playa del Rey/Surfridge area. I believe the cars atop the bluff in the photo are parked along Vista del Mar.

Ivalee Street is one of the streets lost to LAX; it was about three blocks north of that little park that's still on the east side of Vista del Mar. This 1940 photo (which I lightened up a bit) looks north from the foot of Ivalee. The KCET photo must have been taken from a little north of this spot; we see that stepped groin in both photos:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...f.jpg~original
USCDL -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...9/id/933/rec/2

Closer:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...6.jpg~original

The sign in the distance on the right side of this 1928 photo advertises Palisades del Rey, which was north of Surfridge in Playa del Rey. USC says this photo looks south on Vista del Mar from Hyperion Avenue; it actually looks north, perhaps from near the Hyperion Sewage Plant. You can just make out the mast arm for the wires on the first pole on the left:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...f.jpg~original
USCDL -- http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/3953/rec/5

This aerial view looks north at the same area. LAPL dates the photo 1947, but it's a lot closer to 1927. You can see the streetcar tracks between the ocean and Vista del Mar:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...9.jpg~original
LAPL -- http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics48/00073809.jpg

ethereal_reality Feb 15, 2015 11:53 PM

:) Yes!!


It isn't a photograph, but I just found this postcard of the Club Airport Gardens.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...661/f7dTfs.jpg
http://airportjournals.com/a-journey...-air-terminal/

The first word to come to mind is swanky.
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ethereal_reality Feb 16, 2015 12:07 AM

While continuing my search for a photograph of the Club Airport Gardens, I came across this photograph on 'pinterest'.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...673/bAtCRH.jpg
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/344103227751159332/

What a fantastic sign! I really like that it advertises American Airlines Sleeper Flagships.


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tovangar2 Feb 16, 2015 12:08 AM

:previous: Oh, well done e_r! What a treat to see a picture of the club :-)




Lorendoc, are you still there?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lorendoc (Post 6916313)
Here is a picture I took late this Valentine's Day afternoon with my cell phone - any guesses where it was taken from :)?

http://i.imgur.com/4HT1wNR.jpg


Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6916330)
:previous:

I think it's the building behind the station.

I meant this one, from the east side:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-T...33001%2BPM.jpg


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