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Earl Boebert Jul 28, 2013 5:45 PM

http://www.bitsmasherpress.com/LANoir/Wayfarer1.jpg
http://www.bitsmasherpress.com/LANoir/Wayfarer2.jpg

My second car, a 1949 Dodge Wayfarer roadster, the ragtop version of the Wayfarer business coupe. Mine was lightly customized, nosed and decked with the side logo off. Still have one side logo on my garage wall.

True roadster, side curtains instead of rollup windows, manual top, no door locks. As with the coupe, the trunk extended forward to the door line. You could get an old push lawnmower in that thing. Terrible driving machine, steered like a tank and the fluid drive was "put in gear, drop clutch, and wait. And wait."

Photo from Barrett-Jackson, grayscaled for that noir look.

Cheers,

Earl

Krell58 Jul 28, 2013 8:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Those Who Squirm (Post 6212908)
Do you mostly work cases in the downtown area?

And I have to ask, though you probably get this all the time, do you like Dragnet? Somewhere in this thread I'm sure I've already recommended the old radio program to everyone here, because many of the episodes have interesting details about the downtown area. (And, of course, a few are set mostly in outlying areas when the roads and housing tracts were a lot less developed. For instance there's one that mostly takes place on the side of the Imperial Highway, back when it really was a country highway (at "the road to San Pedro").

The episodes are readily available on line, for example at the Prelinger Archive.

Dragnet, Adam-12, and Emergency! are on ME-TV Monday thru Friday.

Quote:

Originally Posted by alanlutz (Post 6212976)
Thanks, Krell58 for that link. I enjoyed it and it led me to another which contains Many of the pictures we have been enjoying on this Noir site. Perhaps it was one of our members who put it together. Please enjoy this as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ3Xzb5iXQw

That's a good one, many of the photos seem new to me.

The Ginger Rogers photo reminds me of Lucille Ball waiting for the Three Stooges.

ethereal_reality Jul 28, 2013 9:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H.L.P (Post 6213001)
One of my favorite things to do, is to look through this great thread
while listing to my jazz records.

http://imageshack.com/a/img542/5977/91k1.jpg
Photo by me.

That sounds like a great way to enjoy noirish Los Angeles Steven. :)
Even incidental music adds a flavorful layer to our vintage views of L.A.
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ethereal_reality Jul 28, 2013 9:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6212691)
[SIZE="3"]
Gladys Towle Root
was a flamboyant noir attorney in Los Angeles for over 30 years. After college she could't find a job at an established law firm so in 1930 she opened her own office at 212 South Hill St. There she specialized in murder, child molestation and lewd conduct 'sex' crime cases. Her specialty was 'gay' vice arrest cases such men holding hands in a bar [illegal then] and undercover sex stings in Los Angeles restrooms and parks. In those days before the law was changed, the LA Police Vice Squad would pick the cutest cops, dress them in T-shirts, tight pants and stake-out restrooms and bars... just in case two males might be fooling around therein.

Gladys Root
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...pscb995f66.jpg

This is very interesting CityBoyDoug. I didn't know who she was until your post.
(is that some sort of weird bird with a turned up bill in her hat?)
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ethereal_reality Jul 28, 2013 10:18 PM

Los Angeles.
http://imageshack.us/a/img849/4929/2lm1.jpg
ebay





http://imageshack.us/a/img547/1642/wwwc.jpg
ebay
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ethereal_reality Jul 28, 2013 10:31 PM

Hotel Padre, 1963 N. Cahuenga. "Room with Bath for a Dollar and a Half."

then and now
http://imageshack.us/a/img32/1772/fb0q.jpg
ebay

http://imageshack.us/a/img713/2396/a79h.jpg
GSV

This building has seen some tender loving care recently (new windows, fresh paints etc.). I love the store fronts....very tasteful.
Does anyone know it's history?




reverse of postcard
http://imageshack.us/a/img17/1849/tkwe.jpg
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ethereal_reality Jul 28, 2013 11:24 PM

This is similar to a view BifRayRock posted last week. (I like the green hue in this one)
http://imageshack.us/a/img594/6538/ff56.jpg
ebay
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ethereal_reality Jul 28, 2013 11:40 PM

for sale on ebay as we speak. -negatives & proof sheet.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-1968-LOS-AN...-/290952991917

Bunker Hill & Angels Flight December 1968.
http://imageshack.us/a/img10/8113/5tp6.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/-1968-LOS-AN...-/290952991917

CityBoyDoug Jul 29, 2013 1:18 AM

Tarzan times two.
 
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ethereal_reality Jul 29, 2013 1:56 AM

Nothing says 'noirish' more than a 1930s/40s auto court.
http://imageshack.us/a/img855/3954/4yi3.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-B-W-...item3f27942b7d

I hope we can figure out the address of this 30 cabin auto court. -with showers
p.s. (I just found this image tonight)
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ethereal_reality Jul 29, 2013 2:17 AM

This is, by far the scariest photograph of the Echo Mountain Incline Railway that I've seen. (1890s)
http://imageshack.us/a/img62/3219/qx2k.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Photograph...item2ec9567550
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Moxie Jul 29, 2013 4:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6213534)
Nothing says 'noirish' more than a 1930s/40s auto court.
http://imageshack.us/a/img855/3954/4yi3.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-B-W-...item3f27942b7d

I hope we can figure out the address of this 30 cabin auto court. -with showers
p.s. (I just found this image tonight)
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Found this postcard, with an address (4562 No. Figueroa), on Flickr...http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilf/128565399/lightbox/

:)

Roxy Dog Jul 29, 2013 5:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moxie (Post 6213630)
Found this postcard, with an address (4562 No. Figueroa), on Flickr...http://www.flickr.com/photos/zilf/128565399/lightbox/

:)

In comparing current Google map street view with the postcard pics, I'd say the Alexandria Auto Court building is still standing at 4562 N. Figueroa:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=4562+...2PCwKVqr6ceP3A

Chuckaluck Jul 29, 2013 3:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6213534)
Nothing says 'noirish' more than a 1930s/40s auto court.
http://imageshack.us/a/img855/3954/4yi3.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-B-W-...item3f27942b7d

I hope we can figure out the address of this 30 cabin auto court. -with showers
p.s. (I just found this image tonight)
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Anti-ostentatious. Built to last. Each unit equipped with a well-manicured plant. (Management announces it is accepting bids for pea gravel within next 10 years.)

2500 San Fernando Rd. No date.
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...YL7USJ8U5H.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...YL7USJ8U5H.jpg

Chuckaluck Jul 29, 2013 3:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 4818666)

Westminster Hotel in all its glory. The caption on this photo reads ca. 1900 but judging by the women's fashions, it looks more like between 1908-1910.
http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/3...tel19004th.jpg
USC Archive

Here's the Westminster Hotel on the northeast corner of 4th and Main, around 1888-1898.
http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/4...hotel18898.jpg
USC Archive

That same intersection some decades later in 1924, with the Westminster looking great surrounded by those other buildings from an obviously different later era but complementing each other nicely IMO. What a hustling and bustling part of downtown that was! Within a decade or so from when this picture was taken, this area would become a seedy rundown part of downtown.
http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/4...and4th1924.jpg
USC Archive

The Westminster Hotel being demolished, 1960. :( Another piece of LA Victoriana bites the dust.
http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/5...ingtorndow.jpg

For years after the Westminster Hotel was demolished, it was a vacant lot/parking lot. However in the last few years, a structure was being built on the northeast corner of 4th and Main. It's nearly finished, a development called the Medallion. Here are some pics of it which I've ganked from another thread on these forums, courtesy of colemonkee, another SSP poster. These pics were taken March 28, 2010, according to him.

http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/6...n201003283.jpg

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/4...n201003281.jpg

While it's nice that something has been built here, it uh, still isn't the old Westminster Hotel.



The replacement building does not compare with its predecessor.

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...UPKGQBB86Q.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...UPKGQBB86Q.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...JSP9TAPDAC.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...JSP9TAPDAC.jpg

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...U8EC718NIF.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...U8EC718NIF.jpg

1954 - South Main Street - 300 Block
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...4GEHQF191J.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...4GEHQF191J.jpg


"Frankly my dear, I don't give a dime."

1954 - South Main Street - 300 Block (per source: opposite of :previous: or contiguous?)
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...A52AGER5AP.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...A52AGER5AP.jpg

Chuckaluck Jul 29, 2013 4:00 PM

Before the Richfield Building when parking spaces were plentiful.


Charles Koppel's 1840 depiction the Spanish settlement in the area of downtown L. A. known today as El Pueblo. (Allegedly the first published drawing - http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/Univ...ames/leap.html )


http://www.thehiddentreasure.org/fil...angeles_lg.jpg http://www.thehiddentreasure.org/fil...angeles_lg.jpg

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...73VHHCE8VX.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...73VHHCE8VX.jpg

Chuckaluck Jul 29, 2013 4:11 PM

1915 - Mrs. Hart's Apartment House. Wonderful adobe look. Straight from Santa Fe or Albuquerque? Well insulated. (Somewhere in or near Pasadena.)
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...TUCAYUF3BF.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...TUCAYUF3BF.jpg





1920 - The "American" Apartment House. (Also in or near Pasadena.)

Hitching post? Backstop for Street Hockey? Mature trees were given "boxed" treatment.
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...SM5JA9LIGE.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...SM5JA9LIGE.jpg

Chuckaluck Jul 29, 2013 5:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5232965)
I just solved my own mystery.

The building in question was the Ebell Club when it was located on Figueroa.

http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/9...llfigueroa.jpg
usc digital archive



The first Ebell Club was located on Broadway (this photo is from 1905). For some reason I love this rather odd looking building.

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/12/...oadway1905.jpg
usc digital archive


I don't remember seeing either of these photos in the USC archive before.


But where was the "Women's Club" or "Women's Club House" ? (If only Mayor Shaw or Gladys Root were around to tell the true story.)

1901
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...NTHPD72VCU.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...NTHPD72VCU.jpg

Chuckaluck Jul 29, 2013 5:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6213545)
This is, by far the scariest photograph of the Echo Mountain Incline Railway that I've seen. (1890s)
http://imageshack.us/a/img62/3219/qx2k.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Photograph...item2ec9567550
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1898 Mt Lowe from Altadena (Does not look that steep from here!)
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...R2N5M6651E.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...R2N5M6651E.jpg



1893 - Less challenging terrain. Nice view.
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...ED1TIIK543.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...ED1TIIK543.jpg

GaylordWilshire Jul 29, 2013 6:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6214040)
But where was the "Women's Club" or "Women's Club House" ? (If only Mayor Shaw or Gladys Root were around to tell the true story.)

1901
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...NTHPD72VCU.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...NTHPD72VCU.jpg


It was at 940 S Figueroa-- this was the Friday Morning's club house before it was replaced with the one that still stands on the same spot. The two big women's clubs both had buildings on S Fig--the Ebell was at 1719 before moving to Wilshire. More in a recent post of ER's:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=13835


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-W...2520PM.bmp.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-7...2520PM.bmp.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V...2520PM.bmp.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-T...2520PM.bmp.jpg


ebay/LAPL


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