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CityBoyDoug Oct 8, 2013 4:42 AM

Kiddyland....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hollywood Graham (Post 6293806)
Ralph Story;s video is outstanding. I have seen it many times when KCET aires it. They mention Lucas Kidde Land on Beverly but I remember one on Riverside Drive near Fletcher Dr. before the G.S. Freeway was built. Does anyone have photos?

We lived in the area you describe HG. This is a photo of myself and my older brother. This could easily be that location. They also had a round-n-round boat ride. This photo was taken in 1946.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps2e6af56f.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psbf90ff8b.jpg
personal collection

HossC Oct 8, 2013 4:06 PM

:previous:
Great pictures, CBD. These personal photos/recollections really add to the mix in this thread.


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While I was looking through the city directories the other day I came across this large advert for Hotel Leighton. Situated opposite Westlake Park, I can't find any previous references to it in this thread. According to Google Books:

"Hotel Leighton was designed by John C. Austin and built by George A. Leighton in 1904. It originally had 104 rooms but was expanded in 1912 to include the block between Alvarado and Lake Streets. Many Southern California Tennis Club tournaments were played on its tennis courts during World War I."

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ALeighton1.jpg
rescarta.lapl.org

The picture in the advert appears to be based on the one in this postcard:

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ALeighton2.jpg
www.image-archeology.com

The image was even used on their stationery:

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ALeighton6.jpg
Ebay

Hotel Leighton seems to have been a popular subject for postcards. Here's a quick round-up:

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ALeighton3.jpg
Elizabeth Fuller on Flickr, www.image-archeology.com and Ebay

There's a couple of pictures of Hotel Leighton on the USC site. This undated photo shows concrete sidewalks, but unpaved roads.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ALeighton4.jpg
USC Digital Library

I'm not exactly sure how long Hotel Leighton survived. It's still there on the 1980 view on Historic Aerials, but gone by the 1989 view on Google Earth. Here's what's there today!

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ALeighton5.jpg
GSV

Finally, does anyone know if there's any connection between the Hotel Leighton and Leighton's Restaurant which used to occupy the first floor of the Amestoy Hotel. The close-up below is from a picture dated 1935. There's another picture on the USC site from 1938/39 where the sign says "Leighton Dairy Lunch".

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ALeighton7.jpg
USC Digital Library

GaylordWilshire Oct 8, 2013 5:54 PM

:previous:

Part 1: Some miscellaneous Leighton (and more on Ocean View Ave)


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-F...2520PM.bmp.jpghttps://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_...onexpCOMPL.jpg
LATimes Feb 23, 1905, and June 9, 1912


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-t...ablesCOMPL.jpghttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-P...2520PM.bmp.jpg
LATimes Sept 18, 1910

...and 2530 Ocean View today.


More on Ocean View Ave. here:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=12552

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=12578


LAT, GSV

GaylordWilshire Oct 8, 2013 6:52 PM

:previous:


Part 2: LEIGHTON NOIR! Featuring Our Lady of the Hershey Arms, Helen Mathewson:


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-H...0/LFTOPREV.jpg
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-O...0/LFMIDDLE.jpg


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0...0/lfBOTTOM.jpg
LATimes Oct 12, 1907

GaylordWilshire Oct 9, 2013 1:49 AM

Now this is sad--the Crouch Memorial Church at 1001 East 27th & Paloma went up in flames today. I was certain we covered this church here before--it's in one of those amazing eastside neighborhoods of blocks and blocks of neat, intact Victorian cottages--but I couldn't find any prior posts.


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-o...043%2520PM.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6...2520PM.bmp.jpg

The news is reporting that this church was built in 1896; it appears, though, that the original congregation built a new building nine years later across the street from its first one:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Q...2520PM.bmp.jpghttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-O...2520PM.bmp.jpghttps://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5...2520PM.bmp.jpg
LATimes Nov 21, 1895 and Dec 17, 1905; LAHerald Dec 18, 1905

GSV, http://laist.com/2013/10/08/fire_at_..._firefight.php


I might have been thinking of this prior post:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...st#post5635277

Barry Bird Oct 9, 2013 4:03 PM

Tar Pits area picture
 
I can see some early 1950s Chevys in this pic

Flyingwedge Oct 9, 2013 10:18 PM

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar / October 12 @ USC
 
For those residing in or visiting the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area this Saturday:

http://www.laassubject.org/index.php/archives_bazaar

Admission is free!

Martin Pal Oct 9, 2013 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6292637)
While we're talking about YouTube films, back in post #5849, GW posted a link to an hour-long 1995 feature called Things That Aren't Here Anymore with Ralph Story. Sadly, by the time I reached that post, the video has been removed for copyright breach. However, when I watched the extract about Lucas Kiddie Land/Beverly Park that GW posted in post #1811, I found that someone else had uploaded the hour-long version again (see link below).

It covers so many of the places that have come up in this thread, many in moving pictures, interspersed with interviews. Here's my quick list: The CBS/KNX building; The Hollywoodland sign; Red cars; Clifton's Pacific Seas; Cawston's Ostrich Farm; Mount Lowe Railway; The Pike at Long Beach; Gay's Lion Farm; Marineland; Ocean Park Pier; Angel's Flight (still in storage at time of filming); The Honeymoon Elevator; Rifle and Pistol Shooting sign; Drive-in restarants; Shaped buildings; Central Avenue; Helms Bakery; Bullocks Wilshire; Gilmore Stadium; China City; The Spruce Goose; Schwab's; The Garden of Allah; The Cocoanut Grove; The NBC building.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...AArentHere.jpg
Things That Aren't Here Anymore with Ralph Story (KCET - PBS)

If it hasn't been noted before, in addition to the above program, there were two sequels:

"More Things That Aren't Here Any More" with Ralph Story and a later one,
"Things That Aren't Here Any More, Part 3."

KCET (which, within the last 1-2 years, is no longer the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, but an independent station) still shows the first two regularly and if you can find the channel, they're airing them soon:

THINGS THAT AREN'T HERE ANYMORE
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 - 2:00 PM - KCET-HD
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 - 12:00 PM - KCET-HD

MORE THINGS THAT AREN'T HERE ANYMORE
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 - 11:00 AM - KCET-HD
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 - 1:30 PM - KCET-HD

A few things I recall covered in the second part were Hollywood's Brown Derby, Gilmore Stadium, a minor-league field, the steamships of Catalina Island and the original McDonald's restaurant.

The third part was produced a few years after these and, for whatever reason, I haven't seen KCET run that one much at all since it first aired. (2010, I believe?)

Perhaps they all can be found on youtube at some links, I haven't checked, but this is what was featured in the third part:

Things That Aren’t Here Anymore, Part 3
Revisit the nightclubs, restaurants, stores, family attractions and hangouts that created fond memories for a generation of people growing up and living in Southern California, in this program celebrating L.A.’s treasured, but lost, places of the 1960's, 70's and 80's. Highlights include: Music venues like The Starwood, Rodney's English Disco and Pandora's Box, the last billed as the first "teen club" on the Sunset Strip, which helped give legendary groups like The Beach Boys their start; Great Los Angeles restaurants, from Tail 'O The Pup, the landmark hot dog stand shaped like an enormous hot dog to Chasen's, the elegant restaurant of choice for Hollywood's elite; Family attractions, such as Orange County's Japanese Village and Deer Park, drive-in movie theaters and C.C. Brown's, the famous ice cream shop on Hollywood Boulevard that, according to some, invented the ice cream sundae; and Great Southern California hang-outs, from Tower Records on the Sunset Strip to the first incarnation of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, which helped create 80's Valley Girl culture. Stories and memories of these gone-but-not forgotten locales come to life through the people who experienced these memorable places first hand, including KROQ radio personality Rodney Bingenheimer, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti (now Los Angeles Mayor), Cherie Currie of the Runaways, music historian Harvey Kubernick, writer Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Ed Pearl, the owner of the Ash Grove. Produced by Saul Gonzalez and Isaac Mizrahi.

Martin Pal Oct 9, 2013 11:02 PM

Another Thing Not Here Anymore!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6293921)
Worth the 8½ minutes is this great 1965 video... Everything from the house above to hilarious outtakes of Strait-Jacket to Jax to Jay Sebring, Mary Pickford, Francis X. Bushman, and a rather curious sequence beginning at :45 featuring two possibilities for Henry Willson...if he was still around in 1965.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXcdm...ature=youtu.be

Henry Willson was still around then, but, alas, after only a couple days since your post this video isn't!

"This video has been removed by the user."

Perhaps you could describe it for me, heh!

ethereal_reality Oct 10, 2013 12:47 AM

The 'Dead End Kids'
http://imageshack.us/a/img546/4262/70wo.jpg
ebay

http://imageshack.us/a/img812/9682/k6bb.jpg
reverse/info.
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ethereal_reality Oct 10, 2013 12:53 AM

Charlie Chaplin with one of cinema's earliest femme fatales, Pola Negri.

rare
http://imageshack.us/a/img266/4175/mah6.jpg
ebay
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ethereal_reality Oct 10, 2013 1:05 AM

First and Main, 1926
http://imageshack.us/a/img51/6564/2cbi.jpg
found on ebay
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GaylordWilshire Oct 10, 2013 1:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6297394)
Henry Willson was still around then, but, alas, after only a couple days since your post this video isn't!

"This video has been removed by the user."

Perhaps you could describe it for me, heh!


I don't know what happened to that link, but the same video is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rhpoEzu59c

Catch it while you can!

GaylordWilshire Oct 10, 2013 2:09 AM

This is for ER:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-6...2520PM.bmp.jpg

I looked for anything that might have been posted on Lewellyn Manor here, but nothing came up (sometimes I'm surprised that we haven't covered every square inch of old L.A. by now).... The Manor, seen below at right, was built by developer Lewellyn J. Smith in 1926; two years before he'd built the Rampart Theater just across the alley to the west.

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

Info on the Rampart: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2349

theeastsiderla, GSV

ethereal_reality Oct 10, 2013 2:54 AM

:previous: I love the old Lewellyn roof top sign GW!
Going on four years with 'noirish Los Angeles', and we still can make discoveries like this. -pretty amazing. :)

thingsbuilt Oct 10, 2013 5:08 AM

Lewellyn Manor Update!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6297653)
This is for ER:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-6...2520PM.bmp.jpg

I looked for anything that might have been posted on Lewellyn Manor here, but nothing came up (sometimes I'm surprised that we haven't covered every square inch of old L.A. by now).... The Manor, seen below at right, was built by developer Lewellyn J. Smith in 1926; two years before he'd built the Rampart Theater just across the alley to the west.

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

Info on the Rampart: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2349

theeastsiderla, GSV

Hello-
If I can, I will upload a snapshot I took 2 days ago, of a "wall" which
they erected on the roof which covers cellphone transmitters, but also half of the sign itself. Bear with me, as I have only responded to a post once before and I didn't do it correctly.http://http://www.theeastsiderla.com...town-building/

okay, so I couldn't insert a photo because it asked for a URL, so I put in
the page from the Eastsider, which features my photo.
Let's see how this works.

Anyway, the "wall" was hoisted up using a big crane 2 weeks ago, and
Monday night it got tagged royally, so it's quite a picture. I've got the local City COuncilman on it, and an inspector, and also we heard from someone with a neighborhood council. /Users/DFI/Desktop/lewellyn sign 2.jpg

If no picture comes through here, go to the Eastsider, and check it out.
It really destroys the original sign. The building was/was not sold a few months ago for 4 million dollars (Eastsider says no, Curbed LA says yes),
and we also have heard from a neighborhood person that actor Jack Nicholson owned the building in the mid to late 1970's.

Sure wish I could post my snapshot but I will figure it out I guess.
I have tried dragging it into the text... maybe we'll see.

Upon review, it seems neither my photo or my link worked. Sorry again.

sr
Rampart area

thingsbuilt Oct 10, 2013 5:22 AM

http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/...3/10182205064/

photo won't upload

thingsbuilt Oct 10, 2013 5:25 AM

follow-up on picture posting/Lewellyn
 
http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/...3/10182311865/

this week, at the Lewellyn, photo of tagging, from my flickr

won't upload, can't delete whole comment, sorry.

have a good night

sr

thingsbuilt Oct 10, 2013 5:49 AM

I give up.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/101670485@N03/10182311865/[/IMG]

GaylordWilshire Oct 10, 2013 11:37 AM

:previous:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0...%25202-001.jpg


Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6297653)
This is for ER:
theeastsiderla, GSV


Sorry you had all that trouble, thingsbuilt. I probably should have made access to the story clearer than the abbreviation of it above.

For a story on the current state of the sign, see http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2013/1...town-building/.


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