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BifRayRock Dec 28, 2013 7:30 PM


Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6358167)
Chuckaluck's picture above provides a nice segue between Carpenter's Sandwiches (far right) and the view down Wilshire that I've been looking at.

I know the tiled Texaco service station at New Hampshire and Wilshire has been on NLA several times before, but I think this close-up is new. The service station stood nearly opposite the I. Magnin store - for a wider shot of both, and a lot more history of this block, see GW's blogspot post on 3240 Wilshire Boulevard.
USC Digital Library

Here's a better view of the service station. Again, I know that similar pictures have been posted before, but I don't remember seeing this one with the Green T Cafe on the left. There's three zoomable pictures in the set (link below image).
USC Digital Library

Of course, this is the old Calpet station, but I did doubt that for a while because e-r's earlier picture makes it look like the wings sweep back.

I now realize that it's just an optical illusion/camera trickery, as can be seen in the picture below. The Calpet station was adorned with far less signage than the later Texaco.
California State Library


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5895853)
A fantastic postcard from the 1920s.

1926 Treatment

ethereal_reality Dec 28, 2013 8:44 PM

:previous: Excellent find BRR!
It's fun seeing the Rossyln Hotel in that music video jtown. (it's a good song as well)

4113 Honduras Street, Los Angeles, circa 1907

I searched for 4113 Honduras Street, but Honduras Street doesn't start until 43rd Street,
and continues south to 48th Street.

I checked my 1947 Los Angeles street map and it also has Honduras running from 43rd to 48th.

ethereal_reality Dec 28, 2013 9:28 PM

Here's an impressive snapshot of the Bank of Italy building I found a few months ago on ebay.
At right is the Los Angeles Post Office, and in the distance at far left is the crenelated tower of the old Los Angeles Times building.

All the buildings in this photograph are gone.

More photographs of the Bank of Italy here.

example from earlier post

The post office (shaped like a backward C) next to the Bank of Italy at lower right.


ethereal_reality Dec 28, 2013 10:43 PM

I've never heard of this place before.

street view today/zzzzz
At first I wasn't sure if Omar's Dome was located in the left side of the blue building or in the two story Hotel Clark annex.

then I found 436 on the roof of the American Mart blue building. (I had missed it before)

HossC Dec 28, 2013 11:03 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6387276)
I searched for 4113 Honduras Street, but Honduras Street doesn't start until 43rd Street,
and continues south to 48th Street.

I checked my 1947 Los Angeles street map and it also has Honduras running from 43rd to 48th.

The Baist maps show the street at the north end of Honduras as 42nd Street instead of 43rd Street.

This seems to be confirmed by the early City Directories. Up to 1923, the numbering started at 4100, but changed to 4200 from 1926. The 4200 starting number can still be seen in the 1942 CD, but by 1956 it has become 4300, so I assume 42nd had become 43rd by then. Oddly, although the early CDs list numbering that starts at 4100, I couldn't find any addresses under 4200.

ethereal_reality Dec 29, 2013 12:17 AM

:previous: -Very interesting HossC. I thought perhaps the bricklayer had written the wrong address,
but this proves there were 4100 street numbers on Honduras St.

HossC Dec 29, 2013 12:32 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6387367)
I've never heard of this place before.

The City Directories list Omar's Dome through the second half of the 1930s. In 1939 it's listed as Omar's Dome Corp at 440 S Hill instead of 436.

I found this 1939 image of Hill Street.
USC Digital Library

It's difficult to see, but "OMAR'S DOME" is just visible on the blade sign above the word "CAFE". USC says it's the Town Theatre that's showing 'Gunga Din'.
Detail of image above.

ethereal_reality Dec 29, 2013 1:50 AM



It looks as if Omar's Dome is now a Grants store.

Omar's neighbor, the Town Theater on it's last legs in 1965.

...reincarnated as a Pussycat Theater in the 1970s


BifRayRock Dec 29, 2013 2:13 AM

Another interesting Richfield Station. Los Angeles location, specific address undetermined. Fascinating figureheads adorning the roof supports.


Speaking of treatments, here is one for the Auto Club's tiled dome, by same Calpet architect.

Albany NY Dec 29, 2013 2:23 AM

Is it California, or Michigan?

Originally Posted by jtown (Post 6387196)
Well, I'm about a year behind you in reading through the thread, but like many of you, I'm learning a lot about this city.

Following the threads about the Hotel Rosslyn, I took a break and was watching a music video by Andy Grammer yesterday. I did a spit-take as I saw the Rosslyn loom in the background of this very contemporary and hip vid. Because I'm a year behind, I don't know if this has been posted. I didn't find anything doing a search.

I'm posting the video. You can see the cameo by Rosslyn at about 2:22

Video Link

Video from

Loved the video. Andy Grammer has a nice style and and great voice. Great sense of humor, too. I remember seeing the Rosslyn in the background of some scenes from the 1977-78 ABC series "Lucan". It was supposed to be Detroit in the winter (didn't know they have palm trees in Michigan!). The main action in those scenes took place a few doors away down South Main Street in a seedy series of buildings that are long gone. BTW, welcome. And take your time getting caught up with the forum. It's a long journey, and a great ride!

ethereal_reality Dec 29, 2013 2:37 AM

...yet another view of B of I and P.O., circa 1910.


BifRayRock Dec 29, 2013 2:39 AM


Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 6072716)



Dr. Peter Janss -

BifRayRock Dec 29, 2013 2:57 AM

455 South Lorraine, built by Janss in 1913.

Cozy, modern, beautified, frigidare, restricted.


Krell58 Dec 29, 2013 5:25 AM

I watched the old movie "Falling Down" the other day. It was nice to know where the locations mentioned in the movie actually are.

FredH Dec 29, 2013 5:53 AM

Mid-City Cut Rate Drug Store, 3773 South Western, Los Angeles. Circa 1941

High res image here:

(Check out the rot gut booze prices on the wall)

Google Street View

AlvaroLegido Dec 29, 2013 11:46 AM

From North (East) to South (West)

Originally Posted by FredH (Post 6386921)
China City gets burned out - 1939 (photo taken from Ord Street - looking south)

But what is in the background of the photo is also interesting:

Main Street: (corner of Main and Alameda)

A little more south on Main

South a little more on Main:

Back on Alameda - a new Union Station:

Way down on Main Street is the original Brunswig Drug building and the annex next door. Spring Street runs along the bottom of the photo:

Very unexpected find, Fred ! This pristine and narrow section (Spring, Main & Alameda) was always photographed from South to North.

BifRayRock Dec 29, 2013 1:20 PM

Sixteen tons of fun? A steam propelled floatilla - Not officially part of any organized New Year's celebration.

1938 - Pasadena Public Works


Happy New Year!

HossC Dec 29, 2013 2:07 PM

To complement yesterday's 1939 picture of the south side of Hill Street from Fifth (Omar's Dome), this one shows the north side. It was also taken in 1939, but the Town Theatre is showing an unidentified Barrymore movie, so it wasn't taken on the same day.
USC Digital Library

Off in the distance, you can see straight through the Hill Street tunnels.
Detail of image above.

Earl Boebert Dec 29, 2013 5:15 PM

Apologies if this has been posted before. Captain Billy on the right, I presume.

(From Paul Malon's Flickr stream, with thanks.)



CityBoyDoug Dec 29, 2013 6:01 PM

From River City to Los Angeles....

Originally Posted by Earl Boebert (Post 6387824)

Apologies if this has been posted before. Captain Billy on the right, I presume.

(From Paul Malon's Flickr stream, with thanks.)



This magazine was a naughty bawdy collection from Fawcett that's mentioned in the Music Man.
Link tells the history of Whizbang....:tup::tup:

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