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Godzilla Nov 1, 2014 12:37 AM

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Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6790580)
The Realart Beauty Salon on seems to appear in the 1927 CD, although Ruby Hogan (the proprietor) appears at 551 S Broadway in 1926, 1929 and 1932.


LAPL

The classified listing gives us a better clue about the Paramount connection.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...lartSalon2.jpg
LAPL



Good follow up. Unless "the tiara" was a false facade, I wonder if part of the original image was airbrushed. Surely the windows and fire escape were functional, or maybe not. The easily found images and their descriptions add to the confusion between the two Paramounts. Sixth, Hill, and Broadway.







1925 "Grauman's" Metropolitan
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015142.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015142.jpg




http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1316139233http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1316139233

http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1314221809http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1314221809



http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1311276457http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1311276457



Maybe it is time to rethink the commonly accepted notion that the Tower theater was the first Los Angeles movie palace to be air conditioned.


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Department stores proved to be the warm-up act, however, to a kind of public installation that would truly put centrifugal chillers and comfort air conditioning on the map: movie theaters. Carrier set about conquering the theater industry in three giant steps. First came the successful installation of comfort air at Sid Grauman's Metropolitan Theatre in Los Angeles. While employing traditional ammonia refrigeration, the installation introduced two striking advances in modern air conditioning, bypass circulation and down-draft distribution systems. Together these improvements changed the economics of theater installations and improved the experience of moviegoers by replacing the cold chill of "mushroom" vents at their feet with a gentle flow of air from ceiling registers. The Palace Theatre in Dallas and The Texan in Houston represented the second important step, becoming the first theaters to successfully install complete Carrier systems including centrifugal chillers, down-draft and bypass.http://www.williscarrier.com/m/1923-1929.php
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Sid Grauman's Metropolitan Theatre in Los Angeles offered moviegoers luxury and comfort, courtesy of centrifugal chillers by Carrie
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...LP181HAFCC.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...LP181HAFCC.jpg and http://www.williscarrier.com/images/...ur_small02.jpg




Quote:

The Carrier Unit Air Conditioner premiered in 1928 as a way for small-store owners to compete with large retailers.
1928
http://www.williscarrier.com/images/...ur_small04.jpghttp://www.williscarrier.com/images/...ur_small04.jpg




194x - Paramount Metropolitan
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...XM1768AA98.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...XM1768AA98.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...C653I6S9E9.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...C653I6S9E9.jpg



http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...PVYNK8L7BE.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...PVYNK8L7BE.jpg



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1928 Metropolitan facade
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015141.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015141.jpg


1926 - Sixth and Hill
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015143.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015143.jpg



Broadway entrance to Metropolitan Theater
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015147.jpg

FredH Nov 1, 2014 5:59 AM

C. King, HossC, CityBoyDoug, and JScott - thanks for all the fascinating information on this photo

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps1a8c6ea8.jpg
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/67973/rec/17

I can't believe you found the monument, too.

I wonder why the tablet was left behind.

The cannon is probably around somewhere too.

Again, thanks!

FredH Nov 1, 2014 6:49 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6789830)
Rediscovered speakeasy in the basement of the Rosslyn Hotel annex.
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-r...ry.html#page=1

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/yj9r3o.jpg
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-r...ry.html#page=1



excerpt
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/910/owmMrl.jpg
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-r...ry.html#page=1




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/teZmw6.jpg
http://www.latimes.com/local/great-r...htbox=81831645

A hand-painted desert scene adorns a side window of the long forgotten Monterey Room.
Patrons could access the speakeasy through a marble-lined tunnel beneath 5th Street.

What a perfect story for Halloween! It sends my imagination soaring.

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ER - I think you may have forgotten some old Noirish L.A. history here. These photos were taken down in the tunnel that goes
between the Rosslyn Hotel and the annex across Fifth Street.

Back in January, 2012 3940dxer (after hearing rumors of the tunnel) talked his way down there and produced this great post:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=5940


I believe there was also another post of a murder in the club.


Here are a few more photos from the L.A. Times story:

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...psab8f5f0d.jpg
L.A. Times

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps3264ef65.jpg
L.A. Times

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps7fd66b4f.jpg
L.A. Times

HossC Nov 1, 2014 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6790571)

...

but I couldn't find where this happens...a side street?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/T3Nbbu.jpg

You can see in the roadway where trucks have been turning in there (leaving white dirt on the road)

That side street where the trucks were turning was an access ramp which survived into the 1980s. It can be seen roughly in the middle of this 1980 aerial view. Other than the hangar-like structure, the area was pretty much empty at the time.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...AMacyRamp1.jpg
Historic Aerials

The ramp also appeared in a season 5 (1982) episode of 'CHiPs' called 'The Game of War'.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...AMacyRamp2.jpg
MGM TV/Rosner TV

Today, this wall is all that's left to mark where the ramp once stood.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...AMacyRamp3.jpg
Google Maps

ethereal_reality Nov 1, 2014 3:22 PM

:previous: Thanks for locating the 'ghost' ramp HossC. -much appreciated.

When I was in the area I noticed the ornate lamp-posts further west on Macy behind the MTA Building. Are these replicas or did the lps once extend
from the Macy Viaduct all the way to Union Station. (maybe we've discussed this before. I can't remember)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/nEqgCE.jpg
GSV

They're missing in this photo, that I believe is a view along Macy.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=24440

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ethereal_reality Nov 1, 2014 5:40 PM

Jean Harlow at a Horned Toad Derby, 1931.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/633/rshMsy.jpg
http://jnpickens.files.wordpress.com...-derby1931.jpg

No location given. -maybe Los Angeles County Fair?

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ethereal_reality Nov 1, 2014 6:46 PM

Junk Cafe, 'China City' Los Angeles 1940s

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/arEBIj.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-PHOTO-CH...item3a9a7fad87



For newcomers to NLA:
Go here to see other photos of 'China City' (not to be confused with the 'New Chinatown')
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=14501

FredH outlined the area that was 'China city' here: (very interesting post)
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=18098

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ethereal_reality Nov 1, 2014 7:30 PM

"Jouanneau family album,early 1920s, mostly 3932 Seneca Avenue, Los Angeles"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/XeHABI.jpg
ebay


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/0XA5Rs.jpg
ebay



http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/674/SnXQ7Q.jpg
ebay



3932 Seneca Avenue today (I'd like to get my hands on the guy who built that hideous fence)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/674/12c9mv.jpg
GSV



http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/ZnPygG.jpg
GSV




My, how these Palms have grown!
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/911/Q4HwqA.jpg
google_earth / street view

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/n9wVqJ.jpg
ebay

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ethereal_reality Nov 1, 2014 7:46 PM

Air crash / Griffith Park / 1935

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/674/mLmiJE.jpg
ebay


Sad, sad story. :(

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/674/ccJdzF.jpg

alanlutz Nov 1, 2014 8:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6791119)
Junk Cafe, 'China City' Los Angeles 1940s

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/arEBIj.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-PHOTO-CH...item3a9a7fad87



For newcomers to NLA:
Go here to see other photos of 'China City' (not to be confused with the 'Chinatown')
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=14501

FredH outlined the area that was 'China city' here: (very interesting)
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=18098

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Fred and ER (and NLA readers),
I just finished reading the story of The Plaza, Sacred and Contested Space, and much was said about Christine Sterling's involvement in creating a Mexican shopping area at Olvera Street. It also explained how she wanted to do the same for the displaced Chinese when LAUPT was built. Here is a quote and a web site that talks about China City:

"Little has been written about Christine Sterling’s ten-year venture known as China City, which opened on June 7th, 1938 and was mysteriously destroyed by fire September 2nd, 1948.[iii] The project was Sterling’s attempt to fill a gap left when most of Old Chinatown was destroyed to make way for the new Union Station. Sterling envisioned a Chinese-themed tourist attraction, modeled after a Hollywood movie set, that would attract visitors to the Old Plaza area while at the same time providing jobs for the Chinese American community. Relegated by most historians to a footnote in the history of Los Angeles, China City played a pivotal role in the lives of many Chinese Americans who lived in the city in the 1930s and 1940s."

http://chssc.org/History/ChinatownRe...hina_City.aspx

Otis Criblecoblis Nov 1, 2014 8:57 PM

Big 60 Incher
 
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6785542)
Here's the 60-inch Mt. Wilson telescope as it appeared in 1908.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/4wlz60.jpg
http://www.astrosurf.com/re/history_telescope.html
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Thanks for the great picture!

Here's what it looks like now, from my private collection:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TTu-rFQ3oe...0/IMG_8369.jpg

That's my friend the docent in the picture. He operates this telescope.

As you can see, the scope has been modified, but it's still largely the same thang.

FredH Nov 1, 2014 9:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6791119)
Junk Cafe, 'China City' Los Angeles 1940s

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/arEBIj.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-PHOTO-CH...item3a9a7fad87



For newcomers to NLA:
Go here to see other photos of 'China City' (not to be confused with the 'Chinatown')
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=14501

FredH outlined the area that was 'China city' here: (very interesting)
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=18098

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The Chinese Junk Cafe was located right next to the China City gate on Main Street.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps9d72524e.jpg
LAPL


This looks like an earlier photo:

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps1162e8f2.jpg
LAPL


The China City gate on Main Street was located about here. Phillipes is right above it at Ord and Alameda. You can see where Main Street has been re-routed.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps96e07a41.jpg
Google Maps


I wonder if that little white building inside the red circle is what is left of the Chinese Junk Cafe???

ethereal_reality Nov 1, 2014 9:15 PM

:previous: Good eye FredH. I never noticed the Junk Cafe by the China City gate before (it's name is partially obscured by that globe lantern thingy.

It would be so cool if that little white building is the old Junk Cafe building. Let's break into it! ;)
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unihikid Nov 1, 2014 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6790635)
Good follow up. Unless "the tiara" was a false facade, I wonder if part of the original image was airbrushed. Surely the windows and fire escape were functional, or maybe not. The easily found images and their descriptions add to the confusion between the two Paramounts. Sixth, Hill, and Broadway.







1925 "Grauman's" Metropolitan
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015142.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015142.jpg




http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1316139233http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1316139233

http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1314221809http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1314221809



http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1311276457http://photos.cinematreasures.org/pr...jpg?1311276457



Maybe it is time to rethink the commonly accepted notion that the Tower theater was the first Los Angeles movie palace to be air conditioned.


http://www.williscarrier.com/images/...ur_small01.jpghttp://www.williscarrier.com/images/...ur_small01.jpg


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1928
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194x - Paramount Metropolitan
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http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...FL1VMPKCHX.jpghttp://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...FL1VMPKCHX.jpg



1928 Metropolitan facade
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015141.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015141.jpg


1926 - Sixth and Hill
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015143.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015143.jpg



Broadway entrance to Metropolitan Theater
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater2/00015147.jpg

wow wow wow! interior pics of the Metro! thats great. When i was active in cinematreasures they had some pics of the exterior,and only interior pics of demo. I also remember there being a remnant of the annex building on broadway? I sure wish they didnt get rid of this theatre.

Godzilla Nov 2, 2014 12:16 AM

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Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6787426)
The movie opens with this view of the Pantages (later Warner) Theatre at 7th and Hill, with the Los Angeles Athletic Club behind. The theatre only opened a year before 'Never Weaken' was released.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...verWeaken1.jpg


A lot of information in this image.


1927 - Seventh and Hill Streets
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Another sidewalk clock
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Godzilla Nov 2, 2014 1:17 AM

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Originally Posted by mdiederi (Post 5161907)
There was an earlier "French Village" that got torn down, but it wasn't on sunset:

The Lost French Village of Hollywood

Complete story here:
http://paradiseleased.wordpress.com/...-of-hollywood/

The French Village, 1920, an enchanting little group of bungalows and artist’s studios, was designed by architects
Walter S. and F. Pierpont Davis (who also designed the Roman Gardens at 2000 North Highland Avenue 1926 and the
Court of the Fountains (today known as Villa D’Este) at 1355 North Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood 1928), and their
partner Henry F. Withey, on the corner of Cahuenga and Highland. Each of the cottages were completely unique in design
and personality. The French Village was intended for the transitory well-to-do and its construction led to ever more
elaborate apartment courts in Hollywood.

Original 1920 site plan for the French Village:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...illage-1a2.jpg

The Monkey House named for an elaborate and whimsical bas-relief carving of a group of monkeys cavorting over the home’s entrance.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...village-81.jpg
Minnie Sweet Muchmore, a well-known artist and interior decorator, was the first occupant of the Monkey House.

Tower House:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ower-house.jpg
Legendary designer Gilbert Adrian lived in the Tower House.

1925 modification for street widening.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...illage-2-2.jpg

House of Jonah & the Whale, House of the Virgin Mary and the House of Henry the Fourth studio:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...d-henry-iv.jpg
Prominent landscape architect Stuart Chisholm lived in the House of Henry the Fourth


French Pavilion with its elaborate tapestry brickwork:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...-pavillion.jpg
By 1930, the French Pavilion had been taken over by writer Cyril Hume and his wife, actress Helen Chandler.
Both were to achieve notable successes while living at the French Village, Hume as the screenwriter for
Tarzan of the Apes for MGM and Chandler as “Mina,” the object of Bela Lugosi’s unholy desires in Dracula (1931).

Throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s, the French Village continued to serve the artistic community
with a steady roster of actors, writers, costume designers, dance instructors and singing coaches
in residence. But that all came to an end with the construction of the Hollywood Freeway.

The site today.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...-highland1.jpg

Hollywood Freeway under construction 1952.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...04-0107vhr.jpg
uscdl




More of the French Village at approximately 2400 N. Highland.



Before the Hollywood Freeway another fascinating interchange.



~1938 , Southern portion of Cahuenga Pass in foreground and crossing to the left. Highland Ave to the right. Hollywood Bowl is around the bend to the right.
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:previous: Were the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Plaza Hotel (1637 N Vine) or Park Plaza Hotel affiliated sister hotels?


1637 N Vine, former home of the "It Cafe." Currently a hostel

http://losangeles.hotspotphotos.com/...rdnerHome1.jpghttp://losangeles.hotspotphotos.com/...rdnerHome1.jpg

http://s.lnimg.com/photo/poster_768/...493b9559ed.jpghttp://s.lnimg.com/photo/poster_768/...493b9559ed.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5953773)


Circa December 1937 - Hollywood Plaza Hotel, 1637 North Vine Blvd.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics30/00064747.jpglapl


Godzilla Nov 2, 2014 3:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 5715967)



If this structure was built in ~'26, per GW's blog it would appear that it replaced Dr. Henderson Hayward's residence (2501 Wilshire). http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogspot.com/ I wondered about the next few residences to the west of the Hayward homestead, on the same block toward South Coronado Street. Edit: GW's blog answers this question here: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...e-see-our.html The Effie Neustadt home at 2515 Wilshire.


1935 - South Coronado Street and Wilshire Blvd. Standard Station next to a vine-covered home. Notice the Asbury and Park Plaza in the background. Eye catching tree trimming.
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Junior?
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Godzilla Nov 2, 2014 3:56 AM

1927 - An NLA assortment

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Mae Murray Apts? 611 S Virgil Ave

Related to the inspiration for Norma Desmond, aka Miss Itsy Poo of 1922?
http://hollywoodrevue.files.wordpres...-apartment.jpghttp://hollywoodrevue.files.wordpres...-apartment.jpg



Mae Murray was no stranger to Los Angeles litigation.

Lesson: Soft organ musak inveiglement can be hazardous.

Quote:

Here are Jack Donovan, film actor, and the "house that Jack built" and sold to Mae Murray, famous star, for $50,000. Miss Murray claims she was inveigled by soft organ music, alluring lighting effects and flattering words into contracting to pay too much for the home, so she sued Donovan on charges of fraud. Donovan asserts he made $6000 improvements and Miss Murray coaxed for one window to be changed 11 times. They'll fight it out in court, tomorrow.
March 21, 1928. Defendant Jack Donovan
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics47/00058265.jpghttp://jpg2.lapl.org/pics47/00058265.jpg




Quote:

She had built an enormous mansion on the sand at 64th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, across the street from the Del Rey Lagoon and a few yards from Ballona Creek, where she was quite the hostess. She became notorious for her beachfront parties, attended by a virtual Who’s Who in Hollywood and lasting days at a time. Apparently she owned stock in some of the oil wells that were located in her own back yard.


As if following a modern-day script that is so familiar, her rise to fame was seconded only by her fall into poverty. By 1933 Murray was broke and ordered by the court to sell her opulent Playa Del Rey estate to pay a judgment against her. Her life was never the same after that. The lawsuit that resulted in the judgment was entered by Rosemary Stack, mother of future actor Robert Stack http://www.thewrap.com/movies/blog-p...ys-star-19322/
1940 - Beach erosion around former Mae Murray home at 64th Ave, in Venice.
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FredH Nov 2, 2014 4:25 AM

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Godzilla - All I can say is...What the Hell !!!??? This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. Any idea what is there today?



Very nice post on the French Village. After all that was there before, this is very sad.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps56f514eb.jpg

Handsome Stranger Nov 2, 2014 4:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6787061)

I was rather fascinated by this LIFE cover, in large part because I grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA, in the 1960s and 1970s. Sadly, after locating this issue of LIFE at Google Books, it appears that this is not from the beach town to the south of Los Angeles. The accompanying article concerns female lifeguards at Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, New York. (See page 31.)


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