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Lorendoc Dec 30, 2016 6:19 PM

Midway Furniture Co., 8764 S. Broadway, 1965

Originally Posted by riichkay (Post 7663383)

Good find on the building permit, tovangar2. I see you had written about Maltzman at

With the track lighting and other details, more care seems to have been put into this building than one would have expected given its location and era. The shag carpet, though...we had that wall-to-wall in the 3rd floor of the house i grew up in. It was turquoise and green. Can't imagine the fun my mother had trying keeping it clean.

ethereal_reality Dec 30, 2016 6:58 PM


Originally Posted by "Earl Boebert
Well, Phyllis Morris or a customer were doing ok, because that looks like a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud parked in the lot :-)

Good eye Earl I hadn't noticed the Rolls.


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 7663836)
Phyllis Morris definitely seems to have raised tacky to an art form.

So is all that bric-a brac considered 'Hollywood Regency'? (the only definitive thing I know about 'Hollywood Regency' is that I hate it) ;)

And thanks T2 for figuring out the location of the Hudson/Schrader parking lot. I had no idea about the street name change.

tovangar2 Dec 30, 2016 9:02 PM

St Brendan's (Emmitt Martin, 1927)

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7663901)
Here's a complete list of movies that have used St. Brendan. 19 titles!

Look at that, there's St Brendan's in "Fight Club" (1999), looking so ominous and dank. Such a contrast from the beautiful shots you posted e_r:
fox 2000 pictures @12:25

A relic of Brendan (c. 484 - 577) is sealed in the altar of the church. Legend has it that Brendan may have discovered America

tovangar2 Dec 30, 2016 11:20 PM

Phyllis Morris

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7663956)
So is all that bric-a brac considered 'Hollywood Regency'? (the only definitive thing I know about 'Hollywood Regency' is that I hate it) ;)

Phyllis Morris is still very much with us, now run by Morris' daughter. They're on Robertson:

Their website doesn't show prices, but the sale page (Up to 70% off!) gives some hint of what this stuff will set you back:

Even their catalogue is $250.

I wouldn't call it "Hollywood Regency" (I think of that as Paul R Williams style). Most of their stuff is more like "Louis Whatever" w/ a Renaissance side. They have other collections in other styles too (didn't see any poodle lamps though). Phyllis Morris also does custom work if you're tempted.

There will always be a market for this, so more power to them.

Ms Morris' wiki is here


Slauson Slim Dec 31, 2016 12:49 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7662597)
:previous: Slim, did you get to peek into the auditorium or the Masonic meeting room at Village Recorders?

Not that I recall. We were in the main studio.

ProphetM Dec 31, 2016 3:21 AM


Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 7664238)
Phyllis Morris is still very much with us, now run by Morris' daughter.

I wouldn't call it "Hollywood Regency" (I think of that as Paul R Williams style). Most of their stuff is more like "Louis Whatever" w/ a Renaissance side.


"If you don't go blind immediately, you'll wish you had."

BifRayRock Dec 31, 2016 3:49 AM

Please direct me to the Bleachers?

Much coverage of sporting arenas, e.g., Wrigley Field, Gilmore Field and Washington Park (near Chutes), but where did the "other" Leagues play?

The White Sox Ball Park was located at 38th and Compton Avenue (per the '30CD), or Compton Ave corner 41st Street (per '38CD) or 4080 Compton Ave (per the '42 CD).:shrug:


One of the most popular baseball stadiums in Los Angeles was White Sox Park. Located on the corner of 38th St. and Compton Avenue in South Los Angeles, the 7,000 seat park was the home of the California Winter League. Italian American brothers, John and Joe Pirrone, used their earnings from their wholesale fruit business to purchase the land to build White Sox Park in 1924. Joe Pirrone organized the California Winter League to lure Negro League teams to southern California to play against local semi-pro teams and minor league teams, including Japanese American and Mexican American teams. During the 1920s African Americans were barred from playing in Pacific Coast League parks including Wrigley Field and Gilmore Field in Los Angeles. According to William McNeil, “The California Winter League was apparently intended as a showcase for Negro league baseball. White Sox Park, which was strategically located in or near black sections of the city, hosted the majority of league games.”[1] Some of these teams included the Kansas City Royals and Monarchs, Philadelphia Giants, Detroit Giants and Nashville Royal Giants. There were also all-black teams from the sandlots of Los Angeles, such as the Royal Giants, Colored Giants, Monarchs, Stars and many others. McNeil, however, fails to mention that White Sox Park was also the home of Mexican American baseball teams. Mexican American baseball teams and leagues dotted the southern California landscape “working to play, playing to work.” El Paso Shoe Store from San Gabriel fielded one of the strongest teams called, “Los Zapateros,” that played a majority of its games in White Sox Park.[2] Hollywood celebrities, city political figures and the Mexican Consul attended games at White Sox Park.

White Sox Ball Park, circa 1940 (Source misidentifies this as Boyle Heights) There is a '38CD listing for "East Los Angeles Soft Ball Stadium" at 4762 Telegraph Rd., but White Sox is clearly listed as located off of Compton Ave.

ChilekingLunchWagon. Hits 'em out of the park or Dogs with that dugout taste? :)

A seasoned Monkey Island visitor?;)

List of baseball parks in Los Angeles?


Typed note on verso reads "This is the crowd watching a base ball game between the two contending teams of the Los Angeles Railway Employees at Redondo Beach September 14, 1912, on the occasion of a picnic at that place given by Mr. H.E. Huntington to the employees of the Los Angeles Railway Company." The note goes on to identify several Los Angeles Railway employees. To the right of Mr. Huntington is his son, Howard. "This picture was taken by L.J. Turley, now (1935) Electrical Engineer of the Los Angeles Railway Company."
Redondo Beach picnic, 1912

CityBoyDoug Dec 31, 2016 3:58 AM


Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 7663886)
Thank you Tehmeh, that was really fun :-)

For some reason the Rascals series never gets old.

For those who like the Little Rascals music, here are the opening and closing themes.

My favorite is the upbeat closing version with enchanting and surging trombones, played in counter-point. Both are unique and of course timeless.
Check the 2:19 action of interlocked arms with the charming cross linked arms with their sharing of ice cream bars. Symbol of friendship.


Several modern era groups have played this music but the original 1930s MGM Studio Orchestra is the gold standard...impossible to match its gritty authentic sound.

BifRayRock Dec 31, 2016 5:37 AM

Up-to-the-minute scores, brought to you by "Kerckhoff-Cuzner Lumber Company

Next best thing to being there?

Lamanda Park, Pasadena. October 9, 1926


A large group, mainly men, sit on benches in Lamanda Park watching results of the 1926 World Series between St. Louis and New York. The scores are posted through the 5th inning, and St. Louis is winning four to one.

Kerckhoff-Cuzner Lumber Company

James Cuzner:

William G. Kerckhoff, 734 West Adams Boulevard

In 1887, along with James Cuzner of the Kerckhoff-Cuzner Lumber Company, built the"Pasadena". It was the first ocean-going vessel to use oil for fuel. In the 1890s, he founded the San Gabriel Power Company, a hydroelectric power company in Los Angeles. By the turn of the century, together with A.C. Balch, he owned half the stock of Henry E. Huntington Pacific Light & Power Company used to provide electricity to Pacific Electric, and he served as its President. In 1902, they purchased the San Joaquin Electric Company. They also founded Southern California Gas Corporation in 1910, and built a 120-mile pipeline from the San Joaquin Valley to Los Angeles.

In 1900, together with Burton E. Green (1868-1965), Charles A. Canfield (1848-1913), Max Whittier (1867–1928), Frank H. Buck (1887-1942), Henry E. Huntington (1850-1927), William F. Herrin (1854-1927), W.S. Porter and Frank H. Balch, known as the Amalgated Oil Company, he purchased Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas from Henry Hammel and Andrew H. Denker and renamed it Morocco Junction. After drilling for oil and only finding water, they reorganized their business into the Rodeo Land and Water Company to develop a new residential town later known as Beverly Hills, California.

As President of the South Coast Land Company, he also helped found the city of Del Mar, California.

Mendotaman Dec 31, 2016 6:27 AM

This is a protestant church. Hence, no icons. The two flags are U.S. and the Christian flag. (Very common) Hymnbooks in the racks. No altar acoutrements. Theater seats.

BifRayRock Dec 31, 2016 9:16 AM

Monkey Island revisited.

Tarzan and Cheetah, 1970

As a primer:; and

Adding to the information gleaned from the above sources, are several randomly selected building permits. Evidently, there was an earlier (1931) structure at or near the same 3300 Cahuenga Blvd. location. Permits were obtained in 1938-39 for Monkey Island Inc. and that includes a restaurant and "stores." Although "M Isle" was a corporate entity, there are references to owner/agent, "Adolph Weiss" as well as Treasurer, "Louis Weiss", and "745 Laurel Ave.". A 1953 permit for somewhat unrelated plumbing, nevertheless references it. No obvious demolition permit, so perhaps it was a product of unpaid non-union simian labor.

One source cites a 1940 LATimes article that, in turn, mentioned the imposition of a monkey importation embargo after the start of WWII. Prior to the embargo, as many as 150 monkeys a month were supplied to local hospitals for "serum testing". Sadly, it is all too easy to infer from this, that as part of the "war effort", many Monkey Island residents were destined for undisclosed "research". :no: This provides another likely rationale for the Island's closing/disappearance. :shrug:

1953 description appended to an otherwise unrelated project.

odinthor Dec 31, 2016 2:57 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7663003)


But I took some solace that this beautiful next door neighbor has survived (along with several others)

I believe that's a 'trumpet' bush, right?- odinthor



Absolutely, "Angel's Trumpet" is one of its usual names (I'm sure the Dodgers are jealous)--a Datura of some sort, probably Datura candida. Beautiful look and flower scent, leaves stinky. Well, and the plant is poisonous, too, if you ingest enough...

edit: Strictly speaking, the shrubby species of Datura, like the one in the pic, were split off into a genus of their own, namely Brugmansia (the remaining Daturas proper more or less sprawl along the ground). But people tend to call them all Daturas...

odinthor Dec 31, 2016 6:09 PM

While looking for a specific pic for my Facebook New Year's Eve posting--which pic, come to think of it, has a slight NLA connection, so I'll post it here shortly--I ran across two very modest family pix of what was apparently a Red Car trip from Long Beach to LA in or about March 1961, with where we ate lunch. I believe that's li'l me purposefully striding towards the entrance of Clifton's.
odinthor collection

odinthor Dec 31, 2016 6:24 PM


Originally Posted by odinthor (Post 7499498)

And you're hitting on yet another event in my life: The building with the "L" is the Lafayette Hotel, where [boasting mode on] I won first place in a pianist competition (by the way, in passing along the preceding to others, it's very acceptable to pronounce "pianist" in a slovenly way ;) ) in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival. :notacrook: [boasting mode off] --which so terrified me that never again have I played or done any presentation whatsoever in front of a group of people. [shudder]

And here I am on the way to said Festival. Just before we stepped out the door, the family wanted me to pose at the piano at home. It's August 11, 1963.
odinthor collection

And since I'm at the piano, as midnight approaches I'd like us all to join together in a few warm choruses of Auld Lang Syne. A happy and prosperous new year to all!

Martin Pal Dec 31, 2016 7:42 PM


Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 7664465)

Monkey Island revisited.

Adding to the information gleaned from the above sources, are several randomly selected building permits.

Thanks for the Monkey Island permit info. Fascinating. To me, anyway!


Nice photo of you, Odinthor, thanks for sharing it!

Martin Pal Dec 31, 2016 8:25 PM

Have we seen this photo before?

Chinese New Year parade on Marchessault Street in Old Chinatown, ca 1895. Courtesy of the
Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Found HERE.

Martin Pal Dec 31, 2016 8:27 PM

"It's New Year's Eve and hopes are high,
dance one year in, kiss one good-bye..."

Where would you all go to celebrate?


The law of averages say we should have one at least 50% of the time. I'm in! Be safe.

CityBoyDoug Dec 31, 2016 9:58 PM

Bette Davis on the Warner Bros lot with her 1941 Cadillac.
She added the fender signs as a reminder for her fans to drive safely.

GaylordWilshire Dec 31, 2016 11:30 PM


Obviously photoshopped for a p.r. shot-- also, Bette is more often associated with a much fancier '41 Cadillac, a 60 Special limousine.

Although I imagine she would have preferred to drive herself around LA with a bottle and with an Oscar on the dash....

Blaster Dec 31, 2016 11:59 PM

Remember what Bette said when asked if she had any advice for young actors in Hollywood...

"Take Fountain."

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