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Martin Pal Jul 4, 2016 6:38 PM

HAPPY 240th NLA denizens!

Spectators light matches as part of a July 4, 1958 celebration at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

(...and "keep" lighting them?) Digital Library

Also, check out this link/story, appearing two days ago:

Independence Day, 1847: How Los Angeles Celebrated Its First Fourth


HossC Jul 4, 2016 7:31 PM

There's only one picture in this Julius Shulman photoset. I would have skipped it if it wasn't for the huge logo on the front. This is "Job 2438: North American Aviation, Inc., 1957".

This detail view shows the sign of the Del Mar Motel in the background.

Getty Research Institute

I had a little trouble tracking down the building's location. North American Aviation had plants in Downey and Inglewood, and it seems that this was part of the latter. The site was just below Imperial Highway, between Douglas Street and Aviation Boulevard, to the south of Mines Field (LAX). The facility was apparently known as Inglewood due to its nearest post office.

I wasn't able to positively identify the building on the views at Historic Aerials, but I don't think it's still standing. I do, however, think I spotted it in this 1961 view of LAX.
USC Digital Library

Can't see it? Here's a detail view of the right hand side.
Detail of image above.

Flyingwedge Jul 4, 2016 8:17 PM


Originally Posted by HossC (Post 7493556)
There's only one picture in this Julius Shulman photoset. I would have skipped it if it wasn't for the huge logo on the front. This is "Job 2438: North American Aviation, Inc., 1957".

Getty Research Institute

Great find, Hoss! That's quite a logo.

It looks like half of the old NAA building is still there at 1700 East Imperial Hwy., just west of Sepulveda:
GSV July 2015

HossC Jul 4, 2016 8:51 PM


Thanks, FW. That's a little distance away from where I was looking, but I think you've found the old NAA building. I'm also glad you said "west of Sepulveda", because Google Maps took me to the wrong place! The left side iof the building looks new, but I think the original building is behind it. Here's a view from the above. The entrance in your GSV image certainly matches the Shulman picture.
Google Maps

ETA. Here's a 2012 GSV image which shows the original shape of the building.

LeeRivas Jul 4, 2016 10:43 PM

Looks like a 50s Volvo...
It looks like a 50s Volvo to me...

LeeRivas Jul 4, 2016 10:45 PM


Originally Posted by Earl Boebert (Post 7492272)
My guess, and it's just a guess, is that it's a Simca (French).



1950s Volvo?

Slauson Slim Jul 4, 2016 10:51 PM

More '50s-early '60s South Central LA Exposition Park Memories:

Where the Sports Arena sits was a playground with a grove of trees that we used to climb on and we called The Monkey Trees. My sister used to take dance classes at the rec center in Expo Park. I swam a few times at the Swimming Stadium pool in Expo, but it was a vicious place to try to swim if you went by yourself - the thugs thought it great fun to pummel and kick me - and try to pull me - underwater.

I stood next to JFK's convertible pulling into the Sports Arena for the '60 Dem Convention, and also saw LBJ and Adlai Stevenson.

Our family used to attend the Coliseum July 4th fireworks shows. There were also stunt driving shows and LAPD motorcycle precision driving.

I remember the dinosaur skeletons and dioramas in the Natural History Museum.

On Santa Barbara Blvd., across from Expo Park, Hope and Fernando's had great burritos and at the Menlo Club before and after Rams, SC or Dodger games my dad would stop in for adult refreshments and to place - and collect or pay - friendly wagers on the outcomes of the games.

There was a big movie theater at Santa Barbara and Figueroa.

The houses next to the Sports Arena were built for the annual home shows.


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7493083)
Two amateur slides of the newly constructed Los Angeles sports Arena, 1959.

:previous: Are those homes?

While I'm at it, here are a couple more images.

Here's the Sports Arena, about 80% complete, on the day it was officially selected as the site for the 1960 Democratic National Convention.
(the convention that nominated J.F.K.)

:previous: Any idea what the name of that drive-in is?


Aerial view shows two major centers of interest, the Memorial Coliseum (left) and the Memorial Sports Arena (center); view is looking northwest.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, located at 3911 S. Figueroa Street, was officially opened on May 1, 1923. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, located at 3939 S. Figueroa,
was officially opened on July 4, 1959. Figueroa Street can be seen from bottom left corner to middle right; the Harbor (110) Freeway runs across bottom right corner; Martin Luther
King Jr. Boulevard is seen from middle left to bottom right corner. Photograph taken for Pioneer Flint Kote. Photograph dated June 12, 1959.

bighen Jul 5, 2016 3:48 AM

Rodeo Road (Los Angeles)
The runner is at the intersection of Santa Barbara Avenue and Rodeo Road. In the background are the Thrifty Drugs and Hodys Restaurant on LaBrea and Rodeo Road.
The gasometer was located on Expostion Boulevard and 12th Avenue (?) just east of Crenshaw. The runner is near the intersection of Farmdale Avenue and Rodeo Road across the street from Dorsey High School where the last two pictures were taken. Thank you Tourmaline for the post.

oldstuff Jul 5, 2016 2:56 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7492945)
Belle-Vue French Restaurant.

and today

Belle-Vue Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, Santa Monica Blvd. at Ocean Ave.
Nicolas & Roche, Prop.


& here's a vintage postcard from the 1950s(?)

You can catch a glimpse of the exterior of the Belle-Vue restaurant in "Perry Mason, episode #224 -The Case of the Blonde Bonanza." [1964]

Below: this must be the 'Blonde Bonanza' ;)


The woman with the dark hair, seen in the top and middle "Blond Bonanza" pictures is Barbara Hale, "Della Street" in the Perry Mason series. I watched this episode a couple of months ago.

oldstuff Jul 5, 2016 3:02 PM

With regard to the Water Tower shown in the pictures of Huntington Beach. It was originally built in the 1800 to supply water for steam railroad engines. Rebuilt in the 1940's it supplied water for the area's water system until the 1970's when it was remodeled as a private home, according to an article in the Orange County Registered dated December 17, 2013. If you Google "water tower on PCH, you can read the article and see some pictures of the interior as a home.

Tourmaline Jul 5, 2016 5:14 PM

IMDB lists a (made for TV) Movie that likely aired on January 29, 1956 called "Inside Beverly Hills." Not having viewed it, it appears to commemorate BH's 50 year anniversary. Since BH was incorporated in 1914, one presumes the anniversary refers to when the area was first formally named BH (by the Rodeo Land and Water Co.) in or around 1906. Below are some images from the production of the show entitled "Beverly Hills Anniversary TV show."

FWIW, the 1956 CD has three listing for Romanoff's restaurant and wine/gift shop - all at 140 S Rodeo. This would have put it on the east side of Rodeo adjacent to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Some sources indicate Romanoff's was originally at 326 N Rodeo with additional and alternate addresses at 140 S. and later 240 S. Rodeo.

Romanoff's Wine and Gift Shop


Beverly Wilshire Pool.

Prominent product placement.

Did someone say "Dagmar?"

Some jaywalkers are just plain lucky.:)

Probably should have spent less time at the Wine shop or could have gotten to the Shelter sooner.:previous:.

George Raft telephoning the Sahara. Lawrence Welk probably not holding for Spade Cooley.

Beverly Hills' "South Side Story?"

"The Derby House"

Tourmaline Jul 5, 2016 6:52 PM

In the blink of an eye things change. With all of the recent construction, Old Hollywood is virtually no more.


1938 (Al Levy's 2 hr. free parking. With validation?) Al's and the Broadway are across the street. (See



Evidence that Packards don't leak? (Or that some garage attendant is good with cleaning rags.) From a series labeled Bev Hills California Science and [mis]dated 1936. License plates appear to be 1938 issue.:shrug: Group of images seems fairly disorganized, but perfect for this thread.

The "Bullock's Wilshire

Parking behind Bullocks Wilshire

Nice evening for the Derby

Ooooh. Brown Derby Bamboo Room

Hollywood Brown Derby (?) interior

Could this be part of the Farmer's Mkt.?

When Waxed paper was king of the kitchen . . . and market. Notice watermelon halves.


Ready, willing and waiting.

HossC Jul 5, 2016 6:57 PM


Originally Posted by Tourmaline (Post 7494486)

Carpenter's at Sunset and Vine. That's the NBC Studios in the background.

Tourmaline Jul 5, 2016 7:03 PM

Thanks HossC :previous:


Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6906750)
It's probably that lens that caught you out, because that "small movie house in the lower right corner" is the Hollywood Playhouse at 1735 Vine Street.

This is how it looked until fairly recently.

But now they've gone for a gray and white paint scheme.

Circa '36 (but maybe '38.)

Lower left corner, circa '36-'38

The Palace is not in the pic, but the image is nonetheless remarkable.
All from

HossC Jul 5, 2016 10:29 PM

Here are a couple of Julius Shulman pictures showing two different branches of Buffums' department store. This is "Job 3842: Buffums' Stores, 1965".

Both from Getty Research Institute

I tracked the first store down to E 3rd and S Linden Streets in Pomona. The building now belongs to the Western University of Health Sciences. I went back a couple of years to get this GSV image with a wider angle. The street on the right is now closed to traffic and paved over.

The other picture shows the original store on the corner of Pine Avenue and E Broadway in Long Beach. We've seen the Long Beach store a couple of times before - check out Chuckaluck's post #9427 and BifRayRock's post #20378. A page on Buffums' at says that the business started in 1904. It dates the building on the right of the Shulman Long Beach picture at 1914, with the six-story addition added in 1925. It even includes a store guide. Sadly, these buildings have now gone.

ethereal_reality Jul 5, 2016 10:29 PM

originally posted by Tourmaline


Originally Posted by oldstuff (Post 7494197)
With regard to the Water Tower shown in the pictures of Huntington Beach. It was originally built in the 1800s to supply water for steam railroad engines. Rebuilt in the 1940's it supplied water for the area's water system until the 1970's when it was remodeled as a private home.

:previous: Thanks for the information oldstuff. I wasn't sure if the watertower was still standing.

below: I was surprised when I came across this photograph from the 1970s.

Since the water tank is missing, the current 'home' on top was pretty much built from scratch (as opposed to a 'remodel')

Here's how it looks today.

ethereal_reality Jul 5, 2016 10:36 PM

Refresh my memory.

detail of LIFE photograph, originally posted by Tourmaline

I should know, but what is this large 'Tudor' residence? (red arrow above)


ethereal_reality Jul 5, 2016 11:31 PM

I just happened across this photograph of Ceazan Tires on eBay. [dated 1937]

reverse / photographer's stamp

We've seen a Ceazan Tires location once before on NLA.

It's in the background of a photograph posted by Godzilla back on Halloween of 2014.

So my question is, which Ceazan Tires location is in the photograph I just found on eBay?
(it doesn't resemble the one in Godzilla's post)

ethereal_reality Jul 5, 2016 11:40 PM

Believe it or not, I just found another Ceazan Tires photograph. This one of a Hollywood branch.

Obviously the street number is 1142, but I don't know which street.

The photographer's stamp on the reverse is the same as the previous photograph.

HossC Jul 5, 2016 11:49 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7494732)

Since the water tank is missing, the current 'home' on top was pretty much built from scratch (as opposed to a 'remodel')

"George Armstrong's rebuilt water tower home was anchored to its base on July 3, 1984, as people gathered to watch, comfortably seated in their folding chairs."

The LA Times covered the water tower a few times:

A House That Rises Above the Rest

SEAL BEACH : Beach Home Epitomizes the High Life

SEAL BEACH : Meal Is Over for Tower's Termites

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