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gsjansen May 21, 2011 12:43 PM


air raid sirens

wilshire and western 1952
Source: USC Digital Archive

burbank public service building 1956
Source: USC Digital Archive

van nuys city hall 1951
Source: USC Digital Archive

federal building 1954
Source: LAPL

july 4th 1951

Children plug their ears in anticipation of an air raid siren going off. "Ooooo! is the way the Hubik children -- Julius, 6; Suerita, 10, and Margie, 7 -- voiced their reaction today to the wailing of Los Angeles' air raid sirens and ringing of church bells at noon as glorious Fourth of July was celebrated in observance of 175th anniversary of signing of the Declaration of Independence. The blast also served as a country-wide test for the air raid sirens". "Braced for warning of biggest A-bomb test in desert. Young and old alike in Los Angeles are poised for 'It could happen here day' as historic A-bomb nears target; sirens will sound 10 minutes before drop".
Source: LAPL

Nantais May 21, 2011 6:37 PM


These last pictures remind me Fallout.

Talking about videogames, anyone here playing L.A. noire ?

ethereal_reality May 22, 2011 1:45 AM

There have been several 'atomic' glow photos posted earlier in the thread.
Here are two photographs I don't remember seeing before.

below: The bright flash of a Nevada test reaches Los Angeles, circa 1955.

below: Atomic blast in the early hours of May 5, 1955. Notice the two mysteriously parked cars in the foreground.
My guess is that the car on the right belongs to the photographer.

below: I googled and found out this test was named Apple-II, May 5, 1955.

ethereal_reality May 22, 2011 1:59 AM

Here is the May 5, 1955 Apple_II test in living color!

Unbelievably these tests were a tourist attraction in Las Vegas. The test site was a mere 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

below: A 1951 postcard showing a mushroom cloud.

Anyone else feel the urge to watch 'Kiss Me Deadly' again?

Ninja55 May 22, 2011 2:17 AM

More Uncle Bert Rovere (Paris Inn and Lucca and the Hurricane in Frisco). This guy did everything! He was Florence Chadwick's coach for her failed attempt to cross the channel to LA. As you know, Bert came in second place in the famous Wrigley's swim back in 1927. Millions watched on tv her failed attempt. She eventually did it a few months later and was the darling of the LA sports world for a while.

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Ninja55 May 22, 2011 2:25 AM

Apparently not everyone was enamored with her attempt. Pretty funny.

And thanks out there in LA Noirish world for finding stuff on My great Uncle Bert and his Paris Inn and Lucca.

ethereal_reality May 22, 2011 10:34 PM

Very interesting account of Ms. Chapwick's swim Ninja55.

Do you have any photographs of your Uncle Bert participating in the Wrigley's swim back in 1927?

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Ninja55 May 22, 2011 11:21 PM

The back of the photo says "Jan '28 Catalina Swim Race". As far as I can gather, he only raced in it twice. That's Uncle Bert, fourth from left.

ethereal_reality May 22, 2011 11:58 PM

^^^Thanks Ninja55...those photos are great.


Here is a strange Cold War story about fake atomic bombs being planted throughout the Los Angeles area.
I can't remember where I initially found these images but they look like something you might find on

Disappointingly, I only have fragments of the story, but it's quite interesting nonetheless.

ethereal_reality May 23, 2011 12:17 AM

I'll repost this extraordinary photo of City Hall during a 1951 atomic test.
Associated press wirephoto

below: How the photo appeared in print form.

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