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BillinGlendaleCA Apr 23, 2021 2:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 9256493)
Thanks for the great photos of Union Station, BillinGlendale.
And for risking arrest! :tup:

Thanks, we were pretty much done shooting by the time we were approached. Use a tripod, go to jail.

HenryHuntington Apr 23, 2021 2:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Handsome Stranger (Post 9256972)
Golden West Broadcasters was the parent company of KTLA for many years. I'd say KTLA was then the best independent television station in Los Angeles.

KTLA Channel 5 spawned my love of old movies, first through their frequent airing of Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields films made at Paramount (in prime time no less!) and later through "Movies 'til Dawn" which featured lots of obscure gems of every genre.

https://i.postimg.cc/kgp59rGB/KTLA.gif

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GWB also owned radio stations in a number of states. Three that come to mind on the west coast:

- KMPC (now KSPN) Los Angeles
- KSFO San Francisco
- KVI Seattle

ethereal_reality Apr 23, 2021 3:59 AM

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Noir Noir, thanks for posting the 1982 Los Angeles Times article on Carrie Janes Collier and her caretaker, Guy Miller.

Unbeknownst to me, a photograph that I once considered for my avatar shows two of Guy Miller's skyscraper creations!

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/AD3j6n.jpg
gettyimages


"A young visitor at Guy Miller's Miniature City display in Coney Island. On the left is the Chrysler Building, and the right the Empire State Building. circa 1955."


The caption is incorrect. The building model on the right is a building in downtown Manhattan.



..........................This one in the middle.
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/vanStv.jpg

I used to know all the building's names - but not anymore.
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CityBoyDoug Apr 23, 2021 4:26 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9258214)
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Noir Noir, thanks for posting the 1982 Los Angeles Times article on Carrie Janes Collier and her caretaker, Guy Miller.

Unbeknownst to me, a photograph that I once considered for my avatar shows two of Guy Miller's skyscraper creations!

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/AD3j6n.jpg
gettyimages


"A young visitor at Guy Miller's Miniature City display in Coney Island. On the left is the Chrysler Building, and the right the Empire State Building. circa 1955."


Guy Miller was a friend of mine for many years, I met him in San Diego in 1967. He made a model of Manhattan with all of the buildings. He took a year off of school to make the models. A certain person in NY paid him to make it. Guy later had a tiny store on Hollywood Blvd. back in the 1970s. He sold his placemats [called...Vocabumats, he gave me several of them] there, which were done as a foreign language tutorial. I never saw any of his model buildings at this location. The little store was owned and on the property of Carrie Collier. He lived for a time in one of her home's rooms. In Guy's later life went to live with his sister until his passing. I have several photos of Guy and will post if I can find them.

When he was in Los Angeles he made latex molds of a few of the buildings and then made plaster casts for sale. When he lived in Hollywood he mainly worked at a local printing company as a typesetter.

GaylordWilshire Apr 23, 2021 5:03 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9258214)

..........................This one in the middle.
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/vanStv.jpg

I used to know all the building's names - but not anymore.
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That's the Cities Service Building--70 Pine Street. Apartments now.

ethereal_reality Apr 23, 2021 7:54 PM

:previous: That's it! Thanks GW. :)



Now back to Los Angeles.

Here's a slide - taken in Nov. 1974 - of 'Don the Beachcomber' in Hollywood.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/Mcv9Ug.jpg
recently found on eBay / no longer listed

If you look beneath all the flora I believe you would find an apartment building.

I know that we have discussed this D of B location on NLA and if I'm not mistaken one of the posts included a black n white photograph. (but I wasn't able to find it. :(

In this view we're looking at the northwest corner of Mc Cadden Place and. . .! need to check google-earth / be right back!
If you look in the distance you can see the tower of the Methodist Church on Highland Ave.



I decided to add this.
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...924/LMpfE9.jpg
LAPL
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HossC Apr 23, 2021 8:43 PM

:previous:

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9258913)

I know that we have discussed this D of B location on NLA and if I'm not mistaken one of the posts included a black n white photograph. (but I wasn't able to find it. :(

Is this the one you were looking for? It was part of one of Martin Pal's posts from 2013.

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Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6312588)

By the way, if you turn left on McCadden and go up a building or two you'd see the famous Don the Beachcomber's restaurant. It was first a bar on the east side of McCadden and then a restaurant and bar opened across the street in 1937. A famous "studio publicized date" took place there with Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe. I ate there a few times in the 80's and they had a booth with a picture of Joan Crawford above it. She apparently used to take lunch there on occasion and sign autographed pictures for the publicity department. The bar contained photos of celebrities and military men of the 1940's making up drinks that became famous, like the Zombie and Navy Grog. It is said the first pu pu platter was served there.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3jips15I7b...cCaddenHwd.jpg
http://travilla.blogspot.com.html

Alas, it's one of those places that in 1985, like the Wilshire Brown Derby, was closed for remodeling, which meant they tore it down after no one was looking.


ethereal_reality Apr 23, 2021 8:51 PM

:previous: Yep, that's it. (but it looks waaay different than how I remembered it) Thanks Hoss.


I happened upon this amazing photograph of Joan Blondell in her Hollywood home yesterday on eBay. (although I can't find it again)

I was particularly struck by her enormous picture window!

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/Uuv4Y8.png
eBay

I see she's about to play Twister.




Here's the information on the reverse.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/8VwNcn.jpg


Does anyone know Ms. Blondell's address in 1932? I'd like to check out the home on Google-Earth and see if I can spot the huge picture window. :)



joshing about twister

HossC Apr 23, 2021 9:12 PM

:previous:

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9258966)

Yep, that's it. (but it looks waaay different than how I remember it) Thanks Hoss.


Flyingwedge
found this zoomable version a few years later. I'll keep looking for a different view.

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Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 7731708)

MP, here is a closer look at that photo of Don the Beachcomber's on the west side of McCadden Pl., just north of Hollywood Blvd.:

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...g.jpg~original

488166 @ Huntington Digital Library


The entrance:

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...e.jpg~original


A lani lei is made from flowers of the vanda joaquim orchid (see page 27 at the link).


ethereal_reality Apr 23, 2021 9:26 PM

:previous: Excellent Hoss. (and FlyingWedge)



Let's briefly return to Gene Autry's Golden West Broadcasters' redoubt in La Canada.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/LUhd3g.jpg
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Originally Posted by Mackerm (Post 9256945)
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/cBXqgm.jpg
23 Video Road - Weathervane Drive - La Canada-Flintridge

This is a very interesting 'before and after', Mackerm.

The building without Golden West Broadcasters' bold colors now looks strickly utilitarian.....It's amazing what a little color can do.

& the supports to carry the weight of, what must be, a large antenna tower barely left enough room to allow the building to stay in place. ( i.e.. not torn down)



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Noir_Noir Apr 23, 2021 11:28 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9258966)


I happened upon this amazing photograph of Joan Blondell in her Hollywood home yesterday on eBay. (although I can't find it again)

I was particularly struck by her enormous picture window!

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/Uuv4Y8.png
eBay


Does anyone know Ms. Blondell's address in 1932? I'd like to check out the home on Google-Earth and see if I can spot the huge picture window. :)


Try here. :)


https://i.imgur.com/YcJmswL.jpg
rescarta.lapl.org


https://i.imgur.com/0O5st4D.jpg
Google Maps

ethereal_reality Apr 24, 2021 12:34 AM

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Thanks for the address Noir Noir!


If you look at the 1932 photograph again you will see that there is also a large window behind Ms. Blondell and, judging by the natural light on the right side of the photograph,
there is also a large window directly across from her.


So I'd say Ms. Blondell is sitting in the smallish 'room' that projects out from the house which would give us the three windows.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/ius4x8.jpg

What do'ya think? :shrug:

It's also facing south and I'm pretty sure I see the Baldwin Hills in the 1932 photograph. (unless that dark area on the horizon is smog)



EDIT:

I've already changed my mind.

What I circled above is an awning leading leading out to a deck.


Now I believe Joan's 'studio' with the large window(s) is to the right of the awning. . .ummm

This room
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/w2S8fm.jpg

............:runaway:




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Noir_Noir Apr 24, 2021 1:06 AM

:previous:


A bungalow section of the property is listed on airbnb. You should book and check out all the windows you can. :D



They have these old pictures of the house in the listing gallery.


Construction in 1925.

https://i.imgur.com/EYObEnQ.jpg
airbnb.com


And sometime later.

https://i.imgur.com/0Mn4fS7.jpg
airbnb.com

ethereal_reality Apr 24, 2021 1:19 AM

:previous: Oh man, those are beautiful photographs. You always know where to look, Noir Noir....Thanks

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riichkay Apr 24, 2021 2:31 AM

Add re: Joan Blondell, she wasn't up on Appian Way very long...in '36 she married Dick Powell, and moved in with his brood at 7919 Selma Ave....1940 census...


https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...720&fit=bounds


other side of the census ledger....


https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...720&fit=bounds


Presumably this was the Selma Ave. house....


https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...080&fit=bounds

Martin Pal Apr 24, 2021 7:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9258913)
Here's a slide - taken in Nov. 1974 - of 'Don the Beachcomber' in Hollywood.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/Mcv9Ug.jpg
recently found on eBay / no longer listed
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Here's a similar b&w view dated 1976.

https://m.psecn.photoshelter.com/img...gr4Bv0bGQ4.jpg


Dated 1971: The Villa Capri at the end of the street.

https://m.psecn.photoshelter.com/img...Wqc63s5s14.jpg


Dated 1955:

https://m.psecn.photoshelter.com/img...lEIXPQ.4L0.jpg


Dated 1943:

https://m.psecn.photoshelter.com/img...HxLqCEVMgU.jpg


Two interiors dated 1957:

https://m.psecn.photoshelter.com/img...qUGpEw9h4w.jpg

https://m.psecn.photoshelter.com/img...KBfB9WEpCk.jpg

CityBoyDoug Apr 24, 2021 10:44 PM

https://media.gettyimages.com/photos...26?s=2048x2048


Guy Miller, Jan. 1955

Here is the model of NYC, set up in a New Jersey park, 1956. I believe this was the day that LIFE
magazine came to take photos. In the upper left we can see the many boxes where they were stored [long time
storage was in a garage.] For many years it was on display in a NYC Port building. From what I remember he lost track of it in his later life.

https://cms.prod.nypr.digital/images/257109/width-1200/
NYC views

Mackerm Apr 25, 2021 2:37 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9258214)


..........................This one in the middle.
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/vanStv.jpg

I used to know all the building's names - but not anymore.
.

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 9258684)
That's the Cities Service Building--70 Pine Street. Apartments now.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9258913)
:previous: That's it! Thanks GW. :)


Now back to Los Angeles.



Not so fast, e_r.

Thanks to Wikipedia, we learn that the entrances to 70 Pine St. on Pine and Cedar incorporate 14-foot limestone models of the building itself.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...rvicemodel.jpg

Wikipedia (hotlinked)

Hollywood Graham Apr 25, 2021 5:18 AM

Parking Lot Next To Don's
 
The 1971 photo of DTB shows a parking lot next to it, I worked for Grant Parking in '71 and operated that lot during the day. Mostly lot was for the Hollywood Medical Center, lots of older movie people had a Dr. there. Carlotta Monte, W.C. Fields girl friend was a regular, nice person. Many others. '71 was my last year then I went to work for City of L.A..

CaliNative Apr 25, 2021 9:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Hollywood Graham (Post 9259976)
The 1971 photo of DTB shows a parking lot next to it, I worked for Grant Parking in '71 and operated that lot during the day. Mostly lot was for the Hollywood Medical Center, lots of older movie people had a Dr. there. Carlotta Monte, W.C. Fields girl friend was a regular, nice person. Many others. '71 was my last year then I went to work for City of L.A..

^^^
Some may recall that Carlotta wrote a memoir of her time with Fields, and a film ("W.C. Fields and Me") was made starring Valerie Perrine as Carlotta and Rod Steiger as W.C. back in the 1970s or early '80s. One touching scene I remember from the film--when he lived in L.A., Fields missed the sound of rain on the roof at night that helped him get to sleep. Carlotta went out one night when W.C. was dying and sprinkled the roof with a garden hose to help Fields get to sleep. Ah yess...Carlotta had a sweet heart.


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