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ethereal_reality Jun 25, 2009 12:05 AM

^^^This photo started a new page.
Be sure to see the earlier posts of the Union Station site, a.k.a Old Cinatown.

Los Angeles Union Station almost complete 1938.

above: Los Angeles Union Station 1939.

ethereal_reality Jun 25, 2009 12:15 AM

Los Angeles Union Station noir 1941.

BigKidD Jun 25, 2009 5:25 AM

The following photographs are from the collection of Charles W. Cushman:

sopas ej Jun 25, 2009 2:24 PM

OMFG I totally have a raging hardon over these photos, ethereal and BigKid! The shots of old Chinatown are great and the color photos of old LA are too! You rarely get to see color shots of the old semaphore traffic lights, too; I forget that the poles were painted yellow and the signalheads were painted silver. Those old traffic lights are so associated with old LA, too.

I particularly like the above shot because that is the intersection of 2nd St. and Hill, which I always wanted to try to visualize what it looked like decades ago. There is currently a surface parking lot to the right of the tunnel, and the ornate concrete railings don't exist anymore, they never existed since I started driving near this intersection. The pattern of those railings, though I know I'm sure it exists in other cities, I associate that pattern with Los Angeles because many older buildings in LA have that pattern too in their windows or whatever. Great photos!

ethereal_reality Jun 25, 2009 9:05 PM

Cushman's photographs are always great to see.

Kudos for posting them BigKidD.

BigKidD Jun 26, 2009 4:50 AM

You're welcome sopas ej and ethereal_reality.

ethereal_reality Jun 26, 2009 10:23 PM

oops. photos missing...see below.

ethereal_reality Jun 27, 2009 1:56 AM

Ah. .yes, the HOLLYWOOD sign.

Here I am (stupidly) hanging upside-down from the letter H around 1982-83.

Before all the fences and infra-red cameras.

My mom saw the photograph and said, "You could have cracked your noggin!"

There's more. . . .

It originally spelled out HOLLYWOODLAND for a real estate
venture around 1923.

Hollywood / sepia.

The men in suits doing NONE of the work and waving their hats.

Hollywoodland noir, late 1920s

Sorry this last one is so big.

.............................................................I'm not sure what these two men at the bottom are doing... It seems the guy in the back is having more more fun than the guy in the front.

FLL David Jun 28, 2009 9:17 PM

The one on the right is the RKO Hillstreet Theater, on the SW corner of 8th & Hill Street. Demolished in the mid-1960s.

Buckeye Native 001 Jun 29, 2009 1:05 AM

Absolutely wonderful finds, all of you! :tup:

ethereal_reality Jun 29, 2009 6:20 PM

L.A.'s Old Chinatown was destroyed in the 1930s to make way for Union Station.
I finally found some excellent photographs hidden in the enormous archives at USC.

The photos were undated, but by looking at the cars and signage,
I believe these were taken on the cusp of their destruction.

Below: This is one of my favorites.
City Hall can be seen in the distance, giving this an added noirish quality.

ethereal_reality Jul 1, 2009 12:11 AM

This photograph of Old Chinatown is from 1898.
Almost 30 years before the above photos.

ethereal_reality Jul 1, 2009 3:51 AM

Graf Zeppelin over Leimert Park area of Los Angeles, August 1929.

Cafe in Wilmington CA (adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro)

sopas ej Jul 2, 2009 4:04 AM

More crime.

Kind of a non-descript Spanish-style home, but according to the caption on the LAPL website...

Shown is the Glab home of mystery at 12744 Ventura Boulevard, where Mrs. Glab claims she was playing cards with her niece when her husband was shot to death in a driveway on the opposite side. Photo dated: June 25, 1928.

I entered the address into Google Maps, and was surprised to see that the building still exists, though it's now squeezed between what I assume are two commercial structures of much later vintage.

This picture shows the murder scene and the death auto in the driveway near the Glab house, with Lieut. Edwin L. Berger posing to illustrate how Glab was found dying. He was found on the left side of the sedan with hat and key beside him. The door on this side was locked and the right open. Photo dated: June 21, 1928.

Detective Lieut. Hugh A. Crowley is lying on the floor of the office of the Village Theater in Westwood, where he was shot to death by two bandits on January 12, 1932. The two bandits waited for Crowley and fired when he opened the office door. As he fell dead, he shot the gun from one bandit's hand. Investigators at the scene believe the killing was deliberately planned.

This is an undated photo; my guess is that it's from the 1920s, judging by the clothes/uniform and car... but the caption says "Murder victim lying by the side of the road next to a car and a police officer. The man in the straw hat is Melvin Purvis of the FBI."

I like this picture because of the oil derricks in the background, which I find to be quintessentially LA from the first half of the 20th century. The caption reads "Investigators (left to right): E.H. Kennedy, unidentified man, Lorin Q. Martin, and Ralph Simonds are inspecting the body of an unidentified woman found slain one block off Long Beach Blvd, Monday, May 12, 1947."

If anyone has seen the Angelina Jolie movie "Changeling," here's a picture of the boy the story was based on, Walter Collins.

Here is a picture of the real Christine Collins.

The Walter Collins imposter: The boy who returned as Walter Collins pencils specimens of his writing, which proves he is not the real Walter Collins, according to Milton Carlson, handwriting expert. Later it was learned his real name is Arthur Hutchens, alias Billy Fields.

Here is a picture of Sanford Clark, child murderer Gordon Northcott's nephew, who first revealed the so-called "murder farm" and accused Northcott of killing at least three boys there. He declared he was held captive at the farm and made to assist in the murders.

Child murderer, Gordon Northcott

The murder farm in Wineville (name changed to Mira Loma largely because of the negative publicity from the notorious murders) in Riverside County, California

ethereal_reality Jul 2, 2009 9:34 PM

^^^Interesting crime pics sopas_ej.....I love all the archaic 'white-out'.

ethereal_reality Jul 2, 2009 9:47 PM
USC archives

above: Downtown in the rain. 1940s
USC archives

above: Wilshire Blvd. looking east from Burnside.
julie_wilson's_world flickr

above: Wilshire Blvd. in 1954.

ady26 Jul 3, 2009 5:52 PM

Simply great!

ethereal_reality Jul 6, 2009 4:22 PM

above: Another view of Wilshire Blvd. in 1954.

pegasusbsb27 Jul 6, 2009 9:01 PM

Wow! I love this kind of stuffs! Thanks

ethereal_reality Jul 8, 2009 10:53 PM

.....oops. sorry

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