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Engineeral Mar 22, 2013 7:24 PM

Fix broken link
Fly spray gun, Union Oil Co., Southern California, 1931

Helen McClure inspects the latest on fly control at her favorite service station.

USC digital archive/Dick Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987

Quick, Henry! the Flit.


Theodore Geisel was a long-time Hollywood resident.

JScott Mar 22, 2013 8:23 PM

Third Street scenes
Some familiar photos, shown in much higher resolutions than we are used to seeing.

Third Street looking west toward its intersection with Hill Street, 1890s. Maybe someone here can date the photo more precisely by the hats worn or the buildings then extant?
U.S.C Digital Library/California Historical Society

To see a really nice street-level close-up panoramic view, click here. What a charming Victorian neighborhood this was! (Make sure to view this at 100% resolution.)

An even closer view. Carriage wheel tracks can be seen going up the slope to Clay Street. Beyond that, it looks like there is a meandering walkway going up the steeper slope toward Olive Street.

And, is that actually an early street light hanging over the center of the intersection?
U.S.C Digital Library/California Historical Society

Downtown Los Angeles, probably winter 1894, as viewed from the Crocker Mansion. At center, the Stimson Block (1893) – Los Angeles's first 'skyscraper' – and the Bradbury Building (1893), right, are both brand new; the Byrne Building (1895), katty-corner to the Bradbury, has yet to rise. City Hall, left, is only 6 years old.
U.S.C Digital Library/California Historical Society

An even more impressive close-up panorama shot, way too huge to embed here. (Again, magnify to 100% resolution.)

Detail view of the eastern facade of the Crocker Mansion.
U.S.C Digital Library/California Historical Society

The Crocker manse and Downtown skyline. In extreme closeup, I can make out a 44- and 45-star flag, which, together with the presence of the Byrne, dates the photo to around 1896-7.
U.S.C Digital Library/California Historical Society

ethereal_reality Mar 22, 2013 8:24 PM

:previous: very nice JScott!


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6026618)
The Union Rescue Mission.

below: Here is a larger view showing the truly unique pediment/cornice. (almost a balcony)


It looks like the rescue mission used to be a restaurant with a tent covered roof garden. I had no idea.
Los Angeles Herald 1890

tovangar2 Mar 22, 2013 8:46 PM

An article highlighting Sonje Henie's connection to the Tropical Ice Gardens and a pic of its post-fire collapse:

I read that the Tropical Ice Gardens was featured in Henie's film "It's a Pleasure" (1945), but I checked and it isn't.

Culver City Ice Arena, one of the last:

Thank you GW for the info on 650 W 23rd. I knew you'd know the real deal. Still don't know why MSM includes the garden wall on their map...

I do wish the owners would replace the dreary asphalt shingles with a re-creation of the original "Spanish metal tile" roof. That would really help the look of the place.

JScott Mar 22, 2013 8:54 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6063022)
:previous: very nice JScott

Glad you liked them. :) Third and Hill is very important to me, as it's where my interest in L.A. history began, in 1962, when my mom took me for my first ride on Angels Flight. It's also one of the places that's undergone some of the most radical and rapid changes in the whole city. The contrast between that Victorian neighborhood and all that's happened there in the intervening years is truly astounding to me.

I also find myself getting completely sucked in to that full-res view of Downtown in 1894. The detail in it is wonderful. I love that old city - I really do.

tovangar2 Mar 22, 2013 9:56 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6063022)

Thx e_r. Jerry Illich, with his 24-hour restaurant, sounds like a colorful and well-loved character. I don't recall ever hearing of him before.

The Croat Connection
by Charles Perry

If you want Croatian food around here, you go
down to San Pedro, where fishermen from Dalmatia
have lived and worked since early in the 20th century.
But we already had Croatian restaurateurs in
the 1870s.

One was Jake Maritich (whose name also appears
as Giacomo Maritich, showing the close cultural
connections of Dalmatia with Italy). In 1877 he had
a restaurant on Main Street, right across from the
more prominent restaurant of his fellow countryman
Jerry Illich.

Illich had been born on the island of Brazza (now
Otok Brac) in 1850. At the age of 13 he went to
sea, and seven years later he jumped ship in San
Francisco and started working in restaurants. Very
possibly Illich got to know the Croatian family who
had established San Francisco’s famous Tadich seafood
restaurant during the Gold Rush.

Around 1877 he moved down to Los Angeles,
which had just started growing explosively after the
transcontinental railway connection went through.
He started a small chophouse at 145 N. Main and
expanded it to two floors. He made it into a fashionable hangout –
he particularly catered to journalists
and politicians. The Kansas Club, later influential in
L.A. city politics, was founded at a dinner at Jerry

In the process, he provided unwelcome competition for
another recent immigrant, Victor Dol, who
had opened the first serious French restaurant in
town in 1876 – later remembered as the first restaurant
in Los Angeles that didn’t have dirt floors and
barefoot cooks. At his Commercial Restaurant, just
a block south of where Illich infuriatingly moved in,
Dol was also catering to the City Hall crowd.
Both restaurants boasted that they had the finest
ingredients, especially seafood, though the cuisine
was different. When Illich died, it was remembered
that he had “served ‘paste’ and other foreign dishes.”
Pasta, that is. As a Dalmatian, Illich would have had
an Italian streak in his cuisine.

The Dol-Illich rivalry became legend. Dol advertised his
restaurant as “the Delmonico’s of Los
Angeles.” Illich referred to his own place as “the
Delmonico’s of Los Angeles.” In the 1880s, Dol left
the Commercial and opened a restaurant grandly
titled La Maison Doree, after the most fashionable
restaurant in Paris at the time. Illich brought in a
French chef as a partner (referred to in a newspaper
ad as “the clever French cook, Mr. Bailhe”) and
named the restaurant . . . La Maison Doree. One
imagines some heated words passed between Dol
and Illich.

Meanwhile, he continued to run Jerry Illich’s, the
largest restaurant in town – and a 24-hour restaurant,
by the way. In 1896 he moved it to a three-story
building at 219 W. Third St.

He retired just before the end of the century. In
1902 he died of Bright’s disease (the Los Angeles
Times regularly reporting to the public on his condition)
and was buried with a Masonic funeral. The
carriages of his mourners extended for two blocks,
and hundreds more came by trolley. Not bad for an
immigrant kid.

He's buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery

ethereal_reality Mar 22, 2013 10:06 PM

:previous: very interesting T2! thx for the info.

ethereal_reality Mar 22, 2013 10:20 PM

Fire today at Granville Towers on Crescent Heights Blvd. :(

radio63 Mar 22, 2013 11:01 PM

View from the Richfield Tower, Dick Whittington, 1930

A view of the Richfield Tower not frequently seen.

USC digital archive/Dick Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987

What an absolutely fascinating picture! Thank you for posting. I have an interest in radio towers and structures such as this that were mounted atop old buildings. The Richfield building is also of great interest, along with it's steel derrick. I often wonder how things such as towers and flagpoles were attached to the building's structural system. Seems the flagpoles are in some kind of cross-structure supporting them. Would love to know (or see architectural drawings) of how the Richfield's tower and other radio antennas of the period were installed. Just a strange interest I have!:)

jaco Mar 23, 2013 12:42 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6062881)
Video of a rental in the Eastern Columbia Building with period music.

very dark.....only two small windows. but oh that pool!

Nice find on the video, very snazzy interior but like you stated, so little natural light.:(

tovangar2 Mar 23, 2013 1:47 AM

Through a Lens Darkly...
Fine art photographer Garry Winogand (1928-1984) on LA:

Los Angeles (1964)

Los Angeles, California (1969)

Los Angeles (1980-83)


Ted Pushinsky, Garry Winogrand, On the Prowl, Los Angeles, California (n.d.)

ethereal_reality Mar 23, 2013 2:19 AM


Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6063399)

I'd love to know the story behind this photograph.

ethereal_reality Mar 23, 2013 3:00 AM

The Lilia Hotel, 560 N. Hill Street.
Los Angeles Herald 1909

belmont bob Mar 23, 2013 3:15 AM


Originally Posted by JScott (Post 6063019)
Some familiar photos, shown in much higher resolutions than we are used to seeing.

Detail view of the eastern facade of the Crocker Mansion.
U.S.C Digital Library/California Historical Society

I’ve seen pictures of this house many times, but this has to be one of the most amazing photos I’ve ever seen of such a wonderful structure I’ve ever seen. What detail, it’s as if I was just next door.

tovangar2 Mar 23, 2013 3:56 AM

Another couple of pix came up on the Granville fire:


Mighty fine weather we're having:


FredH Mar 23, 2013 5:13 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6058540)
A spectacular view of the Hollywood Freeway under construction 1952 or 1953.
old cd of mine/ebay I believe

Notice the red car crossing Temple Street. It's traveling south between the two Hill Street tunnels.
(tunnel#1 lower left corner, tunnel#2 behind the apartment building)

Can anyone name the various apartment buildings? -just wondering :)


The L.A. Times ran this photo today on the construction of the four level interchange:
L.A. Times

Their photo is dated February, 1948, which means your photo might be a little earlier than 1952/53.

Temple Street is on the left, Figueroa along the bottom, and Sunset up the right.

Didn't we just have a post recently showing that little detour on Sunset?

Chuckaluck Mar 23, 2013 6:25 AM

Never quite understood why this building's address has been listed as both odd and even, e.g., 1421 and 1424. Reasonably sure that Joseph Schenk and his wife, Norma Talmadge had something to do with the construction and/or ownership of the building, formerly known as the Voltaire Apts. Apparently, it is no stranger to fires.


Photo [below] shows flames and smoke raging atop the fashionable seven-story Voltaire apartments in Hollywood as a fie gutted the luxurious top stories and sent scores of film tenants hurrying to the street. One fireman, E. W. Wood, died of injuries received when he fell 100 feet from the blazing roof. Two other firemen were injured. The fire, which is said to have followed a mysterious explosion, resulted in $150,000 damage to the structure.

Fire in Voltaire Apartments Kill One and Injures Six. In the early hours of February 20, 1935, when L.A. Times delivery boy Gordon Harter, 21, of 1326 N. Stanley Ave., was delivering the L. A. Times in the hills above Hollywood, he noticed smoke coming from the Voltaire Apartments at 1424 Crescent Heights Blvd. He didn't hear fire or police sirens, so he drove down to investigate. He found the the front door locked, so he went around to the back and broke into the hall and ran all the bells in the apartments from the buttons at the front desk. Then he ran down all the halls and pounded on doors and told people to get out. Smoke on the upper two floors was very thick.
Scantily clad tenants, many of whom were actors or worked in the movie colony, rushed from the building just before the elevator crashed down when the cables melted from the fire on top of the building. Among screen notables who fled the building were: actress Kathlyn Williams, Margaret Ettinger and her husband, Russ Shattuck, actor's agents and Marcella Knapp, casting director at MGM. Others who were attracted to the fire were actor Alan Hale, who lived next door with his family, actor Ralph Graves, writer John Farrow and actress Maureen O'Sullivan. Farrow kept his car in the Voltaire garage. The fire started shortly before 6 a.m. in the elevator shaft from a carelessly tossed cigarette, and spread rapidly to the sixth and seventh floor.
One county fireman was killed and six others injured in the fire. D.W. Woods, 35, of Company No. 6 died from a crushed chest when he fell from the sloping slate roof into a clump of bushes, 100 feet below. Woods lived at 7500 Fountain Ave. The Voltaire, a beautifully landscaped property of French Norman architecture, was built in 1928 at a cost of about $400,000. It housed about 150 tenants.

February, 1935

On the tangentially related subject of Norma Talmadge, I don't recall seeing this aerial image of her then, 1-year-old namesake, at 3278 Wilshire Blvd., circa 1924. Hard to say with certainty, but it looks as much Wilshire frontage shows evidence of clearing. That is to say, missing buildings. Absent from image is Immanuel Presbyterian Church 3300 Wilshire, as it was not completed until '28.

1924 Lapl

no date

1/29/1931 - Willard H. George Co. Furriers, 3330 Wilshire Boulevard west of Immanuel Presbyterian. Seen in above shot. lapl


ethereal_reality Mar 23, 2013 2:39 PM


Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 6063596)

Whoa, never knew about this fire! Truly frightening.
oh...and that 1924 photo of 'The Talmadge' is excellent.

ethereal_reality Mar 23, 2013 2:49 PM

St. Vincent's College tract? -never heard of it-
Los Angeles Herald


it's next door to this

MichaelRyerson Mar 23, 2013 3:29 PM

Beautiful leathers and an out-of-this-world interior
Departure of Mr. French to San Francisco, Southern California, 1933

I'm going to assume this is Mr. French standing on the wing and Mr. Steele in the cockpit.
Departure of Mr. French to San Francisco, Southern California, 1933 (2)

Well, apparently Mr. French is going to be responsible for some northbound mail. Still nice leathers and great luggage. And the third gentleman in plus fours.

Now a Ford Trimotor (I think) to go up and film an eclipse? Wait a minute. does that make sense? Do they get a better view of the eclipse from what would be by today's standards, a modest altitude, from a moving airplane? Hmmm, seems like a stunt.
Richfield plane to photograph eclipse, Southern California, 1930

Here we get our first glimpse of the star-chart themed interior of the tri-motor.
Richfield plane to photograph eclipse, Southern California, 1930 (2)
Richfield plane to photograph eclipse, Southern California, 1930 (3)

Seat covers, table top and don't miss the headliner. Beautiful. And the elevated flight deck.
Richfield plane to photograph eclipse, Southern California, 1930 (4)

USC digital archive/Dick Whittington Photography Collection, 1924-1987

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