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CityBoyDoug Dec 20, 2017 4:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8024562)
just saw this vintage kodachrome slide on ebay


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/JTv5RS.jpg
ebay

"1950s BEVERLY HILLS LOS ANGELES California - slides Id#1", that's not much of a description
but you can clearly see it's Romanoff's on Rodeo Drive. :)

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For more Romanoff's go to this link:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=42346

Ed Workman Dec 20, 2017 7:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8022829)
http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1173/SZW1OY.gif
Mabel in Barney Oldfield's Race for Life



It would be interesting to know what railroad depot was used in the filming.

http://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/64...922/NTkoJH.jpghttp://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/64...924/S8Adv9.jpg

Looks like the Santa Fe depot at Inglewood

Earl Boebert Dec 20, 2017 7:13 PM

Here's a shot from what has to have been the same series in George Geary's "LA's Legendary Restaurants." Geary says 1955, which is consistent with the MG TF in the foreground. I wonder what the event was.

http://www.bitsmasherpress.com/LANoir/Romanoffs2.png

Cheers,

Earl

ethereal_reality Dec 20, 2017 7:16 PM

I've been trying to read the roof top sign looming over the white building (a block over). ....any ideas?

ethereal_reality Dec 20, 2017 9:47 PM

'Life In Hollywood' 1947
 
The screen grabs are from a Martin Murray production filmed in 1947.

The running gag is Mr. Murray is having a birthday party and no really wants to go it.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...924/EohAYs.jpg



first: a mystery location.

Two attractive twins in furs waiting curbside for their dates to pick them up.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/LFdxuq.jpg

pan left:

Here come the dates.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/WH2u9j.jpg

note the large building on top of the hill. (a school perhaps?)




next:

This one isn't a mystery location; it definitely looks like Cahuenga Pass.

but I'm intrigued by the motorcycle cops riding in tandem.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...924/aTqdMT.jpg

This isn't something they normally did, right?

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...924/fU5LkX.jpg

the pretty girl gets a ticket anyway.







There is off color humor as well.

"Why are you dressed like that"? -the handsome newspaper boy asks.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/KClFg4.jpg


She smiles and points up to the bus stop sign.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...924/FvDgB2.jpg

Bus-T Stop. Get it? :lmao:



In my (humble) opinion the film bogs down once the party starts but there are still interesting things to see.
A lanky roller-skater from Earl Carrolls performs (on the tennis court) and Martin Murray's pretty wife (Pat?) sings a song.
A 'Marie' from Anaheim is introduced only to be teased with off color jokes about her 'grapefruits'.
and so on and so forth....



I think you'll really enjoy this short. (only 17 minutes long)

Lots of glimpses of Hollywood in 1947.

Video Link



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CityBoyDoug Dec 21, 2017 12:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8025292)
The screen grabs are from a Martin Murray production filmed in 1947.




I think you'll really enjoy this short. (only 17 minutes long)

Lots of glimpses of Hollywood in 1947.

Video Link



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I watched it...fascinating history but there's something very tame and prosaic about it....or am I too 2017?
Almost missed the off-color jokes.

Hmmm...two cops on one motorcycle....never heard of that??

Flyingwedge Dec 21, 2017 2:14 AM

Looking SE from about St. Paul Avenue between 6th and Orange Streets, 1886
 
This photo is actually titled, "Los Angeles Scenery from 6th and Tulle sts., 1886." I didn't find Tulle St. listed anywhere, but I am
confident that the title of this post describes what we're looking at here. I think the photographer was a just a bit south of 6th:

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

UCLA/Islandora


Here's a closer look at the left half or so of the photo. The two-story building with the pink dot is the 8th Street School
at the NW corner of 8th and Grand. Above the blue dot is the spiked cupola of 927 Orange Street. The orchard in between
is bounded by 7th Street on the north and by Hope and Flower on the east and west, respectively.

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


Some of the right half of the whole photo is shown on this part of the 1894 Sanborn Map, with south at the top.
In the upper left corner, Moore (later Francisco) ends at 7th Street. Orange Street will be renamed Wilshire Blvd.
You can see the homes marked by the yellow and orange dots in the right half of the photo, a closer view of
which follows the map:

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

ProQuest via LAPL


Here is that closer look at the right half of the photo. The house with the yellow dot is on the SW corner of Orange
and Kip. The house with the orange dot is listed as 953 W. 7th Street on the 1894 Sanborn. The house with the green
dot is the home of Alonzo C. Potter, by 1894 numbered 745 S. Figueroa and the subject of not one, not two, but three
prior NLA posts:

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


Compare the above photo with this one, which was in Potter Park Post #3 but appears here lightened and enlarged.
If you look very closely, the chimney on the Potter home has a vertical flute or indentation:

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

00030879 @ LAPL


You can see that flute quite clearly in this undated view of the Potter home from Figueroa Street, which may have
still been known as Pearl Street when the photo was taken:

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...o.png~original

GPF.6823 @ Seaver Center



"Pianos and Organs For Sale . . . A. C. Potter" -- I'm going to guess that's A. C. Potter on the left:

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


September 10, 1882, Los Angeles Times:

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

ProQuest via LAPL


Just to recap, after Potter died in 1912 his family moved out and 745 S. Figueroa became the Potter Park Studios
of Howard Verbeck, who had some work done to the old Potter home in 1913. In late 1919 or early 1920 Verbeck
moved his office to the old Hiram Higgins mansion at 2619 Wilshire, which he later cut in half and moved to
637 S. Lucerne, where it remains today.

The Brownstein-Louis building was built on the site of the old Potter home, which I first presumed was demolished
in late 1919 or early 1920. It was by then almost 40 years old, if not older (it might have been built before Potter
bought the property in 1881).

Anyway, as it turns out, part of the Potter home lived on for at least nine years and quite likely until 1948 or 49.

This building permit says, "To demolish the second story and porches of two story dwelling at 745 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles preparatory to removal of said building from the premesis." Look at who's saving that old house . . .
Fanny Wills!:

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

LADBS


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

LADBS


So 745 S. Figueroa was chopped up a bit and moved to 1548 Sunset, where architect Arthur Benton used it as his office:

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

SW Builder and Contractor Vol 55 May 28 1920 @ Googlebooks


1921 LA City Directory; 1548 Sunset was convenient to Benton's home:

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

fold3.com


Benton, who was last listed at 1548 Sunset in the 1926 LA City Directory, died on September 18, 1927.


There is a February 1, 1929, BP from Ms. Wills to build stores at 1548-50-52-54 Sunset. The BP notes that
there is already a dwelling on the property. Below is the 1950 Sanborn Map, with Echo Park Ave. at the left
edge. You'll see there are two buildings marked 1548 Sunset. A building permit dated February 10, 1949,
which has 1548 crossed out and then 1546-1/2 written next to it, calls for a building that seems to match
the larger 1548 Sunset ("REINF C. B.") below. The 1949 BP also notes that the property is currently the site
of a "Res(idence) - Part of Store Building" -- apparently whatever was left of the old Potter home:

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

ProQuest via LAPL


HossC posted this 1951 photo, on which I have zoomed in to show 1550 Sunset at the left edge and Ozzie's Television
at 1554. The building's original 1929 detailing has been partially obscured by signs and other changes:

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

Getty.edu


The buildings at 1548-54 Sunset on the 1950 Sanborn Map above are on the contemporary aerial below with
the white and pink front ("Buy & Save"). The 1949 commercial building, the site of the old Potter home's second
home, is marked by the green dot:

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

Bing Aerial


This isn't much of a view, but it's the best image I could find of the old Potter home at 1548 Sunset, below the red dot:

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

HistoricAerials


I guess "Potter Park Part 4" would have been a better title for this post!

Lorendoc Dec 21, 2017 5:24 AM

minor mystery location
 
:previous:
Epic post, FW


This photo at CSUN via Calisphere is captioned only "Street view, Los Angeles, 1968" I wondered if it could be located.

https://i.imgur.com/mzsTmIv.jpg
calisphere.org

The "Adams" was Harry Adams. From the Tom and Ethel Bradley Center at CSUN:
"Harry Adams, also known as “One Shot Harry,” was one of the best-known members of the Los Angeles African American community. Having access to the city’s inner circle, he became known for his images of politicians, entertainers, and society figures. Adams worked as a freelancer for the California Eagle and Los Angeles Sentinel for 35 years and had a number of churches and lawyers as clients. His collection is particularly rich in its documentation of African American social life including images of social organizations, churches, schools, civil rights organizations, protests and cultural events."
There are two clues i could see. The street number looks like 614, and there seem to be light standards (for a park?) in the near distance. The shadows make it look like we're on an east-west street looking SW. The 600 block W would be near Figueroa and E would be near Avalon.

Wrigley Field was between Avalon, E 42nd Pl, San Pedro, and E 41th Pl:

https://i.imgur.com/7CiefwX.jpg
historicAerials.com

I found a picture of a boxing match there which shows light standards similar to the original picture:

https://i.imgur.com/D2SWOjm.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/67827566@N00/4335919787

Lining up the central tower and the light standards, it looks like we're near Avalon just to the north of the stadium, near the red X on the aerial. Here is a Googlemobile view of the survivor at 614 E. 41st Place:

https://i.imgur.com/Xwk6pJS.jpg
GSV

ethereal_reality Dec 21, 2017 6:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andys (Post 8024833)
The "white rocks" I suspect is a bee yard.

Looked at Historic Aerials, but couldn't make out what the site was. I've hiked the area just to the southwest, but never been to this one.
Bee Canyon is just to the east, so perhaps that's a clue to solving "white rocks?" BTW, the LA Aqueduct siphon traverses Bee Canyon,
then tunnels southwest through the ridge parallel to San Francisquito Canyon Road to Drinkwater reservoir and powerhouse II.
In this immediate area, there are four tunnel audits, and the remains of the "Hogback" aqueduct construction camp, circa 1912
(fun place to relic hunt).
Andys

I suspect you're right about the bees Andys.

this map shows the Bee and Baird Canyons (near the bee farm from yesterday's post) as well as the aqueduct tunnels (in blue)


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/Qhh5ka.jpg
pdf

towards the top of the map you can see Power Station #2 is equidistant between Clearwater and Cherry Canyons.

As most of you know, today's power plant is actually the second power station at that site.
The first was swept away in the St. Francis Flood. (along with hundreds of people :()

station #2 is highlighted
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...924/EC9lex.jpg

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/Oqoki9.jpg
heavy ground we might have seen this photo on nla long ago but I'll post it again.

:previous: "The house on the left (sometimes referred to as the 'clubhouse') was part of the residential community
built for the Bureau of Power and Light employees and their families."



and AFTER:
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...924/3OE9tL.jpg
waterandpower





In the pic below the water line of the flood can be seen on the face of the mountains. (amazing!)
and down below reconstruction of Power Plant No. 2 is already under way. [c.1928]

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...924/tfqTct.jpg
waterandpower






The second Station #2 is equally impressive.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/lim8LU.jpg
waterandpower

And get this> Power Plant No. 2 was completely restored and back in service by November 1928, just 8 short months after the original plant was destroyed.






This photograph was taken after a 3rd generating unit was added. [c.1930s]

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/rOpMfs.jpg
http://waterandpower.org/museum/Elec...0Aqueduct.html

You can tell by the additional penstock.



and here it is today.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/mFBXxZ.jpg
varley yarns

The photograph makes it look like there's no fence around it, but I'm pretty sure there is one.

Have you seen this power house in person Andys? (or anyone else here on nla?)

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p.s. I realize we have discussed the aqueduct and flood quite a few times on nla...but what can I say; I just felt like doing a recap this afternoon. :) (hopefully I added some insight)

Lorendoc Dec 21, 2017 7:55 AM

old e_r Mystery Location found
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7761639)
'mystery' location

"Industrial Los Angeles" [c.1985]

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...922/jUbGJi.jpg
from an old file of mine dated 2008 /
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Sometimes I like to look back at older posts because many of them contain unsolved puzzles. This one is such a mystery; I apologize if it was already solved, and will take this post down if that is the case.

Looking at e_r's original photo, i've circled a barely legible sign that looks like "___CHO ___OLD__RAGE" and traced an unusual triangular building seen marked in red:

https://i.imgur.com/89kxby5.jpg

My best guess at the lettering on the right is "Rancho Cold Storage",

Going through the City Directories I found a "Rancho Cold Storage" at 670 Mesquit, down by the LA river. I then located a 1948 aerial shot:

https://i.imgur.com/g0tkP3z.jpg
historicAerials.com

This shows the triangular building outlined in red, and the red X indicates the position of the camera in e_r's shot. We are looking east on Jesse St towards Mesquit.

Most of the buildings are gone today as can be seen in the Googlemobile:
https://i.imgur.com/31WlfrK.jpg
GSV

....but it's still the same business today as can be seen from the display sign.

This is my 200th post here, I have a lot of respect for the heavy posters who put up 100X more stuff than I do. Keep at it :)

Andys Dec 21, 2017 4:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8025696)
I suspect you're right about the bees Andys.

this map shows the Bee and Baird Canyons (near the bee farm from yesterday's post) as well as the aqueduct tunnels (in blue)


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/Qhh5ka.jpg
pdf

towards the top of the map you can see Power Station #2 is equidistant between Clearwater and Cherry Canyons.

->e, that would be Power House I on that map. Power House II is to the southwest (lower left) just beyond the map.

waterandpower



and here it is today.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/mFBXxZ.jpg
varley yarns

The photograph makes it look like there's no fence around it, but I'm pretty sure there is one.

Have you seen this power house in person Andys? (or anyone else here on nla?)

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p.s. I realize we have discussed the aqueduct and flood quite a few times on nla...but what can I say; I just felt like doing a recap this afternoon. :) (hopefully I added some insight)

I've been to Power House II many times. Yes, it's fenced. Facing the power House, there's a trail head to the left; very steep trail that takes you to the top of the penstocks, and Drinkwater Reservoir.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Fr...on_topo_v2.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Fr...on_topo_v2.jpg

Andys

Martin Pal Dec 21, 2017 9:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lorendoc (Post 8025645)
This photo at CSUN via Calisphere is captioned only "Street view, Los Angeles, 1968" I wondered if it could be located.

https://i.imgur.com/mzsTmIv.jpg
calisphere.org

There are two clues i could see. The street number looks like 614, and there seem to be light standards (for a park?) in the near distance.
___________________________________________________________________


At the risk of a "duh" moment...I've been looking for the 614 Street number in that photo quite awhile and I just don't see it!

odinthor Dec 21, 2017 10:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 8026430)
At the risk of a "duh" moment...I've been looking for the 614 Street number in that photo quite awhile and I just don't see it!

Quite so, I had to scrutinize it fifty times +; but: Look at the leftmost door you can see. Look at the upper right hand corner of the door. That blur going vertically just to the right of the right hand corner indeed looks like a blurry 614.

Lorendoc Dec 21, 2017 10:21 PM

614
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 8026430)
At the risk of a "duh" moment...I've been looking for the 614 Street number in that photo quite awhile and I just don't see it!

No duh moment at all, it's hard to see:

https://i.imgur.com/K6fmmKp.jpg

Not to my surprise, HossC identified Rancho Cold Storage two pages after e_r's original post. He said to leave it up, so I will :shrug:

GaylordWilshire Dec 21, 2017 10:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8025106)
I've been trying to read the roof top sign looming over the white building (a block over). ....any ideas?


Quote:

Originally Posted by Earl Boebert (Post 8025103)
Here's a shot from what has to have been the same series in George Geary's "LA's Legendary Restaurants." Geary says 1955, which is consistent with the MG TF in the foreground. I wonder what the event was.

http://www.bitsmasherpress.com/LANoir/Romanoffs2.png



The sign is on top of the California Bank building at the nec of Wilshire & Beverly. (Over the years there were several versions of the sign on framework.)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Bw...0=w736-h571-noLAPL

ethereal_reality Dec 22, 2017 3:39 AM

:previous: Thank you GW.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge
I guess "Potter Park Part 4" would have been a better title for this post!

It doesn't matter what you title it FW..that was a fantastic post!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lorendoc (Post 8025645)
This photo at CSUN via Calisphere is captioned only "Street view, Los Angeles, 1968" I wondered if it could be located.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...924/suGfBV.jpg

And you located it! That took some mighty fine sleuthing Lorendoc.
________

OK I'm through thanking people. ;)

ethereal_reality Dec 22, 2017 4:45 AM

yet another mystery

Pacific Palisades [c.1920s]

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/6LXXIu.jpg
library of congress

:previous: I'm curious about the odd looking structure in the distance. (on the hillside)



After I enlarged the pic to get a better look I noticed it appears in the other photograph as well!

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...924/IzsN05.jpghttps://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...923/DJnwKj.jpg



It sort of reminds me of the frontier fort I got for Christmas with I was a kid.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...924/2iJg4C.jpg
Sears Catalog


It even has a ladder like my fort! :)

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...923/DxFBnc.jpg

I'm stumped.
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odinthor Dec 22, 2017 4:52 AM

A kind correspondent is asking me for "a photo of the Portland Boarding House or Portland Rooming House at 444 1/2 South Spring Street. It was sold in 1905 and continued past 1931." It must be shown very obliquely on my site for that stretch of Spring; but uselessly obliquely. I am otherwise coming up dry. Does anyone have anything on the Portland Boarding House so that my correspondent can live a happier and more complete life?

CityBoyDoug Dec 22, 2017 6:47 AM

Golden Rooster Barbecue, 1940 Los Angeles, ....I don't know where this was located.

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eYhQvk2sg...52C%2B1940.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eYhQvk2sg...52C%2B1940.jpg

CityBoyDoug Dec 22, 2017 6:52 AM

https://i.pinimg.com/564x/c8/73/8a/c...b2d8395320.jpg
https://i.pinimg.com/564x/c8/73/8a/c...b2d8395320.jpg

Marquee at The Palladium shows premiere opening of Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra. Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler funded the construction of the art deco Hollywood Palladium at a cost of 1.6 million in 1940. Capacity is 3,700~SRO.

Video Link


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