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ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2012 4:18 AM

This is kind of fun after my recent Elks Club/Park Plaza post.

ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2012 4:24 AM

Transparency 1964.

Mayor Shaw Nov 3, 2012 5:16 AM

The Factory/Studio One/ Mitchell Camera Corp.
I've done a little looking around on line, I hope this helps:

It seems the building we are looking at extends between North Robertson on the East to North LaPeer on the West. The address for Studio One was 652 N. LaPeer.

In the 30's and 40's the building was occupied by the Mitchell Camera Corp. which used the address of 661 N. Robertson, (the same address that The Ultra Suede uses today. Both these addresses acess the same building.

In 1942 the Mitchell Camera Corp. employed 74 people including 53 machinists, 2 clerks, 3 draftsmen, 3 watchmen, 4 engineers, 3 foremen, 1 supervisor, 1 general manager, 1 repairman, and various office persons. The whole shebang was owned by Stanley Anderson.

During the war, they did indeed manufacture bomb-sights at this location. At some point, Mitchell Camera sold out to Panavision.

I think it first became a night club venue when a party for the movie "Tommy" was held there on the Studio One side of the building

I hope this helps. I'm sure there is more to the story.

ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2012 7:33 PM

:previous: That helps alot Mayor Shaw! Thanks. :)

Here's the building today (LaPeer side).
google street view

It stretches from N. LaPeer (left) to N. Robertson (right).
google street view

I see Phyllis Morris is still on the same block.

The Mitchell Camera Corporation in the early 1930s. (It took me awhile to locate this photo)

Here is some information on that 1951 fire photograph that started this conversation.

The info. is from Vokoban at lacurbed.

ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2012 9:02 PM

Big watch dog guarding Nazimova's residence. GRRRRRR.

ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2012 9:42 PM

I've been trying, without success, to find the location of this early photograph.

The description says lake but I'm not so sure. Could it be a salt marsh?

below: details

Anyone want to wager a guess?

ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2012 11:37 PM

What intrigues me the most is that it says 'Sunset Plant' on the negative. So are we to believe this plant was located on Sunset Boulevard?

below: detail....cattle in pens and a large swath of nothingness.

below: another detail....I was searching for a street address/number. No such luck.

below: Where is this short rail spur going?


kznyc2k Nov 4, 2012 12:56 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5888835)
The green neon leads me back to one of my favorite movies.....

Anyone? :)

I have no idea why but my mind raced ahead to 1990's Dick Tracy at first...I guess the green neon got me thinking of the amazing noir colors in that movie, and that profile shot does look like it could be Tess Truehart. But that's wrong -- it's gotta be Kim Novak in Hitchcock's classic Vertigo.

ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2012 1:12 AM

:previous:...and you sir, are correct! :)

ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2012 1:19 AM

GaylordWilshire Nov 4, 2012 1:20 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5889732)
1929 L.A. City Directory

Fibreboard Products Inc is now PABCO. Per its website:

"The PABCO Paper plant was built in 1912 in the industrial city of Vernon just southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
It was originally known as the Southern Board and Paper Mills. In the 1920's it became a division of Fibreboard Products
and in 1977 was sold to a local packaging company. The mill was bought by Pacific Coast Building Products in 1984
and began operating as PABCO Paper."

ER: Perhaps the original Southern Board/Fibreboard buildings are buried in this fascinating industrial conglomeration...
that's Pacific Boulevard at top, seen curving south.

ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2012 5:25 AM

:previous: Thanks for the information GW.

I still wonder why the glass negative was labeled 'Sunset Plant'?

ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2012 5:34 AM seen in that hanging medallion

ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2012 5:49 AM

Can you imagine when there was this much 'virgin' land for vegetable gardens.

GaylordWilshire Nov 4, 2012 9:22 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5889958) seen in that hanging medallion


I had to get a closer look at that window at the lower right... Angeles Herald March 23, 1905

Below, the 1903 Chamber of Commerce building at 130 S Broadway seen later--
the Herald had added a blade sign... the Chamber itself was soon to move
down to 1151 S Broadway.

GaylordWilshire Nov 4, 2012 9:46 AM

Have we seen this little gem before? ...the fantastic 1925 Hollywood Chamber of Commerce building by Morgan, Walls, & Clements. It still stands:

rcarlton Nov 4, 2012 3:09 PM

[QUOTE=GaylordWilshire;5890042]I had to get a closer look at that window at the lower right... Angeles Herald March 23, 1905

You're leaving us many miles did the squirrels travel???:yes:

GaylordWilshire Nov 4, 2012 5:15 PM

:previous: Angeles Herald June 12, 1905

If A. M. Eddy is Albert M. 1911, he was at 845 Franklin Avenue--renumbered 7245 by 1913...I haven't looked to see if this is the Grider & Hamilton Grant Tract mentioned in the article... (there was at least one other A M. Eddy in L.A. at the time).

Could A. M. Eddy have been the Albert M. Eddy whose luck ran out by 1929? Here's the obit of a man by that name who was 51 that year--born in the what would have been the same year as the contest winner (1878)... Angeles Times April 21, 1929

ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2012 5:54 PM

Great couple of posts GaylordWilshire!!!
Running squirrels and the discovery of the old Hollywood Chamber of Commerce building. That was quite a find!

I had no idea the beautiful C of C building even existed.


ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2012 7:50 PM

Interesting article in today's L.A. Times

below: The Colonial Drug Store, Highland Park in 1928.

The store's inventory (of nearly 85,000 items) has found a home at Heritage Square.

*note: The original Bank/Pharmacy building still exists on Figueroa in Highland Park.

...and please tell me this isn't it.

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