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ethereal_reality Mar 18, 2010 2:54 AM


Originally Posted by Johnny Socko (Post 4747799)
Now THIS is right in my wheelhouse -- or cockpit, as it were -- since I'm an aviation geek as well as an L.A. history geek. Somewhere around here, I have an aviation book that has a fantastic aerial photo of that very airfield. But I could never find many details about it. Kevin Roderick saves the day again; that guy is a one-man History Channel.

I believe this airfield was named Rogers Airport (see below).

ethereal_reality Mar 18, 2010 3:02 AM

Below: Another photograph from Rogers Field (I'm trying to piece this all if I'm mistaken please let me know).

This is the offices of Mercury Air Lines (founded by, of all people, Cecil B. DeMille in 1919).
The thing that confuses me a bit, is that the upper portion of the sign reads 'de Mille Field No.2'

Below: Here is a snapshot of a young lad named Walt taken at Rogers Field.

ethereal_reality Mar 18, 2010 3:39 AM

Below: The Automobile Club of Southern California located at Figueroa and Adams Street (It's still there!).
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Below: This is a aerial photo of the Automobile Club.
Surprisingly, there are directions painted on the roof for wayward pilots.
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:previous: Vail was an airport near Montebello, CA.

Another directional on the Automobile Club roof was CLOVER-10.
This was Clover Aviation Field in Santa Monica (see right)

ethereal_reality Mar 18, 2010 4:09 AM

The Burbank Theater north of 6th Street, on the east side of Main Street in 1903.
If I remember correctly, this eventually became a venue for burlesque.
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ethereal_reality Mar 18, 2010 4:14 AM

Here is a wonderful example of art deco.
The Mountain States Life Building on Hollywood Blvd. near Vine in 1929.
Something you don't see these days are all the open windows.
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And a 'Piggly Wiggly' can't beat that. OINK :)

sopas ej Mar 18, 2010 5:14 PM

Great pics, ethereal! The Auto Club is still indeed on Fig and Adams.


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4751869)
Another directional on the Automobile Club roof was CLOVER-10.
This was Clover Aviation Field in Santa Monica (see right)

Interesting that the airport in Santa Monica was called Clover Aviation Field; today there's a Cloverfield Blvd. near the vicinity of what is now called the Santa Monica Municipal Airport. In the map you posted, its axis is where 23rd Street is, between Santa Monica and Pico Boulevards. I never gave it a second thought of why that street is called Cloverfield. Now I know!

ethereal_reality Mar 19, 2010 3:01 PM

^^^That's a very cool insight sopas_ej.

Also, believe it or not, the movie 'Cloverfield', was named after the Cloverfield exit.
The scriptwriter used this exit daily during his commute.

ethereal_reality Mar 19, 2010 9:36 PM

I meant to post this map in post #903, along with the photo of Vail Airport.

Above: As you can see there were actually three airports in the area ;
the tiny Los Angeles Eastside Airport and the Telegraph Atlantic Airport.

ethereal_reality Mar 19, 2010 10:09 PM

I'll stay on the aviation topic just a bit longer.

Below is Glendale's Grand Central Airport then and now.
2007 photo by Loren Latker

ethereal_reality Mar 19, 2010 10:23 PM

Grand Central Airport in 1949.

Sorry, the following photos have been lost.

Here's the link to the site.

Below: Here's another interesting graphic.

Leo the Dog Mar 19, 2010 11:03 PM

This is an absolutely fascinating thread. Love every photo. Its amazing how fast the LA basin grew and the small town feel it used to have not that long ago!

ethereal_reality Mar 22, 2010 10:00 PM


Below: The J.W. Robinson's Department Store at 7th and Hope street before and after modernization.

Thanks to army.arch on flickr for bringing this to my attention.
I previously thought they were two different buildings.

ethereal_reality Mar 22, 2010 10:04 PM


Los Angeles Engine Co. 1
2230 Pasadena Avenue and agilitynut

GaylordWilshire Mar 23, 2010 2:50 AM

Check out 'Bright Eyes' with Shirley Temple--Grand Central is glimpsed through a DC-2 mockup's windows in process film as she sings 'The Good Ship Lollipop.' There may be other scenes actually filmed at the airport. Anyway, this sequence comes after her mother gets run over by a Pacific Electric bus--oh, the troubles little Shirley had. I also like the primitive jetways shown here.


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4754959)
I'll stay on the aviation topic just a bit longer.

Below is Glendale's Grand Central Airport then and now.
2007 photo by Loren Latker

JDRCRASH Mar 23, 2010 2:57 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4751776)
It's hard to believe all these buildings on the left were torn down. :(

Actually Angels Flight was moved a block away, I think.

garfield Mar 23, 2010 3:19 PM

Angels Flight was moved

Originally Posted by JDRCRASH (Post 4760191)
Actually Angels Flight was moved a block away, I think.

It was. It used to be on the corner of 3rd and Hill, just left of the tunnel. It is now in the middle of the block, directly across from the Grand Central Market.

The plans for rebuilding bunker hill in 1969 did not include rebuilding Angels Flight. The cars were mothballed in storage for 2.5 decades. A foundation was formed to bring it back. However, it could not go back in the same spot because the location was taken.

ethereal_reality Mar 24, 2010 12:46 AM

I had a request from a forumer for some Sunset Strip photos.

Below: The charming Westside Market at 9009 W. Sunset Blvd. was transformed into the Largo nightclub.
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Below: Notice the quaint Villa Nova to the left of the Largo.
Joe DiMaggio took Marilyn Monroe to this Italian restaurant on their first date.
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Below: The Villa Nova.
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Below: The Villa Nova became the Rainbow bar & grill, and the Largo eventually became the Roxy Theatre.
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Below: Another view of the Westside Market reincarnated as the Largo (pre-Roxy).

ethereal_reality Mar 24, 2010 1:03 AM

Sunset Tower Apartments at 8358 Sunset Blvd. on the left and a gas station on the right in 1933.

Here is a link to the Sunset Tower Hotel.
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More to come tomorrow.

sopas ej Mar 24, 2010 7:10 PM

Great pics of the Sunset Strip, ethereal!


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4761920)
Below: Another view of the Westside Market reincarnated as the Largo (pre-Roxy).

That picture makes me think of that scene in "The Graduate" where the characters of Ben and Elaine go on their first "date." Makes me wonder if they used that place for the film...

Johnny Socko Mar 26, 2010 5:40 AM

(Note: Thanks to Curbed LA commenter "vokoban" for digging up yet another great nugget of LA history. I am taking the liberty of cross-posting the Times article and historic photo that he originally posted in the Comments section of this article.)

Below is the storage building at 1025 N Highland Ave (at Santa Monica Blvd):

In 1930, one hell of a party took place there:

(Dec. 7, 1930 LA Times)
Party on Top of Hollywood Building Raided
Four Girls Among Prisoners Seized in Foray
Hundred and Fifty Officers Battle Revelers
In perhaps the most spectacular raid ever conducted by Los Angeles police, nearly 400 persons were arrested early yesterday on morals charges when 150 officers broke up what they said was a wild stag party on the fourteens floor of Hollywood Storage Building, 1025 North Highland avenue. All but four of the prisoners were men.
The raid was the result of a tip received by vice squad officers and four detectives, clad in tuxedos, were assigned to gather evidence. They arrived early and mingled with other spectators, who paid $1 each for admission. The affair was billed as a "fraternity benefit smoker" and early in the evening began to take on the aspect of an orgy, according to the police report.
Not until nearly midnight, however, did the vice squad officers feel that the revelry had reached its height, when four young women appeared in what was described as an indecent performance. This was climaxed, they declared, by another dance in which the four appeared without even a semblance of drapery. Rushing toward the exits, the detectives announced that every spectator was under arrest.
Meanwhile, just outside and in the streets below, guarding every means of escape, were 150 reserves who had been summoned in anticipation of a riot. Dozens of men attempted to flee by means of fire escapes, but they were driven back by officers who had expected such attempts.
Hand-to-hand fights were numerous as the officers rushed into the hall, once an exclusive Hollywood night club, and beer bottles crashed through windows as the melee increased in violence. Several thousand persons had gathered in the street below to watch the proceedings.
A check-up revealed 362 men had been arrested in addition to the four women. The latter described themselves as: Ruth Williams, 21 years of age, of 1347 North Serrano street; Isabelle Clemons, 20, of 420 Fetterly street; Doloros Moreno, 19, transient, and Ruth Scott, 22, of 1215 West Tenth street. They pleaded not guilty before Municipal Judge Eagen to the charge of being dissolute persons. Bail was fixed at $150 each pending trial on the 19th inst.
Six of the men taken into custody were booked as promoters of the show. They gave their names as Glen B. Mates and George N. Hammond of Glendale; Harry Gaston of Long Beach, Otto Good of Ocean Park, and Lloyd Baxter and Ray J. Faeth of Los Angeles.
Deputy City Prosecutor McDonald announced he will press vagrancy charges against the 362 men, including the asserted promoters of the show.

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