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Los Angeles Past May 18, 2011 7:14 AM

Cabinet card lot on eBay now:

Bradbury Manse, etc.

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...eleventh-1.jpg
eBay



Cathedral of St. Vibiana.

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v.../vibiana-1.jpg
eBay

gsjansen May 18, 2011 1:48 PM

1897 hotel westminster brochure

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5305/...77cf81d2_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/...dcbc6cc3_b.jpg

and what are the tourist attractions one might see in 1897 southern california?

why the missions of course!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5184/...7faebee7_b.jpg
Source: LAPL California Index

gsjansen May 18, 2011 2:48 PM

1975 herald examiner article on the demolition and the opening of the time capsule of the state building

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2189/...4851abed_b.jpg
Source: LAPL California Index

gsjansen May 18, 2011 4:21 PM

a few more then and now's

looking south on grand from between 4th and 5th 1954 and now

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5266/...d4b8db84_b.jpg

looking south east on hollywood boulevard towards vine street from ivar avenue 1935 and now

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/...bf1b917e_b.jpg

looking west on wilshire boulevard from burnside avenue 1952 and now

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3593/...6cbeea0f_b.jpg

Ragnar May 18, 2011 10:56 PM

Whew, I finally made it to the last page! First, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this amazing thread. I think I've learned more about the history of L.A. from here in the past month or so of reading, than I've ever learned in all my previous years.

As for my (first) contribution, I live a few blocks from the Mildred Pierce house at 1141 Jackson St. in Glendale that has been mentioned a few times. The whole area (Rossmoyne) is going through the historical designation process with the city of Glendale right now, as there are a lot of 1920s/1930s homes that have maintained their character and not been turned into mini-mansions.

Here is an ad from the Glendale News Press in 1925 announcing the sale of homes in Rossmoyne:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3434/...e8a9ee0e09.jpg

Mr. F.W. Pigg (the apparent builder of the home in the advertisement) might be pleased to know that his home is as pretty as ever at 1122 Rossmoyne Dr.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2485/...ae85025436.jpg

Hopefully I will contribute some more going forward, but I mostly wanted to say thanks for all the effort everyone has put into this. It's really amazing for an LA history buff like me!

ethereal_reality May 19, 2011 12:38 AM

Welcome to the thread Ragner!

It's very heartening to see that 1122 Rossmoyne Drive has survived after all these years.
I look forward to more of your posts. -ethereal_reality

gsjansen May 19, 2011 1:05 PM

a really horrible, disturbing image on so many levels................................................

looking south east on hill street towards the third street tunnel

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2235/...1a0ecc79_b.jpg
Source: LAPL California Index

jg6544 May 19, 2011 5:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5282096)
a few more then and now's

looking south on grand from between 4th and 5th 1954 and now

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5266/...d4b8db84_b.jpg


Look at the air quality in 1954. Some things have improved since then.

gsjansen May 19, 2011 7:35 PM

some more interesting items uncovered over at the lapl california index

a very nice color advertisement from 1941 of the mayflower hotel, (shown above in my current now then's)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2134/...baec7915_o.jpg

GW had posted a little while ago about the nikabob cafe. here's a magazine advertisement from 1941

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2316/...42e27d51_o.jpg

found a great newspaper image, showing a photo of the paris inn on market street from 1941

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2103/...e1c1b30c_o.jpg

and speaking of the paris inn, there's this very colorful magazine cover for tips to southern California February 1941

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5190/...55f2115e_o.jpg

and if the burning question of what was playing in los angeles movie theaters the week of february 8th to the 15th, 1940 was keepin' ya up at night......well here ya go................(now go get some sleep)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5150/...5853d27e_b.jpg


and just in case you can't get some sleep, you can always party the 1940 night away at these establishments

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5146/...7f143251_b.jpg

they even list our ol' roundup, the bamba club, (on north spring street despite published rumors of n. main)

gsjansen May 19, 2011 10:04 PM

1917 advertisement for the vegetarian cafe at hill and third from the Daily doings newspaper, the official program of daily events for the resident and visitor of Los Angeles and vicinity

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5267/...e3c8159f_b.jpg
Source: LAPL California Index

ethereal_reality May 20, 2011 1:19 AM

The Bonaventure Hotel under construction in 1977.

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/5...angeles082.jpg
"Above Los Angeles"

I would love to see how these so called 'plazas' have evolved over the years.
The 'plaza' on the left appears to be the roof of a parking garage.
I wonder if a pedestrian bridge was eventually built to connect it to the Bonaventure Hotel.


This is a good example of the banality that replaced downtown Los Angeles' vibrant street life.

ethereal_reality May 20, 2011 2:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5251630)
in this undated (i'm guessin' late '39 or early '40 as union station looks just built), aerial looking north east from above city hall, you can see the paris inn on the right side, just below center of the photograph. the building clearly has a sign on the roof that says paris inn

http://img861.imageshack.us/img861/4...isgsjansen.jpg

above: I highlighted the Paris Inn in red.


below: Here is a close up of the Paris Inn sign that gsjansen mentioned in the above post.

http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/5...risinn1910.jpg
I believe this is a detail of a slide I found on ebay.

The date I have for this photo is 1910 (which seems quite early).

ethereal_reality May 20, 2011 3:31 AM

A panorama of City Hall. Notice the outsized Examiner sign on the far right.

http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/9...uugelatime.jpg
unknown

ethereal_reality May 20, 2011 3:51 AM

The Sun Building at Hill and 7th Street.
I wouldn't want to be standing at the base of this building during a trembler.
My luck one of those massive urn-ornaments on the roof would come crashing down on my head.

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/6...dinghill7t.jpg
uscdl

ethereal_reality May 20, 2011 4:18 AM

It's always exciting to find a negative on ebay.
The possiblity that no one has seen this neg. since it was taken back in the day.


This negative was simply labeled Los Angeles. You can almost make out the word Westminster above the door.

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/129...26negebay1.jpg
ebay

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/129...26negebay1.jpg
ebay


http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/3...6negebay1b.jpg
ebay




http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7...6negebay1a.jpg
ebay

gsjansen May 20, 2011 2:06 PM

so last night, i sit back with mrs. gsjansen to watch the john huston noir classic, the asphalt jungle. a movie she had never seen, and it's been years since i last watched it.

needless to say, watching any noir flick directed by the master of the genre, mr. huston, starring sterling hayden, louis calhern, james whitmore, and young fetching marilyn monroe is a great way to spend an evening!

anyway, this picture is supposed to take place in Cincinnati, and most of the location filming appears to have been done in this ohio town.

However, during the opening scene, just after the credits, there is this scene

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3528/...fb703310_o.jpg

:eek:

i then proceeded to drive the missus up the wall, as i rewind, replay, rewind, replay, rewind..............................(you get the point)

dayum! i yell, (and i did), it's 1st street looking east from between olive and grand! there's the streeter apartments, with the cecil across the street, and there's no mistaking that bulk off in the distance at 1st and spring. that's the times building i exclaim!..................................(mrs. gsjansen says.........."can we get back to watching the movie now?").

obviously, i pay very close attention to all on location shots throughout the rest of the film, and no, this one image that i posted above, is the sole bunker hill image, (there is an image of some gasometers, but i have no idea of knowing if they are Angeleno, or Cincinnatian gas tanks).

i guess they needed a last minute pickup shot during editing, and huston said, let's get a 2nd crew up there on bunker hill and get the shot we need!

you can view the opening scene here at turner classic movies

ethereal_reality May 20, 2011 3:53 PM

^^^lol. I can totally see your wife sitting there rolling her eyes. :)

gsjansen May 20, 2011 5:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5284407)
The Bonaventure Hotel under construction in 1977.

http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/5...angeles082.jpg
"Above Los Angeles"

I would love to see how these so called 'plazas' have evolved over the years.
The 'plaza' on the left appears to be the roof of a parking garage.
I wonder if a pedestrian bridge was eventually built to connect it to the Bonaventure Hotel.


This is a good example of the banality that replaced downtown Los Angeles' vibrant street life.

this is the best that i can do with bing maps

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3252/...b62606cc_b.jpg

as you can see, there is most certainly a bridge connecting the bonaventure. it's also quite a bit more crowded, (it almost makes the image you posted rather pastoral).

here's a somewhat similar view from 1967, (the castle and the salt box are still intact).

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3301/...24d2edee_o.jpg
Source: LAPL

ethereal_reality May 20, 2011 9:27 PM

Thanks gsjansen. That bing photo is almost the exact same angle.

I see the Calder sculpture is still there.

GaylordWilshire May 21, 2011 12:07 PM

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_d...85536%20PM.jpgFree Republic
Test of an air-raid siren, 1942

(If we've seen this shot, I couldn't find it.)


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