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mrfredmertz Oct 5, 2014 7:45 AM

Here is the finished picture of the Bus Depot Block
 
Download the giant sized version to get best details

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...ps0b08786b.jpg

Use this link:

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/159...n/photostream/

JScott Oct 5, 2014 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by mrfredmertz (Post 6756210)



Fantastic! Bravo!!

MichaelRyerson Oct 5, 2014 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by JScott (Post 6756055)
By KevinW, in post 9090 dated September 4, 2012:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8030/7...18a0989b_o.jpg

Always room for improvement, though. I look forward to seeing your finished composition. :tup:

Which was a derivative of #9071. Just saying.

HossC Oct 5, 2014 3:10 PM

:previous:

I had a look at that series of street-level views along Main Street, and they're a nightmare to stitch together due to the varying brightness levels and different perspective of the background buildings. Anyone who takes on the task is brave!

The picture of the Main Street bus depot that I posted yesterday is also part of a set. I've merged the two at each end and left the middle one "as is".

The Board of Trade Building at 7th and Main. The blade sign on the left belongs to the Hotel Cecil.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
USC Digital Library and USC Digital Library

A better view of those pesky "undesirable stores & vacant lots".

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original
USC Digital Library

The Central Building at 6th and Main.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original
USC Digital Library and USC Digital Library

HossC Oct 5, 2014 3:50 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6756110)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...674/Mdd3lh.jpg
ebay

500 years - is that even possible?

Google suggests that alligators have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years. The Arctica Islandica (Ocean quahog), which is a species of edible clam, seems to be the only animal that reaches anywhere close to the advertised figure, with a lifespan of over 400 years. Having said that, I can't imagine queueing up and handing over good money to see a 400-year-old clam!


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Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6755747)

HossC, thanks for that post and the reminder of that film! How does it hold up? If I recall, it was intended as a spoof of all of the plane, train, boat and other disaster movies of the 70's.

Would you like to dine in the Bicentennial Room?

'The Big Bus' preceeded 'Airplane' by four years, and has similarities in the style of humor, despite being made by a different team. It's no Oscar-winner, but it's still quite fun. After all, it gave us lines like "Look out! He's got a broken milk carton!", "The aerodynamics work! He's breaking wind at 90!" and "You eat one lousy foot, they call you a cannibal. What a world!" :).

The trailer can be found here.

ethereal_reality Oct 5, 2014 7:17 PM

:previous: LOL at the movie quotes HossC.



54th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard on May 7th, 1955.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/D6NJaO.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/metrol...ith/7839485066



-both buildings in the photograph are still there.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/xtdL6a.jpg
GSV




This is a closer view of the building in the distance showing the enameled green tiles/bricks along it's base. (u can see the green tiles in the vintage pic as well)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/rn2NNq.jpg
GSV



Godzilla and HossC first visited this corner. (showing the brown brick building in 1927!)
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=17767



...and there's this fine building next door to the brown brick building.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/tqqYkl.jpg
GSV




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...746/SJ9kmA.jpg
GSV

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ethereal_reality Oct 5, 2014 7:32 PM

While I was in the area 54th and Crenshaw, I happened across this rather noteworthy building on 54th Street at 10th street.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/IcQPY0.jpg
GSV


intricate wrought-iron balconies
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...910/MSrRum.jpg
GSV



fantastic bay windows on the corner. -sadly, the large storefront windows have been stuccoed/boarded over.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...631/P71mev.jpg
GSV




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/LaEaqS.jpg
GSV


I'd love to dig up some history on this unique building.

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ethereal_reality Oct 5, 2014 8:35 PM

This is an interesting photograph-
An early view of San Pedro and the hills of Palos Verdes.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/742/PIVmQf.jpg
ebay

It's amazing to see all that vacant land in the distance.
I believe the building on the right with the big blank wall is a theater.
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CityBoyDoug Oct 5, 2014 9:21 PM

Its movie time.........
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6756648)
This is an interesting photograph-
An early view of San Pedro and the hills of Palos Verdes.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/742/PIVmQf.jpg
ebay

It's amazing to see all that vacant land in the distance.
I believe the building on the right with the big blank wall is a theater.
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That appears to be the Warner Grand theater.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...pscf08c790.jpg NLA

478 W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA built 1931. Jack Warner called it "The Castle of Your Dreams". The Warner Grand Theatre has also been used as a location in some movies, including Remote Control (1988) and Pearl Harbor (2001).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps7d408bbb.jpg
wiki

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psbc480427.jpg
flickr

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psb7ba79db.jpg
flickr

ethereal_reality Oct 5, 2014 9:36 PM

:previous: "Warner Grand theater built in 1931." -so my 'early' photograph wasn't as early as I imagined. -thx for the info. CBD.

HossC Oct 5, 2014 9:45 PM

Looking more closely at the Main Street panoramas, I was interested to see the price variations from one end of the block to the other. The M & S Cafe "5 and 10" was in the Board of Trade Building, and the Big Nickel was two doors along.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Main5and10.jpg
USC Digital Library and USC Digital Library

In the Central Building at the 6th Street end of the block, the Glass House Restaurant was considerably more expensive. You could get Spaghetti Italienne ("A meal in itself!") with butter toasted bun for 25¢, or the Glass House Famous Country Style Baked Rabbit Dinner complete for 50¢.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ouseDinner.jpg
USC Digital Library

Retired_in_Texas Oct 5, 2014 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6756091)
I came across this photograph the other night on ebay.

"patrol car, 1952"
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/743/xYzYwf.jpg

I recognize the building in the background as the Amestoy Building on S. Main Street.


Here's the Amestoy in 1958 (the year of it's demise)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/dnreJh.jpg
www.latimes/vintage photos

As we've discussed earlier on NLA, the 'Stake Out' Bar was a popular watering hole for the LAPD. (seen at lower right)

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And before the Rexall Drug Store and the "Stake Out Bar" was the U.S. Hotel pictured below with the Amestoy. The U.S. Hotel was the 3rd oldest hotel in L.A. having been built in 1863, four years before the Amestoy. The U.S. Hotel met its demise circa 1939.

http://waterandpower.org/1%20Histori..._US_Hotels.jpg
http://waterandpower.org/museum/Earl...29_Page_3.html

KevinW Oct 5, 2014 11:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 6756279)
Which was a derivative of #9071. Just saying.

I will say it's a nice job of matching from shot to shot but at least I didn't edit out part of the block when I put it together...

ethereal_reality Oct 5, 2014 11:45 PM

Griffin Avenue and Avenue 26, Lincoln Heights. (no date)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/674/94m8H1.jpg
http://thesource.metro.net/tag/stree...carousel-59967



Sadly, the Victorian house with the imposing tower is gone, replaced by a shit-box.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/904/DEdmCS.jpg
GSV

..but the other two houses are still there.



below: If you look closely, there are still fragments of an old stone wall in front of the property.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...538/utuDAb.jpg
GSV

I bet the house was bulldozed and is buried beneath the hideous apartment building.
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also....
I think I located this building that appears in the background.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...538/36qH7M.jpg
http://thesource.metro.net/tag/stree...carousel-59967


-here is it. (the chimneys have been truncated)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/SsU75g.jpg
GSV




It's situated further back from the street than the other houses, so I believe the angle is correct.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...905/05VUAG.jpg
google_earth

-the small circle is where the streetcar was in the vintage photograph.

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JScott Oct 6, 2014 12:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 6756279)
Which was a derivative of #9071. Just saying.

Whoops! Actually, in my memory, I thought you did do the original one, but when I searched back and found the other by KevinW, I thought maybe I had just mis-remembered and that 9090 was the original. Didn't think to look back further. Oh well, sorry about that... :shrug:

CityBoyDoug Oct 6, 2014 3:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6756704)
:previous: "Warner Grand theater built in 1931." -so my 'early' photograph wasn't as early as I imagined. -thx for the info. CBD.

Thx ER....sometimes your posts inspire me to do some further research.

;):D;):)

FredH Oct 6, 2014 4:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6756711)

In the Central Building at the 6th Street end of the block, the Glass House Restaurant was considerably more expensive. You could get Spaghetti Italienne ("A meal in itself!") with butter toasted bun for 25¢, or the Glass House Famous Country Style Baked Rabbit Dinner complete for 50¢.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...ouseDinner.jpg
USC Digital Library

HossC: Back in about 1972, when I was stationed at Vandenberg AFB, the chow hall served up something which they passed off as chicken. Everyone swore that it was actually rabbit. To this day, I would not give you 50 cents for a rabbit dinner (country style or otherwise).

JScott Oct 6, 2014 4:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Retired_in_Texas (Post 6756789)
And before the Rexall Drug Store and the "Stake Out Bar" was the U.S. Hotel pictured below with the Amestoy. The U.S. Hotel was the 3rd oldest hotel in L.A. having been built in 1863, four years before the Amestoy. The U.S. Hotel met its demise circa 1939.

http://waterandpower.org/1%20Histori..._US_Hotels.jpg
http://waterandpower.org/museum/Earl...29_Page_3.html



The United States Hotel opened for business in 1863, but the structure razed in 1939 and pictured above was built in 1886.

https://otters.net/img/lanoir/ushotel1886.jpg

HossC Oct 6, 2014 11:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6756596)

While I was in the area 54th and Crenshaw, I happened across this rather noteworthy building on 54th Street at 10th street.

fantastic bay windows on the corner. - sadly, the large storefront windows have been stuccoed/boarded over.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...631/P71mev.jpg
GSV

I'd love to dig up some history on this unique building.

I haven't found any historic pictures yet, but the retail use of the building is still mentioned on property websites. The build date is listed as 1929 on findthebest.com, which also gives 1929 as the last major renovation. Here are some listings from the City Directories to give an idea of the businesses you could've found there - 3201 is the nearest unit in the picture above, while 3215 is on the far left:


3201 W 54th

1932 Branch of the Starr Piano Co
1939 Mary Marrota - women's clothing
1942 Harry C Imel - paint store
1956 Denominator Sales Agcy, Le Febure Systems, Loan-A-Matic Sales Agcy, Revo-File Sales Agcy, Sahlin-Klassen & Co and Vue-Fax Sales Agcy
1960 American Bank Equipt, Denominator Sales Agcy, Mosler Revo-File Sales, Revo-File Sales Agcy, Sahlin-Klassen & Co and Speedlite Products indexing systems
1965 & 1969 Sahlin Klassen
1973 Frankie's T V Servicing
1987 Bimini Upholstering Co

Although six businesses are listed at the address in 1956 and 1960, they all share the same phone number - AX 3-2129.


3203 W 54th

1936 Mrs Mary Lake - clothes cleaners
1939 Rolph J Lord - clothes cleaners
1956 & 1960 Beacon Press
1965 Beamar Printing Co


3205 W 54th

1936 C Nakamura - grocers
1938 & 1939 Cheyekichi (also spelled Chiyekichi and Cheyckichi) Nakamura - grocers
1942 C Nakamura - grocers
1956 & 1960 Stedman Auto Parts


3207 W 54th

1969 & 1973 Beamar Printing Co/Inc


3209 W 54th

1956 Maurice Radio & Television Servicing
1965 & 1969 Hayes Leather Goods
1973 A S Miller Brokerage Co


3213 W 54th

1942 Mrs Nora Kaufold - beauty shop
1956 & 1960 Kay Clark Beauty Salon
1965 & 1969 House - Unique Hair Styles - Mr Edmonds


3215 W 54th

1938 Christian Science Reading Room
1942 Harmony Upholsterers
1956 & 1960 Naomi Munson - interior decorators
1965 R C Hill Drapery Cleaners & Zuckers Drapery Cleaners
1969, 1973 & 1987 Hill & Hill Drapery Cleaners


A quick Google suggests that there are still businesses operating from this building, although without the retail storefronts.

CityBoyDoug Oct 6, 2014 11:20 AM

...What's up Doc....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FredH (Post 6757137)
HossC: Back in about 1972, when I was stationed at Vandenberg AFB, the chow hall served up something which they passed off as chicken. Everyone swore that it was actually rabbit. To this day, I would not give you 50 cents for a rabbit dinner (country style or otherwise).

The problem with rabbit stew is that it contains many small bones and is difficult to eat. I last had it in the very early 1960s. Few markets carry rabbit these days.


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