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ethereal_reality Aug 8, 2015 11:48 PM

:previous: That's some good sleuthing Godzilla!

If she was in silent films, I bet she used a stage name. I can't imagine her using Vittitoe.

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ethereal_reality Aug 9, 2015 2:09 AM

Snapshot, Los Angeles August 1965.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...538/AByVxQ.jpg
eBay

:previous: I believe that's the Gower Street entrance to the old RKO Studios down the street.




I was pleased to see that the small bungalows visible in the 1965 snapshot are still there!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...673/V6KcS2.jpg
gsv



But there are about six of them.....so I'm not 100% sure which two appear in the vintage photograph.


here's one
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...538/fqDhnW.jpg
detail / gsv



and here's another.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...673/CiD4IY.jpg
detail / gsv




Aerial showing the old RKO entrance and the line of bungalows on the opposite side of the street.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/5Pb2Er.jpg
google_aerial
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ethereal_reality Aug 9, 2015 3:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7120433)


I was surprised to see Jean Arthur (mentioned earlier today by Martin Pal) was a featured player in "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu" (1930).:previous:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...910/fWbEUt.jpg
newspaper clipping from http://www.njedge.net/~knapp/movies1.htm



Here are three shadowy publicity photos from "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu", 1930.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/910/2s2ScO.jpg
http://filmnoirphotos.blogspot.com/2...an-arthur.html




http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/0UqrAF.jpg
http://filmnoirphotos.blogspot.com/2...an-arthur.html





http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/9f6LEn.jpg
http://filmnoirphotos.blogspot.com/2...an-arthur.html




and last but not least, a graphic.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/uuYkvM.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Re..._Dr._Fu_Manchu


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tovangar2 Aug 9, 2015 4:17 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7122937)
Snapshot, Los Angeles August 1965.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...538/AByVxQ.jpg
eBay
I was pleased to see that the small bungalows visible in the 1965 snapshot are still there!
But there are about six of them.....so I'm not 100% sure which two appear in the vintage photograph.
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I think it must be No. 751 and No. 755:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-a...91015%2BPM.jpg
gsv

P.S.

This whole group, with the possible exception of No. 751 (the only one with bars on the windows), look very cared for. I suspect they belong to the studio or related businesses. Maybe producers' bungalows or guest houses?

CityBoyDoug Aug 9, 2015 7:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7122646)
:previous:GatoVerde, I see what you're talking about now. I was deceived. ;)


Since we're in the area....

We've seen this graceful pedestrian bridge only once before on NLA, way back on page 120 (posted by Los Angeles Past)*

I've enlarged it somewhat.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...909/wa1OJV.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...538/fyf1oo.jpg
http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/5231/rec/7
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Above we see the street side steps to the charming little bridge...lovely to be sure. But let's look below and see the terminus on the other side. It literally dumps you out into a virtual
no-man's-land. You have to clamber across a railroad right of way and over to a miniature station house. Not too people friendly. I guess you had to be tough in those days.

The concept of level boarding of trolleys was an idea that had not yet come of age back in 1935.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psrzoqafco.jpg
digitallibrary.usc.edu

so-cal-bear Aug 9, 2015 2:27 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7122790)
Several months ago I asked if anyone remembered the tiny hold-out property that stood for years in front of the Pacific Design Center.
While going through some really old files of mine last night I found a photograph of it.

I remembered it as a house, but it turns out it was nothing more than a "shanty with a tar-paper roof".

Hugo's Plating, 8661 Melrose Avenue.

no doubt that's Hugo out front.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...910/huULLb.jpg
old file / possibly flickr




In this vertical photo you can see the blue glass of the Pacific Design Center behind the trees at the top.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...901/30LRXw.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...673/zqpEof.jpg






I believe this layout from Interiors Magazine (1987) shows the location of Hugo's Plating (I placed a red arrow just below the notch in the property line)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...537/u7Oacx.jpg
Interiors http://socalarchhistory.blogspot.com...1_archive.html




excerpt from 1997 LATimes article
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...661/uiIwPD.jpg
http://articles.latimes.com/1997-06-...-design-center





1998 LATimes. Bought for $450,000
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...911/5cddRT.jpg

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/BgT0V8.jpg
http://articles.latimes.com/1998/jan/31/local/me-14008


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That does not look like Hugo, When I was in my early 20's in the early 90's I worked in a store along Melrose Bl and Hugo was a regular customer. He was quite a character, always had fun stuff to talk about. He drove a beat up mid-80's burgundy 4 cyl Ford Mustang. He was very well spoken and courteous.

This is exactly how I remember seeing Hugo, never visited him at his Superfund toxic shack though ;)

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/...hoto/567416515

ethereal_reality Aug 9, 2015 2:46 PM

:previous:
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...910/zGDQ5W.jpg
http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/...hoto/567416515

Thanks so-cal-bear.

Earl Boebert Aug 9, 2015 2:55 PM

Re: Mary Vittitoe of "Mary's Lighthouse"

A couple of census records show a Mary S Vittitoe of Los Angeles, born 1902, which would make her a plausible 18 at the time postcard came out.

Cheers,

Earl

ethereal_reality Aug 9, 2015 3:47 PM

This photograph accompanied an article about Frank Gehry's 'redesign' of the Los Angeles River. (the news just broke)http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...ry.html#page=1

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/GKiZEY.jpg
http://www.latimes.com/

I'm trying to figure out what's going with the square opening and large steel cover(?) next to it. Are those 'piers' hollow?..it looks like you can see daylight through the other side.

:previous: Also look at all the cracks that have been haphazardly sealed below it.
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ethereal_reality Aug 9, 2015 5:59 PM

Remember these two unsolved 'mystery' photographs?


Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7097834)

Here are a couple enigmatic photographs from 1920s Los Angeles.

description from eBay.
"Vintage SAPS (letters on sign?) Los Angeles Aeroplane Junk-Yard Photo"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/h9MFud.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SAPS...item28030d04d7

:previous: Is that Baldwin Hills in the distance?


And later in the day, I came across this second photograph.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/r9ABqz.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-LOS-...item28032eb4ba

Does anyone have any ideas where this might be?
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The seller just added a third photograph on eBay, so now hopefully we can figure out the location.


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/NxNnYo.jpg
eBay

I'm leaving town for a couple days. I'll leave the sleuthing to you. :)

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HossC Aug 9, 2015 6:20 PM

:previous:

This article is from the April 1931 issue of Flying Magazine. It says that Arrigo Balboni's yard was on Riverside Drive. The 1932 CD gives the exact address as 1543 Riverside Drive.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...goBalboni1.jpg
books.google.com

And here's the man himself:
6/13/1933- Arrigo Balboni of Los Angeles poses with an airplane motor built in 1907. It is a 3-cylinder Elbridege used by Glen Martin in the 1910 air meet held in Los Angeles. The motor has no crank case, and the grease cups on the side supply lubrication for the bearings. The pilot had to return to the field every 15 minutes or so, to give the grease cups another turn. This motor was used by Glen Martin in 1910.
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...goBalboni2.jpg
www.corbisimages.com

Martin Pal Aug 9, 2015 7:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7122937)
Snapshot, Los Angeles August 1965.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...538/AByVxQ.jpg
eBay
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This young lady reminds me of a 1965 version of Clara Bow.
(Who was still around at the time.)

CityBoyDoug Aug 9, 2015 7:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7123208)
This photograph accompanied an article about Frank Gehry's 'redesign' of the Los Angeles River. (the news just broke)http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...ry.html#page=1


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Don't get me started on Frank Gehry... a non talent architect. One of his new college buildings on the east coast had to be torn down because it was impossible to maintain. That building was replaced by a ''normal'' building.

CityBoyDoug Aug 9, 2015 8:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 7123405)
This young lady reminds me of a 1965 version of Clara Bow.
(Who was still around at the time.)

Note the orange circle in the color photo and the photo of Lucy and Desi leaving the Desilu Studio on Gower St.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psej73dx2u.jpg
ebay - originally posted by ER
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psxgaw9r8m.jpg
privatelosangelestours

Martin Pal Aug 9, 2015 8:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7122966)
I was surprised to see Jean Arthur (mentioned earlier today by Martin Pal) was a featured player in "The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu" (1930).:previous:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...910/fWbEUt.jpg
newspaper clipping from http://www.njedge.net/~knapp/movies1.htm
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The same year Jean Arthur was doing her television series, Neil Hamilton was having
a bit more success playing Commissioner Gordon on the Batman television series.
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P.S.: Also not a fan of Frank Gehry nor his designs.

Earl Boebert Aug 9, 2015 9:16 PM

And here's Commissioner Gordon-to-be Neil Hamilton with daughter/Batgirl-to-be Yvonne Craig in the 1958 Perry Mason "The Case of the Lazy Lover."

http://www.bitsmasherpress.com/LANoir/batgirl.jpg

Cheers,

Earl

sopas ej Aug 9, 2015 9:20 PM

On this anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders, here's a collection of Rosemary LaBianca's credit cards. I guess even in 1969, women still weren't allowed to have their own credit cards? Mrs. Leno LaBianca... I don't even think I've seen a "Mr." or "Mrs." on a credit card before.
https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...d0&oe=563E30FE
cielodrive.com

CityBoyDoug Aug 10, 2015 3:57 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5989057)
Traffic 1954.

pan right-->

http://imageshack.us/a/img541/727/aabtraffic1954.jpg
ebay

Notice the streetcar about to cross the bridge at far left. The median is already full of weeds even though the freeway is fairly new in 1954.

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Even as a kid I was always struck by the sorry appearance of this freeway. It flows smack dab through the heart of a world class city and it looks this dreadful. Its really a poster child for an ugly freeway.

Lwize Aug 10, 2015 4:53 AM

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Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 7123758)
Even as a kid I was always struck by the sorry appearance of this freeway. It flows smack dab through the heart of a world class city and it looks this dreadful. Its really a poster child for an ugly freeway.

Forget the sad appearance. Think of the smog belched out by those cars idling along in traffic.

CityBoyDoug Aug 10, 2015 6:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lwize (Post 7123794)
Forget the sad appearance. Think of the smog belched out by those cars idling along in traffic.

I was remarking on the appearance not the smog....that's another issue.


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