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gsjansen Aug 18, 2011 6:35 PM

:previous:

anything by chet baker works as great background music to properly cruise this thread!

ethereal_reality Aug 18, 2011 7:38 PM

Thanks for the information on the old Pico Forum Theater Fab_Fifties_Fan & Gaylordwilshire.
My jaw dropped open when I accidentally came across it in google street views.
That photo of the front foyer is especially beautiful.

OldFontuckyHomer Aug 18, 2011 8:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Engineeral (Post 5382905)
What music should be playing while anyone is browsing through all the interesting images and stories in this thread?

There is at least one common slow bluesy/jazzy instrumental I frequently hear when some broadcaster wants to say "noir" but I don't know its name. So what pieces would be good? Maybe that common one will be included, as well as others tunes.

I like "Love theme from Chinatown" by Jerry Goldsmith while perusing the photos.
Almost anything by Art Pepper would lend itself to the LA Noir feel as well.

OldFontuckyHomer Aug 18, 2011 8:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5382994)
:previous:

anything by chet baker works as great background music to properly cruise this thread!

I vouch for this opinion!

sopas ej Aug 19, 2011 12:45 AM

It might not be "noir-y" per se but I will sometimes listen to Doris Day's (with the Les Brown Orchestra) 1944 version of "Sentimental Journey" when I look at these old photos. It definitely has that 1940s sound to it, and is perfect for looking at 1940s photos, in my opinion.

Video Link

ethereal_reality Aug 19, 2011 3:40 AM

In terms of music.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9KAqhbIZ7o



the love theme from 'Blade Runner'.

Handsome Stranger Aug 19, 2011 4:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Engineeral (Post 5382905)
What music should be playing while anyone is browsing through all the interesting images and stories in this thread?

I'm usually listening to a mix of stuff from mid-1930s to mid-1940s. Lots of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, Tommy Dorsey (this recording gets me every time I hear it), Bunny Berigan, Jimmie Lunceford, the Boswell Sisters, and so on.

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 19, 2011 5:25 AM

That is very hauntingly beautiful music ethereal_reality. I turned on my surround sound and have listened to it several times!!!

I have to confess that I have never seen Blade Runner. I know weird, especially considering my passion for the Ennis House, Harrison Ford and ccccrazy girl Sean Young!

I just added it to my weekend Netflix downloads

Thanks for posting the link:cheers:

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 19, 2011 5:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Handsome Stranger (Post 5383690)
I'm usually listening to a mix of stuff from mid-1930s to mid-1940s. Lots of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, Tommy Dorsey (this recording gets me every time I hear it), Bunny Berigan, Jimmie Lunceford, the Boswell Sisters, and so on.

All of the above Handsome Stranger!

with some Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney in the stack as well....oh and Kay Starr (the whole Fab Fifties thing):D

JeffDiego Aug 20, 2011 1:32 AM

L.A. Noir Music
 
Here are my two cents of suggestion for music that evokes 1940's Los Angeles. Both numbers can be found at youtube and both were recorded in the mid 40's at Capitol Records in Hollywood. If interested, go to youtube and type in "Benny Carter & his orch - Malibu Capitol Records." "Malibu" was recorded in 1945 and has a plaintive, haunting sound.
For a more upbeat number that brings to mind 40's cars and boulevards, type in "Stan Kenton Intermission Riff original 78." Make sure you listen to the original.
Kenton was THEE sound of 40's L.A.. "Intermission Riff" is from 1946.

ethereal_reality Aug 20, 2011 9:29 PM

^^^Excellent music suggestions.


below: Sister Aimee popping out of a 1,000 pound cake in the shape of Angelus Temple, circa 1935.


http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/8...dcake19352.jpg
corbis image



below: Aimee's personal parking space.

http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/8...herhermans.jpg
Los Angeles Public Library

ethereal_reality Aug 20, 2011 9:40 PM

Sister Aimee and King Kong.

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/601...phersongor.jpg
oregon historical society

ethereal_reality Aug 20, 2011 10:20 PM

The very impressive gate to Berkeley Square circa 1916.

http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/8...square1916.jpg
sourisseau academy


http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/7...quare1916a.jpg
sourisseau academy




below: A similar gate or trellis. At first I thought this was Berkeley Square as well.
But the information on this photo was the Alexander Estate, Los Angeles circa 1916.

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/564...restatela1.jpg
sourisseau academy





http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/9...telamyster.jpg
sourisseau academy



While trying to find info. on the above photos I came across GaylordWilshire's excellent blog on Berkeley Square.
He has done a beautiful job in bringing that area to life. Everyone should visit it!!

http://berkeleysquarelosangeles.blog...1_archive.html





_______

ethereal_reality Aug 20, 2011 10:32 PM

Here are a couple more of the Alexander Estate, Los Angeles.
In all honesty, I can't place this estate.

http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/6...teladrivew.jpg
sourisseau academy




below: The manor house and gardens....Alexander Estate, Los Angeles 1916.

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3...temanorhou.jpg
sourisseau academy




below: Notice the extremely elaborate lamp-post on the left.

http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/2...teelaborat.jpg
sourisseau academy

sopas ej Aug 20, 2011 11:02 PM

:previous:
Great pics, ethereal! I really like the Berkeley Square gate. Too bad it couldn't have been preserved-- if not the neighborhood, at least the gate.

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Some Pasadena then-and-nows--- or now-and-thens.

The Forever 21 store in Old Pasadena, August 20, 2011. It became a Forever 21 some years ago, after being vacant for some time after a boutique Saks Fifth Avenue that was in this building, closed. The Saks had only been in business for about 4 years or so, during the 2000s. When I first moved to the area in the late 1990s, this building was a vacant, run-down auto body repair garage.
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/7111/p1180630s.jpg
Photo by me

The same building, circa 1930s. I knew it was originally a garage, but I had no idea that it was an open building with gas pumps until I saw this photo.
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/3...lding1930s.png
Pasadena Collection


Corner of Memorial Park in Old Pasadena, August 20, 2011. You can see the ruins of a building, an old entrance arch, which is fenced off because it is structurally unsound.
http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/1165/p1180618.jpg
Photo by me

Corner of Memorial Park, circa 1890. The building was Pasadena's main public library, built in a Romanesque style. Construction started in the 1880s and was completed and opened in 1890; it served as Pasadena's main library until 1927, when a more "modern" (actually Spanish-Mediterranean Revival) library was built in the then-new civic center, east of what is now called Old Town Pasadena. The building was condemned as unsafe after the Long Beach Earthquake of 1933, and was finally razed in 1954.
http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/1...ubliclibra.jpg
USC Archive

The entrance arch was reconstructed in 1955 and was dedicated "...to the memory of Pasadena pioneers who in early and difficult days, established here a public library as an expression of reverence for literature and art..."

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/3113/p1180619j.jpg
Photo by me

http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/1732/p1180621.jpg
Photo by me

http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/1793/p1180622.jpg
Photo by me

ethereal_reality Aug 20, 2011 11:33 PM

Excellent post sopas_ej!
That Firestone garage-gas station was a thing of functional beauty. It's actually quite wonderful in it's latest incarnation as well.
I am glad they saved the entrance to the old library.

Albany NY Aug 22, 2011 2:09 AM

Police Woman?
 
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/...f1b05e54_o.jpg
Hi, everyone. I'm from upstate NY, but I have always had a passion for LA, or really any city with "lost" neighborhoods. My own city has areas that were once rich with culture and history and architectural gems that are now parking lots, tattoo parlors, and dollar stores. I was curious about the pic of the detectives, originally posted last year by gsjansen. It looks as if the window on the left says "Police Woman". Any idea the reason? (I kinda doubt it was an Angie Dickinson reference!) Please forgive me if this doesn't post properly. I'm a newbie!

ethereal_reality Aug 22, 2011 2:18 AM

Welcome to the thread Albany_NY. Wow I never noticed the 'Police Woman' sign. It's certainly a mystery to me; perhaps gsjansen can answer your question.




below: Here is a wonderfully atmospheric 'noirish' photograph.

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/1...pt7thplace.jpg
los angeles public library


The photograph shows the Beck Hotel and Apartments at 7th & Francisco Street.
If you look closely, the street sign says 7th Place as opposed to 7th Street.....and yet 7th Place is nowhere near Figueroa.
(the sign atop the building at left says 'figueroa building')
So is this location correct?

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 4:28 AM

Double Entendre?
 
The Toed Inn, Santa Monica 1930's

Is it a shoe or is it an amphibian???

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/938...antamonica.jpg
Vintage Los Angeles Photos/Facebook

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 4:33 AM

Nightime Noirish
 
Schwab's Hollywood 1960. I love the way the sign is illuminated!

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/9...bs1960noir.jpg
Vintage Los Angesles Photos/Facebook

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 4:42 AM

Oopsies
 
Looks like someone had the pi&% scared out of him.....

DUI arrest 92nd & Main 1951. The paperboy is not amused.
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/275...ndandmain1.jpg
USC Digital Archives

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 4:47 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Deco moderne at it's finest!

Chryson's Stationery 6062 Hollywood Blvd. 1932
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/4...nery6062ho.jpg

Interior
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/4...nery26062h.jpg
Vintage Los Angeles Photos/Facebook

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 4:48 AM

I thought it's about time I post some newfound LAPL images myself. ^^

I don't recall seeing this view of "my" Post Office before. It looks almost brand spanking new here...
https://otters.net/img/lanoir/00032500.jpg
LAPL/Herald-Examiner Collection

Or this one, from 1937, soon before it was razed. Prior to this, I did not know that the block immediately north of the old Post Office was demolished before the P.O. itself (far right). Several historically important buildings are also visible on the east side of Main Street here. There's the Baker Block (1877) at far left. The streetlight pole just left of center points directly to the almost impossibly old Bella Union Hotel. It was first constructed as a single-storey residence c.1835. In succession, it subsequently became the last capitol of Alta California, the county's first courthouse, and the city's first hotel. To the immediate left of the Bella Union is the Pico Building, built in 1868, two years before the Pico House. (Thanks to Brian Hsu's Urban Diachrony blog for that I.D.)
https://otters.net/img/lanoir/00032501.jpg
LAPL/Herald-Examiner Collection

-Scott

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 4:55 AM

Sigh
 
The best close-up I have seen of the ill-fated Castle and Salt Box. They are being moved from 3rd & Hope to Heritage Square.

http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/3...box3rdandh.jpg
Vibtage Los Angeles Photos/Facebook

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 4:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5386134)
Absolutely beautiful. Deco moderne at it's finest!

Chryson's Stationery 6062 Hollywood Blvd. 1932
http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/4...nery6062ho.jpg

Interior
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/4...nery26062h.jpg
Vintage Los Angeles Photos/Facebook

Unbelievable! Talk about moderne - that store looks like it could be from 2032 as much as 1932!

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 5:04 AM

So noir
 
Love this photo, incredible!

2nd Street Tunnel 1930's
http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/7...30snilehig.jpg
Nile Hight Collection

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 5:08 AM

Car Accident 3rd and Rampart 1951

They keep that car looking great for 30 years and then this....
http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/6...dandrampar.jpg
USC Digital Archives

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 5:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5386149)
Love this photo, incredible!

2nd Street Tunnel 1930's
http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/7...30snilehig.jpg
Nile Hight Collection

Another unbelievably cool image. This just SCREAMS noir!

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 5:17 AM

Another image I'd never seen on the LAPL site before - this kind of quirky WPA mural from the 1939 Federal Building at Temple and Main.

This is actually a composite of two LAPL images. I realize it's not a perfect photostitch, but it's the best I could do.
http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...ldingmural.jpg
LAPL here and here

*chuckle* so-cal-bear should understand why I find this artwork to be particularly intriguing. ;)

I wonder if the mural's still there. When I visit L.A. again in September, I will have to take a look. I'm curious to see what the the soldiers are pointing up at! The one ground sloth seems to be looking up at it, too. ^^

-Scott

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 5:40 AM

Well anyway....
 
The caption said "Strippers Assaulted, Jynx and Vickie Layne 1951"

Other words escape me :koko:

http://img849.imageshack.us/img849/7...ickielayne.jpg
USC Digital Archives

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 5:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5386151)
Car Accident 3rd and Rampart 1951

They keep that car looking great for 30 years and then this....
http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/6...dandrampar.jpg
USC Digital Archives

I cry for the demise of that 1950 Studebaker, myself... *snif*

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 5:52 AM

A couple of fascinating aerials I don't recall seeing before.

This one showing the Gilmore Drive-In and Farmer's Market (sorry Scott)
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/9...moredrivei.jpg
I was reading today that the Gilmore family still owns all the land under The Grove, which now occupies the drive-in sight. That must be a nice fat rent check every month!

Olympic Village 1932 (Los Angeles was the first venue to have an olympic village)
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/5...eaerial193.jpg

Vinatge Los Angeles Photos/Facebook

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 5:58 AM

:previous:
A...drive-in? That's totally news to me! Also, where exactly is (was) that Olympic village? I don't recognize that view at all.

Great series of posts, FFF, I must say! You've been doing a lot of homework lately! (Fun homework, too, I'm sure.) ^^

-Scott

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 6:02 AM

I was trying to ignore the Studie Scott....Way too depressing!!!

I really want one of those but I have way too many vehicular mouths to feed as it is:rolleyes:

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 6:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Los Angeles Past (Post 5386189)
A...drive-in? That's totally news to me! Also, where exactly is (was) that Olympic village? I don't recognize that view at all.

Great series of posts, FFF, I must say! You've been doing a lot of homework lately! (Fun homework, too, I'm sure.) ^^

-Scott

Thanks Scott! Yeah, I have been finally posting a bunch of stuff I've gathered. There will be more but I need sleep now:D

The Olympic Village was in Baldwin Hills Park. There is a bunch of info on it here. http://www.baldwinhillspark.info/olympicvillage.html

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 6:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5386190)
I was trying to ignore the Studie Scott....Way too depressing!!!

I really want one of those but I have way too many vehicular mouths to feed as it is:rolleyes:

:) I think I may have mentioned before that a 1950 Stude was almost my first car! I saw a cherry one for sale for only $700 in 1971. Had to settle for my dad's 1967 Mustang instead. Not much to complain about, as it turned out. ^^

-S

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 5:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Los Angeles Past (Post 5386192)
:) I think I may have mentioned before that a 1950 Stude was almost my first car! I saw a cherry one for sale for only $700 in 1971. Had to settle for my dad's 1967 Mustang instead. Not much to complain about, as it turned out. ^^

-S

Yep, I wouldn't complain about a 67 Mustang at all. That is my favorite year of Mustang!

When I was a kid in the early 60s, an elderly lady a few doors down from us had a showroom perfect '50 Studebaker that I was in love with. Midnight blue with gray interior AND lace doilies on the seat backs:D

We moved from that neighborhood when I was 14 and I have no idea what ever happened to that car....sigh!

gsjansen Aug 22, 2011 7:42 PM

yeppers!, LAPL is busy delivering the goods!...........(gone a few days, and to quote GW...."all hell breaks loose!")

a few that i noticed......................................

great shot of the hall of records 1965

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics47/00043373.jpg
Source: LAPL


palace and ems on olive from hill and 3rd 1965

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092184.jpg
Source: LAPL

foot surgeon leaps from the hall of records 1950

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00093/00093276.jpg
Source: LAPL
looking east on wilshire past the rex arms, after it lost..........an arm......

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092820.jpg
Source: LAPL

the rex arms during widening of wilshire..........losing an arm

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00092/00092821.jpg
Source: LAPL

i'm sure there are quite a bit more new one's, but these caught my eye!

gsjansen Aug 22, 2011 7:48 PM

Silent Locations!, thank you so much for posting this. absolutley an a amazing comparison! i love the turning point, and have posted previously some of Harold Lloyd's bunker hill shots!.. hot water is a film i have yet to see, but will definately track it down!!!!! this is great!....(did i forget to say thank you?) grazie mille!!!!!

gsjansen Aug 22, 2011 7:57 PM

ok....to quote the great one, (jackie gleason)........hummna hummna hummna.....................is this an image of the bomb exploding at 1:07 AM October 1st, 1910 at the times???!!!???

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics48/00058988.jpg
Source: LAPL

al the photos taken the next day....the dome is gone

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics04/00011913.jpg
Source: LAPL

gsjansen Aug 22, 2011 8:03 PM

image of the salt box up on blocks that is new to moi

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics14/00026515.jpg
Source: LAPL

gsjansen Aug 22, 2011 8:12 PM

looking north east from the statler. i'm guessing.......1965

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics23/00031396.jpg
Source: LAPL

gsjansen Aug 22, 2011 8:25 PM

a 1945 image of the hildreth mansion prior to demoltion, i know i have never seen before.................

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics24/00061898.jpg
Source: LAPL

and a great image of 215 n. hill, (the criss cross house)

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics14/00026500.jpg
Source: LAPL

gsjansen Aug 22, 2011 8:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Los Angeles Past (Post 5386135)
I thought it's about time I post some newfound LAPL images myself. ^^

I don't recall seeing this view of "my" Post Office before. It looks almost brand spanking new here...
http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...t/00032500.jpg
LAPL/Herald-Examiner Collection

Or this one, from 1937, soon before it was razed. Prior to this, I did not know that the block immediately north of the old Post Office was demolished before the P.O. itself (far right). Several historically important buildings are also visible on the east side of Main Street here. There's the Baker Block (1877) at far left. The telephone pole just left of center points directly to the almost impossibly old Bella Union Hotel. It was first constructed as a single-storey residence c.1835. In succession, it subsequently became the last capitol of Alta California, the county's first courthouse, and the city's first hotel. To the immediate left of the Bella Union is the Pico Building, built in 1868, two years before the Pico House. (Thanks to Brian Hsu's Urban Diachrony blog for that I.D.)
http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...t/00032501.jpg
LAPL/Herald-Examiner Collection

-Scott

scott, these are amazing!

gsjansen Aug 22, 2011 8:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChristinaR (Post 5368445)
Greetings,

I currently oversee the LAPL Photo Collection, and now that my colleague Cleats is here, I figured I should come on board too.

I can't begin to tell you how impressed I am with level of L.A. history knowledge floating around here, and Cleats and I are no slouches! It's great to see the Library's photos showcased and I am amazed by how quick some of you catch the new additions to the online database.

We had all been puzzled by the location of the Lindberg billboard, so I am thrilled we were able to finally correct the record. From now on, if we have any unidentified photos, I know where to come! Gaylord, please send us corrections when you find them. A lot of the photos that were digitized early on have crummy records which we are now correcting when our attention is brought to them.

Just to tease you all a bit, in the very near future we will be posting a bunch of 1950s photos of structures on the north end of Bunker Hill. These came out of assessor logs, so there are quite a few buildings we don't have any other documentation on.

Thanks again, and keep on posting!

and?............

anxiously waiting....................

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 9:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5386800)
image of the salt box up on blocks that is new to moi

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics14/00026515.jpg
Source: LAPL

Thanks for posting that great photo of the Salt Box gsjansen! I recently came across this snapshot of the Castle from 1969 with the Salt Box peeking out on the side and the soon to be gone Richfield tower.

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/7...ganmansion.jpg
Vinatge Los Angeles Photos/Facebook

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5386844)
scott, these are amazing!

Glad you liked 'em! More new/old Post Office pics coming soon. :tup:

-S

Los Angeles Past Aug 22, 2011 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fab Fifties Fan (Post 5386921)
Thanks for posting that great photo of the Salt Box gsjansen! I recently came across this snapshot of the Castle from 1969 with the Salt Box peeking out on the side and the soon to be gone Richfield tower.

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/7...ganmansion.jpg
Vinatge Los Angeles Photos/Facebook

Just thought I'd try my hand at color-correcting that last great shot. :)
http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...ansion_mod.jpg

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 11:39 PM

Thank you! I'm admitedly useless when it comes to doing that type of editing! :???:

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 22, 2011 11:47 PM

Simply Beautiful
 
A very noirish photo of the Hollywood Bowl sign, 1940

http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/7...odbowlnoir.jpg
Nile Hight Photo Collection


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