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Matthew May 28, 2013 12:33 AM

Roxy Apartments
357 South Alvarado St.
I thought this building was interesting and worth sharing.

http://imageshack.us/scaled/large/27...elesforssp.jpg
Source: GSV

ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 12:39 AM

:previous: Beautiful apartment building Matthew.
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Quote:

Originally Posted by westcork (Post 6143470)
Exterior view of a house at 3660 Brunswick Avenue, Los Angeles, probably in January 1978.
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics23/00061454.jpg
LAPL


http://imageshack.us/a/img593/4564/a...ckcircular.jpg
gsv

I'm waiting for 7 dwarfs to come out. :)
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CityBoyDoug May 28, 2013 1:01 AM

Odd find....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6143277)
:previous: beautiful image T2.



When I came across this menu on ebay I hadn't heard of the Via Vigna Inn at Hollywood & Vine.
After several searches I finally located it in this kodachrome slide from 1962. (it's on the right)

http://imageshack.us/a/img24/9757/aa...geinterest.jpg
ebay

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A strange surprise ER..!

It appears that's my aunt Ethel H. with the crutches in the photo above. She was having lunch with one of her friends at Hody's. She passed away in 1982. Her profession was teacher of pathology at LA County Hospital.
Below is a photo of her and her home in Alhambra on a very rare snowy day about 1949.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psfcbe07c9.jpg

ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 1:04 AM

:previous: You're kidding, right?
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Bird Stand at the Farmers Market, 1950s/60s

http://imageshack.us/a/img837/3726/a...tfarmersma.jpg
ebay

Perhaps this is where Blanche Hudson bought her pet parakeet.


stewed bird
http://imageshack.us/a/img90/3867/aabbirdtvgasm.jpg
http://cinemalane.blogspot.com/2010/...baby-jane.html
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Wig-Wag May 28, 2013 1:15 AM

Crescent Heights Tract Map
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Wig-Wag (Post 6142587)
A trivia quiz.

Does anyone know why there are radiused curves connecting Sunset boulevard and Crescent heights?

Answer tomorrow night if no one has the answer before then.

Cheers,
Jack

The Answer:

The graceful curves connecting today’s North Crescent Heights Boulevard with Sunset Boulevard on the north and Santa Monica Boulevard on the south are part of an obscure element of Pacific Electric History known as the Quint Cutoff.

Some have attributed the building of the Quint Cutoff to Sherman and Clark in 1900, but it may have actually been in place much earlier as part of the Cahuenga Valley Railroad that was built in 1887 by James McLaughlin to link LA with Cahuenga Valley, a small community at the mouth of Cahuenga Pass. In addition to hauling passengers, the CVRR also serviced a small quarry off of today’s Sunset Boulevard, a short distance west of Laural Canyon. The curves are actually “wyes” for reversing the direction of the CVRR’s steam locomotives.

In 1890 the Cahuenga Valley RR was sold to E. Hurd and S.E. Madision who extended the line westward along Prospect Avenue to just east of what is now La Brea. In May of 1896 Hurd and Madision sold the CVRR to the above-mentioned Moses Sherman and Eli Clark, operators of the Los Angeles Pacific electric railway, which was in turn sold to Henry Huntington and became part of the Pacific Electric Railway. Little is known about the Quint Cutoff in PE days and no records of it’s abandonment exist in PE files It is thought to have been abandoned prior to 1911.

For additional information on the CVRR see:
http://www.beachwoodvoice.com/zzArch..._11%5B1%5D.pdf

Also, PE’s Cahuenga Valley Line: http://www.beachwoodvoice.com/zzArch..._11%5B1%5D.pdf

This Electric Railway Historical Association site contains route descriptions of most of PE’s lines that were discussed in “Lines of Pacific Electric”, by the late Ira L. Swett

tovangar2 May 28, 2013 1:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wig-Wag (Post 6143557)
The Answer:

The graceful curves connecting today’s North Crescent Heights Boulevard with Sunset Boulevard on the north and Santa Monica Boulevard on the south are part of an obscure element of Pacific Electric History known as the Quint Cutoff.

Some have attributed the building of the Quint Cutoff to Sherman and Clark in 1900, but it may have actually been in place much earlier as part of the Cahuenga Valley Railroad that was built in 1887 by James McLaughlin to link LA with Cahuenga Valley, a small community at the mouth of Cahuenga Pass. In addition to hauling passengers, the CVRR also serviced a small quarry off of today’s Sunset Boulevard, a short distance west of Laural Canyon. The curves are actually “wyes” for reversing the direction of the CVRR’s steam locomotives.

In 1890 the Cahuenga Valley RR was sold to E. Hurd and S.E. Madision who extended the line westward along Prospect Avenue to just east of what is now La Brea. In May of 1896 Hurd and Madision sold the CVRR to the above-mentioned Moses Sherman and Eli Clark, operators of the Los Angeles Pacific electric railway, which was in turn sold to Henry Huntington and became part of the Pacific Electric Railway. Little is known about the Quint Cutoff in PE days and no records of it’s abandonment exist in PE files It is thought to have been abandoned prior to 1911.

For additional information on the CVRR see:
http://www.beachwoodvoice.com/zzArch..._11%5B1%5D.pdf

Also, PE’s Cahuenga Valley Line: http://www.beachwoodvoice.com/zzArch..._11%5B1%5D.pdf

This Electric Railway Historical Association site contains route descriptions of most of PE’s lines that were discussed in “Lines of Pacific Electric”, by the late Ira L. Swett

Thanks Wig-Wag, I enjoyed that : -)
Why were the engines called "dummies"?

CityBoyDoug May 28, 2013 2:58 AM

Hanging out in Hollywood.....long ago.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6143549)
:previous: You're kidding, right?
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No, not kidding, ER. She broke her hip and had to walk with crutches for the last 20 years of her life. I used to live in Hollywood in 1970-76 and I would see my aunt Ethel occasionally driving down Santa Monica Blvd. with a friend of hers. [I always hoped she wouldn't recognize me.] They liked to frequent various restaurants around Los Angeles. They were all retired friends of hers. Later she got by with using just one crutch. Hip surgery in those days was iffy at best.

Wig-Wag May 28, 2013 3:16 AM

Steam Dummies
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 6143590)
Thanks Wig-Wag, I enjoyed that : -)
Why were the engines called "dummies"?

Hi T2,

Here is a link to a Wiki page that does an excellent and succinct job of explaining this type of steam locomotive. Much better than I could do!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_dummy

BTW, following removal from operation on city streets, many of these locomotives found use on logging railroads, mining operations and in the harvesting of sugar cane, to name a few applications.

Cheers,
Jack

jaco May 28, 2013 5:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6143504)
It's green! My eyes...my eyes!
http://imageshack.us/a/img402/4688/a...k3648green.jpg
gsv
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The old T.V. antenna from the 1978 picture is still present but fallen over and replaced by cable.

ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 4:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6143654)
No, not kidding, ER. She broke her hip and had to walk with crutches for the last 20 years of her life. I used to live in Hollywood in 1970-76 and I would see my aunt Ethel occasionally driving down Santa Monica Blvd. with a friend of hers. [I always hoped she wouldn't recognize me.] They liked to frequent various restaurants around Los Angeles. They were all retired friends of hers. Later she got by with using just one crutch. Hip surgery in those days was iffy at best.

That's amazing CBD! ...and I thought you were kidding. -sorry
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ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 5:08 PM

Quint Cutoff:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wig-Wag (Post 6143557)
The graceful curves connecting today’s North Crescent Heights Boulevard with Sunset Boulevard on the north and Santa Monica Boulevard on the south are part of an obscure element of Pacific Electric History known as the Quint Cutoff.

Some have attributed the building of the Quint Cutoff to Sherman and Clark in 1900, but it may have actually been in place much earlier as part of the Cahuenga Valley Railroad that was built in 1887 by James McLaughlin to link LA with Cahuenga Valley, a small community at the mouth of Cahuenga Pass. In addition to hauling passengers, the CVRR also serviced a small quarry off of today’s Sunset Boulevard, a short distance west of Laural Canyon. The curves are actually “wyes” for reversing the direction of the CVRR’s steam locomotives.

This is great information Jack. I'd like to pinpoint that quarry, but I'm sure it's covered by residences now.
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ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 5:32 PM

Otter kicked out of Holmby Hills.

http://imageshack.us/a/img824/5871/aaanotter1966.jpg
ebay

http://imageshack.us/a/img585/6366/a...er1966copy.jpg
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Moxie May 28, 2013 5:44 PM

Aww, he's cute! :)

ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 6:50 PM

The Hewson Rocket.

http://imageshack.us/a/img94/3691/aa...opyjournal.jpg
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s....php?p=5426029

In early 1940, Rudy Stoessel, Paul Erdos, and Burt Chalmers opened a small bodyshop in Hollywood called Coachcraft Ltd., and began
building custom bodies for movie stars and wealthy locals.

In 1945, William Hewson raised capital to form the Hewson Pacific Corp., and planned to produce the 'Hewson Rocket' and sell it for $1,000. Stoessel fabricated the body shape and Erdos welded the aluminum panels together. Hewson's idea was to give the body form a very aerodynamic shape with no projections anywhere-headlights covered in glass, tail-light lenses flush, and no outside door handles. As Hewson's capital was depleted by the time the car's body was finished, Coachcraft kept the car in their front showroom until it was auctioned off in 1959 to a used car dealer in Minneapolis for $650. Coachcraft survived in Hollywood until 1966.

http://imageshack.us/a/img716/8681/aabconceptj2.jpg
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s....php?p=5426029

Thanks to 'SUNROOFCOD at jalopyjournal for the background information.
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...postcount=3553
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ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 7:11 PM

Hewson Rocket update:
http://imageshack.us/a/img19/3691/aa...opyjournal.jpg

1956 Los Angeles City Directory
http://imageshack.us/a/img850/5281/a...chcraft195.jpg


The birthplace of the Hewson Rocket still stands on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood between Doheny Drive and N. Robertson.

http://imageshack.us/a/img850/6526/aabconcept9017.jpg
gsv


good sized double garage with plenty of skylights
http://imageshack.us/a/img577/3166/a...9017aerial.jpg
google aerial
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ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 8:37 PM

Charming GIF of Linda Darnell on a movie set.

http://imageshack.us/a/img191/9363/a...tumblrlfhw.gif
www.theyhadfacesthen.com

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tovangar2 May 28, 2013 8:39 PM

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ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 9:48 PM

4200 hundred block of Wilshire Boulevard, December 1955.

http://imageshack.us/a/img812/9059/a...200wilshir.jpg
slide/ebay

Flocked trees must have been very popular in 1955.
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westcork May 28, 2013 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6143545)
A strange surprise ER..!

It appears that's my aunt Ethel H. with the crutches in the photo above. She was having lunch with one of her friends at Hody's. She passed away in 1982. Her profession was teacher of pathology at LA County Hospital.
Below is a photo of her and her home in Alhambra on a very rare snowy day about 1949.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psfcbe07c9.jpg

Maybe your Aunt was greeted by this young hostess that day...

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics24/00061959.jpg
LAPL

ethereal_reality May 28, 2013 10:51 PM

Aunt Ethel's hangout on Hollywood and Vine.

http://imageshack.us/a/img838/9569/scomposite.jpg
ebay

There's something wrong with this postcard (and it isn't the evil looking clown with the beach ball for a nose).
Can anyone tell me what's wrong with it? :)
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