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Tourmaline Jun 15, 2014 10:57 PM


Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5795562)

GW discussed Ostriches here:

"Pacific Electric Railway Company's South Pasadena line which ran between 6th Street and Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles and Mission Street and Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena."

"First electric car over Arroyo Seco near the Cawston ostrich farm on March 7, 1895."

More on the subject here:

1896 -1934


Cawston was clearly a big supplier to the fashion industry. Given the plethora of Monkey Farms in the Los Angeles area, which may be disturbing in itself, wonder if any supplied the Monkey Fur industry?

Gloria Swanson

Ostrich sawing is bad enough ( ) but the absence of cars suggests parking near them can be equally messy.:koko:

Noticed the scale outside of the Farm entrance. A popular novelty for those visitors waiting for the next train or a not-so-subtle reminder that those purchased eggs are heavier than they look? :uhh:

Was there a substantial remodel? After-before Before-after? Where are the crowds??

We've moved our retail outlet from 313 S. Broadway to 723! 25 cents for a ride and admission to the So. Pasadena "Farm.!

In 1911 and 1912 aviation pioneer, Robert Grant Fowler, flew two transcontinental trips (in stages) that included stops (or beginnings) in LA and South Pasadena. See: and Connection with ostriches? Per source:

according to the Los Angeles Times (AVIATOR HAS AN ODD PLAN.: Part of Journey in Aeroplane and Part on the Back of an Ostrich Los Angeles Times (1886-1922); Oct 16,...

Closer look at 1911 Wright "B" Flyer.

HossC Jun 15, 2014 11:22 PM

The other day I found a collection of pictures on USC titled "Aerial views from Goodyear blimp (Paegel), 1955" (the description indicates they're from late '54). I don't think we've seen them on NLA before. There are 22 pictures altogether, some beautifully clear, while others disappear into smog. They cover various locations from Santa Monica to the Colorado Bridge with some nice DTLA shots along the way.

The first one I picked out shows a view looking across the Civic Center. The Hill Street tunnel is still there on the left, as are some other buildings close to demolition like the International Savings & Exchange Bank Building/Bank of Italy and the Amestoy Block near City Hall. There are so many more details when you zoom in - I'd highly recommend clicking the link below the picture to explore for yourself.
USC Digital Library

I tried to replicate the view as closely as possible using Google Earth.
Google Earth

There's so much to look at in this picture, I could study it all day. On the left are some old favorites like the Rex Arms and the Sunkist building and the Jonathan Club. Moving across we see the 4th Street Viaduct project in its early days with Stuart K. Oliver's house overseeing the work. Across the Harbor Freeway there's a building between 3rd and Miramar that's signed "TANNER GRAY LINE". In the lower right corner you can see 3rd Street emerging from underneath Hope Street, and the recently discussed Rollin, Bozwell, St Regis, Marcella and Winton on Flower Street.
USC Digital Library

The same view today - it's hard to spot the difference similarity.
Google Earth

The last view I've chosen shows roughly the same area, but looking in a different direction. As well as the apartment buildings/hotels on Flower, this picture also shows the Clift, the La Salle and the President at Figueroa and Second.
NB. I've tweaked the levels to even out the contrast.
USC Digital Library

Near the bottom of the picture is the 800 block of W Third. The photo must've been taken around the time that Stanley Kubrick was filming The Killing. Here's a close-up showing the Lux and Eddie's Loans (complete with the just readable "Money To Loan" sign). On the corner is the Fig Leaf Cafe.
Detail of picture above.

I know the aspect ratio is different to the USC picture, but I've tried to cover the same area with the view below. The only extant building I spotted from the aerial above is the Central Health Center at 241 N Figueroa - are there any others?
Google Earth

CityBoyDoug Jun 16, 2014 8:12 AM


Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5795562)

LOL, what a hoot. Gloria...come this for real?................:notacrook::tup::notacrook::D:cheers:

Engine54 Jun 16, 2014 4:39 PM

West boulevard bridge...los angeles
Hi guys and a good Monday to you all. I'm going to post a couple of new links for you to enjoy today. I did a couple of pieces on the West Boulevard Bridge which turned 80 years old in 2013. I grew up in the shadow of this bridge and never really knew a whole lot about it. However, when doing this piece and meeting with the historian who also appears, I was shocked to find out one major reason WHY this bridge was put in place. The West Boulevard Bridge is a bit of a rarity in that it is located in a relatively urban area of the city. Most of our major bridges are located downtown like the 6th Street and 7th Street Bridges which are very well known. This is one of my favorite pair of shows and I think you all will enjoy them as well. There are few historic photos in the piece (mostly show #2 if I recall), but these are good ones. I really love this bridge's architecture and the lighting is my favoite. BTW-Since this piece aired, a buddy of mine and I got that "Gumball" light under the bridge operational again. We're still pushing to have the lantern on the side of it replaced as well.


Show #1:

Show #2:

ethereal_reality Jun 16, 2014 7:41 PM

:previous: Well done Engine54. I didn't know about the accident that claimed the lives of 15 people back in 1913.


Originally Posted by jefn (Post 6619476)
I cobbled together a page of some of my own photos of the house at 1190 Country Club Drive in Sunset Canyon above Burbank.

Thanks for the link Jef. When I posted about the Sunset Canyon Country Club and Cabins, I never expected to see inside one of the cabins.
_very cool.

Engine54 Jun 16, 2014 7:53 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6620547)
:previous: Well done Engine54. I didn't know about the accident that claimed the lives of 15 people back in 1913.

Thanks for the link Jef. When I posted about the Sunset Canyon Country Club and Cabins, I never expected to see inside one of the cabins.
_very cool.

Believe me, I've lived there all my life and this was the first time EVER hearing about a catastrophic accident of that magnitude taking place in that area. For years, most people just saw that bridge as one ugly piece of concrete. Hopefully they see it differently now.

HossC Jun 16, 2014 8:55 PM

Thanks for the videos about the West Boulevard Bridge, Chin/Engine54. You could have been a little nicer to your guest. When Mitzi March Mogul says "I remember Downtown when it was filled with old mansions. It was fantastic.", you put up a picture of Bunker Hill from Central Park dated "circa 1900". I'm sure Mitzi was remembering a much later date :).

Here's a picture of the bridge which USC date at 1940. The full picture can be seen in my post about the Pico & Rimpau Loop. Taken just seven years after the bridge was built, it looks like the sidewalk on the east side had already been reduced to its current width. The original stairs between Venice and Southwest Boulevards can be seen just right of the bridge. I wonder if Dr. Marxmiller was still in the same house when this picture was taken.
Detail of picture in USC Digital Library

Tourmaline Jun 16, 2014 10:26 PM


Originally Posted by Engine54 (Post 6620242)

Well done. Vineyard Junction Tragedy


Fountain called "Power of Water," sculpted by Henry Lion, Jason Herron, and Sherry Peticolas in 1934 as part of the Public Works of Art Project. It is located in the lower triangle of Lafayette Park, at the junction of Hoover Street and Lafayette Park Place. The female figure, who evokes water in the flowing lines of her hair and dress, is 12 feet high and stands on a rectangular pool featuring a bas-relief sculpture of men drinking from a stream.


Tourmaline Jun 16, 2014 10:35 PM

Partial repost from sopas ej :hi:


An accident involving two cars, one motorcycle and the Los Angeles Transit Lines' car 1523 on March 10, 1946. View is looking northwest from the Piedmont-Figueroa Street junction in Highland Park. A victim is lying in the street.


Tourmaline Jun 16, 2014 10:43 PM


Pacific Electric interurban no. 1217 pauses at Crescent Junction (Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd.) as part of the Railroad Boosters' Trip #15 entitled "San Fernando Valley."

February 19, 1939 (Note "Banjo-style" traffic signal - see

Sorry about the sizes. Details seem too nice to hide with lower resolution.

ethereal_reality Jun 16, 2014 11:47 PM

Have we visited the Thaddeus Lowe house on NLA? I wasn't able to find any earlier posts.

under construction

-built in Pasadena. What? It looks like it should be guiding ships along some coast.

photographs from this book

$149.50 Whoa! That's a bit steep.


GaylordWilshire Jun 16, 2014 11:54 PM


You can get it for $80 bucks or so on Amazon...

Tourmaline Jun 17, 2014 12:57 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6620856)
Have we visited the Thaddeus Lowe house on NLA? I wasn't able to find any earlier posts..__

Brief excursion?

923 Columbia, So. Pasadena? Different structure or different viewing angle?

ethereal_reality Jun 17, 2014 1:24 AM

I noticed this intriguing ad in the Los Angeles Herald while searching for information on the Boston Dry Goods Store.


I can't even imagine what this is.

HossC Jun 17, 2014 1:41 AM


According to Wikipedia, Sapolio was a brand of soap which died out soon after the owners decided it was well known enough that they didn't need to advertise any more.

HossC Jun 17, 2014 1:42 AM

Returning to West Boulevard Bridge, I believe this is one of the images that was used in Engine54's videos. It shows the demolition of the original, temporary bridge. It doesn't look like there was much room for automobile traffic on the left. If you zoom in, you can seen the name "Vineyard" on the large pole in the center.
USC Digital Library

Like the picture above, this one is also dated vaguely at 1930-1960. I'd say that everything looks pretty new, and there's no moving traffic, so I'm guessing it's quite early. You have to look harder for the "Vineyard" sign in this picture - it's on the first pole after the bridge. It's a shame that the dividing wall, which matched the design of the bridge, has been replaced by a wire fence.
USC Digital Library

ethereal_reality Jun 17, 2014 1:54 AM

Here's an amazing glass slide I found earlier this evening on ebay.


detail #2

City of L.A.


Tetsu Jun 17, 2014 1:59 AM


Originally Posted by Tourmaline (Post 6620933)

It's a different house, located around the corner. Apparently he lived here while his house on Orange Grove was being built. I had a little info on the house that I shared here:

I should've provided a Google view, because unlike the home Lowe built for himself, this one still stands! :D

ethereal_reality Jun 17, 2014 2:04 AM

:previous: Thanks for the additional information Tetsu. Why so few photos of his mansion with the ostentatious 'lighthouse'?

This is fun. (although it's a bit south of Los Angeles County)


HossC Jun 17, 2014 2:16 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6620991)

Harron, Rickard and McCone advert from the 1918 CD.

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