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tovangar2 Mar 5, 2017 6:16 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7730814)
'mystery' location #2

"Hacienda Airlines Billboard, Los Angeles CA. June 15,1960"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...922/EQWGtQ.jpg
www.alamy.com

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I'm guessing this is Ventura at Radford, b/c there's Republic Pictures in the background.

Earl Boebert Mar 5, 2017 3:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7730814)
'mystery' location #2

"Hacienda Airlines Billboard, Los Angeles CA. June 15,1960"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...922/EQWGtQ.jpg
www.alamy.com

Must have been a fun flight....there was a piano on board!

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Not only fun, but free -- it was run by the Hacienda Casino. According to:

http://www.onlinenevada.org/articles...uttle-airlines

they generated so much traffic the CAB shut them down.

In 1969 and 1970 I was practically commuting from Minneapolis to West Covina on a project. In those days Western Airlines red-eye fares in first class were the same as day fares in coach, so I'd fly the night nonstop from LAX to MSP, which left at 1 AM. That meant I'd leave work in Covina at the regular time, take in dinner and a movie someplace, check in the rental car, and sleep all the way home in first.

The flight to Vegas left from the same terminal around midnight. Observing the hookers, faux high rollers, and thugs that boarded that flight was a very noirish experience.

Cheers,

Earl

Hollywood Graham Mar 5, 2017 7:36 PM

G-Men?
 
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Originally Posted by John Maddox Roberts (Post 7730708)
That's some noirish-looking guys there. I'm guessing that this business was a front for a protection racket.

If someone can figure out what the designation of the letters P S on the plates maybe we can learn who and what they were. I have tried to find it but no luck.

HossC Mar 5, 2017 8:00 PM

It's cost a lot of money putting gas in the Googlemobile this week (:)), so I thought I'd stay in Long Beach for today's Julius Shulman post. This is "Job 1719: Beckstrand Medical Clinic (Long Beach, Calif.), 1954". I've picked six of the twelve images.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original

I contemplated cropping this image to landscape, but decided to keep more of the palm tree.

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

The upper floor seems to be covered with a thin fabric.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original

A couple of the photos show large mirrors and large scenic pictures.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...4.jpg~original

This must be the waiting room, located in the corner of the second floor. The thin fabric covering the windows doesn't show from the inside.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...5.jpg~original

I'll finish with the stairs and elevator.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...6.jpg~original

All from Getty Research Institute

It was only after I started Googling for an address that I found the building was a Richard Neutra design (the info is in the description, but I didn't look!). The old Beckstrand Medical Building can still be found at 1090 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach. I'm not a fan of the makeover it's received - it must be very dark inside. As you can see, the latest GSV images show "For Lease" signs on the building.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...7.jpg~original
GSV

Tourmaline Mar 5, 2017 8:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Hollywood Graham (Post 7731134)
If someone can figure out what the designation of the letters P S on the plates maybe we can learn who and what they were. I have tried to find it but no luck.


"Public Service"

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Then there are the letters PS, placed vertically to the left of the numbers on some license plates. These are issued to public service corporations or common carrier motor vehicles. The telephone, gas and electric, water, and railroad companies display this plate on their machines. Stages and other carriers also use this license. Motor vehicles owned by the United States government have US placed vertically in front of the numbers on their plates. The federal government also has a license plate of its own in some cases. DLR is not difficult to interpret on license plates as meaning “dealer's car.” https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=HT19291016.2.33

ethereal_reality Mar 5, 2017 11:20 PM

'mystery' location #1 [for Sunday, March 3rd, 2016]

"Par T Pak Cola Billboard, Los Angeles 1950s"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/MNfuuK.jpg
www.alamy.com

This is a bit unusual....you drive under the billboard to enter that small parking lot.

But I don't believe there are enough clues to figure out the location.

ethereal_reality Mar 5, 2017 11:25 PM

'mystery' location #2

"Hills Bros. Coffee Billboard, Los Angeles 1959

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/faR8YE.jpg
www.alamy.com

Anyone heard of Almquist?

ethereal_reality Mar 5, 2017 11:29 PM

'mystery' location #3

"Black Sunday Billboard, Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 1977"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/UWkYER.jpg
www.alamy.com

I like the blimp.

HossC Mar 5, 2017 11:51 PM

:previous:

Corner of Sunset Boulevard and Marmont Lane. The Imperial Gardens is now the Pink Taco.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
GSV

rbpjr Mar 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Long ago...and far away...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7709214)
Any personal photographs you'd like to share with us rbpjr? ;)

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I'd like to but someone needs to "instruct' me on how to do it...

John Maddox Roberts Mar 6, 2017 12:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7731339)
'mystery' location #3

"Black Sunday Billboard, Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles 1977"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/UWkYER.jpg
www.alamy.com

I like the blimp.

A year or two back we had a picture of the billboard for Polanski's "Chinatown" at that same corner.

Martin Pal Mar 6, 2017 1:45 AM

^^^

I remembered that great picture, too, JMR and tried to find it. On this forum, searching for "Chinatown" didn't prove to be too fruitful,
but I googled the picture itself and was able to find the post!

It was post #832 way back in 2010!


Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4696905)
Here's another great billboard photo from 1974. I believe it's the same billboard as the Sahara billboard in post #827.

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/964...74chinatow.jpg
unknown/someone emailed me this great photo

"Chinatown" is one of my favorite movies, so I let out an audible 'gasp' when I first saw this photo.
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I'm not quite positive now, but this may have been the photo that brought me to NLA in the first place!

Martin Pal Mar 6, 2017 2:11 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7731330)
'mystery' location #1 [for Sunday, March 3rd, 2016]

"Par T Pak Cola Billboard, Los Angeles 1950s"

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/MNfuuK.jpg
www.alamy.com

This is a bit unusual....you drive under the billboard to enter that small parking lot.

But I don't believe there are enough clues to figure out the location.
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Not sure if this will help...there's quite a few "Lakeside" businesses in Toluca Lake, perhaps that is Lakeside Cleaners?

ethereal_reality Mar 6, 2017 2:12 AM

Camper show at Gilmore Stadium, 1947

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...924/xECXDo.jpg
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http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...922/VEMBvQ.jpg
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'Trailer Village"





http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...922/x5nc4O.jpg
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http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...923/5xmuPj.jpg
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ethereal_reality Mar 6, 2017 2:23 AM

Here's an interesting snapshot of an American Airlines Sleeper Plane on the front lawn of the Ambassador Hotel. [date unknown]

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...922/kGA9h0.jpg
ebay

So what's with the huge 0s on front of the Cocoanut Grove?

Martin Pal Mar 6, 2017 2:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 7720520)
Speaking of WWII, the 75th anniversary of
The Great Los Angeles Air Raid is this weekend.

http://www.redhotretro.com/wp-conten..._n-198x300.jpg

Is anyone going?
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Quote:

Originally Posted by Blaster (Post 7720552)
I wonder if they'll play John Williams' march from 1941.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wYIGy0E3ps
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I forgot to mention that I attended this event last Saturday and had a really great time.

:) They didn't play that, Blaster, it was all strictly period music!

Here's a youtube video of photos taken (not posted or taken by me) at this year's incarnation of the event.

Video Link

BifRayRock Mar 6, 2017 5:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 7731375)
:previous:

Corner of Sunset Boulevard and Marmont Lane. The Imperial Gardens is now the Pink Taco.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original
GSV





Some more from the "old" neighborhood. These are undated and without any accompanying text, not that they need much explanation. Both from an unsorted group of LIFE images.



Well before Myra Breckenridge or Mr. Marlboro.;)

http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...o.jpg~original


Casanova Club around the bend.
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...n.jpg~original




Flyingwedge Mar 6, 2017 6:20 AM

Don the Beachcomber's
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6312588)

By the way, if you turn left on McCadden and go up a building or two you'd see the famous Don the Beachcomber's restaurant. It was first a bar on the west side of McCadden and then a restaurant and bar opened across the street in 1937. A famous "studio publicized date" took place there with Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe. I ate there a few times in the 80's and they had a booth with a picture of Joan Crawford above it. She apparently used to take lunch there on occasion and sign autographed pictures for the publicity department. The bar contained photos of celebrities and military men of the 1940's making up drinks that became famous, like the Zombie and Navy Grog. It is said the first pu pu platter was served there.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3jips15I7b...cCaddenHwd.jpg
http://travilla.blogspot.com.html

Alas, it's one of those places that in 1985, like the Wilshire Brown Derby, was closed for remodeling, which meant they tore it down after no one was looking.

MP, here is a closer look at that photo of Don the Beachcomber's on the west side of McCadden Pl., just north of Hollywood Blvd.:

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...g.jpg~original

488166 @ Huntington Digital Library


The entrance:

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...e.jpg~original


A lani lei is made from flowers of the vanda joaquim orchid (see page 27 at the link).

BifRayRock Mar 6, 2017 6:26 AM

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Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 7068939)




There have been a number of Bob's Air Mail Posts, the first of which might be http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7493 Since that 2012-post additional information has come to light.

A Building Records Search for 5453 Wilshire reveals that Sorrell's Auto and Finance Inc., of 5514 Wilshire obtained a permit for an "office" in 1932. An "A V Spencer" then obtained a permit for a gas station in '33. Another permit was obtained in 1934 for a gas pump "canopy" and the size of the building apparently says in cursive "aeroplane." There is a 1936 CD listing for A V Spencer at 5453 Wilshire and a '38 CD listing for Bob's at the same 5453 address. The party was over by March 1939 when a demolition permit was obtained. The estimate for the destruction and removal was $50.


A couple of sources suggest that "A V Spencer" was also known as Bob Spencer, hence the name, Bob's Airmail Service. (FWIW, the manager in the '38CD for Bob's is listed as "Robt. Kreisler") One of the same sources states that the ten constructed Fokker F32's were bona fide white elephants, especially after the bad publicity received following Knute Rockne's March '31 death in a different model Fokker and the Great Depression.

Spencer reportedly took advantage of the inexpensive Fokker as an attraction, and according to the same source, "Spencer's brainwave was a runaway success. In 1934, Bob's Air Mail Service Station sold more Mobiloil and Mobilgas products than any other dealer on the West Coast."

"Painted white and rechristened The Happy Landing with the company's Flying Red Horse on the wings, the F-32 was illuminated at night. The two forward Pratt & Whitney Hornet engines often roared to life to the astonishment of passing drivers. Neon signs along the wings' leading edges proclaimed: 'BOB'S AIR MAIL SERVICE ... IT'S FASTER - IT'S BETTER.'"
http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showt...lly-Big-Fokker




1938 - (At least that's what the license plate supposedly establishes. Black on yellow was also used in '36.)
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u...l.jpg~originalhttp://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u...l.jpg~original



Note that the forward propeller may actually be moving. Seems perfectly safe, quiet and sane. :no:
http://imageshack.us/a/img23/5346/aa...station193.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img23/5346/aa...station193.jpg



http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/73...757be61f0b.jpghttp://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/73...757be61f0b.jpg








Different angles make for better viewing?

As before :previous: these images are culled from an unsorted, undated group of LIFE photos.

http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...a.jpg~original



http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...l.jpg~original


http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...r.jpg~original


Would be remiss not to credit NoirCityDame with this find!
http://68.media.tumblr.com/03b7f9174...u5g7o1_500.gif


Bob's :previous: would have been directly to the left in this image taken roughly from Cochran and looking east on Wilshire. This A&P has been mentioned several times on NLA. It later became Roman Foods and is currently occupied by a Staples Store. This image predates the "Glorified Hamburger" that later became the "Flying Saucer," Judy Garland's flowers and Brown's Bakery.:)





http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...d.jpg~original


http://jpg1.lapl.org/00101/00101386.jpg http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11861



http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ei2Ik5quiI...lyshopping.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ei2Ik5quiI...lyshopping.jpg http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=7492



And slightly further east, an adjacent structure is being completed.
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...a.jpg~original



Approaching La Brea
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...g.jpg~original



Somewhat out of sequence, here are two more Miracle Mile-shots facing east on Wilshire. Beautiful Ralphs gone but clearly not forgotten (like a thorn in one's paw,)
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...7.jpg~original


http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...e.jpg~original



Never enough street parking?


Sen. Estes Kefauver, "The People's Choice," and his entourage crisscrossed Wilshire and La Brea passing some long forgotten Fox theaters, "The Fox Ritz" and the "Fox La Brea."


The A&P is now marked by a 4-leaf clover (upper right).;)
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...f.jpg~original

Fox La Brea
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...s.jpg~original





BifRayRock Mar 6, 2017 6:56 AM




More images of Wilshire from the unsorted LIFE magazine files and a surprise (or two).


Starting in Beverly Hills. Victor Hugo to the left, BWilshire to the right.
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...9.jpg~original



Skipping past Miracle Mile . . .


http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...b.jpg~original


http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...v.jpg~original


Before leaving the area, at roughly Highland and Wilshire once (until recently) stood the Four Star Theater also mentioned on NLA. It served to Premiere several well remembered Films. Here are some images when it was featuring H.G. Wells' 1936 - "Things To Come."


http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...k.jpg~original



http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...u.jpg~original



http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...u.jpg~original



http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...h.jpg~original



Not certain, but this could be the eastern side of the theater.
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...a.jpg~original




After the last show, day break?:cool:
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...m.jpg~original




http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...w.jpg~original





http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...b.jpg~original




http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...n.jpg~original






Seeing double?
:shrug:


In this remarkable image, there are two Brown Derbys. Assumed the bowler was was reassembled. But this picture disproves that notion and the hat was resized - for more headroom..
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...e.jpg~original

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...b9015ec672.jpghttps://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...b9015ec672.jpg




Stay hydrated! Ambassador, next right!
http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/o...3.jpg~original


(You saw two Brown Derbys. Remember to tell your friends.):cheers:



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