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Fab Fifties Fan Aug 8, 2011 5:41 PM


Originally Posted by so-cal-bear (Post 5372500)
Here we go again. I'm trying to find out what exactly to post here, my last attempts sucked. Here's my last one. I'm trying to find the balance of topic the thread implies.

Photo courtesy of one of my other favorite sites, it's a rarity since the site rarely, if ever posts photos of the West Coast and especially So-Cal.

This one is titled, "Ford meets lamppost in West Los Angeles on San Vicente Boulevard in the 1950s"

WOW! Great photo so-cal-bear!!!

That Ford must have been barrelling along in order to uproot and move that lampost. Usually, the lampost won and totalled the car. Here, nuttin won:yuck:


Fab Fifties Fan Aug 8, 2011 10:26 PM

Fantastic Photos

Originally Posted by so-cal-bear (Post 5371111)
Hey all, I was listening to the LA NPR station and they said that a collection of photos taken from 1978-1979 were put up on the LAPL website. They're interesting, even if they're newer.

Just spent a couple hours going through those photos on LAPL. There are some fantastic shots!!! I copied several that I will post on the thread as time permits.

Thanks for the heads-up so-cal-bear:cheers:

sopas ej Aug 9, 2011 4:40 AM

Early Depression-Era Pasadena.

Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, 1930, looking north. Look at those traffic signals.
Huntington Library Collection

Looking east on Colorado Boulevard from Fair Oaks Avenue.
Huntington Library Collection

malumot Aug 9, 2011 5:35 AM

1948: Fifth Church of Christ Scientist.

Hangin's too good for whoever gave the green light on that remodel.

It's not that the updated version is horrible. It has a certain appeal, in its own Jetsonian way.

It's what they ruined to achieve that effect.


Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5372342)
north west corner of hollywood boulevard and la brea avenue

the church building was completely remodeled in 1959, and looks like this today
Source: LAPL
Source: LAPL

GaylordWilshire Aug 9, 2011 11:02 AM

Santa Monica Blvd and La Brea, late '20s: The banjo-shaped signal was seen in the county in several towns, and at least once in Los Angeles--it was made by the Waterhouse Co. in Alhambra.

gsjansen Aug 9, 2011 11:06 AM

some 1875 images of the old high school building i don't recall seeing before.

poundcake hill was quite the prominent promontory. the old high school certainly stood head and shoulders over the rest of downtown!

looking west on court street across spring street
Source: LAPL

looking north west across 1st and main
Source: LAPL

Simply amazing...........................

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 9, 2011 6:12 PM


Originally Posted by gsjansen (Post 5373524)
some 1875 images of the old high school building i don't recall seeing before.

poundcake hill was quite the prominent promontory. the old high school certainly stood head and shoulders over the rest of downtown!

looking west on court street across spring street
Source: LAPL

looking north west across 1st and main
Source: LAPL

Simply amazing...........................

Incredible photos gsjansen! Thank you for posting them!!! In the second photo, is there anything, besides the hills way in the background, that survives??? I'm assuming not......but always hopeful:dunno:


gsjansen Aug 9, 2011 8:19 PM


nope, not a thing survives................................(sigh)

nor does anything in this 1950 photograph looking south on flower between 2nd and 3rd...............a tiny bit of the marcella is visible at the far right
Source: LAPL

full view of the marcella entry
Source: LAPL

whatever happened to the magnificent corinthian columned marcella?

(better question is whatever happend to the 200 block of flower)

why of course it became the swinging singles hang out pool of fabulous bunker hill towers
Source: On Bunker Hill

gsjansen Aug 9, 2011 8:37 PM

speaking of no longer there kinda stuff..........(pay no attention to the jonathon club, as for some reason, is still exists)

a great 1939 view of the richfield and our old friend the snow, (southland hotel), from 7th and flower . (once again, a photograph i do not recall seeing previosly)
Source: LAPL

a great photograph ofthe california club under construction at 6th and flower 1929. the richfield had just, or is nearing completion
Source: LAPL

image of the foundation work for the california club while the richfield is under construction
Source: LAPL

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 9, 2011 9:14 PM

Oh just wonderful!

An absolutely stunning building like the Marcella gives way to Mr. Kotter, Steve Austin and Kelly & Sabrina frollicking in the pool of those fugly towers.:hell:

so-cal-bear Aug 10, 2011 12:29 AM


gsjansen Aug 10, 2011 12:44 AM

i know it was this past weekend, but this is soooo cool, i had to post it anyway................................................
Source: And She's Hooked to the Silver Screen

Los Angeles Past Aug 10, 2011 1:30 PM

Map of Rancho land-grants in L.A. county in 1898
This is a fun map. It shows the lands of the former ranchos around Los Angeles in 1898.
Link to full-res version at calisphere.

And here is its eastern extension. (The San Gabriel and Walnut valleys.)
Link to full-res version at calisphere.

I refer to these maps over and over again, and I have literally spent hours looking at them. I hope you enjoy them, too!


Post on my blog here.

GaylordWilshire Aug 11, 2011 12:29 AM

Just saw one of those TCM "Travetalks" about Los Angeles in the late '30s. It seems that what's on TCM isn't usually available on Youtube, and this was no exception. But I was led to a very interesting and very early color film about Olvera Street. I didn't see a date on the title card--the Youtube notation for it says "1937"--but judging by the cars and the early '30s hats, I'd say it was filmed at least 6 years earlier than that. Take a look:

Here's that old swastika again:

PS: Scott--what a great map. Makes an excellent screensaver.

Handsome Stranger Aug 11, 2011 4:07 AM

Wow GW...what an amazing short film! I think you're right about it dating from the early thirties. And I'm really fascinated with the narration, some of which is silly, charming and slightly surreal all at once:

"Truly a street of memories. Soft speaking olive-skinned guides, languid in business. 'You buy, or you don't buy. What does it matter?' Happiness is his when humming an old love song. And he is lost without the inevitable guitar."

I would probably watch more travel documentaries if they were written with that much poetic license.

gsjansen Aug 11, 2011 10:59 AM

a few images along temple street i don't recall seeing previously before

1955 view looking west on temple street from main street. the image shows street widening to temple street shortly after the demolition of the international bank building was completed.
Source: LAPL

1929 view looking east on temple from spring street past the international bank building
Source: LAPL

installing blackout cones on an acme semaphore at the intersection of alvarado street and teple street 1941
Source: LAPL

gsjansen Aug 11, 2011 4:45 PM

interesting view looking south towards the intersection of 1st and spring from city hall while it's under construction. spring street still has it's bit of a kink still left. you can see where it used to run, right through the south west corner of city hall
Source: LAPL

gsjansen Aug 11, 2011 5:07 PM

almost nothing else says los angeles noir quite like a desoto deluxe yellow taxi cab!
Source: LAPL

The Yellow Cab Company was located at the South East corner of 3rd street and lucas avenue. here's a then, (1948), and now, (googlemaps streetview).
Source: (of the then image)........LAPL
Source: LAPL

you know you've arrived in style when it's a yellow cab......just call MAdison 1234!.....dispatchers are standing by
Source: LAPL

GaylordWilshire Aug 11, 2011 8:23 PM

Ahhh DeSotos....
Very noir
In Postman Always Rings Twice, the D.A.'s '42, with one-year-only hideaway headlights

A second '42 appeared as Garfield and Turner were leaving the hash house, before she decided to go back

The repo men in Sunset Boulevard drove a '48 coupe:

And of course in,

Bert's '36:

Veda gif: Glamamor

Fab Fifties Fan Aug 11, 2011 10:29 PM

DeSoto Heaven
Love me some DeSotos!!!

All years, but I am partial to 1957-58 :tup:

'58 Adventurer Convertible from "A Monster on Campus"

and a screencap of a '57 Firedome (brain fart on where from)

Yup, I admit it I'm an old LA fanatic AND a complete gearhead:D

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