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Godzilla Jan 27, 2013 6:50 PM

1937-8 (?) Source does not identify subject, date or location. Bet Errett Lobban Cord could shed some light! Lapl

Godzilla Jan 27, 2013 7:02 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5831998)

;) No date (Call ahead for an appointment!)

Godzilla Jan 27, 2013 7:04 PM

Unidentified location, date or location. Presumably SoCal.

Godzilla Jan 27, 2013 7:13 PM

Bullock's Wilshire - mid-late '30s?

Source does not identify date-location.

GaylordWilshire Jan 27, 2013 7:15 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5989118)

As nice a picture of ca. 1900 suburban Los Angeles ca. 1900 as there ever could be... I've seen similar shots of this street, perhaps even the photograph from which the postcard was taken, and have tried to find it. "Bonnie Brae" referrred to more than just the street by that name--there was the Bonnie Brae Tract from roughly 7th to 9th, Beacon to Lake; the South Bonnie Brae Tract, a bit more irregular in shape, from 9th to 11th and Beacon to Alvarado; and the West Bonnie Brae Tract, 9th to 11th, Grand View to Carondelet. Many of the streets in this combined area (including other subdivisions) have the gentle slope seen in the pic. I've explored all the suspect streets and have never found these houses. It must have been amazing in its brief heyday.

Godzilla Jan 27, 2013 7:20 PM

'36 Chrysler Imperial with '37 Hawaii tags. Source identifies location as Long Beach.

Chuckaluck Jan 27, 2013 8:35 PM

Circa 1940 - Bellevue Avenue, Echo Park. "El Retiro Cafe"

The directories web site is uncooperative. Assume this address would have been in the 600 Block per photo. Wonder if it was close to the current Bob's Market @ 1230 Bellevue aka Kennsington in Angelino Heights. Built in 1913.


In 1913 Ella J. McMillen hired architect George F. Colterison to design for her what would be this one-story, false front, frame structure with slight Mission Revival and Oriental elements. Peter A. Holmberg’s construction costs ran the Widow McMillen $3,500.

Evidently featured in film "The Fast and The Furious."

Chuckaluck Jan 27, 2013 8:40 PM


Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 5989201)
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the (1959?) Simca Aronde 4 door sedan.:photographer:(Evidently Chrysler dropped the "Aronde" name as part of its marketing strategy.) EBay

"Typical rear engined import." Renault Dauphine pensively waits to enter LA intersection. Early '60s "Ted's Body and Fender?"

Address and Date unknown. (1950 Pontiac Chiefton and driver, waiting to demonstrate inherent superiority of his car to import car and driver.) Lapl

Chuckaluck Jan 27, 2013 8:58 PM


Originally Posted by FredH (Post 5485498)

Pre conflagration? Source describes this as 1929 auto show before fire burned "showroom." Display looks more substantial than tenting :previous: , but hard to tell. Next time use car wax that is fire resistant. Lesson learned?

tovangar2 Jan 27, 2013 9:04 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5989435)
Let's just say that of all the cars your father might have brought home from Williamson's, you prayed that it wouldn't be a Simca. Chrysler imported them from about 1958 to '71. Definitely ladies' cars, like the even less attractive Renault. French cars had a not-undeserved rep as quirky and unreliable; English imports did too, but theirs was mitigated by the cool factor of MG and Austin-Healey roadsters....

LOL. Touche GW. I loved my Simca Elysee because it was tres stylish (I had a later one with the sloped hood and back deck), pretty even (I particularly liked the design of the dash). It was lively to drive. I loved the look of Renaults too*:

I later owned a 1950 Chrysler fluid -drive (the closest I've ever gotten to an automatic), the back seat of which folded flat combining that area with the trunk to make a large cargo space. I bought it for $150 from a fellow who used to ship it to Europe every summer packed with the paraphernalia to drive town to town putting on marionette shows.

As a kid I could name the make, model and year of every car on the road with very few exceptions. Those days are gone.

*I hope I may be forgiven for this because somewhere in my passport collection, I have an EU one.

Chuckaluck Jan 27, 2013 9:25 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5595223) Jewell

9230 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills: Same building (and same lamppost), but none of the charm. Jewell
A shot of a prior showroom of Hillcrest Cadillac, 1949; the dealership was at 9230 Wilshire then, but the lamppost here
is not one with the typical and long-standing Wilshire Blvd-in-BH base seen in the other pictures. Maybe they had a
satellite showroom somewhere else in L.A.....

Edit: Still don't know where the above showroom might have been, but apparently there was once a Hillcrest branch in this building at the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd and Orange:

7010 Hollywood Blvd.


In 1948 Hillcrest Motor Company vacated the building and an appliance store called Electra City moved in. Electra City sold all types of appliances, TV's and radios.
Post 1948? or '47 (Pomona Library and

Undated, no address. Look carefully to the right of the bystander's head. Hillcrest? "Cadillac" "Marmon" Do I see the reflection of "Auburn?" (EL Cord??)

Chuckaluck Jan 27, 2013 9:27 PM


Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 5989879)

? "Citroën 2CV" "deux chevaux" ?

Chuckaluck Jan 27, 2013 9:40 PM

Follow the Yellow Brick Road?

August 1, 1920 - F. V. Owen sets out on a cross-country tour of the nation's parks. In front of Los Angeles Evening Herald. All from Lapl

ethereal_reality Jan 27, 2013 9:49 PM

Another postcard I recently came across on ebay.

I took the google-car down to Grand just to make sure it wasn't still hiding out somewhere behind the Los Angeles Public Library.
Nope-not there...just as I expected.

Today I was looking at this old photograph in my picture files and Icouldn't believe my eyes.
There was the Young Women's Boarding Home right behind the Biltmore Theater!
unkown/possibly LAPL

(I have the photo dated 1919)

tovangar2 Jan 27, 2013 9:52 PM

Castelar Street

Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 5989481)
I believe Castelar ultimately became Hill Street while Buena Vista became N. Broadway with the opening of the Broadway tunnel in 1901. With the coming of the 'new' courthouse, that part of Buena Vista that was south of Bellevue (Sunset) and ended at Temple became Justicia.

My 1948 Gillespie's Guide shows Castelar running parallel with and between Hill and North Broadway. The whole nest of little streets in that area has been cleaned up, straightened and the blocks made larger. Castelar Elementary School (LAUSD schools are almost always named for the street they're on) still exists at the corner of Yale and College. Presumably the old entrance would have faced Castelar.

AlvaroLegido Jan 27, 2013 9:59 PM


Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 5989921)
? "Citroën 2CV" "deux chevaux" ?

Yes it is. Still the most popular car in France (seen in countless motion pictures).

ethereal_reality Jan 27, 2013 10:01 PM

speaking of the Biltmore Theater...

The theater opened in 1924. It was the major venue for Broadway shows playing it Los Angeles. It had seating for 1,654.

below: interior view.

Toward the end of days for the Biltmore Theater. Looking east down 5th Street in 1962.
William Reagh

Demolition in 1964.

Chuckaluck Jan 27, 2013 10:01 PM


Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 5989946)
My 1948 Gillespie's Guide shows Castelar running parallel with and between Hill and North Broadway.

Speaking of old street names, how about Los Olivos?

Source indicates 1905 and Los Angeles (not town of Los Olivos). There is a street named Los Olivos in the San Fernando Valley, but a Hall there? (Looks like quite a patch. Hope it held air!) :uhh:

Chuckaluck Jan 27, 2013 10:14 PM

1903 - Broadway looking south from 9th Street (?)

1904 - Auto parade on Sunset. (Somewhere west of Vine Street - according to source)

Part of the same parade, also on Sunset. All from Lapl

alester young Jan 27, 2013 10:17 PM

Original press photo -Joseph Rivest 1939
Currently for sale on ebay -original press photo.
Ebay description -1939 California Los Angeles Joseph Rivest kills son.
The photo has strong visual impact -very evocative of the period.
I have tried Google but have not come across anything concrete relating to
this story.
Does anyone know the background?


FOOTNOTE 01/29/2013

After further Google search:

The story and photo appeared in the Daily Despatch on 10/26/1939 and can be viewed online. Joseph Rivest, who was elderly at the time, was exonerated. His family were supportive, which is the underscore to the photo and explains why it is such a powerful image. The photo caption was: ***** embraces her grandfather Joseph Rivest exonerated in Los Angeles.


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