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HossC Aug 23, 2015 5:00 PM

I'm trying to restrict myself to one of these 1952 Julius Shulman/Bank of America photosets per day :). This one's titled "Job 1352: Bank of America (Los Angeles, Calif.)1952". This time the bank was on Florence Avenue at Holmes Avenue, and had a rather impressive roof sign. I also like the Hudson outside.

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

This is the view from Beach Street.

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

The Florencita Theatre, on the corner of Walnut Drive, is no longer there. As far as I can tell from Historic Aerials, it was demolished between 1980 and 1994. According to cinematreasures.org, it had 575 seats.

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

All from Getty Research Institute

The bank building, minus its sign, is still standing, although it has looked better.

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

The First Full Gospel Assembly of Florence building and its neighbor are also still there

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

The Florencita Theatre may have gone, but I found this attractively decorated pet store next to where it used to be.

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

ethereal_reality Aug 23, 2015 6:19 PM

:previous: I'm riding on your coat-tails again Hoss. :) I hope you don't mind.

I jumped in the google-mobile to get a better look at that multi-colored pet store, but didn't get any further than Pancho's Bakery
(located in the Full Gospel Assembly building)


art deco
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...538/Mecwwb.jpg
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Intrigued, I looked online and came across an earlier photograph of Pancho's Bakery. (the new paint job highlighting the art deco lines is a major improvement)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...909/cHraDf.jpg
http://looocobooy.blogspot.com/2010/...m-beneath.html

That said, I hope they saved the mutant coffee cup, concha and croissant. (perhaps they've been moved inside)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...661/fzIGsM.jpg
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Pancho's faces Hoss's old BofA.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/iYYyrO.jpg
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*I just noticed Pancho's was a drug store back in 1952.
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ethereal_reality Aug 23, 2015 6:54 PM

Spectacular crash.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/YEkWrN.jpg
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:previous: Wow, how fast do you think they were going? (and on a city street!)

-that's a dapper young lad on the left...with the necktie, tie-clasp, suspenders and cigarette)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...661/btPkA5.jpg

Catherine Potts, Claude Potts, Henry Miles, Automobile Accident, Los Angeles 1936.

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ethereal_reality Aug 23, 2015 8:27 PM

Drusilla Faddis, model, stabbed.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/wtMWpZ.jpg
eBay

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...910/t9bWqd.jpg



I found her listed in the 1939 city directory.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...538/nYhh95.png
lapl

living at 1464 1/2 Silver Lake Blvd.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...912/Z1PrAk.jpg
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This is 1464 and not 1464 1/2, but I still found it interesting.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...905/yPbrP3.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...538/beg0nP.jpg
lapl

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ethereal_reality Aug 23, 2015 8:30 PM

"Valley Of The Dolls" now playing at Grauman's Chinese Theater, 1967.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...673/5V9iXG.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...661/wS68zK.jpg
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http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...913/g1lJUS.jpg
http://www.geekbinge.com/2014/01/31/...leydolls/#main

HossC Aug 23, 2015 8:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7139439)

I jumped in the google-mobile to get a better look at that multi-colored pet store, but didn't get any further than Pancho's Bakery ...

I had trouble getting a better picture of Elia's Pet Shop because the Googlemobile only covers short sections of streets in that area. Here's a better image I found on Flickr, which apparently dates from 2009.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...p.jpg~original
Laurie Avocado on Flickr

ethereal_reality Aug 23, 2015 9:05 PM

:previous: It has some very pleasing elements in the basic design. It makes me wonder what the building looked like when it was first built.


*I just found out the building was built in 1906!

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...910/jSM0NV.jpg
http://www.homefacts.com/address/Cal...154656774.html

And the last major renovation was in 1910. (A hundred and five years ago!!)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...538/TMcOEG.jpg
http://commercial-real-estate.findth...geles-CA-90001

ethereal_reality Aug 23, 2015 9:15 PM

Inside of matchbook, 1940s.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...901/SH4bgB.png
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"Studio Checks Cashed Free At Dave's".



1940s matchbook
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...913/FeMIo3.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...673/3rBG2y.jpg
eBay

I wasn't able to locate 1368 N. Western Ave. in today's street view. (I so wanted to find a greasy-spoon stuck in a time-warp ;))
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CityBoyDoug Aug 23, 2015 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 7137006)
Thanks Martin. One has to be careful with imdb.

My cousin is listed as an actor on that site. His death is also listed as a ''road accident in ...California'', when in fact he died of AIDS in New York City.
My late mother and other family members tried to keep everything about Curt, Top Secret from me. Curt and I share the same maternal great grandfather.

Curt Dawson was best known for his work in the Soap...The Guiding Light.

IMBd
Curt Dawson
Actor
Born: December 5, 1941, Russell, KS
Died: January 13, 1985, Long Beach, CA.....[this entry is incorrect.]
Movies: Mardi Gras Massacre, Blood Bath
TV: The Guiding Light
Another World (1964) and
As the World Turns


Here's a short story about Curt by his friend Ian McKellen:
http://www.mckellen.com/writings/92dawson.htm

Here's later to become actor Curt Dawson on his bike that I took in the mid 1950s when we visited our relatives in Kansas. He was 2 years older than myself.

Just before he died he lived just a few blocks from me in Long Beach, CA but my mother kept that a secret. She didn't want me to have any more
contact with him. Contrary to the IMBd website bio he later died in NY City in 1985.

Making a face....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psehmsvvr3.jpg

tovangar2 Aug 23, 2015 10:57 PM

:previous:

Thank you CBD. Wonderful post And that's a great shot of your cousin. It is so exhausting when we can't be ourselves. Everyone loses.

rick m Aug 24, 2015 12:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 7138851)
The branching flues were not original, but they were installed early in the building's existence. Here is an ad that appeared in the June 1895 Land of Sunshine:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...h.jpg~original
Hathitrust -- http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?i...iew=1up;seq=80

Now perhaps I was only seeing a ghostly apparition of the St. Angelo from my spot in the back of my family's Rambler station wagon as my dad drove us southbound on the Hollywood Freeway when I was nine years old (this would make it 1960) Cuz apparently the hotel was razed several years earlier... Did it's scepter fill my eyeballs- causing my eventual deep study of the area ? Anybody have an exact year of the demolition ? It is puzzling me no end... I remember that after a few more trips south that the "Castle structure" had vanished-- I had pleaded with him at least once to detour up there- but THAT was not gonna happen- My mom especially vetoed any such sightseeing in a baad area !

ethereal_reality Aug 24, 2015 1:04 AM

:previous: I hope you find some answers Rick M. It sounds like quite an enigma. :)



A group of friends clowning around on the beach, Los Angeles 1929.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/tDohIi.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/LxcGQ4.jpg
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They're an attractive bunch!






below: I'm especially curious about this young ladies' swimming suit.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/re96es.jpg
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:previous: Is that small writing in the 'banner/flag' that's sewn over her left breast?(red arrow)

I think there may be writing (or initials) on her hip as well. (circled)


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MichaelRyerson Aug 24, 2015 2:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7139706)
:previous: I hope you find some answers Rick M. It sounds like quite an enigma. :)





A group of friends clowning around on the beach, Los Angeles 1929.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/tDohIi.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/LxcGQ4.jpg
eBay

They're an attractive bunch!






below: I'm especially curious about this young ladies' swimming suit.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/re96es.jpg
detail

:previous: Is that small writing in the 'banner/flag' that's sewn over her left breast?(red arrow)

I think there may be writing (or initials) on her hip as well. (circled)


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It may be a rental suit.

sopas ej Aug 24, 2015 3:04 AM

Upper crust then and now...

2440 Monterey Road, San Marino, 1925.
https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net...e8&oe=563A8829
USC Archive

2440 Monterey Road, San Marino, August 23, 2015.
https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net...0d&oe=56717182
Photo by me

Somewhere along the line, the house was added on to. I would never have known that, had I not seen the old photo (I drive down this street often). Also, the corner steps and walkway to the front door were moved some time as well, obviously. They are to the right of the hedge, out of frame, in the modern pic.

I can't believe the house is already at least 90 years old. In my lifetime, it used to be that a house that was a hundred years old was a Victorian, and then later a Craftsman. Pretty soon, these Spanish Colonial-style houses will be hitting the century mark.

CityBoyDoug Aug 24, 2015 3:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 7139814)
Upper crust then and now...


2440 Monterey Road, San Marino, August 23, 2015.
https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net...0d&oe=56717182
Photo by me

Somewhere along the line, the house was added on to. I would never have known that, had I not seen the old photo (I drive down this street often). Also, the corner steps and walkway to the front door were moved some time as well, obviously. They are to the right of the hedge, out of frame, in the modern pic.

I can't believe the house is already at least 90 years old. In my lifetime, it used to be that a house that was a hundred years old was a Victorian, and then later a Craftsman. Pretty soon, these Spanish Colonial-style houses will be hitting the century mark.

Built in 1925...probably for around $10K. Sold in 1997 for $340K....sold in 2015 $2.2 million. Today in 2015, most of the homes in San Marino are owned by immigrants from Hong Kong, mainland China and other Asian locations. They often pay for the home in gold bullion.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psazg6pgbv.jpg
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Beaudry Aug 24, 2015 5:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rick m (Post 7139676)
Now perhaps I was only seeing a ghostly apparition of the St. Angelo from my spot in the back of my family's Rambler station wagon as my dad drove us southbound on the Hollywood Freeway when I was nine years old (this would make it 1960) Cuz apparently the hotel was razed several years earlier... Did it's scepter fill my eyeballs- causing my eventual deep study of the area ? Anybody have an exact year of the demolition ? It is puzzling me no end... I remember that after a few more trips south that the "Castle structure" had vanished-- I had pleaded with him at least once to detour up there- but THAT was not gonna happen- My mom especially vetoed any such sightseeing in a baad area !

There is a preponderance of evidence to suggest 1956: the "Know Your City" blurb in the paper from April, the demolition permit from May, the Palmer Connor slide from June.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5644/...92ff6672_z.jpg
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/721/2...9688feaa_z.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/739/2...56908962_z.jpg

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/652/2...5cfdd07f_b.jpghuntington

Fascinated with the concept that you espied the "ghost St Angelo" looming above fwy...nothing else would have had quite that roofline! Retrocognition at its finest!

HossC Aug 24, 2015 10:44 AM

We're going a little further afield with this branch of Bank of America. One year later than my previous posts, these Julius Shulman pictures date from 1953. They show the bank at 117 E Huntington Drive in Arcadia. The set is called "Job 1562: Bank of America (Los Angeles, Calif.),1953". I found the following information about the store on the left at arcadiapubliclibrary.blogspot.com: "Charles Shugert was the proprietor of The House of Toys, an inviting store that once occupied 111-113 East Huntington Drive. This store was an institution during the late 1950s in Arcadia but closed its doors around 1961."

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

This time the roof sign had to compete with the one from the United States National Bank across the street.

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

A view from the opposite direction showing the intersection with First Avenue.

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

All from Getty Research Institute

I believe this is the old bank building, although it's been slightly modified. It was never as interesting as the previous examples.

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

I think the building that once housed Arcadia Jewelers is still standing too, but I struggled to find anything interesting about the current buildings on this block. It was only when I took the Googlemobile west of First Avenue that I found the old Arcadia Tribune building at 53 E Huntington Drive.

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

Even in 1975, possible only 40 years after it came into existence, no one could remember when it was built. I love the quote from the head of the building department. After he hazards a guess at the build date, he says "It seems like it was always there." This article is from January 12, 1975 edition of the Arcadia Tribune.

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

oldstuff Aug 24, 2015 2:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7139519)

Drusilla Faddis appears in the 1940 Census, living in San Francisco and working as a singer in a nightclub. She is living with her son, who was 14 in 1940. Drusilla was born in California. Her son, William P. Faddis, was born in Utah.

The story of her knifing, was apparently picked up by the AP wire services since it also appears in the Lowell, Massachusetts paper, The Lowell Sun, on June 24, 1938.

ethereal_reality Aug 24, 2015 3:00 PM

Arcadia Tribune Building.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...673/Uom66U.jpg

:previous: That little art deco building is a beauty! Good find Hoss.





The fine brick building that housed Garland's 5-10-25 is there

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...913/Qrr8yL.jpg
originally posted by HossC



and lookin' good. :)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...661/vxQvx8.jpg
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You can't see it from the intersection any longer because it's hidden behind some trees.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/NGSUa9.jpg
gsv

As HossC mentioned earlier, the building on the corner is the old Arcadia Jewelers (and Arcadia Candies )
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:previous: One thing I don't get. See the 4 square holes (air vents) at the peak of the Garland's building in the modern intersection photo above.
They're missing in the 1953 photograph (below).

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...540/cThRXN.jpg
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Thanks for the additional information on Drusilla Faddis oldstuff.

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coreydorey Aug 24, 2015 3:12 PM

thanks so much for posting these old photos of LA, been fascinating seeing it back in the day! :)


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