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ethereal_reality Jul 15, 2012 2:06 AM

This cover screams Olvera Street, but it could be a popular 'themed' tea room on Sunset Blvd.
(we briefly covered this tea room in the past...but I am unable to locate the older posts).

below: What's most interesting about this tourist brochure is the list of addresses and directions
to the homes of numerous Hollywood stars.

ethereal_reality Jul 15, 2012 2:39 AM

Let's revisit that bluish photo I posted a few days ago. This time I am concentrating on the area that's further down the street.
found on ebay

below: An abundance of hustle and bustle. (I like the 'SEEDS''s a bit surprising for downtown Los Angeles)
Wichita maybe...but L.A?

below: As a fan of commercial lettering and font design I was intrigued by this 'H' and this 'R'.

below: After a little research I came across this photograph of the same area.

The 'h' belongs to the 'Hotel Jovita'....and the 'R' belongs to 'RADIO Cut Rate ELECTRONICS'.


ethereal_reality Jul 15, 2012 3:25 AM

below: The same view in 1978.

BifRayRock Jul 15, 2012 4:30 AM


Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 5764835)

Grillework . . . of a different style. ;) Hollywood Blvd.

ethereal_reality Jul 15, 2012 4:47 AM

I just came across this postcard. Where in the heck was this monastery located?


BifRayRock Jul 15, 2012 5:43 AM

Something about the garishness of the lighting. Undated photos. probably mid '50s

"Third to Gramercy"

"El Monte Division"

BifRayRock Jul 15, 2012 6:47 AM


Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 5760571)
arrived today. It's really in great shape, just a couple little tears on the fold-lines (really only two that I can find), otherwise clear and crisp. And guess what I looked for first...yep, here it is, center of the image. This one's for you E-R.
Monkey Island2 (2).jpg Shell Map, 1942

MR: Curious if your '42 map omits areas/locations of strategic significance. Recall seeing similar oil co road maps with deliberate omissions - but they may have been '43 or later.;)

World War II era. Have seen these before, but difficult to tell whether they have been posted on this forum. Apologies for any duplication. All sourced from:

Beverly Hills Station ca. '43

More WWII Era

Broadway and 8th Street

BifRayRock Jul 15, 2012 6:58 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5765634)
I just came across this postcard. Where in the heck was this monastery located?

Think it is still there. 1977 Carmen Ave, Los Angeles, California 90068?? Try this:

MichaelRyerson Jul 15, 2012 2:50 PM


Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5765715)
Curious if your '42 map omits areas/locations of strategic significance. Recall seeing similar oil co road maps with deliberate omissions - but they may have been '43 or later.;)

Yes, Bif, it carries a little notation on the outer cover that says, 'All points of military interest have been removed voluntarily from this map and index.' I haven't been able to find any airports yet. What else may have been omitted isn't obvious.

Chuckaluck Jul 15, 2012 3:39 PM


Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5765674)

The next day . . . after Alan, Veronica and the film crew moved to a new, even darker location. ;)
"R Line Gramercy-Third"


MichaelRyerson Jul 15, 2012 3:45 PM

Thanks Woody, we're all better cuz you passed this way.
Woody Guthrie, 1943. Photo by Al Aumuller/New York World-Telegram and the Sun

There's a hundred songs or more you could think of today. I picked this one.
Woody would have been one hundred yesterday. Couldn't let it pass without saying something.

Do Re Mi

by Woody Guthrie

Lots of folks back East, they say, is leavin' home every day,
Beatin' the hot old dusty way to the California line.
'Cross the desert sands they roll, gettin' out of that old dust bowl,
They think they're goin' to a sugar bowl, but here's what they find
Now, the police at the port of entry say,
"You're number fourteen thousand for today."

Oh, if you ain't got the do re mi, folks, you ain't got the do re mi,
Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi.

You want to buy you a home or a farm, that can't deal nobody harm,
Or take your vacation by the mountains or sea.
Don't swap your old cow for a car, you better stay right where you are,
Better take this little tip from me.
'Cause I look through the want ads every day
But the headlines on the papers always say:

If you ain't got the do re mi, boys, you ain't got the do re mi,
Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi.

© Copyright 1961 (renewed) by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. & TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc. (BMI)

The intersection of Fourth and Main Streets in downtown Los Angeles is known as
Woody Guthrie Square, dedicated in April of this year.

In the early fifties, with his health failing, Woody lived up in Topanga Canyon with
Will Geer and his family. Woody and Will built a little shack off to one side where Woody
could play his guitar and continue to write songs.
woody's shack

Chuckaluck Jul 15, 2012 4:09 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5688805)

Revisiting "Sherman" aka West Hollywood pre-Pacific Design Center. Some of photos may be superior copies of previous posts.

Santa Monica looking W, circa 1940

Train Yard Before, date unknown

Train Yard turns into Bus Farm:

Bustling "Sherman:"

Goodbye Sherman! "W Hollywood Shops being razed, Circa 1960's"
ALL from

MichaelRyerson Jul 15, 2012 4:38 PM

ER look at these two images...

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5765593)

and this one from my post #8531

Circa 1895 photo of Los Angeles taken from top of court house. C.C. Pierce Collection.

First it would appear they were taken from nearly the exact same vantage point (top of courthouse?) and just about the same time of day(!) just a slight change in direction. At first, I thought they might be two pieces of a panaorama shot but then the vegetation and the electric poles dispute that. But the lovely white house with the three story turret (center right your pic, center left my pic) is so nearly in the same frame of reference it is uncanny being they're clearly separated by a number of years.

Chuckaluck Jul 15, 2012 5:07 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5228878)
:previous: Reagh/LAPL Street View
The current occupants have made use of the old sign....
This was the Spanish Kitchen at 7373 Beverly Blvd.....


The subject of the Spanish Kitchen has been discussed before. Even though there can only be one "original," recall reading there may have briefly existed another iteration in Downtown LA. Article below mentions another "Spanish Kitchen" on La Cienega. How about MacArthur Park (bottom right)? Related? Imitator? Or just one of many kitchens serving Spanish/Mexican cuisine in the '30s?

Unknown date: -- Stylized version of same Hotel Park Vista? 622 S. Alvarado!~~-1_3.JPGebay


Excerpts from the '86 LA Times Article

Tall tales concocted from the Original Spanish Kitchen

After a 'Closed for Vacation' sign was hung in 1961, the Beverly Boulevard restaurant never reopened. Rumors spread of guns and ghosts, but the real culprit was a love story.
Closing up one night in 1961, workers at the Original Spanish Kitchen on Beverly Boulevard set out silverware, saltshakers and napkins at each table and neatly stacked the chairs.

And there the settings and chairs remained, unmoved for more than a quarter of a century.
A "Closed for Vacation" sign, hung outside that night, gave no clue that the restaurant would never reopen.
So what happened?

One rumor held that the owner had been shot to death inside and that his wife had wanted the place left undisturbed until the killer was caught.
Some believed the restaurant was haunted. There were stories of knives flying in the night.
The TV show "Lou Grant" set a murder mystery there.
But there was a quieter explanation.

"The truth is," The Times reported in 1989, "that this decaying building has simply frozen in time a moment of happier days in a love story of an elderly woman who has shut herself off from the world . . . "
The woman was co-owner Pearl Caretto. She and her husband, Johnny, had opened the restaurant in 1932, and it became a favorite of stars such as Bob Hope, Linda Darnell and John Barrymore. Mary Pickford, who had a special booth near the door, would bring in recipes.
Then in 1961, the husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Pearl closed the restaurant to take care of him in their residence on the second floor. He died a few years later, and she could never bring herself to reopen.

And, so, she said, "We did a clearing." In other words, she hired a psychic from Arizona to check for poltergeists.
The psychic found five ghosts. "The ghosts were coming after my mother-in-law -- oh, it's a long story," Dufourg said. "There was a nasty one. I think he was a sort of killer from the '50s."
The psychic, who charged $70 an hour, chased out the spirits in an impressive time of 30 minutes. These days, the building is ghost-free, more or less.

MichaelRyerson Jul 15, 2012 7:41 PM

Two more from the court house...

'1876 photo of Los Angeles looking Southeast from Court House Hill.' Photo from the C.C. Pierce Collection/The Huntington Library/The Los Angeles Times.

Notes are pretty clearly in error. view is looking Northeast, Aliso Street lurking in the upper right. Also many sources believe the Baker Block (visible upper center) completed in 1877, placing the image later than 1876.
LA_Historical_View (Early 1900's)

A later view, maybe by as much as 30 years later, from again a very similar angle. And again perhaps from the court house roof. Aliso Street, the extension of which would ultimately sweep the Baker Block aside, can be seen upper center. DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive

jg6544 Jul 16, 2012 12:54 AM

The "old" Spanish Kitchen might have been renovated and re-opened but for neighborhood opposition to issuing a liquor license.

BifRayRock Jul 16, 2012 2:15 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5114453) Video

Dinner on me at Perino's for the first person to identify the man in middle below. (Hint #1: TCM is running episodes of his star vehicle all day today, in which there are sometimes great location shots of developing L.A. Hint #2: He had a sad end--shot to death at 31.) Video

And the actor on the far right is . . .
the late Robert Easton. Later to become the legendary dialog coach.

BifRayRock Jul 16, 2012 2:47 AM

Cleared for takeoff?

Previous post covered use of Railway Building as temporary 10-story runway.


Another photo of the building, ca. '42 (1060 S. Broadway)

Per the rendering below, it was evidently not the first time the idea of flight around a tall building was floated. Looks like someone at the Lankershim Hotel was forward thinking, i.e., familiar with Jules Verne and "up to date" with the goings on of Count Zeppelin or the brothers Wright.**

Undated post card. Considering none of the renderings look like the Wright Flyer, one might surmise it is from the first decade of the last century.

**Which led to this? and this?

ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2012 3:00 AM

:previous: Excellent post BifRayRock!

from an earlier post:

above: The Carlton Motor Lodge 11811 Ventura Blvd.

below: The Hollywood Palladium also featured a stylized 'trellis' design.

Could they have shared the same architect? (a bit far-fetched perhaps...but fun to contemplate) :)


MichaelRyerson Jul 16, 2012 3:21 AM

Pershing Square, Clune's Auditorium and the State Normal School, 1920
Pershing Square, Los Angeles, circa 1920

Los Angeles circa 1920. "Fifth Street and Spanish-American War monument in Pershing Square." Now playing at Clune's Auditorium Theatre: Henry Walthall in "Confession." Also note the "Pasadena Trip" touring car. All the seats in the touring car seem to be turned to the right, which would be okay except maybe for the forty minute ride to Pasadena. Really like the men using the square. That's what public spaces are supposed to look like. And you've gotta love that Five-Globe Llewellyn. Shorpy.

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