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BifRayRock Jul 16, 2012 3:37 AM


"On April 3, 1919 Venice inaugurated the first aerial police force in the United States by swearing in aviator Otto Meyerhoffer into the police force. The words "Venice Aero Police" were inscribed in big bold letters on the side of his 100 MPH bi-plane. The police station would call him at the airport when they needed his assistance in tracking fleeing automobile bandits into the mountains, or finding boats in distress.

The airport was renamed Delay Field in 1920, then closed in 1923. The airport's single runway was short and there was no room for expansion since it was completely surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Besides Santa Monica's larger Clover Field and Los Angeles' Mines Field (current LAX airport) met the area's needs. The land where the airport stood was subdivided later that year." Venice's Airport - Ince Field
Photos marked as "1919"
Deputy Meyerhoffer is in the middle:

Meyerhoffer, Clark and Hester with speed record plane, 1919 Presumably taken at Venice/Ince Field
All from:

Remember to stay within the posted speed limit unless you are in an unlimited jurisdiction and can outfly Otto.

Plane flying above Beverly Hills Speedway, 1918

ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2012 3:44 AM

'Googie' architecture.


ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2012 3:50 AM

This looks like an especially dour bubblegum trading card.

ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2012 3:56 AM

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce float.
found on ebay

BifRayRock Jul 16, 2012 4:33 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5766369)
This looks like an especially dour bubblegum trading card.

Are you sure this is a card that came with bubble gum? The message is troubling on many levels. One could argue that the true message is that candy and school could reduce a boy's survival chances?? :haha::rolleyes:

The lad evidently had a choice: paying for the candy or the street car fare. Thus, one interpretation is to steal the candy, but always pay for the street car and avoid being struck by an oncoming trolley. Or, pay for the candy and walk. Or, pay for the candy and drop out of school, thereby avoiding the need to hop the trolley. Then there is the callous disregard toward dental health . . .


Street car mishaps have been known to happen in the absence of candy and free riding juvenile delinquents! Can a penny on the track cause this much damage?? Gray Lady Down 1956 Vernon:


Lastly, the boy may still be entitled to one more free ride.

ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2012 4:53 AM

:previous: I was being facetious about it being a bubblegum trading card BRR. :)


R.I.P. Celeste Holm.
20th Century Fox

below: Accepting her Academy Award for Gentleman's Agreement 1947.

below: Here she is, far right, as Karen in the iconic 'All About Eve' 1950.
20th Century Fox


BifRayRock Jul 16, 2012 4:54 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5766363)


Designed by the late Eldon Davis (or his firm), who may have had something to do with the design of Norms, Johnies, Bob's Big Boy . . . and Googie!

ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2012 4:58 AM

:previous: I absolutely LOVE that last illustration. Was that design with the undulating roof ever built?


BifRayRock Jul 16, 2012 5:27 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5766416)
:previous: I absolutely LOVE that last illustration. Was that design with the undulating roof ever built?


I have no personal knowledge about the joYnt, but judging by the photo you found, to a limited degree, the answer would be affirmative. In any event, it is a shame that it is no longer around.

Interesting how the menu borrowed from the same motif.**

Evidently, the designers had other roofing shapes in mind for the Valley version of CP Jr.

Slighty improved image:

**Maybe that "wave action" caused a few customers to question whether they really wanted that extra waffle topping! Was there a Senior Carolina Pines??

Joe Gillis Jul 16, 2012 7:07 AM
That would be Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Whoops just realised its an old post so probably already answered

To make up for it heres the site of poor Carls death

Google Maps

films fans may know also that he was the cheeky scamp who threw the lever to open the swimming pool under the dancefloor during the High School party in Its a Wonderful Life (filmed at Beverly Hills High School if I'm not mistaken)

Moxie Jul 16, 2012 2:43 PM

I just have to say WOW about that warning to the kiddies about hopping rides on the streetcars! And people thought the "this is your brain on drugs" campaign was harsh.... :hell:

Los Angeles Past Jul 16, 2012 8:47 PM

Court House cornerstone!
Yesterday, I found the cornerstone for the old Los Angeles County Court House, hiding in plain sight at the corner of Spring and Temple! (It's behind the sign for the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.)
J Scott Shannon

And look! There was a time capsule in it! I wonder what it contained?
J Scott Shannon

I was truly amazed to find this! I went to the Justice Center yesterday to inspect the wall around the building, as I previously speculated that its stones might be the same ones that comprised the wall around the old Court House. I now think the fact that they preserved the cornerstone is a pretty fair indication that my suspicion was correct.

Wow. I actually got to physically touch part of one of my very favorite buildings from Los Angeles's past. I was so happy to discover that parts of this very important historic structure do still exist today!


MichaelRyerson Jul 16, 2012 8:53 PM

Wow, Scott, that is so cool on many levels. So gratifying that they actually preserved and integrated the old cornerstone into the new building, and doubly cool that you found it and it adds another layer of evidence the stones could very well be right there, too. Great pictures, important post. Now we've got to see what we can find about that time capsule.

Los Angeles Past Jul 16, 2012 9:10 PM

Michael: I admit, I am very intrigued about that time capsule. Surely there must be a record somewhere of what was in it? I would think the Times published some mention of it...

It really surprises me that none of us L.A. history aficionados apparently knew the cornerstone was even there! How did that manage to escape everyone's notice? :shrug:

MichaelRyerson Jul 16, 2012 10:11 PM

Couple of thoughts. I agree, mention of the time capsule must be out there and the Times is a likely starting point. As to how such a thing could escape our view, we (here on the thread) don't much study modern construction and, for good reason, don't extend much credit to the planners and politicians who were collectively responsible for what most of us see as crimes against our municipal history. That they (or someone) thought to include this important artifact in the construction of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center cuts against the grain of our consistent (and reasonable) low opinion of them. We would have had to have more than a passing interest in the new Justice Center as it went through planning and was ultimately built to have known about the use of the 1888 cornerstone. For us, sometimes it takes boots on the ground and a fresh set of eyes. Today, that's you, bud. Congrats.

Los Angeles Past Jul 16, 2012 10:39 PM

This find really "made" my vacation! (I'm in town now for my 40-year high school reunion.) *chuckle* I must confess, I was so overjoyed when I saw the cornerstone, I kissed it! It didn't occur to me until later that maybe that wasn't such a good idea. (I think you know what I'm referring to.) ;) Probably nothing to worry about, though. It's about 7 feet above street level, and there was no suspicious odor on it, either. Anyway, I think it's safe for me to claim the distinction of being the only person alive to have kissed the old County Court House! Maybe the only person ever. :P I'm crazy, I know. :koko:


ethereal_reality Jul 17, 2012 12:39 AM

What a wonderful find Scott!

I've been trying to find a photograph of the cornerstone in situ.

below: I thought it might be visible in this view taken shortly after it's completion.
unknown/ebay possibly

...but I don't see it. :(


ethereal_reality Jul 17, 2012 1:37 AM

German glass slide of the Los Angeles flood of 1938.
found on ebay

below: The slide enlarged and tweaked. An exceptional photograph of a natural disaster. Can anyone place the location?


MichaelRyerson Jul 17, 2012 1:44 PM

Let There Be Light...
'There had been a time in Los Angeles, (over) a century ago, when a scattering of dimly lit gas lanterns, hanging from an occasional front porch, were the only traces of light on the otherwise darkened city streets. By law, early residents and business owners in the small pueblo of 12,000 were required to hang a lamp outside their doorway for the first two and one half hours of every dark night, or face a penalty of $2 for the first offense and $5 for each subsequent offense.

It was a vexing time for early Angelinos who could rarely leave their homes at night without stumbling about in the dark, toting candle-burning lanterns to find their way. A rumbling began among the citizenry for universal night lighting. The need for city dwellers to be able to find their way home, to have protection from crime, and to have greater illumination for stores and properties at night created fervor of support.

The interest was intensified in 1882 when Thomas Edison put his Pearl Street Station – the first commercial central station in the world – in operation on September 4 in New York. This was the start of the electric industry as it is known today.

The Edison plant supplied its light through incandescent lamps. A similar kind of lighting, in an improved form, was proposed for Los Angeles by C. L. Howland, representing the California Electric Light Company. While numerous proposals had been made, on September 11, 1882 the City Council unanimously voted to enter into a contract with Howland to “illuminate the streets of the city with electric light.”

At the time, it was a revolutionary idea. The proposal called for Howland, at his own expense, to erect seven, 150-foot-high masts each carrying three electric lights or lamps of three thousand candle-power. The masts were to be located in the heart of the city and its settle suburbs “which would be thoroughly and satisfactorily illuminated.”' Historical notes, DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
one of first seven electric street lights, los angeles

(Early 1880s) - One of the first of seven electric street lights installed in the City of Los Angeles at Main and Commercial in 1882. Each of the 150-foot-high masts carried three electric lights of three thousand candle-power. All seven lamps and a small power plant to provide the electricity were installed by C. L. Howland (One year later, Howland and others formed the Los Angeles Electric Company).

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive

'Howland set quickly to work. He had received a deadline of December 1, 1882 to have the masts erected and electricity on. By October 25, he had purchased a lot on the corner of Alameda and Banning Streets where he proceeded to erect a brick building, 50 by 80 feet, to house the boilers, engines and the 30kw, 9.6 ampere “Brush” arc lighting equipment for supplying the electric energy. Three weeks later, by November 16, the masts were in place and soon afterwards the pole lines and wires were strung along the streets leading to the masts.

By December the only hold-up was the delayed arrival of the dynamo and lamps. In growing anticipation, the citizens anxiously awaited the moment in history when the first streetlights would illuminate the night skies of Los Angeles. That moment came on December 30, 1882 before an admiring crowd of spectators. Mayor Toberman threw a switch at twenty minutes past eight, simultaneously lighting two mast tops, one at Main and Commercial and the other at First and Hill.

An account in the Express newspaper at the time, recounted the historic event in this way: “The Main Street light burned steadily and beautifully and it cast a light similar to that of the full moon on snow. The First Street light was very unsteady, glowing at times with brilliancy and again almost fading from sight. The only complaint so far is from young couples who find no shady spots on the way home from church or theatre.”'

By the following evening, five more masts were lighted on First Street and Boyle Avenue; Avenue 22 and North Broadway; First Street and Central Avenue; Fourth Street and Grand Avenue; and Sixth and Main Streets. Historical notes DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
main and commercial streets, circa 1885

Main and Commercial Streets circa 1885, looking at the Temple Block, with Adolph Portugal's store, a site later occupied by City Hall. One of the City's first 150 foot high electric light pole can be seen. On the left is the United States Hotel.

first electric light plant, los angeles, 1883

(1883) - The first electric light plant in Los Angeles was built in 1882 by C. L. Howland (Los Angeles Electric Company) on the corner of Alameda and Banning Streets.

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive

'The project was considered so successful that before the expiration of Holland’s two year contract, he and others had formed the Los Angeles Electric Company, which besides serving streetlights, supplied arc lights for commercial establishments.

In May 1905, the first ornamental post system in the city was introduced on Broadway between First and Main Streets. This installation consisted of 135 posts each equipped with six small glass globes, enclosing 16 candle-power lamps, and one large glass globe, enclosing a 32 candle-power lamp. This system operated until 1919 when it was demolished to make way for a more modern system.' Historical notes DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
street light maintenance BP&L crew early 1920's

Would love to identify the location of this shot and find a picture of the Shell Station. It looks beautiful.

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
street light maintenance Electric powered street light truck

I love this picture. What a perfectly logical contraption. Early 1920's

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
street light maintenance BP&L early 1920's

The guy on the ground seems a bit casual for my money. Wonder if they drew straws.

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
street light maintenance BP&L early 1920's, detail

It doesn't get any better from this angle. What year did OSHA come in?

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
street light maintenance 5-ton truck circa 1935

(July 1935) – Greatly facilitating the maintenance work on street light standards, a new five-ton tower truck was placed in service June 6th by the Power Bureau’s Street Lighting section. The first painting job assigned to the truck’s crew was two-light standards on Broadway between California and Pico Streets. Here one of our distinctive 'Broadway Roses' gets a new coat of paint.

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
street light maintenance DWP building circa 1956

Street light maintenance of what appears to be a United Metal no.1193 supporting early twin pendants. Municipal Water and Power building is seen in background.

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive
street lighting maintenance hollywood freeway

(1952) - Street lighting maintenance unit on the Hollywood Freeway. Modern-day lamplighter seen against Los Angeles' downtown skyline is James Salazar of the Street Light Maintenance section. These lights on the Hollywood Freeway don't have to be lit by hand, of course, but they do require washing and globe replacement. On ground is Joe J. Restivo. Truck with electrically operated ladder is one of four used by Street Light section. I wonder if Mr. Restivo and Mr. Salazar could have imagined we would be looking at them and thinking about their lives sixty years after what was likely a typical work day. 1952 little to no traffic on the freeway and look at that little Jeepster going by.

DWP - LA Public Library Image Archive

'Let there be light...', He said, and there was light.

Wig-Wag Jul 17, 2012 3:30 PM

Your slide appears to be a freeze frame from film footage taken of the 1938 Los Angeles Floods. The view can be see towards the end of this youtube clip.

The location is the present day junction of the I-5 and Pasadena Freeways and the LA River


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