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jg6544 Jul 19, 2012 11:12 PM

There was actually a dirigible mooring mast on top of the Empire State Bldg. when it opened, but I think it took them about 30 seconds to figure out it was a bad idea that wouldn't work.

Chuckaluck Jul 19, 2012 11:47 PM


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 5715286)

;);) Lower right hand corner. Circa 1960 Digital

Hasn't someone mentioned "Zachary All?" Digital

1961, when Lee Tower was in its "pale blue period"? Digital

ProphetM Jul 19, 2012 11:55 PM


And before GrafZ and the commissioning of the USS Los Angeles there was . . . the Altadena Float!

Altadena apparently had a Zeppelin produced for its entry in the 1908 Rose Parade.
Awesome! Did that float actually... float? I totally can't tell if it's off the ground or not.

Chuckaluck Jul 20, 2012 12:44 AM


Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 5771101)
Did that float actually... float? I totally can't tell if it's off the ground or not.

I have no idea if it was a functioning gas bag. As unlikely as it may seem, balloonatics from all over descended upon the LA area two years later in January 1910. (see last item describing powered balloons "Zeppelin Ships Far Ahead of Other Types"). Either way, bet the crowd loved it. (Who hosted the broadcasts back then?);)

Your point begets another question, the floating "ship" would have been filled with what type of gas? Hydrogen, Helium, hot air? Were either of the first two gases "practically" available in the Los Angeles area in 1908? On the other hand, it probably wasn't until sometime after May 6, 1937, that Parade officials imposed a strict prohibition against hydrogen-filled parade floats on Colorado Blvd. :rolleyes:

Count Zeppelin may be most closely associated with the craze, but there were others: Santos-Dumont's "Number 6" rounding the Eiffel in 1901. wiki

Let's not forget that by 1910, Dominguez Hills was apparently on the vanguard of powered flight. ALL from this wonderful article

MichaelRyerson Jul 20, 2012 12:48 AM


Originally Posted by jaco (Post 5770706)
Hi, my first post here on this great forum and even greater coverage of Los Angeles, As for plastic models I feel the builder has nailed it.

Welcome to the thread, jaco, great miniatures, although the presence of the Chevy Nomad breaks my concentration. But that's just me. Aside from that, still fun to look at.

Fab Fifties Fan Jul 20, 2012 4:16 AM

Thank you Chuckaluck!!! I have been trying forever to remember the store with the weird name where I could find "disco" slacks that actually fit me in size 32X40 and even a pair or two in 32X42!!! "Zachary All". Loved 'em!

~Jon Paul

ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 4:34 AM

The McNamara Brothers walking to court in 1911 (the Hall of Records and the L.A. County Courthouse can be seen in the background).
recently found on ebay/press foto

below: reverse side of the photo.

The brothers were charged with the deadly bombing of the Los Angeles Times Building in 1910.


ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 4:50 AM


Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 5770049)
So, there goes my first post. Thank you all for such a fantastic thread!

Your 'inaugural' post was phenomenal ProphetM! I hope we hear from you often. :)


ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 5:00 AM


Originally Posted by jaco (Post 5770706)

This model view of the Richfield Building is especially interesting because it shows the seldom seen 'arch' that anchored the two 'wings'.

Welcome to the thread jaco.


ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 5:16 AM

Does anyone recognize this Drive-In? It was located in the Los Angeles area, circa 1957.
found on ebay


BifRayRock Jul 20, 2012 5:27 AM

Not too far from the madding crowd?

"Aliso Auto Camp, Laguna Beach, 1930s"**

**If this were '38, seeking higher ground would be prudent

ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 5:41 AM

An excellent tourist slide of the new Chinatown, circa 1950s.
personal slide/ebay

Immediate craving for 'egg foo young'. :)

BifRayRock Jul 20, 2012 5:47 AM

1889, Gov. Waterman carves a slice from Los Angeles County to make a side order of Orange County.

Can't say how it compared with 1938, but 1916 was a particularly wet year and stressed the ties between the two Counties.

"Atchiston Topeka &Santa Fe bridge, the only connection between Orange County and Los Angeles, 1916 flood"

Further flood damage
Santa Fe Railroad bridge, Collins Ave., crest of 2nd flood, 1916

ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 5:49 AM

:previous: Very interesting BifRayRock.

Another Chinatown view (1950s)
personal slide/ebay

BifRayRock Jul 20, 2012 6:06 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4334916)

Graf Zeppelin over Leimert Park area of Los Angeles, August 1929.

Cafe in Wilmington CA (adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro)

On the subject of lighter-than-air nighttime photographs, wonder what kind of exposure was needed to capture the Graf Zee in ER's surreal shot. Ambient light?

Could Willis O'Brien or 9 year old Ray Harryhausen have been involved?:shrug::haha:

MichaelRyerson Jul 20, 2012 9:14 PM

Fridays in the Plaza
I love this picture.
Aerial view of Plaza, circa 1924
the old Plaza, federal building underconstruction, 1939
the plaza church on main street, circa 1925

(ca. 1925) - The Plaza Church on Main Street across from the Plaza and Olvera Street. Behind the streetcar is the Hotel Pacific, the office of Philip Morici and Co., "Agencia Italiana," and the grocery store of Giovanni Piuma, who also made wine (Piuma Road in Malibu was named for him). The area north of the Plaza was at this time an Italian neighborhood.
the plaza, los angeles, soapbox, 1930

(1930) - A man stands on a soapbox in front of a crowd of men gathered at the Los Angeles Plaza.
DWP-LA Public Library Image Archive
the plaza, los angeles, shade (ca. 1930)

(ca. 1930) - People are seen sitting on benches and relaxing in the shade of a large rubber tree in the Plaza. To the left is seen the Pico House and through the trees can be seen the Brunswig Drug Co. (print likely later by eight or nine years based on coupe parked in front of the Pico House)
DWP-LA Public Library Image Archive
plaza fountain, undated

'Hydropura'? makes me vaguely nervous. undated probably 1920's
LADWP historic archive

ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 9:28 PM

Excellent plaza photos MR.

This is certainly a rarity...a beach trolley that traveled on rails.



ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 9:34 PM

Another snapshot from ebay. Anyone heard of Ben Blue's?


ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 9:38 PM

Do anyone of you Chandler fans know the address of this apartment building?*
I would like to see what it looks like today.

*I had no idea the scan was so large until I posted it. I can now read the street sign...Palmerston Place.

Off I go to catch the 'google-mobile'


ethereal_reality Jul 20, 2012 9:48 PM

Here it is today. :)
google street view

below: It's actually much larger than it you can see in this aerial.
google street view

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