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ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 5:03 AM

http://imageshack.us/a/img9/509/f0u7.jpgebay

http://imageshack.us/a/img600/5782/qkxi.jpg

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ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 5:29 AM

1938
http://imageshack.us/a/img23/8441/nmu4.jpgebay


complete photo
http://imageshack.us/a/img15/6964/h6iz.jpgebay

http://imageshack.us/a/img30/9731/1cjz.jpg

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ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 5:40 AM

Impressive house on West Jefferson Street
http://imageshack.us/a/img31/458/4rdp.jpg

-note that the photographer's studio was located in the mythic Temple Block.---->

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Those Who Squirm! Jan 5, 2014 5:51 AM

Well, now, this is good news! I'll have to take a drive over there when it's done.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6393399)
From the article at this link:
http://beverlyhills.patch.com/groups/beverly-gardens-park

The city council approved funding $100,000 to restore the lily pond at Beverly Gardens Park in August. Construction is slated for a Jan. 20, 2014 completion.

Aside from restoring the lily pond, other notable restoration tasks and notes include:
Restoring the circular fountain
New plantings at the water features
Retaining the photo opportunity area
Bollard lighting on the pathways
Existing trees to remain in place
Protect the Moreton Bay Fig tree
Relocate the the Mediterranean fan palm to the Palm Garden
The Friends of Beverly Gardens Park spearheaded the efforts to restore
the 1.9-mile long park, which is located on the block between Beverly
Drive and Canon Drive, along Santa Monica Blvd.

http://o1.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dim...2a67cd08a15725
(You can click on a large version of this map in the link provided.)


FredH Jan 5, 2014 6:33 AM

[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;4828923]Cummings Block, northwest corner of 1st Street & Boyle Ave.


http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/995...sblocknwco.jpg
ucla archive

Er - A couple of observations on your photo of the Cummings Building from way back on page 61:


A Google Street View photo of the building shows a couple of things;
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/4249/i643.jpg
Google Street View

First, the newly restored building seems to still have a slight ghost image of the old Carnation Ice Cream sign.

Also, you can now see the recently constructed Mariachi Plaza across the street.

The area has gone from this:
http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/4936/n7jv.jpg
http://www.historicaerials.com/

To this:
http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/2/cvzr.JPG
Google Maps

The newest edition is a Metro Gold Line station

Note: Mariachi Plaza is an area where mariachi bands go to audition for jobs.

HossC Jan 5, 2014 3:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6393980)
http://imageshack.us/a/img850/575/ruxw.jpg

I wish I had a date for this postcard view.

I found a blog by Joseph Greco which has the same photo dated at 1909. The blog post is about the Kodak 3A special, and includes a label for Earl V. Lewis's camera shop in one of the camera pictures. The post says the store was in business from 1906 to 1986.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...arlVLewis1.jpg
josephgreco.weebly.com

The advert below is from the 1909 City Directory.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...arlVLewis2.jpg
rescarta.lapl.org

The 1915 CD lists a second store at 308 W 7th. It also gives an Orchard Avenue home address for Earl V Lewis. By 1923, the second store seems to have moved to 421 W 7th.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...arlVLewis3.jpg
rescarta.lapl.org

By 1929, Earl is listed as married to Lucile. The 1932 listing below shows five store locations.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...arlVLewis4.jpg
rescarta.lapl.org

USC has a couple of pictures featuring adverts for Earl V. Lewis, including this one previously posted by e_r.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5670436)
I cropped the White Log Coffee Shop photograph in my previous post. Here is the complete photo from 1939.

http://imageshack.us/a/img600/4080/a...ogcomplete.jpg
USC Digital Library

USC also has this 1958 picture of Earl V. Lewis Cameras in the Continental Building, Spring St.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...5.jpg~original
USC Digital Library

It looks like Earl V. Lewis finally closed in 1986 after 80 years in business. The LA Times article below implies that the increased number of break-ins was a major factor in the decision to close.

Sad Farewell to an Old Spring Street Friend

ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 5:05 PM

:previous: Thanks for fleshing out the Kodak/Earl V. Lewis Co. HossC
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I came across this interesting art deco building on S. Alvarado, north of Miramar.
http://imageshack.us/a/img822/619/1qtz.jpgGSV


To me, it looks like it might have originally been a theater, but that's only a guess.
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/4589/r6pd.jpgGSV
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FredH, interesting before and after aerial of the Mariachi Plaza/Metro Station.
I had no idea how much the plaza had been expanded.

ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 5:40 PM

http://imageshack.us/a/img543/688/f8q6.jpgebay
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GaylordWilshire Jan 5, 2014 5:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6394291)
:previous: Thanks for fleshing out the Kodak/Earl V. Lewis Co. HossC
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I came across this interesting art deco building on S. Alvarado, north of Miramar.
http://imageshack.us/a/img822/619/1qtz.jpgGSV


To me, it looks like it might have originally been a theater, but that's only a guess.
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/4589/r6pd.jpgGSV


http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/7585/p8j4.jpgLAT June 27, 1937


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V...828%2520PM.jpgLAT July 11, 1937


Apparently the address was not quite settled upon.


Los Angeles Times

HossC Jan 5, 2014 7:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6394291)
I came across this interesting art deco building on S. Alvarado, north of Miramar.
http://imageshack.us/a/img822/619/1qtz.jpgGSV

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6394341)

I did a quick Google which gave the address of the pawn shop as 186 S Alvarado. That led me to a listing on loopnet.com which said it was built in 1928 - apparently they're at odds with GW's LA Times article. They also have a slightly older picture showing a different first floor layout and more subtle color scheme.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...SAlvarado1.jpg
www.loopnet.com

The first CD after loopnet's build date is 1929, and that lists a garage belonging to Claude Ferguson at 186 S Alvarado. By 1932 the garage is listed as belonging to Joseph J Lang, and it's Samuel Stone's garage in 1936.

My quick search of the 1938 and 1939 CDs didn't yield any results, so jumping on to 1942, 186 S Alvarado becomes Plastic Industries Technical Institute. It's still called Plastic Center Inc. in 1973.

On a whim I decided to check out USC for pictures of S Alvarado. Lo and behold, they had a collection of photographs titled "Alvarado Street, 100 block south, Los Angeles, CA, 1933". On the left is 186 S Alvarado, back in the days when it was a garage. The first floor is open, but I think I can still see traces of the arches in the doorways of the loopnet picture above. That makes me wonder whether it was a new build in 1937 (as per GW's post) or just given an art deco makeover. Take a look at the following pictures and see what you think.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...SAlvarado2.jpg
USC Digital Library

Here's a close-up. The top of the blade sign still says "Ferguson". Behind the "Clyde Porter" and "Glenn Osborn" names, I think the ghost signs say "Storage" and "Repairs".

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...SAlvarado3.jpg
Detail of picture above.

The other pictures in the set provide a couple of longer shots. I like the oil well in Dave Kirschner's gas station.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...SAlvarado4.jpg
Detail from photo at USC Digital Library

And from the other side.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...SAlvarado5.jpg
Detail from photo at USC Digital Library

rcarlton Jan 5, 2014 7:52 PM

John Fayette Carlton
 
John Fayette Carlton was my 4th cousin 3 times removed. He was a prominent real estate agent in Los Angeles. Apparently, Carlton Boulevard (problem is there is no Carlton Boulevard in LA...Carlton Way, Carlton Lane and Carlton Avenue) is named for him. He lived at 2220 Manning Avenue in Los Angeles in 1940. His father fought in the Confederate Army in Company A, Chenoworth's Calvary Regiment.

For someone who had a street named after him he sure lived in a small house: 1,420 sq ft, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The house was built in 1926.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7363/1...8174cd92_o.jpgGoogleEarth

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5486/1...33e72b34_o.gif John Fayette (Jack) Carlton

ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 9:36 PM

I think HossC is correct about 186 S. Alvarado.
The four second story windows in the garage line up perfectly with the later art deco version.


It was great to see this very nice lighted sign for the Barker Hotel on the side of the garage.
http://imageshack.us/a/img5/3811/ly40.jpgUSC



below: Scott's earlier post on his Mom's time at the Barker Hotel.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Los Angeles Past (Post 5090872)
Beaudry might get a kick out of this. About a year ago, he helped me locate the SRO hotel where my mother and her sister shared a room when they first moved out on their own in 1936. There were photos of the place in our family album, but I never knew exactly where it was. Beaudry looked it up in an old directory and found out that the Barker Hotel was located at... well, you can see for yourself on this linen postcard I found recently:

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...hotelpc_lg.jpg


Here were the photos Mom had from her time at the Barker (1936-1938).

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...erhotel_sm.jpg


Mom was a secretarial student at Woodbury College at the time. (I still have those same art deco picture frames!)

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v..._101637_sm.jpg


Isn't it neat how hotel residents used to socialize like this? My how times have changed!

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...s2_1938_sm.jpg

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...s1_1938_sm.jpg


Enlargements of these family album photos can be viewed in my blog post about the Barker.

-Scott


CityBoyDoug Jan 5, 2014 9:53 PM

Leaky old cars....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6394582)
I think HossC is correct about 186 S. Alvarado.
The four second story windows in the garage line up perfectly with the later art deco version.


It was great to see this very nice lighted sign for the Barker Hotel on the side of the garage.
http://imageshack.us/a/img5/3811/ly40.jpgUSC



below: Scott's earlier post on his Mom's time at the Barker Hotel.

This photo is certainly a testament as to how dirty cars were in the 1930s. Look under the cars at the right side and the long line of grease and oil that was deposited on the street. In those days people used to have drip pans under their cars in the garage. :(

ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 10:32 PM

:previous: Good eye CBD. I hadn't noticed that at all.
The oil stains go all the way up the street and over the hill. Here I panic if my truck leaks just a little bit of oil.

Retired_in_Texas Jan 5, 2014 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6394610)
This photo is certainly a testament as to how dirty cars were in the 1930s. Look under the cars at the right side and the long line of grease and oil that was deposited on the street. In those days people used to have drip pans under their cars in the garage. :(

The cars weren't "dirty" so much as gasket materials and oil seals had simply not developed well enough to prevent oil leaks. Took well into the 1960s to virtually eliminate oil leakage. The PVC valve that eliminated draft tube ventilation of the crankcase didn't hurt either.

ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 10:49 PM

mid-century modern
http://imageshack.us/a/img31/958/5w75.JPGebay



-still in business today.
http://imageshack.us/a/img856/33/87gl.jpgGSV




http://imageshack.us/a/img5/9708/nwcd.jpgGSV

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ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 10:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rcarlton (Post 6394463)
John Fayette Carlton was my 4th cousin 3 times removed. He was a prominent real estate agent in Los Angeles. Apparently, Carlton Boulevard (problem is there is no Carlton Boulevard in LA...Carlton Way, Carlton Lane and Carlton Avenue) is named for him. He lived at 2220 Manning Avenue in Los Angeles in 1940. His father fought in the Confederate Army in Company A, Chenoworth's Calvary Regiment.

For someone who had a street named after him he sure lived in a small house. The house was built in 1926.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7363/1...8174cd92_o.jpgGoogleEarth

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5486/1...33e72b34_o.gif John Fayette (Jack) Carlton

:previous:Very interesting rcarlton
4th cousin 3 times removed? -I forget what makes a relative 'removed'.

ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 11:03 PM

cutest boy ever.

Gene Autry and Champ t-shirt
http://imageshack.us/a/img23/6378/00td.jpgebay
http://imageshack.us/a/img707/5035/phaj.jpg
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ethereal_reality Jan 5, 2014 11:38 PM

Moxie, thanks for sharing the photographs of the 1963/64 Rose Parade.

When I first glanced at this one I wondered what in the heck was hanging between Harold Lloyd's legs.
http://imageshack.us/a/img823/2329/yuq6.jpg
posted earlier by Moxie
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....then I noticed that other bulb.

Retired_in_Texas Jan 5, 2014 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6394664)

Nothing like a touch of Googie. In this case probably unnecessary.


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