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ProphetM Jan 29, 2014 11:38 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6428618)
:previous: That's a really fun map Lwize. Thanks for scanning (and posting) it for us.
Your next assignment is to find each of these locations and post a photograph. :)

As a huge fan of the movie, I began a search like this long ago and quickly discovered that such a project has already been done and posted online.


ethereal_reality Jan 30, 2014 12:10 AM

Four Los Angeles residences found on ebay.

-upper right is the castle-like Stimson House at 2421 S. Figueroa, built 1891 (still standing)

I could use some help on the other three. :) -where are you GaylordWilshire?

ethereal_reality Jan 30, 2014 12:28 AM

Masked detectives?



Flyingwedge Jan 30, 2014 12:38 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6428860)
Four Los Angeles residences found on ebay.

-upper right is the castle-like Stimson House at 2421 S. Figueroa, built 1891 (still standing)

I could use some help on the other three. :) -where are you GaylordWilshire?

Lower right is The Bivouac, home of Harrison Gray Otis, 2401 Wilshire.

See: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...e-see-our.html

CityBoyDoug Jan 30, 2014 1:03 AM

Hi Ho Hollywood, naturally.

Most of the series was filmed in the Los Angeles area.

Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California

General Service Studios - 1040 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood, Los Angeles

Jack Ingram Ranch - 22255 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles

Here's the theme and opening credits......

GaylordWilshire Jan 30, 2014 1:24 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6428860)
Four Los Angeles residences found on ebay.

-upper right is the castle-like Stimson House at 2421 S. Figueroa, built 1891 (still standing)

I could use some help on the other three. :) -where are you GaylordWilshire?

And lower left is the Clinton N. Sterry house at 2607 Wilshire Boulevard, a work in progress of mine... http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...boulevard.html

ethereal_reality Jan 30, 2014 1:25 AM


Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 6428903)
Lower right is The Bivouac, home of Harrison Gray Otis, 2401 Wilshire.

See: http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...e-see-our.html

I should have known this one. I am a bit red-faced.

It later became the Otis Art Institute before it's destruction. (info. by GW)
and here.

Hollywood Graham Jan 30, 2014 1:48 AM

Coffee dan's

Originally Posted by Martin Pal (Post 6428327)
I have previously posted about COFFEE DAN'S locations and some of the discrepancies about their
whereabouts on Vine Street and Hollywood Blvd. -- people who had reminisced about them on other sites
often posted conflicting information about them.

I had looked a few things up in the city directories, but never posted about it--I was hoping to find another
photo or two of the places, but since I haven't as yet: There were no Coffee Dan's listed as early as 1942,
By 1956 there's several listed. Not only are there the ones we knew about on Vine St. and Hollywood Blvd.,
it appears there was a second one on the north side of Hollywood Blvd. at or near Cahuenga Blvd. at 6405.

1511 North Vine St. HO4-2290
6405 Hollywood Blvd. HO4-8449
6776 Hollywood Blvd. HO4-0667

Then there's the Wilshire Blvd. one that has been said to be built in 1948:

9561 Wilshire Blvd. BEV. HILLS CR5-1061

There's the two locations downtown that have been mentioned:

406 W. 8th St. TU-6784
452 S. Broadway MU-4808

There was another listed that I hadn't heard about before:
(I believe Hoover Blvd. is somewhere around USC?)

3408 Hoover Blvd. RI8-9425

And listed as "offices" (Coffee Dan's, Inc.) was this location:

7972 Beverly Blvd. WE3-9291

By March of 1960 these were the only ones left:
6405 Hollywood Blvd. HO4-8449
6776 Hollywood Blvd. HO4-0667
3408 Hoover Blvd. RI8-9425
7972 Beverly Blvd. WE3-9291

A little over a year later (October '61) all of these places were gone.

Which doesn't explain the following post with a photograph listed as 1966:

Unless I was doing something wrong, I didn't see the Van Nuys location listed anywhere.
(6576 Van Nuys Blvd., on the east side of Van Nuys Blvd. between Victory and Vanowen.)

Someone posted one of these youtube videos before...HossC I think. I believe it was the nighttime one, but I couldn't find the link right now.

This video shows COFFEE DAN'S at 6776 Hollywood Blvd., near Highland, at night in 1961.
It'll be on the left of the screen when they get to Highland Ave. You can see the neon sign arrows
moving. Remember by October of '61 the directory does not have any Coffee Dan's listed.

This video was taken during the day and is dated early 1950's.
When the camera gets to Highland, coming from the oppsosite direction as the above video,
before they turn North on Highland, on the right hand side you can see Coffee Dan's and the
same neon lights at the intersection during the day.

By the way, with all the posts about Boron a few days ago, I noticed in the 1960 photo of
Coffee Dan's above, on the left you can see a partial Richfield billboard advertising Boron.
Looks like it's "new and improved."

1968 Coffee Dan’s was still on Hollywood and Highland. Across the street at 6753 Hollywood was Diamond Jim’s Restaurant which was owned but the same company (Associated Host). I worked in the parking lot behind it next to Don The Beachcomber. I had a valet parking concession at the Smuggler’s Inn at Sunset and Vermont which was another Associated Host restaurant.

ethereal_reality Jan 30, 2014 1:53 AM

Los Angeles Mayor William Workman tours Hollenbeck Park in the "first auto in L.A.". -really?

Albany NY Jan 30, 2014 2:15 AM


Originally Posted by Lwize (Post 6428580)
I just received the new Criterion Blu-Ray edition of the 1963 comedy classic It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Included in the package is a filming location map and legend covering Southern California. Enjoy! :)
(images scanned and hosted by me)

Thank you for posting this, Lwize, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has to be the funniest movie of all time. Everyone who was ANYONE was in it. Even brilliant cameos from Jack Benny, Don Knotts, and the Three Stooges! I hope ethereal_reality can sit through the whole thing someday.

BTW, ethereal_reality, what was Thrifty Poultry Mart thinking? Were those airplanes, or three horny dolphins?!?!

GaylordWilshire Jan 30, 2014 2:36 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6428978)

This wide shot of 2607 Wilshire—two blocks west of The Bivouac—shows more of the oil derricks to the north.

ethereal_reality Jan 30, 2014 2:57 AM

:previous: Intriguing photograph GW.
I'm curious, is the impressive house at far right (with the three dormers) still there?

-and what's up with the chimney on the excellent Clinton Sterry House? It looks like three cigarettes.

Albany_NY, Ok OK OK. I'll watch It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World from start to..........................................finish.


sopas ej Jan 30, 2014 3:20 AM

I haven't explored this website yet, but has anyone else? It's called

Here's one example I've seen so far:

Now click on the link, and watch the 1929 photo of Barkie's fade away to what's there now. Kind of depressing, but also enlightening in the sense that you now know what was there. :P

If this has already been posted, then my apologies. I've been away so long from this thread. I have yet to catch up on it.

Flyingwedge Jan 30, 2014 4:07 AM

Proto-Matterhorn @ Disneyland?
Here's the Chutes ride c. 1911, apparently made up to look like you're coming out of a mountain:
eHumanity -- -- enlargement from Autry National Center copy of photo

That's the Chutes Theater on the right; here it is in another photo:

FredH Jan 30, 2014 4:50 AM


Originally Posted by srk1941 (Post 6426435)
I drive by this going to my office, so I was concerned when I read this yesterday. I just drove by this morning, and I see the sign still standing! It is obscured by trees from one direction, but I can say it is still there...

Yeah, I went by again yesterday and realized my mistake. They have a new swap meet sign and I thought it was where the old movie sign was. Sorry for the screw up, I was going to go back and edit my post today. Senility, is setting in. Anyway, I was pleased to see that I was mistaken.

FredH Jan 30, 2014 5:54 AM

The L.A. Times ran this photo and story today:
L.A. Times

Conflicting traffic signals
Posted By: Scott Harrison
Posted On: 12:22 a.m. | January 29, 2014
April 5, 1948: The intersection of 5th and Grand has conflicting semaphore traffic signals. One says “stop” and the other says “go.”

But help was on the way. Los Angeles was in transition from these old signals to the three-light devices.

An article in the April 11, 1948, Los Angeles Times reported that out of 1,400 traffic-signal-controlled intersections in the city, 630 still had the semaphore signals. About 150 old signals were replaced in 1947 with the new devices “and its yellow caution light which gleams for a few seconds between the green and red.”

This photo by retired staff photographer Paul Calvert was published on April 11, 1948.

Here is another 1940's L.A. "drive around" youtube. I don't think we have seen this one...but I'm not positive. :fingerscrossed:

There is a Coffee Dan's along the way:

knites Jan 30, 2014 6:19 AM

Brew 102
I don't recall this particular view being posted - I could be wrong. Pretty iconic none the less - Union Station, Maier Brewery, Gasometers, Aliso Street, PE and noir rides… If it's appeared before, forgive me, my memory is not what it used to be.
Photo courtesy of:

Lorendoc Jan 30, 2014 7:02 AM

Just a non-photographic comment that there has been a lot of good stuff here the past few weeks - I especially enjoyed FredH's series and flyingwedge's work on that Baldwin Hills house. Plus even Sopas_ej has come back to post. Great work, e_r on keeping it all going.

Beaudry Jan 30, 2014 8:22 AM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6428026)

Seems unlikely that we wouldn't have seen a shot of the door of the old LA High on the grounds of the 1917 school, but here it is... dates ca. 1930 by the USCDL.

Hey, a shot of the door! Geez, I remember talking about that back on page 26; never thought I'd see an image of her other than this one:

Which dates from November 1949, not ca 1930 as USC figured.

The 1870s portal was apparently dumpstered when the 1917 school was demo'd after Sylmar. At least that's all I can figure since no-one at the school will talk to me.

Tourmaline Jan 30, 2014 3:04 PM


Originally Posted by sopas ej (Post 6429110)


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