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ethereal_reality Apr 29, 2019 9:57 PM

Here is a magnificent photograph that showed up on Ebay a few days ago.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/uXyVdU.jpg
EBAY

WOW!






A second photograph (also amazing) is a close-up of the house on a corner.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/82H8Wc.jpg
EBAY

I wonder who lived here? The photograph was obviously made for them.


They are being sold together at a remarkably low price. I hope Beaudry sees it.


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FredH Apr 29, 2019 11:02 PM

:previous:

I think I found the house:

https://oi445.photobucket.com/albums...ey/house_1.png
https://www.onbunkerhill.org/fremont-2/

This is a shot next to the Fremont Hotel at 401 S. Olive. The house is across the street from the Fremont, on 4th Street at the corner of Olive.

Beaudry Apr 30, 2019 2:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8556387)
Here is a magnificent photograph that showed up on Ebay a few days ago.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/uXyVdU.jpg
EBAY

WOW!






A second photograph (also amazing) is a close-up of the house on a corner.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/82H8Wc.jpg
EBAY

I wonder who lived here? The photograph was obviously made for them.


They are being sold together at a remarkably low price. I hope Beaudry sees it.


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Ha! You can bet I did. And you can bet I've got a big ol' bid in on it, too. (I got that awesome horse w/ladies on the 700 block of Third last week!)

We were talking about these characters here and here. It's the William Widney house at 430 W 4th (though when it was built in 1879 would have had a different address, 300 something) and I'm not sure if or when we have seen this one:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...eb601dec_b.jpglapl

Not sure who lived there at the time—my guess it's it's mid-lates-teens (it postdates the construction of the Trenton anyway, which was in 1905, and there seems to be a late-teens car in front of the Trenton, but maybe it's a carriage)...Jennie Krimminger is listed there in the directories from 1906 through 1915 and then she and the house seem to disappear. I'd do more work on it but I have to run out! (I also want to find out everything I can about the Mumford, which I know was originally named the Parker House and was built in the late '80s, but boy I'd like to know who designed it.)

FredH Apr 30, 2019 4:36 AM

:previous:

Beaudry - Great photo. It looks to be much earlier than the one E.R. posted. Nice picket fence, no light poles, and no palm trees in the front.

https://oi445.photobucket.com/albums...kley/olive.png
lapl



I don't know what you call this iron work (?) on the roof, but I like it.

https://oi445.photobucket.com/albums...ckley/roof.png



And I would also love to have the street signs.

https://oi445.photobucket.com/albums...kley/signs.png

AlvaroLegido Apr 30, 2019 4:37 PM

Wow !
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8556387)
Here is a magnificent photograph that showed up on Ebay a few days ago.
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/uXyVdU.jpg
EBAY

The mix between the XIXe and XXe centuries is fascinating. I don't remember one like that.

oldstuff Apr 30, 2019 6:44 PM

[QUOTE=FredH;8556862]:previous:

Beaudry - Great photo. It looks to be much earlier than the one E.R. posted. Nice picket fence, no light poles, and no palm trees in the front.

https://oi445.photobucket.com/albums...kley/olive.png
lapl



I don't know what you call this iron work (?) on the roof, but I like it.

I believe that the iron work are called "Roof Railings"

ethereal_reality Apr 30, 2019 6:50 PM

Thanks so much for the information and the help, FredH and Beaudry. I really appreciate it.



Does anyone know where Geo. PIKE Lumber & Hardware was located?

# 1
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/p24TqK.jpg

The yellow sign down the street appears to have an emaciated long-horn cow standing on it.





The following slides are bit redundant, but the cars are very cool (and I know how you all like cars!) so I decided to post them all.

# 2
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/9kog1F.jpg

I want to go back in time and buy that car!
What is the odd looking blue car parked next to the side entrance?....................................







# 3
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/NfQTu1.jpg

My Aunt Della had a white car just like that one and it lasted for years. One of my cousins ended up driving it back and forth to college. He named it 'Della'.








# 4
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/IaYKY3.jpg

Nice TRUNK........... ;)







I'll end with this interesting look at a business across the 'mystery' street.

# 5
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/98FHSN.jpg

..............................................................................................................................................................................There must be a hospital nearby. I see a Nurse Parking sign. :previous:







A closer look. [SIZE="1"]............Green Arrow Super......something or other....Center.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/wQdkeI.jpg


The slides were found on Ebay as a group. (no longer listed)

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I was kidding about the nurse parking sign. :)

Fnarf Apr 30, 2019 7:14 PM

[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;8557514]# 2
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/9kog1F.jpg

That looks like my old car in the background! Baby blue 1960-ish Hillman Minx? Is it possible? Made by Rootes in England. That C-pillar looks like a Hillman. They were not popular cars in the US, for mostly very good reasons, but they did export left-hand-drive cars to the US, and there were a few dealers in the US.

HossC Apr 30, 2019 7:39 PM

:previous:

Geo. Pike Lumber was at 8801 Sepulveda Boulevard, Sun Valley. Here's the area in 1971 (the closest time I could get to the photos).

https://i809.photobucket.com/albums/...LAGeoPike1.jpg
mil.library.ucsb.edu

There's no sign of the lumber yard, but the Green Arrow Home Center (still with original signage) was still standing until a few years ago. The image below is from 2011 (before the sign was covered in graffiti).

https://i809.photobucket.com/albums/...LAGeoPike2.jpg
GSV

Here's a reminder of e_r's picture. The "mystery street" was actually just a wide parking lot. Look how the palm trees have grown!

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8557514)

I'll end with this interesting look at a business across the 'mystery' street.

# 5
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/98FHSN.jpg


CityBoyDoug Apr 30, 2019 9:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 8557578)
:previous:

Geo. Pike Lumber was at 8801 Sepulveda Boulevard, Sun Valley. Here's the area in 1971 (the closest time I could get to the photos).

https://i809.photobucket.com/albums/...LAGeoPike1.jpg
mil.library.ucsb.edu

That crazy path plot at the right appears to be....miniature golf. [?]

FredH May 1, 2019 1:14 AM

Yep - Both gone - Nothing left but palm trees

https://oi445.photobucket.com/albums...ckley/gone.png
Google Street View

ethereal_reality May 1, 2019 3:01 AM

At least they left the trees.

Family owned businesses are going the way of the DoDo Bird.. :(



Thanks for figuring out the Geo. Pick location, Hoss. (that aerial is great)




Quote:

Originally Posted by Fnarf (Post 8557541)

That looks like my old car in the background! Baby blue 1960-ish Hillman Minx? Is it possible?

The blue car caught my eye as well, Fnarf. How'd you come about owning a Minx?

Godzilla May 1, 2019 3:03 AM

Hippodrome Theater formerly at 320 S. Main St.
https://losangelestheatres.blogspot....rome%20theatre


https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ud05Jc4uY...-2010-1781.jpghttps://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ud05Jc4uY...-2010-1781.jpg




https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9it8300ay...drome-TILA.jpghttps://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9it8300ay...drome-TILA.jpg




https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cEBho0fJN...rome-Hylen.jpghttps://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cEBho0fJN...rome-Hylen.jpg



How did some of its performers get there?



Undated
https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...a6&oe=5D751F04https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...a6&oe=5D751F04

ethereal_reality May 1, 2019 4:45 PM

Here's an interesting looking place we haven't seen on nla.


"Tom's Cafe - 2181 Manchester Ave. - Los Angeles."

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/TYlLvT.jpg
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ARCHIVES

If I'm not mistaken, the zig zags and the words Tom's Cafe are in neon! ....It must have been quite a looker at night.

The newer / more modern Tom's Cafe sign is pretty cool too. :)




A closer look.
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/OKHhwE.jpg

It looks like they had to paint out some graffiti.

(I believe the slide was taken in the 1970s) ....Is that too early for gang graffiti?




p.s. I just found out the slide was taken in 1977


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ethereal_reality May 1, 2019 5:15 PM

Here's one more, but this slide is a mystery location. (perhaps we've seen this one...but I don't think so)


"Sea Food Hut - Los Angeles." [1977]

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/q7jM0S.jpg
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ARCHIVE

It certainly doesn't look like a sea food hut to me. I would have guessed ice cream parlor.

We have have the street number. 607...but no street name.


I just found a 2nd photo. Check back folks.








Here it is!

Yep! It's the Sea Food Hut all right.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/eLZRbS.jpg
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ARCHIVE

Perhaps this place was in the Manchester Ave. / Inglewood area as well. :shrug:



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Fnarf May 1, 2019 5:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8558042)
The blue car caught my eye as well, Fnarf. How'd you come about owning a Minx?

Stupidity.

I dunno, I saw it and coveted it. To be honest, it was the chrome "Minx" in a sexy sixties script on the flank that did it. It was in nearly perfect working order, a San Francisco car with hardly any miles on it. It was a Series III with the rare Easidrive automatic transmission, which improbably worked by applying an electrical charge to iron filings to clump them around the chosen gear, a system which, well, let's just say it didn't catch on. But mine still worked. None of the Rootes nerds in my local club had ever seen one before.

Shortly after I bought the car virtually every rubber component crumbled into dust, as did most of the braking system and the starter. Not being mechanically inclined, I paid a guy a ton of money to replace it all, but it never really worked right after that, and then the entire wiring system, by Lucas (the "Prince of Darkness", they call him in car and motorcycle circles), so I sold it. It was hilariously fun for the few months I was able to drive it.

This experience is apparently quite typical for owners of 60s and 70s British cars.

I did learn a lot about the Rootes Group, once one of Britain's biggest motoring concerns, but which in the end was sold to Chrysler for a dollar. Their most famous output was the Sunbeam Tiger, which was created by Carroll Shelby by dropping a huge modified Ford V8 into a normally more sedate Sunbeam Alpine, and is still coveted by sporty-car aficionados.

To bring this story back around to Los Angeles, there was in the mid-60s a "Los Angeles Tiger" branch of the company that performed the necessary upgrades, located at 9830 West Pico Boulevard near Beverly Hills. The building most recently was a Chase branch but appears to be empty now. I don't know if it was just Tigers, or if it was a dealer for other Rootes models -- Hillman, Humber, and Sunbeam were all sold in the US, and presumably L.A., though I don't believe Commer or Talbot, while Singer might have been, but not by the 60s.

There's no "Hillman" or "Rootes" car dealer in the one reverse directory I looked at for 1961, but it's much more likely that they were sold in a dealer devoted to a variety of imports, or even in a small corner of a larger American-model dealer with an import sideline. I might have to find an actual newspaper ad for that info. There's a California Association of Tiger Owners in Irvine that might possibly know more.

Fnarf May 1, 2019 5:36 PM

Here's a brochure (1968 I believe) from the Los Angeles Tiger shop, if you like looking at car parts. I'm not allowed to own antique British cars anymore (Mrs. Fnarf says) but I sure wouldn't mind having that snazzy rally jacket!

http://www.tigersunited.com/resource...T-brochure.pdf

Fnarf May 1, 2019 5:59 PM

A possible lead is Peter Satori in Pasadena, at 325 West Colorado, which one website calls "the main importer of British cars in Southern California throughout the 1960s and 1970s". Open from 1954 to 198-something.

Here's a picture of the front, from 1960:
http://www.westcoastbritish.com/petersatori.jpg
Source: westcoastbritish.com

No Rootes on display, but those DKW and Auto Union (predecessor of Audi) logos will set every microcar enthusiast's heart beating faster.

The other link I mentioned is http://oneownercollectorcar.com/inde...unty-dana-chev.

Fnarf May 1, 2019 6:13 PM

Peter Satori's building is still occupied by European cars, namely Rusnak Porsche, with Rusnak Jaguar in the adjacent building and Rusnak Audi, Bentley, Rolls Royce, and Maserati across the driveway. He also sells Jaguar and Alfa Romeo. The Rusnak Auto Group is a big deal in the luxury market, I gather. Rusnak also opened a Triumph (cars) dealership in Los Angeles in 1960, but doesn't say where. Also a "Rusnak/Lazar Jet Imports" in Culver City in 1959. I'd love to know what cars they sold there.

Fnarf May 1, 2019 6:21 PM

My eyes aren't sharp enough to spot any Rootes vehicles here, but some may have been lurking in the background. I spy a few Isettas and a Lloyd. The stars of the 1958 Los Angeles Imported Car Show were the fancy Mercedes and Jaguars, provided by Peter Satori, as well as the US debut of Datsun. There's a picture of it in the link.

https://assets.hemmings.com/blog/wp-...ow_02_1500.jpg
Source: hemmings.com

Link: https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/0.../#&gid=1&pid=1


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