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GaylordWilshire Nov 12, 2012 11:42 AM
Ellen Bloom Underhill/Bing

Ellen and Kenneth Bloom on Sunset in front of Hollywood High with their family's '58 Country Squire. I never knew Hollywood High was painted pink.

The same view in the '30s.

rcarlton Nov 12, 2012 3:14 PM


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5898707)
Ellen Bloom Underhill/Bing

Ellen and Kenneth Bloom on Sunset in front of Hollywood High with their family's '58 Country Squire. I never knew Hollywood High was painted pink.

I bet the color balance of the photo is off! The sidewalk should be gray. Very cool picture!:)

GaylordWilshire Nov 12, 2012 6:20 PM Old Motor

Bandleader Paul Whiteman (apparently retouched) poses with his Cord L29 sporting elaborate Vogue tires. I assumed that this was Los Angeles and that the address was on down on Figueroa, Flower, or Hope. After a bit of digging, I found that the MacDonald-Dodson Tire Co. was at 1317 S. Hope. The building still stands, although its façade has been ruined (see below). (Can those be simulated tire tracks up the corner?)

Here's a bit of background from Modern Tire Dealer:

"While vacationing in Chicago, 24-year-old Loyd Dodson saw the whitewalls on the fancy chauffeur-driven cars cruising around town. He and his brother-in-law, Jack McDonald, had each borrowed $3,000 to start a Los Angeles tire business in 1925, and Dodson saw great potential in marketing Vogue tires to the movie moguls and stars in 'La-La-Land.' By 1928, Dodson had signed a deal to acquire West Coast distribution rights to the tires. He concentrated on sales to owners of Duesenbergs, a top luxury car of the time. Before long, the distinctive white sidewall tires showed up on cars owned by film stars such as Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Marion Davies—and other people of means wanted them. People like Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Frank Robinson and Lyndon Johnson have been pictured with Vogue-shod vehicles."

Dodson's obituary in the Times of April 6, 1996, tells more: "Loyd Dodson, 94, owner of Vogue Tyre and Rubber Co. Brought up in Pasadena, Dodson went into the tire business in 1923 and within a few years became the exclusive distributor of Vogue Tyres for the western United States. He bought the Chicago-based company during World War II and remained active in the business until his death. He had been chairman of the board of directors for the last 10 years. Dodson was active in the Masons for more than 50 years and had served as president of the Wilshire Country Club. On Monday in Pasadena."
It looks like MacDonald-Dodson tampered with its own façade...

1317 S. Hope today; there are two cute little vintage apartment buildings to its south.

rcarlton Nov 12, 2012 8:30 PM

Here is an interesting car crash:

Not to be outdone, Sammy Davis got one:

Lucille Ball:

Jules Meyers Stutz showroom today:
10860 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles

Earl Boebert Nov 12, 2012 10:09 PM

Cahuenga Building
Larry Harnisch's blog has a recent entry on the Cahuenga Building.



BifRayRock Nov 13, 2012 12:30 AM

E.L. Cord was connected with another Radio Station other than KFAC. Cord evidently acquired Station KFVD in '29 and moved it into the Ambassador- adjacent dealership at 3443 Wilshire. (Or alternatively, 645 S. Mariposa Street) The station has an interesting past as chronicled here:"]"]

LAPL has an interesting undated photo of what appears to be the KFVD station. What caught my attention is the address given: 5900 Wilshire Blvd.


"Looking towards Auburn Carl Broadcasting, KFVD radio station, located in the Miracle Mile at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard"
Looking at the photo, it seems to be the same 3400 Wilshire Blvd. discussed earlier. "Cord" is listed as Carl. :uhh:

This appears to be the same building with the given address of 645 Mariposa Street. Later used by Atlantic Richfield and now occupied by the Indonesian Consulate. Digital

BifRayRock Nov 13, 2012 12:50 AM


Circa 1953 Digital

GW's favorite haunt. Date unlisted. Digital

A perspective of the photographer's location, ca. '49? Digital

A short while later, from the same vantage point - the IBM Bldg was constructed.

Circa '59 (Wilshire and Mariposa).

Hollywood Graham Nov 13, 2012 1:00 AM

"Bell" Shaped Item On Light Pole

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5898068)
Good eyes! Thanks.

I discounted the sign because it did seem higher than the gsj image and since the bell shaped objects seemed missing. Come to think of it, are the bell shapes functional or decorative? They appear to be two dimensional, an homage to the El Camino Real? (Below)

Per sopas ej's earlier post, some street signs were clearly dark lettering on a light background and a work in progress. Change was in the air and on the street signs.;)

Hello there from Ojai, I have been a lurker for several months and decided I must be a closer follower of this fabulous site. I born, lived and worked in L.A. till I moved to Ojai after retirement. It has changed very much since my youth in the 40's,50's and 60's and I miss the old L.A. very much. This site is my time machine.
The "Bell" shaped items on the Wilshire Blvd. unique streetlights are probably bust stop signs. If you look closely you can see a bus stopping at the corner. Bus stops were usually on the corner then by the way. The photo with the Chevrolet dealer is Sunset Bl. I believe.

Chuckaluck Nov 13, 2012 1:00 AM

5900 Wilshire Boulevard? :previous:

Across from the LAC Art Museum is currently occupied by a 32 story building - "Variety"

In 1954 it was unimproved property. Must have been an interesting challenge to build such a large structure on or near the middle of tar pit central.

1954 Digital

Built in 1971, for Mutual Benefit Life.

"Berlin Wall Exhibit" in front of bldg. Wiki

BifRayRock Nov 13, 2012 1:38 AM

O.R. Fuller (Fuller-Auburn Building?)

Oliver R. Fuller built an impressive Los Feliz home in 1929 - that still exists. It was recently on the market. (2400 Inverness)

The '32 directory also lists him as VP of Pioneer Truck Co.

More about him and his business associate, E.L. Cord>


O.R. Fuller was heavily invested in the stock market and was forced into bankruptcy in 1931 enabling Cord to buy out his ACD distributorship and radio station empire for pennies on the dollar. Cord then gave him a job as president of Auburn-Fuller Inc. a firm founded to run the Wilshire Blvd. dealership. Fuller’s two-station radio empire was reorganized as the Los Angeles Broadcasting Co. and Fuller was also made president of Cord’s Century Pacific Lines, a small commuter airline formed in 1931 to compete against rail and bus lines in the profitable California/Arizona corridor.

Century Pacific used a small fleet of E.L. Cord-built Stinson aircraft and in early 1932, Aviation Corp., (AVCO) the parent company of American Airways, launched a hostile takeover of both Century Pacific and Century Airlines by creating a labor dispute with Century’s pilots. Cord was not amused and spent the next few months secretly purchasing large chunks of Aviation Corp. stock. At AVCO's fall board meeting, its directors were unpleasantly surprised to learn that Cord was now Aviation Corp’s majority stockholder (34%), which effectively gave him control over Century and American.

Auburn-Fuller went out of business soon after Auburn filed for bankruptcy in December of 1937 . . .

1931 - Featuring 10-passenger Stinson tri-motors

Arch2000 Nov 13, 2012 2:45 AM


Originally Posted by Chuckaluck (Post 5899381)
5900 Wilshire Boulevard? :previous:

Across from the LAC Art Museum is currently occupied by a 32 story building - "Variety"

In 1954 it was unimproved property. Must have been an interesting challenge to build such a large structure on or near the middle of tar pit central.

1954 Digital

I had a hard time reconciling your image, until I realized it was reversed!

Arch2000 Nov 13, 2012 2:55 AM


Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5896848)

Your post about the Shrine made me recall a challenge issued years ago by my college professor (of Urban Planning): He offered money to anyone who could come up with the reason why the Shrine, one of the largest buildings in LA and theater anywhere, faced a small side street (Royal) rather than the major streets of Jefferson or Figueroa.

The property doesn't extend to Figueroa, so that's basic, but it does front on Jefferson. The property seems to be slightly longer on the Jefferson side, so perhaps that made it easier to layout the lobby-house-stage-backstage areas, but it seems so strange to have a 6,000+ seat theater face what is essentially a small residential street.

Royal is now paved to be more of a pedestrian plaza which works for big award show entries, with the grandstands and red carpet, and media, etc. But clearly this was not intended in the early days of the theater!

Can you imagine if all or some of the old theaters on Broadway faced the side streets instead of the main boulevard?

Chuckaluck Nov 13, 2012 2:59 AM


Originally Posted by Arch2000 (Post 5899466)
I had a hard time reconciling your image, until I realized it was reversed!

Sorry about any confusion. Was attempting to focus on property south of LACMA. Wonderful images are reposts, and it is easy to be disoriented. Each time I look, I notice something new.

kznyc2k Nov 13, 2012 8:56 AM

Scouring Flickr I came across some random but interesting stuff...

The Original Modern Drive-In:

1928 Pamphlet put out by the Los Angeles Chamber of a sampling of the 45 images in the full set:

Photo's Arcade:

1940s-era(?) tourists' map:

Crossroads of Elegance, 1936:

It's Copper! 1931:

Not very noirish, but rather dashing....Mayor Poulson in 1960:

CCs77 Nov 13, 2012 9:50 PM


Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 5894906)
Images of the last remaining Bunker Hill residences have been posted on this thread, but in slightly smaller format. (see e.g., ) 1969 was a particularly sad year.


March 1969 - Saltbox and Castle prepare to travel from Bunker Hill to Heritage Square.


October 9, 1969 Saltbox and Castle burn at their new location.
All images from LAPL

A lot more starting here: and


After all that work to move those entire houses they burned????

So sad, that's what I call bad luck :(

I guess they no longer exist, or they rebuild them yet again?

GaylordWilshire Nov 13, 2012 10:11 PM Old Motor
Rod Serling in a '55 Ford Sunliner... Lytle Hoover
The gates ca. 1976 Lytle Hoover
Ca. 1988 (this is for ER) Hollywood Golden Guy
This is the gate today, not an entrance at all but on the interior of the lot: Maps

tovangar2 Nov 14, 2012 2:22 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5892916)


Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5895438)

Since 28th Street and Burlington don't intersect, I'm wondering if this view is in the Westlake district or in the University district
down on 28th (or in either)...anyway, I'd love to know what those pillars led to. At top is another ebay card described on the
back as "Burlington and 7th"--the lawns look awfully broad for Westlake/Pico-Union, but knowing that quite a few ancient
houses still exist in these precincts, I looked for evidence of any of these, to no avail.

I'm fairly certain the stone pillars frame the entrance to the wide carriage drive (we'd call it an alley) which served the very large, turn-of-the-twentieth-century houses on W 28th & W 27th Streets, running NW from S Figueroa until it formed a T-junction with University Ave. It would have been lined with carriage houses like the one shown behind the big house (which faced then onto W 28th St) in the postcard photo. This block (and the next one north) of W 28th St is now USC's Fraternity Row:

The pillars are long gone, as is the house in the photo. One now enters the carriage drive between a Del Taco parking lot and a Fed Ex shop (see above). However, there is one carriage house left. It is behind 715 W. 28th St, the only house remaining on the block that hasn't been remodeled beyond recognition or replaced with a newer structure. It's a lovely house and looks really nicely maintained. If one goes, via Google Street View, to the other end of the carriage drive, where it joins University Ave, one can see its original, classic, gabled, two-story carriage house about a third of the way down on the right.

There is a second house at 624 W 28th St, directly across W 28th from the site of the house in the postcard photo, which, rather like an actor in a fat suit, is encased in an unfortunate remodel. Its third-story, hipped-roof, square tower gives it away. From above (on Google Maps) one can see the outline of the house's original roof. There's also a second-floor sunroom on the back of the house with a lovely bowed line of windows that can be seen in Google Maps axonometric view. The space between the home and what's left of the carriage house has been infilled with an extension.

The film "Fraternity Row" (1977) was filmed on W 28th. Maybe it contains more visual info about this block.

I believe the other postcard pictured above is labeled correctly as Burlington and 7th St. (NW corner). Starting at that corner, travel north in one's Googlemobile to about mid-block where the last remaining house of this once lovely collection of mid-sized homes can be seen on the left at 669 S Burlington:

7th and Burlington:

GaylordWilshire Nov 14, 2012 3:21 AM


Interesting, tovangar. While rear alleys are also a feature of some Pico-Union streets, those of the University District are considerably wider, so you are probably right about the postcard with the pillars. The second card may very well be the view from Burlington and 7th, as it is marked--I know the house at 669 S. Burlington, and it does seem a fit for the pictured row, even if it can't actually be identified on the card.

rick m Nov 14, 2012 4:17 AM


Originally Posted by CCs77 (Post 5900419)

After all that work to move those entire houses they burned????

So sad, that's what I call bad luck :(

I guess they no longer exist, or they rebuild them yet again?

In another godawful coincidence (?) - The similarly moved Rochester House went up like a torch -- always left me wondering if any connection was lurking in Yortyville- Boy did he despise the passe Victorians---

GaylordWilshire Nov 14, 2012 6:01 PM

Per the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society website: "Los Angeles Transit Lines (ex-Los Angeles Railway) U Line car no. 304 is captured at 5th and
Wall Streets on May 15, 1947, as an LATL crew installs new overhead for the trackless bus systems that will soon be deployed."

The Florence Hotel is still on East 5th, or at least its blade sign is.

The Harland Hotel has now morphed into the Harold; next door is the very interesting looking Panama Hotel. The whole neighborhood looks intriguing.

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