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GaylordWilshire Nov 2, 2021 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9440181)
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mystery fire.


"1973 Press Photo: Los Angeles, California Apartment Building Swept by Fire."

Does anyone recognize this apartment building?

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/3jJQMY.jpg
eBay


That was the Stratford Apartments, 1735 W 6th St, NEC of Burlington-- built 1909, burned 1973, remains of it demolished early '74.

It appears (somewhere) in this USCDL panorama:

https://i.postimg.cc/HxhsX8nK/stratf...94x275-bmp.jpg


Coverage in The New York Times:

https://i.postimg.cc/jjHmNDqX/stratf...T-861x1616.png

sopas ej Nov 2, 2021 3:12 PM

:previous:
It seems a lot of apartments in that area were/are firetraps.

My partner used to work in an office building near Wilshire and Vermont, and looking south/southeast from the upper floors, he said it was common to see a building on fire with black smoke coming out of it, and then the sound of sirens and the rush of firemen to the site. Kinda sad...

GaylordWilshire Nov 3, 2021 2:45 PM

Every house is its stories


158 S Harvard Blvd is in the news

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021...-their-street/


https://i.postimg.cc/SsynL2hf/hoarde...03x602-bmp.jpg



And a few historic news items regarding the bungalow:

https://i.postimg.cc/P5P9x2vm/158har...86x461-bmp.jpg
LAT March 18, 1929


https://i.postimg.cc/50Nw4k6J/158shi...00x617-bmp.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/WpY73jGH/158shi...98x313-bmp.jpg
LAT Aug 12, 1931

ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2021 9:17 PM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 9440269)
That was the Stratford Apartments, 1735 W 6th St, NEC of Burlington-- built 1909, burned 1973, remains of it demolished early '74.

24 dead. :(


The nytimes had this follow-up on Nov. 18, 1973.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/PtaT6H.jpg
nytimes

Altenburg confessed 5 days later.


There is a detailed description of the fire at fireengineering

Thx GW.
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ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2021 9:54 PM

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Originally Posted by HenryHuntington (Post 9440210)
Cliff's Notes: The wreck occurred on November 12, 1951 at a siding called Wyutah which, as you might surmise, was near the Utah-Wyoming border. One passenger train traveling at 77 mph rear-ended another traveling at 2 mph, killing 11 pasengers and six crew members. The accident occurred in blizzard conditions.

Much more detail and discussion and a link to the full ICC accident report can be found in the Trains Magazine comments thread here: http://cs.trains.com/trn/f/111/p/18356/265669.aspx


Utah-Wyoming border! ..I was way off the mark on this one. :no:


Here's an accident closer to home.

Coldwater Canyon Avenue near Saticoy in North Hollywood(?)....December 4, 1963.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/7EO44d.jpg
lapl

"Mrs. Lena De Prisco, 44, 7931 Emelita St., North Hollywood, owes her life today to an unknown hero who pulled her from auto as Southern Pacific freight train bore down on machine stalled on tracks.
Frightened near-victim told Traffic Officer W. E. Meyer she "froze" on rail crossing at Coldwater Canyon Avenue near Saticoy Avenue.

Lena was a lucky lady.
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ethereal_reality Nov 3, 2021 10:20 PM

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Sadly, this accident at Soto Street and Washington Boulevard was more tragic...January 23, 1956


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/oepL5h.jpg
lapl


Rescue operations under glare of huge searchlights continue throughout night in wake of Southern California's biggest railroad disaster which killed 29 persons and injured 120 passengers
after two car San Diego commuter rolled on its side while rounding a curve at Soto Street and Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles.


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HenryHuntington Nov 4, 2021 5:30 AM

I remember watching the post-wreck coverage by Bill Welsh doing remote reporting on KTTV. A subsequent book published a few years ago about the type of equipment involved devoted an entire chapter to this incident.

IIRC, the engineer claimed during the resulting investigation that he "blacked out" before heading into that curve near Redondo Jct. and the two-car train actually speeded up rather than slowing down. The resultant derailment was particularly gruesome for some of the fatally injured passengers. The equipment itself was eventually repaired and banished to secondary runs in Kansas and Oklahoma (I think). Bad scene all around.

Hollywood Graham Nov 4, 2021 5:04 PM

Commuter Crash
 
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9441887)
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Sadly, this accident at Soto Street and Washington Boulevard was more tragic...January 23, 1956


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/oepL5h.jpg
lapl


Rescue operations under glare of huge searchlights continue throughout night in wake of Southern California's biggest railroad disaster which killed 29 persons and injured 120 passengers
after two car San Diego commuter rolled on its side while rounding a curve at Soto Street and Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles.


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As a 13 year old I remember live coverage of the crash on Channel 5. When I was in the Navy I rode those San Diegans from L.A. to S.D. and did not like the feeling, I guess from seeing that wreck. I rode the regular train and did not have that feeling..

ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2021 7:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Hollywood Graham (Post 9442431)
When I was in the Navy I rode those San Diegans from L.A. to S.D. and did not like the feeling.
I rode the regular train and did not have that feeling.

Perhaps that's because the regular train was much heavier than the lightweight, transit-like San Diegan. ..(an uneducated guess)



Not to be overly morbid but here's a bit more on the 1956 accident.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/aTqOxf.jpg
sandiegouniontribune





And a 1:00 minute video. (WARNING: Dead bodies)

Video Link


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ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2021 7:11 PM

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I happened upon this extremely rare photograph of the Central Hotel a couple of days ago on eBay. ..(it's still listed!)


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/71PQ6V.jpg




And the back.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/6DHSNt.jpg

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .:previous:...Written in pencil: ..Burnt in Nov. 1900.

The street address is frustratingly missing.







. . .perhaps a misguided attempted to enlarge the photograph.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/924/wD07qR.jpg

Wow. .that's big! :stunned:



If there's a back door, it looks like the hotel kitchen is receiving a large sack of potatoes (or onions).
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CityBoyDoug Nov 5, 2021 10:30 PM

Miracle Mile.
 
https://youtu.be/_HCimdeFhEk

Three minutes, 53 seconds of Wilshire Blvd.

Another great drive through Los Angeles 1950. We travel on Wilshire Boulevard for the majority of this trip with the fabulous May company building and Prudential building being highlights.

Noir_Noir Nov 6, 2021 12:26 AM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9442608)
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I happened upon this extremely rare photograph of the Central Hotel a couple of days ago on eBay. ..(it's still listed!)

And the back.

https://i.imgur.com/6oO9HmR.jpg


Garden City Foto Co. photographer in action.


https://i.imgur.com/z3lj0w7.jpg
rescarta.lapl.org - Los Angeles City Directory 1897


The office and studio at 606 E. 5th Street in 1896.


https://i.imgur.com/gISghHM.jpg
library.ca.gov


Would have been neat if the Ebay Central Hotel picture was in the outside display.


https://i.imgur.com/sY3Nzq7.jpg
detail

But I don't think it is. :(

CaliNative Nov 6, 2021 2:39 AM

[QUOTE=GaylordWilshire;9441233]Every house is its stories


158 S Harvard Blvd is in the news

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021...-their-street/


https://i.postimg.cc/SsynL2hf/hoarde...03x602-bmp.jpg

^^^
I can empathize with this "hoarder". Those pandemic shipment boxes from Amazon etc. do pile up. Flattening them is boring, and then what do you do with them? I have a roomful of boxes I need to deal with, plus the annoying bubble wrap they love to stuff into the boxes. I've sworn off Amazon until I deal with the box mountain. Noirishers, when this pandemic is over, remind me to go short Amazon and box & bubble wrap makers, as demand may fall off the cliff :wiseman:

ethereal_reality Nov 6, 2021 3:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Noir_Noir (Post 9443756)

Garden City Foto Co.

The office and studio at 606 E. 5th Street in 1896.

https://i.imgur.com/gISghHM.jpg
library.ca.gov

Holy Moly! I've never seen this photograph of Garden City. It's absolutely wonderful.

Thx Noir Noir



P.S. The upstairs window appears to be missing a pane of glass.


Now I'm curious about 'The Richard' on the right.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/n9vorW.jpg
detail

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ethereal_reality Nov 6, 2021 4:06 PM

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:previous:

I believe we have seen this image before. (oops! We saw it two posts ago.)

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/922/VLEfld.jpg
pixels

"Garden City Foto Co. James T. Pollock photographer Los Angeles California Circa 1899 is a photograph by California Views Archives Mr Pat Hathaway Archives"


I just noticed that it says No. 10 on the wagon so Garden City had (at least) 10 buggies at their disposal!? Their business must have been going gangbusters!



It even says Garden City Foto. on the horse's saddle.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/wEehIq.jpg

.....................................................Is that a gear shift?





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HossC Nov 6, 2021 6:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Noir_Noir (Post 9443756)

It seems odd that the buggy proudly proclaims "Taken from 18 foot elevation" when the advert says they can take "views from 25-foot elevation. Maybe they had taller buggies or bigger ladders!

AlvaroLegido Nov 6, 2021 6:48 PM

Late 1940s ?
 
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Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 9443690)
https://youtu.be/_HCimdeFhEk

Three minutes, 53 seconds of Wilshire Blvd.

Another great drive through Los Angeles 1950. We travel on Wilshire Boulevard for the majority of this trip with the fabulous May company building and Prudential building being highlights.

Thanks CBD. The cars look late 1940s. The woman in white at 0: 10 too. If not, very early 1950s.

HossC Nov 6, 2021 6:50 PM

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9444052)

Now I'm curious about 'The Richard' on the right.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/n9vorW.jpg
detail

According to the 1895 CD, The Richard was furnished rooms on the SE corner of E Fifth and Crocker - Mrs R L Moudy proprietor.

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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 9444067)

It even says Garden City Foto. on the horse's saddle.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/wEehIq.jpg

Is that a gear shift?

I've only ever ridden auto horses. I don't think I could ride a stick horse. ;)

ethereal_reality Nov 6, 2021 9:24 PM

Stick horses are harder to park...especially on a hill.

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ethereal_reality Nov 6, 2021 9:47 PM

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Here's another view of Garden City Fotos.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/019MTN.jpg
luminous-lint

"Garden City Foto Co., 606 E. Fifth Street, Los Angeles 1903"



hmmmm :hmmm:

It has the same address as Noir Noir's photograph but it's obviously a different building.

The one story wooden building must have been torn down in the interim (?)

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