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BifRayRock Nov 6, 2014 7:31 PM

As noted in the earlier post, The French Village was at the 2400 Block of Highland.


Originally Posted by Godzilla (Post 6747219)


This windshield view looking north on Highland at Cahuenga captures a woman holding a dog in her lap in the passenger seat, two police officers speaking to two different cars at a police checkpoint, and surrounding businesses like the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery (2500 North Highland) and signs including a Coca Cola billboard. This area has changed due to the 101 freeway.
1938 - Police Checkpoint. (Not clear what is being checked, sobriety?)

1938 - Cahuenga Coca Cola, "The Berries."

1939 Cahuenga Pass or soon-to-be named Hollywood Freeway

1939 - Cahuenga - Highland construction, wide shot


Martin Pal Nov 6, 2014 8:07 PM

Little newsie with big news...


ethereal_reality Nov 6, 2014 8:15 PM

:previous: "Little newsie with big news." :)


Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6797586)
The 1920 'Railroad Grade Crossing Elimination and Passenger and Freight Terminals
in Los Angeles' - you can find it on The full report is around 600 pages long, and it's packed with information, statistics, photos and diagrams.

Excellent find HossC. What a wealth of information!

Here's a couple more diagrams.

Godzilla Nov 6, 2014 8:19 PM

~1929 - Wilson Drug Co. - 100 S Vermont Ave. (Per '29 CD another at 3526 W. Washington)

Late '20s - Drug store, Washington Blvd. and Western. Now a mini-mall mecca.

Undated - Sun Drugs - Hollywood and Cahuenga (6384 Hollywood Blvd.)

(Early '20s?) Sun Drugs, 561 S Broadway In the '23 Directory there are at least 20 listed Sun Drug Stores

sadykadie2 Nov 7, 2014 2:37 AM


Originally Posted by AlvaroLegido (Post 6793305)
Sorry to belabor that "May be stick to the buildings ?" (by Presarch #24308) but I anticipate that this recurring issue will sooner or later come back from other new-comers who are expecting a straight variation of the SkyscraperForum.
Rather than arguing, I guess the best will be to refer them to the inaugural posts of the thread : p. 2 #34 Sopas takes the initiative of posting only cars and #37 Ethereal welcomes these photos by... posting cars ; p.3 #43 Sopas posts a broad assortment of criminal photographs and #47 Ethereal adds Mickey Cohen's armoured car.

Posting only buildings would tell only 1/2 of the story!

sadykadie2 Nov 7, 2014 2:45 AM


Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6791769)
This is as close as I could get to the same camera position. As Godzilla noted, it's now a parking lot. The Standard Oil service station's address was 2525 Wilshire Boulevard.

The USC photoset also includes the image below. At first I thought it was another view of the service station above, but then I noticed a sign saying "W. EIGHT...".
USC Digital Library

Unfortunately, the other street name was unreadable. Standard Oil had a service station at 2100 W 8th Street, and the slope on S Alvarado initially seemed about right. There's even an extant apartment building at the top of the street with similar windows, but I eventually concluded that it wasn't a match. That only left 3029 W 8th Street, which luckily turned out to be the one in the image above. The picture shows the corner of S New Hampshire Avenue. The building just visible on the left is the former Hotel Mayan. I wrote about it in post #22901 - the first picture even shows a small piece of the service station.

GREAT before and afters! You rock, Hoss!:worship:

sadykadie2 Nov 7, 2014 3:03 AM


Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 6785248)
The LAPD pistol team puts on a demonstration at the Auto Club headquarters in 1934. Looks like the audience is having some laughs.

The cop was aiming at the saucers the man is holding. I wonder if they do this stunt today?

they probably still do this stunt, but the plates are in the officer's teeth:koko:

sadykadie2 Nov 7, 2014 3:07 AM


Originally Posted by FredH (Post 6783967)
...unless you are a dedicated Hawkeye...or a real masochist.
L.A. Times

Iowa state picnics in Los Angeles County
Posted By: Scott Harrison
Posted On: 12:15 a.m. | October 24, 2014
During the first half of the 20th century, state picnics were a Southern California fixture. The Iowa state picnics – held twice a year – were the biggest. Crowds of 100,000 were common. That size crowd was reported in the Los Angeles Times for picnics held on Aug. 10, 1935, and Feb. 29, 1936. The large crowds lasted into the 1950s, but dwindled afterward.

We discussed the Iowa State picnics here about a year and a half ago and I'm sure everyone is just itching for more.

OK, here is the link to the L.A. Times story and a bunch of Iowa state picnic photos. Go ahead if you want, but don't blame me.

Bring your own little umbrella hat

I can just feel that the ladies on the left are all wearing naughty underwear:haha:

ethereal_reality Nov 7, 2014 3:23 AM

Standard Gasoline Co. Long Beach 1930


ethereal_reality Nov 7, 2014 3:28 AM

-rare cabinet card / Old Chinatown, circa 1898.
found in an old file of mine / probably ebay


ethereal_reality Nov 7, 2014 3:39 AM

Does anyone know who might have worn this type of badge at City Hall (around 1928)?


ethereal_reality Nov 7, 2014 4:14 AM

Post-War housing by Spiros Ponty, 1947.


MartinTurnbull Nov 7, 2014 5:57 AM

Schwabs mens store, 6358 Hollywood Blvd
Does anyone know if this Schwabs mens store at 6358 Hollywood Blvd belonged to the same Schwabs family of pharmacy fame?

HossC Nov 7, 2014 10:33 AM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6798565)

For some reason it took the St Petersburg Times over a year to publish the story, but here's the picture, and they got the caption word-for-word.

From Spiros G. Ponty's obituary in the LA Times (January 26, 1989):

"Spiros G. Ponty, a Greek immigrant who not only built thousands of homes in Los Angeles but led efforts to provide long-term mortgages so returning war veterans and others could afford to buy them, died Monday at St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica.

He was 88.

A restaurateur as a young man who later became an assistant business manager to film producer-director Cecil B. De Mille, Ponty began in the housing business as a real estate salesman.

From 1929 until his eyesight began to fail in 1963, he built homes in Westwood, Norwalk, Beverly Hills, South-Central Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

They ranged from the economical to the elegant, and his 147 Spanish Colonial Revival homes in the Carthay Circle area of West Los Angeles--each one unique--are historical landmarks."

ethereal_reality Nov 7, 2014 2:54 PM


Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6798745)
...and his 147 Spanish Colonial Revival homes in the Carthay Circle area of West Los Angeles--each one unique--are historical landmarks."[/I]

Time to gas up the google-mobile! :)


ethereal_reality Nov 7, 2014 3:18 PM

We recently saw Calla Lilly 'detergent' here's the White King. (and it's full of 80 year old soap!)

"1933 White King Soap, Giant Size 3 Pound Box Full Of Soap, Los Angeles California."

ethereal_reality Nov 7, 2014 3:57 PM

Now this is amazing...the Westwood Observation Tower, shown here in 1928.

"Built by the Janss Investment Corporation in the 1920s, this oddly shaped tower
was located on the northeast corner of Wilshire and Beverly Glen Boulevards.

It stood at 420 feet above sea level, making it the highest point on Wilshire Boulevard at the time
and was used primarily as a landmark advertisement. At night, the lightning bolts along the sides
and the 'WESTWOOD' sign would light up and be seen for miles.

Potential home owners were allowed to climb the tower to get a better view of the new community
and identify the lot they would like to purchase."

-one more look / wider view

Now to find some photographs taken from the observation deck showing the surrounding area and development!
You know they must exist somewhere. It's now my quest. ;)

Wig-Wag Nov 7, 2014 6:05 PM


Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 6796540)
:previous: Very interesting history of Clune Studios BRR.

I'm hoping someone can dig up a larger scan of this 1922 map. (I don't believe we've seen it before on NLA)

"Grade Crossing Elimination and Union Depot Plan" 1922
Is that two side-by-side roundhouses east of the L.A. River? (I can only read a few of the captions)


, after a bit of research on the issue of the twin roundhouses shown on this map I have come to the conclusion that a bit of artistic license was taken by the person who created it.

The facility in question would be the original Los Angeles & Salt Lake (later Union Pacific) yards and backshops on the east bank of the LA River. These extended from 1st Street down to 7th Street. They were eliminated when Union Pacific built its East Los Angeles Yard and and shops six miles south of LA near Montebello in 1924.

Page 77 of John R. Signor’s history titled The Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company – Union Pacific’s Salt Lake Route, contains an excellent photo of one roundhouse and a rectangular shop building taken from the 4th Street viaduct in 1915. Nowhere in the book is a second roundhouse mentioned.

Looking over the document 'Railroad Grade Crossing Elimination and Passenger and Freight Terminals in Los Angeles' referenced by yourself and HossC failed to show twin roundhouses on any of the maps or in any of the photos. It is quite a wonderful document, by the way.


Martin Pal Nov 7, 2014 7:25 PM

When I first noticed these photos I'til I saw what they were.
I like these kinds of photos that are "real" photos, but link the present with
our personal notions of the past...

These two photos were taken on Hollywood Blvd. in front of the Pantages during the film shoot in 2005 for The Black Dahlia film.
(Which I do not recommend.)

Martin Pal Nov 7, 2014 7:27 PM

I don't recall seeing this particular photo on NLA before, though the area around Sunset and Vine has been
extensively covered. It's taken from the southeast corner under the neon canopy of Carpenter's Drive-In.
We see Wallich's, Capitol Records, Coffee Dan's, the Gruen Watch Time billboard and NBC among others.
(Feel free to name them!)

The photo is dated c.1940's. Do you agree with that? I know TV came into fruition in the late 1940's
but I didn't think Wallich's was that early with their store "TV" advertising.

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