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CityBoyDoug Jan 20, 2014 2:25 AM

The beat goes on.....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6413724)
CBG: I have to say, your anhedonic observations always manage to make this nearly 60-year-old cynic-by-nature feel young and optimistic. Thanks! Ain't life great?

I'm considerably older than you Mr. Wilshire. When you've lived as long as I have, you get to experience a lot of history. Some like to live in a fantasy world...I prefer to live in the real world. The real world is not one of Disneyesque candy.
This is the Noirish thread.

Those Who Squirm! Jan 20, 2014 3:08 AM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6413760)
Two towers coming down

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-U.../twotowers.jpg


Left, seen here before at http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11234 and right, well, also seen here before, but I'll make it a guessing game.

The one on the right looks like Los Angeles HS on Olympic Boulevard, whose old building was condemned after the 1971 earthquake.

You don't even want to know what it looks like now; it's about as bad as you can imagine.

CityBoyDoug Jan 20, 2014 3:43 AM

Marilyn lived here for two years....
 
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel....1930s...some say its haunted.

Here are the Bellboys or rather Bell Men.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psdb9af120.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps325d68c8.jpg
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FredH Jan 20, 2014 4:17 AM

I don't think I have enjoyed anything more these last few days than the back-and-forth squabble over the Buicks.
I love 50's cars. But hey! You guys missed my favorite in one of the photos:

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/73...0/842/yawo.jpg
https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/73...0/842/yawo.jpg

The website claims it is a 1959 or 60 Corvette, but I say it is a '58. What do you think?

By the way, I have auto experience myself. I spent the summer of 1969 working at the Ford engine plant in Cleveland,
building "Cleveland 351" engines. Wired up those distributor caps with the best of 'em too.

FredH Jan 20, 2014 5:07 AM

1954 - Retaining wall and stairs on left side of Hill Street Tunnels lead up to a vacant Bunker Hill. Circular "NO PARKING" sign hangs between
the tunnels. 1952 Los Angeles Police Department Ford Mainline V8 Fordor and unmarked sedan parked nearby.

I believe the old L.A. Police Central Station was behind the photographer.

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/91...90/24/zc1o.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/7712/rec/37

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/10...0/199/9lhx.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/7712/rec/37

A couple of observations here: First, the set of lights on the roof of the "unmarked" car kind of give things away. Second, someone has stolen the hub caps.



1954 - Northeastern part of Bunker Hill already cleared of homes. Juicy Fruit gum billboard sits below. 1952 Los Angeles Police Department
Ford Mainline V8 Fordor sedan parked south of intersection.

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/97...0/802/232w.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/7713/rec/38

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/77...0/401/zq1l.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/7713/rec/38

Retired_in_Texas Jan 20, 2014 5:12 AM

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Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 6413741)
One of the photos in your linkback to hollywoodlocations.com shows the top of a parking garage. It would appear that the building next door to the tower, bounded by Wilshire & 2nd, serves as the parking area for the tower. Though they are separated by an alley, maybe they're connected below ground level?

EDIT: yup, parking for the tower is primarily at 120 Wilshire, which is a 7-level garage, mostly below grade. There is also parking next door at 1221 Ocean Ave.
http://www.100wilshireblvd.info/main...es&pid=parking

I read somewhere that the building in question was originally to have been a part of the larger development more or less behind it, which is inclusive of the parking building seen in one of the photos. Some event apparently took place and the Welk building ended up as a stand alone not directly connected to the rest of the development. From what I understand there is no physical connection to the parking garage you mention and probably no guarantee that someone couldn't raise the parking garage leaving a 21 story building without any parking. One has to wonder where Welk parked when he resided in the building.

ProphetM Jan 20, 2014 5:22 AM

As I look at the pictures of Bunker Hill posted above, I have finally remembered to ask something I have wondered about: where did they take the hill? And by that I mean the actual ground. They must have collectively moved immense amounts of dirt and rock when cutting down the hillsides and shaving dozens of feet off the top of Bunker Hill, for block after block. Where did it all go?

FredH Jan 20, 2014 5:28 AM

1970 - From the roof of the Jonathan Club looking east across Flower Street towards Los Angeles Central Library. Steel skyscraper, 515 South Flower Street, of City National Plaza (formerly ARCO Plaza) taking shape at left. From left to right across the street from the library are the Sunkist Building, parking garage, Engstrum Apartment Hotel and the Edison Building. Pacific Bell Tower is in the center background.

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/58...0/838/46m6.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/7708/rec/83


https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/94...0/571/8gvu.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/7708/rec/83

FredH Jan 20, 2014 5:48 AM

Bowling alley grand opening, 970 East Colorado, Pasadena. 1929. To one side is a cafe called the Recreation Grill, while the space on the other side is vacant.

Nice Building!

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/69...90/24/1fo0.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/2625/rec/57

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/47...0/594/jy3v.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/2625/rec/57

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/54...0/834/18g0.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/2625/rec/57


What is this all about?

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/40...90/28/3kdr.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/2625/rec/57

GaylordWilshire Jan 20, 2014 2:04 PM

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-S...oraged1200.jpgAll Roads Lead to Boyle Heights

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-h...2520AM.bmp.jpgGSV

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-F...2520AM.bmp.jpgGSV


I looked... wasn't able to find a prior post on the Home for the Aged of the Little Sisters of the Poor, once, and still partly, at 2750 East 1st Street. (Same palms?)


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-4...erscloseup.jpgLAPL


FredH: The first LAPD Ford (at the tunnels in front of the unmarked beige '51) is a '53... the '53 and the '54 had taillights that differed in profile from the '52's. What confirms it for me is the "Mainline" badge, which was the same as the '52 but was made smaller for '54. I'll defer to you on the second unit--the one with the Juicy Fruit sign....

As for the Corvette--not really a marque of mine, but I did grow up next to a Corvette nut who had a turquoise '58 and once told me it was the only one around that time with hood louvers... don't remember if they were functional. The hood on that blue beauty looks smooth, but it's hard to tell.

Retired_in_Texas Jan 20, 2014 3:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FredH (Post 6413905)
I don't think I have enjoyed anything more these last few days than the back-and-forth squabble over the Buicks.
I love 50's cars. But hey! You guys missed my favorite in one of the photos:

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/73...0/842/yawo.jpg
https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/73...0/842/yawo.jpg

The website claims it is a 1959 or 60 Corvette, but I say it is a '58. What do you think?

By the way, I have auto experience myself. I spent the summer of 1969 working at the Ford engine plant in Cleveland,
building "Cleveland 351" engines. Wired up those distributor caps with the best of 'em too.

Given the angle and quality of the photo it is hard to say exactly what year it is. It appears it may have a hood with no louvers which could make it a '59 or a '60. We can't see whether or not the hood is louvered. A louvered hood would make it a '58. Otherwise, given the very, very minor appearance differences in the '58-'60 "Vettes" it is impossible to make even an educated guess from the photo.

Tourmaline Jan 20, 2014 5:44 PM

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Originally Posted by FredH (Post 6413965)
Bowling alley grand opening, 970 East Colorado, Pasadena. 1929. To one side is a cafe called the Recreation Grill, while the space on the other side is vacant.

Nice Building!

https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/69...90/24/1fo0.jpg
http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/c...id/2625/rec/57



:hi: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=9656

LPD Lighting Jan 20, 2014 6:05 PM

I've been making my way through this discussion over the past week - great work on everyone's part! I decided to jump in and point out this juxtaposition that gave me a chuckle:
Quote:

Originally Posted by ProphetM (Post 6413943)
As I look at the pictures of Bunker Hill posted above, I have finally remembered to ask something I have wondered about: where did they take the hill? And by that I mean the actual ground. They must have collectively moved immense amounts of dirt and rock when cutting down the hillsides and shaving dozens of feet off the top of Bunker Hill, for block after block. Where did it all go?

They used it to bury the Little Sisters of the Poor!

HossC Jan 20, 2014 7:04 PM

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Originally Posted by FredH (Post 6407062)

While going back to look at the original Corvette picture, I spotted a car I'd missed in one of FredH's other photos. At first I thought Lt. Columbo was parked up on the left, but closer inspection showed a roof rack, so it couldn't be his Peugeot 403 convertible :).

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Peugeot403.jpg
Detail of picture above.

GatoVerde Jan 20, 2014 8:43 PM

Is this where the Pioneer Memorial currently stands? I also wonder if the steep walkway to the Banning House is visible here or if they are closer to where the current concrete stairs are behind the Pioneer Memorial. The Banning House had been converted to a tavern. I remember reading about a sign at or near the tavern that read something like "climb up, tumble down."

Btw, these slides are beautiful.I can't help thinking of Paul Simon, and that bringing Kodachrome back might be among my top three wishes.

rbpjr Jan 20, 2014 11:34 PM

[QUOTE=HossC;6413607]Here's something a little more fun. It's Woofy the Walrus at Marineland of the Pacific in 1965.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...s.jpg~original
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We used to call the trainer's haircut a "flat-top with fenders"....haven't seen one of those of late...

rbpjr Jan 20, 2014 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 6413760)
Two towers coming down

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-U.../twotowers.jpg


Left, seen here before at http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=11234 and right, well, also seen here before, but I'll make it a guessing game.

The tower at the late Los Angeles High School...not sure what year they did it in...

LPD Lighting Jan 20, 2014 11:48 PM

[QUOTE=rbpjr;6414874]
Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6413607)
Here's something a little more fun. It's Woofy the Walrus at Marineland of the Pacific in 1965.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...s.jpg~original
Ebay

We used to call the trainer's haircut a "flat-top with fenders"....haven't seen one of those of late...

Can't quite tell, but it looks as though he has it combed into a DA...I won't write out what that stands for :uhh: but Wikipedia should explain

Retired_in_Texas Jan 20, 2014 11:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 6414476)
While going back to look at the original Corvette picture, I spotted a car I'd missed in one of FredH's other photos. At first I thought Lt. Columbo was parked up on the left, but closer inspection showed a roof rack, so it couldn't be his Peugeot 403 convertible :).

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Peugeot403.jpg
Detail of picture above.

HossC that thing bears a bit of a resemblance to several import cars of the late 1950s, some from Europe, and some from Japan. It bears some characteristics of Delahayes that were designed by Ghia. I think it may more easily be defined as a 1958 Fugly. Just kidding!

GaylordWilshire Jan 20, 2014 11:56 PM

rbpjr: Re the old Los Angeles High School on Olympic--

It came down in 1971 after the Sylmar quake. Here's an old NLA post with more pictures: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=6652


And more details here: http://franklinavenue.blogspot.com/s...es+high+school


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