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Oviatt Building Fan Jun 28, 2012 5:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 5749608)

I'm curious about the white parts vs the brick parts of the Christie, and the phrasing in the obit--..."the old Glidden...became an annex..." and ..."incorporated the Glidden into the structure...". Was the Christie in a sense built on top of the Glidden?

I'm curious too ... because the "white part" originally extended further to the right, where the fenced-in parking lot is now. Could it be possible that the Glidden had been a low but wide structure, and the "brick part" Christie was built on top of and behind its left and center sections? Yes and no.

I think it's likely that the Glidden Hotel building was not exactly at the corner of McCadden and Hollywood, but slightly further west on Hollywood Blvd ... right on the sight of today's parking lot. IMO, the Hotel Christie's own "white part" was not a section of the old Glidden, but a 1922 imitation of it: made to harmonize with the Glidden's facade. (In 1922, the Glidden Hotel building was converted into the "annex" of the new Christie Hotel building, so it would have made sense to esthetically harmonize the two.)

Prior to 1914, the Glidden might have been owned by William B. Glidden, an early Hollywood resident (and successful Glendora citrus grower) whose massive, long-gone home was on 6065 Franklin Avenue. As late as 1920, Catalina Island had a Glidden Hotel in Avalon.

MichaelRyerson Jun 28, 2012 6:06 PM

The Hollywood Melrose Hotel by S. Charles Lee, 1927
 
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8162/7...eccee117_b.jpg
hollywood melrose hotel, 1927 by S. Charles Lee LAPL

The building at 5162 Melrose Avenue is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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hollywoodhistorichotel II image from LACurbed

In continuous operation over the years, as the Hollywood Melrose Hotel, the Monte Cristo Apartments and finally now as the Hollywood Historic Hotel (doubles from $49.00 per night, not bad when you consider you're almost directly across the street from Paramount).

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/7...5e553d92_b.jpg
hollywoodhistorichotel image by owner

Apparently the owner operates the first floor furniture/design business and there's some gossip that the recent restoration cut a few corners. Personally I think it's a beautiful building and we're lucky someone owns it who is willing to maintain it. In the old days the first floor was occupied by several small businesses including, at the near end above at Wilton Place, a barber shop. This being two blocks from our house on Monroe Street is where my younger brother got his first store-bought haircut, by all accounts a somewhat traumatic experience.



The Hollywood YMCA 1925 by Paul Revere Williams

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7...8d3483697a.jpg
hollywood ymca by paul revere williams
image by paulrwilliamsproject.org

And this is where I (we) learned to swim. I first in 1948 and then my younger brother two years later at which time I was allowed to attend as an elder statesman of the swim program.



http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8152/7...7146fd42a5.jpg
hollywood ymca, detail, by paul revere williams
image by paulrwilliamsprojet.org

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7262/7...3affb19774.jpg
hollywood ymca, balcony detail, by paul revere williams
image by allanellenberger.com

And here it is, still going strong after nearly ninety years, still putting out kids who can swim, hit a jump shot and lie through their teeth when necessary.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7129/7...ed4b2470_b.jpg
YMCA
image by googlestreetview

Oviatt Building Fan Jun 28, 2012 7:44 PM

One more thing about the Christie Hotel building. The facade was beautifully restored just recently ...


Before: The lower "white part" level of the building's terra cotta veneer had been ripped out or covered with stucco at some point, in a misguided attempt to 'modernize' the facade.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...1279248317.jpg


After: "Using detalied moldmaking techniques, [Restoration Arts] replaced the destroyed areas and restored any remaining covered details to reproduce the original facade, down to the new iron window components."

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g2...1279248353.jpg

http://www.preservationarts.net/inde...r_photos2.html

EvaDiva Jun 28, 2012 9:24 PM

I'm up to page 284 of this INCREDIBLE thread and I just can't get enough. I was born in L.A. in '67 and raised in the San Fernando Valley. For me, there is no other place I'd rather be. I'm in love with this website I stumbled onto and blown away by all the pictures I've seen so far. I love the history of L.A. and the old buildings - some of which I actually have lived in during the 80s moving from the valley back to L.A. Currently, I work in a law firm in downtown L.A. right on Bunker Hill in California Plaza. I walk at lunch and have seen so much I've missed through the years. Now with this website - my walks have turned into history lessons. I LOVE THAT ALL OF YOU SHARE MY INTERESTS IN SOME OF THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY HERE. Special thanks to ethereal_reality, GaylordWilshire, sopas_ej and Handsome_Stranger - FABULOUS PHOTOS!! This site is THE BEST! Thank you!!

MichaelRyerson Jun 28, 2012 10:09 PM

[QUOTE=gsjansen;5153782]the buildings in the images are actually the back side of the buildings that fronted on new high street. they lost they're spring street back sides, when spring street was straightened.

1927 aerial

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-6917?v=hr
Source: USC Digital Archive http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets.../CHS-6917?v=hr

the remainder of the buildings on new high street were gutted when the state building was constructed.

1931 aerial

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...DF739554A?v=hr
Source: USC Digital Archive http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...DF739554A?v=hr

looking down new high street towards city hall in 1927. this image is taken from the exact location where the state building will be built in three years. all the buildings on the right, are the buildings with the spring street facades removed in your photographs E_R

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...CHS-36633?v=hr
Source: USC Digital Archive http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...CHS-36633?v=hr


1924, 1925 and 1929 aerials prior to street alignment and construction of city hall

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/...de7a363c_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/...54b2c6ce_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3406/...b7ee22a5_o.jpg

the 1929 aerial shows proposed street alignment overlay for civic center[/QUOTE

I very nearly truncated this post from gsjansen as my question/comments really only have to do with the last image of the post but the other images are so nice I thought it would be good to just leave them in. I hope this isn't a problem. I know some people are kind of sensitive about revisiting old posts. In any event, there was some discussion earlier in the thread about the suggestion by unnamed officials, around the time of Chinatown being cleared, making way for Union Station, that the current plaza is not really in its original, correct location. Someone posted a mid-nineteenth century map and indeed it did appear, at least on first blush, that the older map seemed to place the plaza west of Main Street. So now I run across this proposed grid for the downtown street realignment (last image) and I see a baffling traffic circle on Spring Street which for all the world looks like what would pass for 'a plaza' and the current Plaza (easy enough to find as the Brunswig Building is seen, placing the Pico House just across Main from it and, of course, the current Plaza would be just above that, all clearly on the east side of Main Street) doesn't appear to receive slightest acknowledgement by the proposed street realignment. What am I seeing? Am I over-thinking this? Could the Spring Street circle be just that, a traffic circle? Or are these early planners actually thinking about placing the official Plaza at the end of Spring Street?

kznyc2k Jun 28, 2012 11:10 PM

Pershing square through the prime noir years, starting in 1930. I know there's a few reposts in here but please forgive!

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics03/00011059.jpg
LAPL

Somewhere in the thirties...check out all those banana trees:

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics33/00066161.jpg
LAPL

Chilling by the fountain, April 6, 1937:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics03/00011062.jpg
LAPL

Along Hill Street by all those LARY busses, January 27, 1938:

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics36/00067826.jpg
LAPL

Love the noirish tree canopy...June 30, 1939:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics03/00011048.jpg
LAPL

Everyone's favorite Pershing pastime--listening to someone explain everything wrong with the world...September 9, 1939:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics03/00011055.jpg
LAPL

Another great photo with noirish undertones...December 1939:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics03/00011101.jpg
LAPL

July 4, 1942...what better way to drum up support for government bonds than put on a big show in ye olde towne square?

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045388.jpg
LAPL

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045390.jpg
LAPL

Or why not put some pretty gals in the Victory House, maybe Eva Gabor? Surely that'll get
the money flowing in for Uncle Sam:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics22/00045532.jpg
LAPL

Or Carole Landis, who's showing a bit more skin than she intended to!

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics41/00055032.jpg
LAPL

Or how about that firecracker Carmen Miranda?

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics32/00050976.jpg
LAPL

Better yet, let's parade a whole gaggle of gals on a catwalk in front of a B-25:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics33/00051004.jpg
LAPL

Hanging Hitler and Hirohito, November 25, 1942:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045393.jpg
LAPL

March 15, 1943...this plane served its time early on in the Pacific Theatre and now gets all the glory back home:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045395.jpg
LAPL

Bringing in the heavy artillery to make sure those war bonds keep selling, August 21, 1944:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics21/00045389.jpg
LAPL

Or if guns won't make you open your purse, how about a little boy? December 8, 1944:

http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics22/00045538.jpg
LAPL

The war didn't get him but the postwar housing crunch will: this ex-Marine and his family had no choice but to set up shanty
in the park...November 1, 1945:

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics43/00041413.jpg
LAPL

Another post facto reminder of how war upends life: an amputee (who looks an awful lot like Robert Mitchum) contemplates
his future while two men take care of business...July 16, 1948:

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics40/00039787.jpg
LAPL

Elsewhere in the Square, more proselytizing. This man is quoted as saying, "You're all a bunch of lousy devils ... you make me sick."

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics25/00032474.jpg
LAPL

"Now listen friends, let me tell you...."

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics40/00039786.jpg
LAPL

Last for now, 1949 was the year plans got underway to redo the park and build an underground garage, and with that any trace
of a noirish vibe--or a humane park for that matter--vanished. This sums it up quite nicely:

http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/9...9pershingt.jpg
LAPL

EvaDiva Jun 29, 2012 4:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Horthos (Post 5541807)
Hey.

Sorry I dont post much on here, but I lack a lot of historical knowlege of LA that most of you have, this is where Im learning my stuff. I just help along every once in awhile with some new updates on old things, Sine I live downtown and can easily update you all on...updates...yeah...

Anyways, I was walking around tonoight, when I finally discovered the richfield building elevator doors at the base of the arco plaza (or paul hastings tower, or big ugly piece of crap as I like to call it). Theres no plaque or information given to tell you what they are, they arent in any place of honor or anything, they are just sorta off to the side a bit, and you notice them only if you are looking for them. Anyways, I dont remember seeing any pictures on here of them, so I took a few to post here.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...-/005-Copy.jpg
:yes:


http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...-/002-Copy.jpg

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...-/003-Copy.jpg

All photos by me, the one and only me, the almighty, the master of all things unimportant, the one who has absolutely no understanding of algebra and the obsession with chipotle, me.

Wow, I recognized them immediately! Not only are they in front of Paul Hastings, they're placed in the smoking section of the building! I worked in that building and no idea the:tup: significance of where they came from. I marveled at the detail and I must say, they're beautiful. I learn so much on this site! Thanks for sharing that.

EvaDiva Jun 29, 2012 4:57 AM

Bear with me...I'm new lol

3940dxer Jun 29, 2012 5:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Earl Boebert (Post 5748722)
http://www.usvmyg.org/images/Model.jpg

I vote for model, with a painted backdrop. My guess of the boundary is in white.

Cheers,

Earl

I became a little obsessed with this image a few months ago and spent an afternoon trying to find more info about it. I didn't make notes and can only go by sketchy recollections, for which I apologize, but...

I found one or to sites that suggested that this image came from a model that was commissioned by the L.A. Times in 1931, painstakingly constructed, and displayed at the Main Library, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Times. An expert historian oversaw construction of the model, who I believe later relocated to the San Diego area. Below is a Times article that describes the anniversary model...it's not the story I was looking for and its width will force you to scroll, but it offers some info.

Does this ring a bell with anyone? I realize this is a pretty lame reply and wish I could offer more facts. I'll go through my files and see if I can find any details about this.

Though I've been taking a bit of a breather from posting I've thoroughly enjoyed everyone's posts the last few weeks. So much great stuff -- thanks everyone!

http://wwww.dkse.net/david/DTLA.model.jpg

kznyc2k Jun 29, 2012 11:35 AM

I don't know what took me so long, but I finally got around to visiting the fully rendered Union Station in LA Noire. It turned out to be quite fruitful in the photo department and as I was looking through them I couldn't help but hear narration accompanying them.

Please, buckle up and pour yourself a drink as I do my worst Chandler impression:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7260/7...7e215f91_b.jpg
Tuesday, Novermber 20, 1947 at 10:30 AM: The phone rang again as it ever does: man down in the fountain out front of Union Station. Four shell casings is the word from Homicide. They also nabbed some
pills on his person, and that's where I--star detective on the Vice squad--make my appearance. I high-tailed it down there through the Plaza, literally. You see, when
you've got the power of a two ton Studebaker and a pointy metal badge on your side, you don't really pay much attention to little white paint marks. Or curbs.



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Ferguson Alley seemed like a most expeditious choice en route from Central to Union. Oh, what's that you say? You're trying to sell your curios here? Sorry my
Chinese chum, this little siren of mine says I CAN DO WHATEVER THE HECK I WANT.



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At the scene of the crime, I can't help but wonder: how did Union Station get so dirty in just eight years?


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City Hall caught my eye, as it always does.


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Another day, another death...and another dollar.


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This footage was so gruesome that we black-and-whited the film for your safety. Christ, look at all that blood!


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What did this poor sap get himself into? Getting shot in front of one of the busiest portals in the city during morning rush hour? Someone somewhere has one hell
of a motive. Time to head inside and see what I can find out.



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Golly there's some nice marble in here...


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You sir, surely you've heard about the death out front. What do you know about it?


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Your stonewalling isn't going to help you, sir. Either you give me information or I will make your life a living hell, you understand me?


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The negro gave me a decent lead, so off to the courtyard I went, looking for some garbage allegedly left behind by the dearly departed. My instincts
kicked in saying this would be a waste of time, and they were spot on: five minutes of decidedly unglamorous rummaging through a garbage bucket
turned up zilch.



http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7140/7...2fccd2b7_b.jpg
So further into the bowels of Union Station I went, hoping to come across anyone who could help account for this man's actions.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7111/7...cd98e0e4_b.jpg
Maybe that guy over there. He looks like an employee...


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He suggested I check out platform 8 North. Alas, 20 minutes down by the tracks produced nothing but figurative dead ends.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7278/7...b6c59e5c_b.jpg
So I went back out front and combed the scene of the crime once more.


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A foreman said he saw an unidentified man with a tool of some kind--possibly a shovel--out on the far end of the yards near some gravel piles, so off I went.


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One of the piles showed obvious signs of having been recently carved up, but I couldn't find anything. Perhaps he wasn't placing something there but rather removing
something? Had anyone else seen this man in the weeks or months leading up to now?

The one thing I did find was a fresh looking ticket stub to a showing of "Out of the Past" at the RKO Hillstreet. Not much to go on but it's better than nothing. I'll have
to drop by the theatre, but only AFTER I eat some goddamn lunch. You see, city hall looming in the distance once again made me take pause and made me realize it
was well past noon, well past my usual liquid lunch hour.....time to get soused for the afternoon grind!


All pictures copyright Rockstar Games

westcork Jun 29, 2012 12:11 PM

I don't think I have seen El Mio mentioned here yet. This is at 5905 El Mio Dr. in Highland Park.
Smith Residence Wikipedia

http://www.creativeartistry.biz/El%20mio.jpg
Creative Artistry

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2376/2...144cfc48_s.jpg
Smith Estate by Floyd B. Bariscale, on Flickr

rockyi Jun 29, 2012 1:38 PM

I love visiting this thread!

fhammon Jun 29, 2012 7:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 3940dxer (Post 5750794)
I became a little obsessed with this image a few months ago and spent an afternoon trying to find more info about it. I didn't make notes and can only go by sketchy recollections, for which I apologize, but...

I found one or to sites that suggested that this image came from a model that was commissioned by the L.A. Times in 1931, painstakingly constructed, and displayed at the Main Library, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Times. An expert historian oversaw construction of the model, who I believe later relocated to the San Diego area. Below is a Times article that describes the anniversary model...it's not the story I was looking for and its width will force you to scroll, but it offers some info.

Does this ring a bell with anyone? I realize this is a pretty lame reply and wish I could offer more facts. I'll go through my files and see if I can find any details about this.

Though I've been taking a bit of a breather from posting I've thoroughly enjoyed everyone's posts the last few weeks. So much great stuff -- thanks everyone!

Apparently the model was made of 1881 Los Angeles as described. Nobody seems to know where it is. I'd also like to know that happened to that 1850's model. Click the L.A. Times blog link for only a little more info.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6...158ed91970b-pihttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thed...-angeles-.html

Rethinker Jun 29, 2012 7:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 4601272)
Here are a couple more photos I found of the Bimini Baths and Rainbow Gardens/Palomar Ballroom.

Below: The Rainbow Gardens would eventually become the Palomar Ballroom.


http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/840...bowgardens.jpg
usc archive


Below: Palomar Ballroom.

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/5...09palomar2.jpg


Obviously the same place.

I'm guessing it was originally the Rainbow Gardens by the early make of automobiles and the rainbow shape on the sign that carries over to the Palomar days. Does anyone know for sure?



postscript:

I did find some answers at this web site.

www.iajrc.org/archive/palomar.htm

The article is written by Floyd Levin.
He was actually at the Palomar Ballroom on the night of the fire Oct. 2, 1939.

KTM radio caught my eye in your Rainbow Gardens shot. KTM was licensed to Santa Monica on May 6, 1928 (becoming KEHE in 1935 and KABC in 1954). John S. Daggett's Los Angeles Times radio column of 8/31/1928 lists a 90-minute broadcast from the Rainbow. This Wikipedia post about the Palomar claims KFLJ did the honors -- odd, since the station didn't exist before 1957, and then in Colorado.

http://blog.linder.com/pix/1928radiolisting.png

From its window signs in your image, KTM was apparently picking up some bucks offering lessons in the then-new craft of motion picture sound recording.

Found this "KTM Radio Station" shot here at Worthpoint, stamped 1937 on the back. Photographer: Weaver. Love the lightning bolt logo! Same place? Reflections of street lamps in the window seem to match.

http://blog.linder.com/pix/ktm.jpg

fhammon Jun 29, 2012 9:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kznyc2k (Post 5750886)

The rendering of Union Station is fantastic but I'm a little miffed at the interpretation of this scene. Isn't the car driving (on the sidewalk) going around the south side of the Plaza? If so we should be seeing what remains of Old China Town: The Dragon's Den building, The Lugo House, Jerry's Joynt, Ferguson Alley etc.
What about the old Plaza fire station? That should be immediately on the right hand side of the car (as seen by the driver - not by us).


http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/1...china11949.jpg

kznyc2k Jun 29, 2012 11:09 PM

fhammon, you are correct on all counts: the Plaza area is pretty botched and is probably the most egregious example of what the game didn't get right. Also, Ferguson Alley is technically there but it looks nothing like it does in the photos we've all seen. Note how my post was heavy on images of Union Station and not that area.....

ethereal_reality Jun 30, 2012 12:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Oviatt Building Fan (Post 5748654)
Ethereal Reality, if you or anyone else have any questions about the Oviatt Building (617 S. Olive St., near the corner of Olive and Sixth in downtown L.A.), I'd be more than happy to answer them.

Several years ago I came across some amazing photographs of the penthouse atop the Oviatt Building.
If I remember correctly, the rooms look exactly the way they did in the 1930s.
Have you had the opportunity to visit the penthouse OBF? -any photographs?




below: The clock tower of the Oviatt Building and rooftop/penthouse area in 1937.

http://imageshack.us/a/img403/1774/a...tower1937l.jpg
http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/F...Number=5072591

_____




Also, thank you for sharing your memories of growing up in Los Angeles Michael Ryerson.
-from your father's grocery stores & delivery boys to the Garden of Allah' to your brother's 'traumatic' haircut & swim classes at the 'Y'-

All these childhood recollections are wonderful. Keep'em coming. :)

____

ethereal_reality Jun 30, 2012 1:15 AM

Does this snapshot conjure any memories? It was found in a Los Angeles centric photo-album on ebay.

http://imageshack.us/a/img713/6517/a...towntrolle.jpg




below: A similar trolley ride saved by a family in Woodland Hills CA.


http://imageshack.us/a/img266/3681/a...oodlandhil.jpg

go here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7AD2dYRa-M


____

MichaelRyerson Jun 30, 2012 1:34 AM

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7...3dd56154_b.jpg
Hollywood Blvd from the roof of the Roosevelt Hotel, Dec, 1953
image from metro library and archive

Handsome Stranger Jun 30, 2012 1:51 AM

Here's a few treasures currently on eBay. In the source beneath each photo I'll link to the original eBay listing.

This photo taken by my Grandmother about 1915 in front of their store - "Hastings' Place" at the corner of Vermont Avenue and Hollywood Blvd. at the eastern end of the Southern Pacific Red Car line. Every Sunday, the merchants of East Hollywood would gather at my Grandfather's store with their autos, and give visitors to the area a ride to Griffith Park for 10 cents each - see sign in windshields of autos. Good for business and commerce in the area.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/7...d648cbec_b.jpg
[source: eBay] [Larger version of photo available here.]


This photo taken by my Grandmother or Grandfather about 1917 in front of their store - "Hastings' Place" at the corner of Vermont Avenue and Hollywood Blvd. at the eastern end of the Southern Pacific Red Car line.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/7...fcb3607e_b.jpg
[source: eBay]


This photo taken by my Grandmother or Grandfather about 1917 in front of their store - "Hastings' Place" at the corner of Vermont Avenue and Hollywood Blvd. at the eastern end of the Southern Pacific Red Car line.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7268/7...6e0bb3a6_b.jpg
[source: eBay] [Larger version of photo available here.]


And the photo I was most excited to see:

ca. 1931: Photo was taken on what is now Highway 14, the Sierra Highway, somewhere north of Red Rock Canyon and south of Little Lake. After the plank road ended in this area, the Midland Highway was a graded dirt road for the rest of this journey which conencted up with Highway 395 heading north into the Sierra Nevada and beyond.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7278/7...63a92ba3_b.jpg
[source: eBay] [Larger version of photo available here.]

The same seller has a few more fantastic photos up for grabs.


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