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Old Posted Jun 3, 2015, 7:34 PM
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WigWag, I had heard the diner was somewhere near the Goldwyn Lot, but that's not saying much. Considering they did little to cover or camouflage other pickup shots, I suspect there really was a diner named Charley's.

HossC, the omission of a link to your prior posts was unintentional. I was spending too much time looking for a Cave on Cahuenga.

I don't think there have been many photos posted of Fairfax between Beverly and Sixth. It looks like the structure with the tower facade was built before 1931. (The exterior motif seems vaguely similar to the nearby Ralphs at Wilshire and Hauser.) It currently houses Molly Mallone's at 575 S Fairfax. (Molly's started in '69. Does anyone have any history on the structure before that?) 1931 was also the approximate construction date of the 5-story structure that is now occupied by Samy's Camera. For those keeping score, Johnson's Fine Foods was at 525 S Fairfax.


1931 - Drexel Ave meets S Fairfax Ave. Can't help but think about the planes that used to fly and land nearby.

If only some of this land were still in it's primordial state.

Opposite view. Looking west on Drexel from Fairfax. Most of those homes are still there, albeit with increased vegetation and a few sidewalk cracks. Character?

1931 - Fairfax looking south from ~ Drexel.

Curious about the witch hats at the roof corners. Could they be oil funnels? Or megaphones ?

I have it on NO authority that Liz Short preferred Mayflower Chips. But she could have liked Scudder's peanut butter. Unsalted. Wonder about the product shelf life in the '30s, and what, if any, preservatives were used.

1926, Laura Clough Scudder started Laura Scudder's in Monterey Park, California making potato chips. Naming the company after herself reflected her personal dedication and pride in offering the highest quality and best tasting food products available in the market. Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Scudder’s was credited for many innovations in the food industry. Most notably was the introduction of wax paper bags as a packaging solution for potato chips. Historically, potato chips, prior to wax paper bags, were packaged in barrels or tins. The wax paper bags allowed potato chips to be stored in a more stable and secure environment keeping them fresher longer while also reducing crumbling. This wonderful invention allowed potato chips to be mass marketed, making them a new convenience food. Laura Scudder's was also credited as the first company to imprint a freshness date on their food products, once again setting the standard, which is now mandatory for today's food products. Mrs. Scudder’s superior products and innovative solutions made Laura Scudder’s brand a household name on the west coast.
Scudder also began putting dates on the bags, becoming the first company to freshness date their food products. This new standard of freshness was reflected in the marketing slogan: "Laura Scudder's Potato Chips, the Noisiest Chips in the World."

The light colored structures in the background would seem to have been eventually replaced by Park La Brea. Could they have been temporary? Not to be confused with the elementary school. Hancock Elementary was at 4th and Fairfax, presumably in the other direction.

Johnson's Fine Foods

Fairfax looking north. The building now occupied by Samy's, but in 1931.

The Fairfax theater in the distance. Any idea what's on the bill tonight?

Molly Mallone's

1928 - Former Morgan, Walls & Clements designed Ralphs on Wilshire


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