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Old Posted Jul 21, 2016, 7:00 PM
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Very interesting Hoss. I didn't know that building was even there!

It's very mid-century cool......I wonder if it's ever been used as a movie location?

-note what appears to be a good sized penthouse on top.
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ER, Here is a ten-cent history of Willig. Did you buy the photo? If so, can you put a lupe on the badge
on the side of the hood and give us the name of the tractor manufacturer?

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Hi Jack. No, I didn't buy the photograph.

But I'm curious, what did you mean by "put a lupe"?
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Anyway, here's an enlargement of the hood area. (I realize this isn't going to help much)


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Is the badge you mentioned the rectangular plate by the side air vents? (red arrow below)


micro detail


Click here to see the complete photograph again:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=36027


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Old Posted Jul 21, 2016, 7:32 PM
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Hi Jack. No, I didn't buy the photograph.

But I'm curious, what did you mean by "put a lupe"?
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I think he meant "loupe." In any case, it's a 1930's Fageol, probably built in Oakland, CA.

http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/fageol.htm

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I think he meant "loupe." In any case, it's a 1930's Fageol, probably built in Oakland, CA.

http://www.hankstruckpictures.com/fageol.htm

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Thanks Earl, for the spelling correction and truck info! I was thinking Corbett.

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Old Posted Jul 21, 2016, 9:14 PM
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Rare 1909 postcard.

I checked through the past posts and I don't believe we've seen this postcard of the Kensington Flats in Santa Monica.


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The sentiment on the back says something about a short sickness on the train, and eating oranges, lemons....fruit juice & marmalade.


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Just for fun, here's a larger view of the flats.



Does anyone know where in Santa Monica this courtyard apartment complex was located?
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2016, 10:10 PM
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Early cabinet card/photograph. [1880s or 1890s]


Take a look at this turn-of-last-century coiffure.


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Payne, Stanton & Co. - - ELITE GALLERY - - Los Angeles, Cal


Here's the reverse with all it's interesting typography. -note the five different typefaces!



Temple Block, Spring & Main Streets.





I've been imagining this woman, dressed to the nines, walking to the junction of Main, Spring and Temple streets to have her photograph taken
in one of the most prominent buildings in the city. (or maybe she took her buggy)

I was hoping to find 'Elite Gallery' painted on one of the windows in the Temple Block (shown below)


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si.../id/1947/rec/8


Alas, the upper stories are filled with law offices.


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But I found a spooky man in a window next door.


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Rare 1909 postcard.

I checked through the past posts and I don't believe we've seen this postcard of the Kensington Flats in Santa Monica.


eBay

Does anyone know where in Santa Monica this courtyard apartment complex was located?
I think this is the same place.

"Kensington Apartments on 1746 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, Calif."

The description says: "Apartments were built circa 1907 and became the Kensington Motel from 1960 to 1990."


Santa Monica Public Library

A slight name change, but the details are all the same as the image above. The design looks a little different to both the image above and e_r's picture - maybe this is just a different side, or it got a makeover with the name change.


Santa Monica Public Library

I didn't find anything at that address now, and I can't even see it on Historic Aerials.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2016, 10:37 PM
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Excellent! Thanks Hoss.
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2016, 10:47 PM
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"It became the Kensington Motel from 1960 to 1990."
Hoss, you probably didn't recognize it in the aerials, because they added all kinds of sh*t to make it appear more modern.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/94207108@N02/15160987677

You can still see the 1907 bungalows if you look closely.





I also found this.


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/467600373786012887/




pano at top, from this postcard.


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Kensington Flats update.

I've just found this later picture which shows Kensington Court behind the Hotel Chase. The source, SMPL again, dates it at 1950 or 1951.


Santa Monica Public Library

After locating the Hotel Chase, I found these overhead views at californiacoastline.org. The first is from 1986. I think the Kensignton Motel (as in e_r's pictures above) is what I've outlined in red.


Detail from californiacoastline.org

By 1993, the lot is empty.


Detail from californiacoastline.org

For comparison, I've rotated a current view to match the ones above.


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Payne, Stanton & Co. - - ELITE GALLERY - - Los Angeles, Cal

Here's the reverse with all it's interesting typography. -note the five different typefaces!



Temple Block, Spring & Main Streets.

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Wow that's really clear for such an old photo, e_r.

Payne and Stanton are both in the LA City Directories for several years, but they are together running the Elite Gallery
in only the 1881 and 1883 directories.
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Early cabinet card/photograph. [1880s or 1890s]


Take a look at this turn-of-last-century coiffure.


eBay

I've been imagining this woman, dressed to the nines, walking to the junction of Main, Spring and Temple streets to have her photograph taken
in one of the most prominent buildings in the city. (or maybe she took her buggy)
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Apparently these were the days before the photographer told you to "say cheese"
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Here's another cabinet card that's quite outstanding in it's clarity. (I posted it extra-Large; there may be an insignia on the buttons)


https://cabinetcardgallery.wordpress...g/los-angeles/

This handsome man is wearing a military uniform that I haven't been able to place. I thought perhaps someone here on NLA might recognize it.

And as you can see, the photography studio is Blanchard of Los Angeles, Cal



I located two Blanchards that were photographers in the 1897 Los Angeles city directory.


lapl

The first one is Gilbert E. Blanchard, r. 203 S Hill

and the other is James B. Blanchard at Plaza Gallery, 513 N. Main (r. sw cor. of Sunset Boulevard and Lucile)
lol...at first I thought Lucile was his wife, but it's a street.



Out of curiosity I typed "Lucile street, Los Angeles" into Google_Maps.
(but the only result is down in Marina Del Rey)


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Kensington Motel

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Hoss, you probably didn't recognize it in the aerials, because they added all kinds of sh*t to make it appear more modern.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/94207108@N02/15160987677

You can still see the 1907 bungalows if you look closely.





I also found this.


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/467600373786012887/




pano at top, from this postcard.


Good Lord! From gracious "period charm" to hideously remodeled 60's Dingbat eyesore. - and right on Ocean Avenue.

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Out of curiosity I typed "Lucile street, Los Angeles" into Google_Maps.
(but the only result is down in Marina Del Rey)
Well, Little Richard sang "I woke up this morning, Lucille was not in sight." (thanks for the earworm, e_r ), but I checked Google Maps and Lucile Avenue still intersects with Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake area. I don't know which corner Mr Blanchard was on.


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And as you can see, the photography studio is Blanchard of Los Angeles, Cal

I located two Blanchards that were photographers in the 1897 Los Angeles city directory.

The first one is Gilbert E. Blanchard, r. 203 S Hill

and the other is James B. Blanchard at Plaza Gallery, 513 N. Main (r. sw cor. of Sunset Boulevard and Lucile)
I had a feeling that I'd seen an advert for Blanchard's photography studio, so I went back to the 1897 CD. I may have remembered wrongly, but I did notice a lot of page header adverts for the Garden City Foto Company at 606 E 5th Street. This is their main advert, showing how they get their unique 25-foot elevation (although they only claim 18 foot in the picture).


LAPL
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That's such a great ad Hoss, but there's no way in hell I'd climb that precarious ladder.

I shudder to think what would happen if the horse bolted down the street while he was up there.
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Thanks for finding Lucile.

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Good Lord! From gracious "period charm" to hideously remodeled 60's Dingbat eyesore. - and right on Ocean Avenue.
And if that wasn't bad enough JD, at one point in time it was painted BROWN!


www.cardcow.com

At first I thought the postcard company messed up it's colors, but then I noticed the blue cars. (if it was a misprint, they'd be brown too, right?)

...and i just noticed, the number 1746 is missing. (it's clearly visible in the top card)

So what's the make of that smaller blue car?


the various amenities

cardcow

I'm trying to wrap my mind around the fact that there were 92 units! (60 with kitchens)

It just doesn't seem possible.



Here's HossC's 1986 aerial again.


Ok, now that I've compared the size of the bungalows to the neighboring houses, I see that they're rather large,
so perhaps 92 units is feasible.

(I have to laugh at myself, I was thinking perhaps 10 units...at max 20, if the bungalows were duplexes)
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pano from this

cardcow

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Once more...


So what's the make of that smaller blue car?


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Renault Dauphine. One of the worst automobiles ever made.

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http://vinson.hagleyblogs.org/2013/05/

Thanks Earl.

What made it so bad.....besides the rather unattractive design. (the headlights remind me of beady little eyeballs)


-& I'm not sure why Frida Kahlo is in the ad .
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We've got some more mid-century architecture from Julius Shulman today. This is "Job 623: International Union of Operating Engineers, 1949".



A view of the side.



Both from Getty Research Institute

I can't read the street sign in the first picture, but the 1956 CD led me to 2323 W 8th Street. The 2009 GSV images show the building as the Gu Sung Medical Clinic.


GSV

Sadly, the 2011 image shows an empty lot. Now you'll just find the wall of a playground, possibly connected with the MacArthur Park Primary Center at the northern end of the block.


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