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GaylordWilshire Nov 4, 2012 8:13 PM

http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/8766/00056189.jpgLAPL
http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/4...vinagsv800.jpgGoogleSV

Facing the northeast corner of Citrus and College, Covina; the occasion at top was the raffle of a Buick in 1926.


http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/5770/covina2.jpgGoogleSV


http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/6915/buickraffle.jpgLAPL


PS So ER... what's with the squirrel?

ethereal_reality Nov 4, 2012 8:28 PM

:previous: It was just a joke (a bad one I guess) because you guys kept talking about the running squirrels (which I thought was quite funny).
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While searching for that bank on Figueroa I came across this blank sign atop a building at Figueroa Street and Roselawn Place.

http://imageshack.us/a/img705/463/aa...roaatrosel.jpg
google street view

The shape of the sign looks familiar but I can't quite place it. We've probably covered it before.




below: A little further down the block is another fine vintage rooftop sign.

http://imageshack.us/a/img87/3407/aa...gueroasign.jpg
google street view
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GaylordWilshire Nov 4, 2012 11:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5890380)


I got my hopes up for a second that the drugstore was going to be revived in its original location... anyway, I was sure that we'd seen the Bank of Highland Park here before-- I searched the thread and finally came up with a few more views:
this post and this one.

Up the street was the Sunbeam Theater here.

ethereal_reality Nov 5, 2012 12:13 AM

As most of you probably know:
Exposition Park was previously Agriculture Park (established in 1872 by the Southern District Agricultural Society).

http://imageshack.us/a/img402/8635/a...rkgatelapl.jpg
http://www.lapl.org/

...but the fairground could not turn a profit and was foreclosed in 1879.
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And now for something you probably didn't know:
The park's new owners took advantage of the fact that the park lay just outside the southwestern corner of Los Angeles' original four-square-league royal land grant. With gambling, prostitution, and related activities banned inside the city limits, these vices migrated across the boundary into Agricultural Park.

http://imageshack.us/a/img708/3563/aaagrnb.jpg
http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...tion-park.html

I pictured Agricultural Park as a bucolic place with cake walks and ice cream socials.
Well it might have been like that for the park's first 5 years, but the next 20 years the park was more like sodom and gomorrah.
I've even heard the 'busy hotel' described as the fairground brothel.

Finally, in 1899 (with help from some big-wigs at USC) the park was annexed by the city to rid the area of the sordid crowds and their lascivious vices and unsavory activities.

http://imageshack.us/a/img255/9784/aaagrimap.jpg

Link:
http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...tion-park.html
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ethereal_reality Nov 5, 2012 12:31 AM

In 1875, the Main Street & Agricultural Park Railroad began shuttling passengers to the park.


http://imageshack.us/a/img651/2558/a...metrolibra.jpg
Metro Transportation Library
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ethereal_reality Nov 5, 2012 1:27 AM

A couple of photographs of St. Moritz Hotel in the 1970s or 80s. (found on ebay)

http://imageshack.us/a/img221/6281/s...detailpotc.jpg

above: 77 rooms...much larger than I thought. I would have guessed 37.



below: This one is slightly different...showing the gables

http://imageshack.us/a/img338/7159/s...926correct.jpg



The St. Moritz today.

http://imageshack.us/a/img715/885/aabmoritz1.jpg
google street view
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postcard from the 1940s. I love the look of that bar.

http://imageshack.us/a/img152/3365/aabmoritzpc.jpg
http://pinterest.com/pin/46161964901020950/
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ethereal_reality Nov 5, 2012 1:57 AM

An amazing kodachrome slide found on ebay. The cars are so beautiful!..and what is KYRON?

http://imageshack.us/a/img803/4926/a...ugstorelac.jpg


originally posted by GaylordWilshire
http://imageshack.us/a/img90/3769/aabrexallgw.jpg
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=3077








below: Here is an earlier post on the same building.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5189585)
A photograph of the 'world's largest' Rexall on the SE corner of Beverly Blvd. and LA Cienega.

http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/5...ybeverlyce.jpg
unknown/possibly ebay


below: Here is the main entrance to the building.
I can't remember if these were Rexall executive offices.......or perhaps medical practices (Cedars-Sinai Hospital is a block west).


http://img806.imageshack.us/img806/5...24rexall1a.jpg




below: The entrance to the Rexall Drug Store was at the rounded nw corner of the bldg.

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5189/la0524rexall1.jpg


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BifRayRock Nov 5, 2012 3:32 AM

Technicolor 6311 Romaine Avenue (1930-75 at this location), circa '38
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics44/00071987.jpglapl

Circa '38
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics08/00013552.jpglapl

The Technicolor complex, circa '48
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics44/00071986.jpglapl

http://gws2.maps.yahoo.com/MapImage?...47,-118.329033

Television Center, 6311 Romaine Street (1975-present)
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2302/2...c9dba4d2_b.jpgflickr

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A few blocks away (6823 Santa Monica Boulevard - SMonica and Highland) Pathé Studios aka International Studios.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00097/00097694.jpg lapl





H.L.P Nov 5, 2012 4:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5890380)

*note: The original Bank/Pharmacy building still exists on Figueroa in Highland Park.


...and please tell me this isn't it.
http://imageshack.us/a/img547/347/aa...thisittoda.jpg
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Great post on Highland park E_R. Im sorry to say that this is the the building that sit where the original bank was. And I remember as a kid the sign at the corner of Fig and Roselawn used to be for another paharmacy but i cant remember the name.

I also love the Highland Theater sign, a while back the sign was in disrepair, only some of the letters worked, the light bulbs were old and the sign was rarely turned on, but as of a few years ago, the sign was restored and is lit up every night.

Also, in the picture of the theater sign, the brick chimney sticking out from behind the Figueroa street sign is a Italian restaurant called Follieros Pizza. The little brick building it's in kinda stands out from it's neighbors. they have a little nice sign on the front as well. Me and my family would go eat there and then go watch a movie across the street. As soon as we would walk in we could see the cooks making the food and the delicious smell would hit my nose

ethereal_reality Nov 5, 2012 4:31 AM

:previous: Those are some very nice memories H.L.P. Thank you for sharing them.

It is so great to hear that the old Highland Theater sign is lit up every night.
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ethereal_reality Nov 5, 2012 4:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BifRayRock (Post 5890778)
Technicolor 6311 Romaine Avenue (1930-75 at this location), circa '38
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics44/00071987.jpglapl

BifRayRock, I didn't realize this wonderful art deco building originally housed the Technicolor Corp.

http://imageshack.us/a/img689/3968/aabtechnicolor.jpg
http://patentlawcenter.pli.edu/2012/...e-patent-wars/

Thanks for that insight. :)
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haiku99 Nov 5, 2012 5:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 5889011)
:previous: Interesting Mayor Shaw. Think how many 'secrets' there are in each and every hotel in Los Angeles.
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no doubt! Jim Thompson, maybe the greatest noir writer ever worked in hotels in his youth and said that is where he got the ideas for many of his dark and twisted tales...

MichaelRyerson Nov 5, 2012 1:42 PM

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/8...989c5d33_o.jpg
Traffic accident on Hiway 101, 1958

Traffic accident on Hiway 101, 8 March 1958. Meno Besanson -- 43 years (victim); Christopher Besanson (victim); Philip Besanson (victim); Ethel Besanson; Bula Honeycutt (victim); R. M. Rackerby.

Caption slip reads: "Photographer: Sandusky. Date: 1958-03-08. Assignment: Traffic, 101 Highway 2384: Meno Besanson, 43 at lower left lying on back. To right of him, obscured by sheriff, is son Christopher. Other son Philip lies next to station wagon. Wife, Ethel Besanson, talks to investigator R. M. Rackerby, center. Right rear, ambulance attendants & firemen carry Bula Honeycutt to ambulance".

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961

GaylordWilshire Nov 5, 2012 2:53 PM

:previous:

Blame it on Bula

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/4615/bulahoneycutt.jpgLos Angeles Times March 9, 1958

Wenders Nov 5, 2012 3:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by haiku99 (Post 5890864)
no doubt! Jim Thompson, maybe the greatest noir writer ever worked in hotels in his youth and said that is where he got the ideas for many of his dark and twisted tales...

You may see Jim Thompson's own residence, Villa Bonita apt building on Hillcrest Dr & Franklin ave (just north of Franklin, a block west of Highland.) If Google streetviewing it, remember to zoom up to see the Villa Bonita writing on building's south -facing wall. The quite tall structure (for this neighborhood) seems to be unaltered from its original style. It was just one of his Hollywood foothills -area homes. In his biography, his daughter wasn't too fond about the Villa Bonita, called it a dump or something similar.
Most of Jim's Hollywood homes were in walking distance from Musso & Frank's.

GaylordWilshire Nov 5, 2012 3:58 PM

Speaking of Technicolor...
 
http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/636...ompleterev.jpgLAT

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/4...musdual2nd.jpgLAT


All of which brings into relief a quote from this online history of Technicolor:

"If you think Charles and Diana had problems.... No piece written about Natalie Kalmus has ever been found that didn't include the word 'bitch.' The Curator sees no need for name calling, especially when others have done it so eloquently."

The Battling Kalmuses...
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/2...erttkalmus.jpghttp://img685.imageshack.us/img685/8...aliekalmus.jpgWidescreen Museum

GaylordWilshire Nov 5, 2012 4:49 PM

...and who knew Natalie had her own line of TVs?
 
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/9...ompleterev.jpg
Los Angeles Times November 16, 1950


"Your TV dealer will show you the radical, unbelievable, inconceivable,
incomparable NATALIE KALMUS Television set. To miss seeing this is like
missing the headlines in an ATOMIC EXPLOSION..."...


If you can't find yours at a store in the list above, here's another source:

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/7228/kalmustvebay.jpgebay

Details here.

Presumably this is the "modern" version of the "Full Combination" with the TV on the right...

Moxie Nov 6, 2012 3:37 AM

On Castle tonight they've got a scene filmed in the Dutch Chocolate Shop. :)

haiku99 Nov 6, 2012 3:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wenders (Post 5891095)
You may see Jim Thompson's own residence, Villa Bonita apt building on Hillcrest Dr & Franklin ave (just north of Franklin, a block west of Highland.) If Google streetviewing it, remember to zoom up to see the Villa Bonita writing on building's south -facing wall. The quite tall structure (for this neighborhood) seems to be unaltered from its original style. It was just one of his Hollywood foothills -area homes. In his biography, his daughter wasn't too fond about the Villa Bonita, called it a dump or something similar.
Most of Jim's Hollywood homes were in walking distance from Musso & Frank's.

thanks, I did not know that...here is a screenshot from Google Maps Street View...I read the the bio on him "Savage Art" years ago and it made a big impression, need to find another copy

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-m....58%2520PM.jpg

AviationGuy Nov 6, 2012 4:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 5890998)
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/8...989c5d33_o.jpg
Traffic accident on Hiway 101, 1958

Traffic accident on Hiway 101, 8 March 1958. Meno Besanson -- 43 years (victim); Christopher Besanson (victim); Philip Besanson (victim); Ethel Besanson; Bula Honeycutt (victim); R. M. Rackerby.

Caption slip reads: "Photographer: Sandusky. Date: 1958-03-08. Assignment: Traffic, 101 Highway 2384: Meno Besanson, 43 at lower left lying on back. To right of him, obscured by sheriff, is son Christopher. Other son Philip lies next to station wagon. Wife, Ethel Besanson, talks to investigator R. M. Rackerby, center. Right rear, ambulance attendants & firemen carry Bula Honeycutt to ambulance".

USCdigital archive/Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection, 1950-1961

Today's view at this location, from Google Streetview (hosted on Flikr):

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7136/8...40c70f66_b.jpg


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