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ethereal_reality Jun 18, 2015 11:21 PM

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...908/9CiHjY.jpg

:previous: Good eye Hoss. The Full Moon Inn sign hides the most significant architectural detail.

ethereal_reality Jun 18, 2015 11:28 PM

'mystery' location.


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/zKSMah.jpg
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The white building on the left might be an elementary school. Could the three streetcars be lined up for a field trip excursion?

but I'm mostly curious about the older brick building down the street.

Tourmaline Jun 18, 2015 11:57 PM




The apartment bldg. at 1515 N Silver Lake Blvd. was reportedly built in 1929 and retains many of the stream line and zig-zag features that took it from being a box to being a box with nice wrapping. ;) Although the photo below doesn't show it, and depending on your viewpoint, some of those features are partially obscured by foliage and neighboring structures.



http://photonet.hotpads.com/search/l...384_medium.jpghttp://photonet.hotpads.com/search/l...384_medium.jpg


:hi:

On the subject of reposts, it is good to know that posters make an effort to determine if an image or subject has received prior exposure on NLA. Realistically, even if the poster has followed this thread from its inception, this is not an easy task, and not just because of the labeling, or lack thereof. It is also good manners and in some instances, the secondary post improves upon the original. In that regard, I would like to commend NLA'ers for the courtesy and respect shown toward the labors of other posters and their sources - even when there is slight disagreement about the topic or an occasional oversight.

One other thing, a special thanks to our friends at the Historic Los Angeles Theaters site who obviously visit this thread. ( https://sites.google.com/site/downto...stheatres/Home ) Not only is the site informative, but they also acknowledge indirect contributions from NLA'ers. Until recently, I was unaware of this. This is a good practice that other sites should follow.

CityBoyDoug Jun 19, 2015 12:26 AM

Mr. California - 1947
 
How could this happen? Healthy appearing young man caught up in local chicanery. This was in 1947 at almost the height of the noir era...so I guess this was not all that surprising.
He also uses at least two names whilst doing his business about town.


Gym bunny gives his address as a local bowling alley.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psqw5hel2s.jpg
LAExaminer

More 1946 Hollywood bowling alley badness. "Hey, where's my Coke?" "It's coming dear, just let me step over the dead body."

In Hollywood's La Cienega bowling alley a familiar story reached its climax on Aug. 7, 1946. A professional bowler named Marvin Ashley, who liked one of the waitresses, saw her being escorted home in early morning by Joseph Smith, who worked at a pool hall down the block. He knocked Smith down and blackened his eye. That night, while Ashley sat at the bar, Smith walked in. A moment later Ashley lay dead on the floor, shot in the heart. The 200 customers gathered around, more in curiousity than in fright. The body was covered with a blanket and police were called. Soon the customers went back to their bowling or their drinks. The juke box played on without losing a nickel. Waitresses, passing from bar to tables, walked right past the body -- enabling a Los Angeles Times photographer to take this great picture of a routine 1946 event.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...pszrjmdq1u.jpg
LATimes

Those bowlers are tough cookies.:previous:

Beaudry Jun 19, 2015 12:27 AM

Found this on eBay the other day.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/467/18...e801c2de_c.jpg

I am quite enamored of the forceful, flowery prose (to Mother Lewis back in Salt Springs, Arkansas):

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/268/18...2e6a6a0f_c.jpg
Dear Mother,
This Building is the successful result of years of toil and close application and mental (—?). Excepting public buildings and skyscrapers, it is one of the largest and handsomest in this great metropolis and a striking and useful monument to the name of Lewis.



Said name of Lewis now removed from the top story (along, that is, with the top story)—but does "Lewiston Apts" still lurk beneath that awning?

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/433/18...83fac90c_c.jpg

Normally I'd think the third story was lost after Sylmar, or maybe Whittier...but the permit to demolish the third story is stamped June of '59. How do I know this? Because I went to THIS AMAZING NEW SITE. Total game changer, this great gift to the historian-at-large.

ethereal_reality Jun 19, 2015 1:05 AM

That's an excellent find Beaudry. The sentiment on the reverse is priceless.

ethereal_reality Jun 19, 2015 1:17 AM

Here's 'Mr. Grand Theft Auto' in a more serious pose CBD.

Eric Pederson, Mr. California 1947. (real name Charles E. Putnam)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...540/FMN8L9.jpg
http://www.vintagebodybuilding.com/

...and that photograph of the dead guy at the bowling alley was pretty surreal.
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Ed Workman Jun 19, 2015 1:54 AM

[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;7067579]"This remarkable photograph from a Keystone Cops silent film made around 1918 shows Los Angeles Railway "Maggies" nos. 1 and 7." -Ralph Cantos


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...538/N89Juk.jpg
http://www.pacificelectric.org/los-a...y-nos-1-and-7/



Looking south on Douglas Street from just above Ridge Way.


If one could find a copy of the Kops and Maggies movie, finding that scene is highly unlikely.
Because it's too sharp to be from a movie frame.
'Stills" of movie scenes were made for tacking in the window boxes at theatres to promote Now Playing and Coming Attractions. They were made on a set, with all the players neatly combed, brushed etc, posed VERY STILL onnacounta the shots were made on 8x10 [black&white, slow] film, at small apertures for maximum sharpness. Once a successful negative [s] was selected it could be rapidly contact printed for distribution. At some point I don't know in time, negatives could be duplicated and each contact printed rapidly.
I wonder if there are still bookstores in Hollywood that sell old stills- it's been decades since I looked

And why Maggies? . Those folks that have kept up with LARy streetcar pictures will note the classic 'five window front' exhibited by hundreds of Mr. Huntington's cars.
The Maggies were substantially shorter however, small in number and are most remembered, or photographed on, the Bonnie Brae line, which was rather steep. Some of the cars were fitted with magnetic track brakes for maximum stopping power in addition to shoes on the wheel treads.
The number of such cars varied with the times. They were rebuilt from older 'odd' cars and in turn were 'rebuilt' into other types, a stretch of the word as lengths did change greatly- as in 'jack up the trolley pole and roll a new car under it'.

HenryHuntington Jun 19, 2015 2:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7067686)
'mystery' location.


http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/zKSMah.jpg
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The white building on the left might be an elementary school. Could the three streetcars be lined up for a field trip excursion?

but I'm mostly curious about the older brick building down the street.

We are once again at the corner of Monroe St. and New Hampshire Ave. If we were to do a right-face, we'd be enjoying the same view as in that "mystery pic" of a week or so back, ER.

Instead, we're looking east on Monroe St. toward Vermont Ave. The building to our left is on the LACC campus. The streetcars are laying over at the northern terminus of the V line.

This time, the building that's attracted your attention is at 800-816 N. Vermont Ave.

John Maddox Roberts Jun 19, 2015 2:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7067786)
Here's 'Mr. Grand Theft Auto' in a more serious pose CBD.

Eric Pederson, Mr. California 1947. (real name Charles E. Putnam)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...540/FMN8L9.jpg
http://www.vintagebodybuilding.com/

...and that photograph of the dead guy at the bowling alley was pretty surreal.
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Yeah, but that's one great-looking waitress!

CityBoyDoug Jun 19, 2015 2:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7067786)
Here's 'Mr. Grand Theft Auto' in a more serious pose CBD.

Eric Pederson, Mr. California 1947. (real name Charles E. Putnam)


...and that photograph of the dead guy at the bowling alley was pretty surreal.
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Eric Petersen has a FaceBook page....https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-...36866119662279

Thanks ER for the added info...most interesting. He went on to being a pro circuit wrestler. The FB page has a lot of photos but not much on his personal life which evidently included a wife and a couple kids.

I always thought that bowling alleys were kinda sleazy places but others will differ on that.
I once took all of my employees to a pool hall for some recreation.:D


Backstage at the 1947 contest...Long Beach, CA auditorium. It was hard to beat Steve Reeves in 1947.
Petersen ..3rd from left. He scored 2nd Place.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ps7w4rprjn.jpg
FBpage.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...psp20drsdh.jpg
Gimage

The Mr. America for 1947 was destined to eclipse all the others in fame and fortune. Steve Reeves used his victory in America's most renowned physique contest as a catapult to stardom. Reeves was a California bodybuilder with the face of a matinee idol and the body of Hercules. It was his resemblance to the Greek hero that allowed the young man to branch out into the movies. Thanks to his contest win, he was soon whisked off to Italy where he appeared in a series of Italian gladiator movies. By the end of his cinematic career, Reeves had become the most famous star to come out of the physique world until Schwarzenegger overtook him.

ethereal_reality Jun 19, 2015 3:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HenryHuntington (Post 7067849)

We're looking east on Monroe St. toward Vermont Ave. The building to our left is on the LACC campus.
The streetcars are laying over at the northern terminus of the V line.

This time, the building that's attracted your attention is at 800-816 N. Vermont Ave.


below: A 'before & after' based on your information HH.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...537/zKSMah.jpg
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...913/MImOB2.jpg
gsv

:previous: They've buried the utilities.







Here's an impressive look at the building on Vermont.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...633/2XnUfS.jpg
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Thanks so much for your help HenryHuntington.


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Tourmaline Jun 19, 2015 3:37 AM


A block to the left, or north, would have been the Junior College Pharmacy at 850 N Vermont.



MichaelRyerson Jun 19, 2015 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 7067674)
The Stuart K Oliver house, which's popped up here before a number of times, gets a nice little write-up by Nathan Masters as part of the "LA as Subject" series: http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/la-as-subject/last-house-standing-on-bunker-hill.html

http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_fo...x415-93961.jpg


That Nathan Masters guy is a fine writer.

srk1941 Jun 19, 2015 5:12 PM

This is the greatest gift I can think of since the LA Times was digitized!!!


Normally I'd think the third story was lost after Sylmar, or maybe Whittier...but the permit to demolish the third story is stamped June of '59. How do I know this? Because I went to THIS AMAZING NEW SITE. Total game changer, this great gift to the historian-at-large.[/QUOTE]

Beaudry Jun 19, 2015 6:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson (Post 7068069)
That Nathan Masters guy is a fine writer.

He is! (To be clear, though, don't confuse him with that Nathan Marsak guy. Don't get me started on him.)

Beaudry Jun 19, 2015 7:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by srk1941 (Post 7068470)
This is the greatest gift I can think of since the LA Times was digitized!!!


Normally I'd think the third story was lost after Sylmar, or maybe Whittier...but the permit to demolish the third story is stamped June of '59. How do I know this? Because I went to THIS AMAZING NEW SITE. Total game changer, this great gift to the historian-at-large.

[/QUOTE]

I couldn't agree more! For years I've wanted to know who the architect was for the SoR—and it's Dodd & Richards! Who I also found out did the Clark Hotel Garage. In this shot, the Lux Theatre is by Train & Williams, the Hotel Jonathon by C C Rittenhouse! The Alto is by L A Smith, the Briggs by Frank H Peters...ad infinitum. Plus the demo permits, so we know exactly when things came down (putting to rest the age-old questions of "how long, exactly, did the Engstrum hang around [all the way to 1988; at least that's when its demo permit was granted, along with the demos for the Grand Central/Biltmore Garage at 5th and Grand, and the Central Garage at 4th and Olive]). I've just scratched the tip of the iceberg and I've already become a wan hunchback...

ethereal_reality Jun 19, 2015 8:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beaudry (Post 7068570)
To be clear, though, don't confuse him with that Nathan Marsak guy. Don't get me started on him.

I've heard that 'Marsak guy' is quite a dapper fellow. ;)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...537/x6x22w.jpg
http://media.lamag.com/fashionfeatur...riteyear/#1920

ethereal_reality Jun 19, 2015 8:18 PM

Has anyone heard of a 'Sphynx Rock' out in Chatsworth?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/912/qiHTA2.jpg
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ethereal_reality Jun 19, 2015 8:44 PM

An old, old pre-neon bulb sign still clinging to life in downtown Los Angeles.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...673/yvfkob.jpg
http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/itsasign,la/Interesting



It's hiding in plain sight on the back of a building that faces Broadway. You can see it here from Spring Street.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...673/kxsxb4.jpg
gsv



a bit closer
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...673/LFiedG.jpg
http://vintagesignsusa.blogspot.com/...itting-co.html



Here's the front of the building on Broadway (the shorter one of the two)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...908/ySr8n7.jpg
circa. 1950, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater



and today.
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...540/feaBt7.jpg
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further information
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640...537/IQGaMl.jpg
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=40...08100&z=12&m=b

"Brown-Israel Outfitting Co. Clothes on Credit" bulb sign

F.W. Braun Building, 1913. W.J. Sauder, architect

Brown-Israel Outfitting Company. -enlarged to six stories in 1922.

architect: Benjamin Bloser

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