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Joe Gillis Sep 16, 2015 6:31 AM

The urn is there, you can just see its faint outline right of the signage

tovangar2 Sep 16, 2015 6:37 AM

:previous:

Thx JG. You're right :-)


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The Chapmans always confuse me. This is the same family that did the Chapman Park Hotel and Bungalows, Chapman Market and the Chapman Studio Building (?)

oldstuff Sep 16, 2015 3:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 7164671)
Back in 1930-31, Los Angeles had its own "Negro City Directory". Here's the preface.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...LANegroCD1.jpg
LAPL

And here's the list of buildings and apartments, which also includes the Dunbar and the Lincoln.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...LANegroCD2.jpg
LAPL

Charlotta A. Bass was born Charlotta Amanda Spears in Sumter, South Carolina in 1879, the fourth of possibly 16 children. She married Joseph Bass in San Diego, CA in 1914. He was 21 years her senior. They were living in Los Angeles by 1920 when they appear in the Census. Joseph was a newspaper editor and Charlotta is listed in that census as being a magazine editor in a newspaper. By 1930 Joseph was the proprietor of a printing shop and Charlotta was apparently a housewife.

From PBS.org we find this biography:


Charlotta Amanda Bass (1874-1969)
Newspaper publisher-editor, civil rights activist
Bass was born in Sumter, South Carolina on February 14, 1874. She relocated to California in 1910 for health reasons. Charlotta Bass took over control of The California Eagle, upon the death of the paper's founder, John James Neimore, in 1912 and served as its publisher until 1951. She and her husband Joseph Bass, who had served as editor of the Topeka Plain Dealer and the Montana Plain Dealer used The Eagle to push for reforms. They combatted such issues as the derogatory images rampant in D.W. Griffith's film, Birth of A Nation; Los Angeles' discriminatory hiring practices; the Klu Klux Klan; police brutality; and restrictive housing covenants.
Bass' uncompromising stance against racial injustice resulted in her life being threatened on numerous occasions. She was branded a communist, and the FBI placed her under surveillance on the charge that her paper was seditious. However, this never deterred her or her paper from seeking civil and political rights for African Americans and the disadvantaged.
Bass retired from the newspaper business in 1951. Her later years were devoted to politics. In 1952 she became the first African-American woman to run for national office as the Vice Presidential candidate on the Progressive Party ticket.
She died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12,1969.

HossC Sep 16, 2015 3:33 PM

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Thanks for the follow-up, oldstuff. Here's a little more info and a picture from huffingtonpost.com.
Charlotta Bass was the editor of "The California Eagle," one of the longest running black newspapers, from 1912 through 1951. She was the first black woman to own and manage a newspaper in the United States.

She was wise beyond her years, predating both the Civil Rights Movement and Women's Liberation. She ran for elected office, including City Council, Congress, and even the U.S. Vice Presidency. Her headstrong determination toward racial and gender equality and her battles against discrimination and stereotyping landed her on the FBI surveillance list.

Charlotta Bass passed away in 1969, but her impact in this city lives on. Thanks to The Southern California Library for keeping Charlotta Bass' legacy alive.
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...s.jpg~original
www.huffingtonpost.com/Southern California Library

tovangar2 Sep 16, 2015 4:15 PM

Charlotta Bass
 
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Thx. That photo is also included in a history and tour of Historic South Central from Amoeba here.

Charlotta Bass ca 1900- 1910:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-R...7%252520AM.jpg
wiki

Ms Bass' home during the 1930s at 697 E 52nd Place, 1911, (now in the 52nd Place Historic District):
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-X...8%252520AM.jpg
wiki


The California Eagle Photo Collection is here


Great 2 1/2 minute video is here highlighting Bass' many campaigns, including opposition to Japanese internment during WWII and the Sleepy Lagoon injustices
(narrated by Susan D Anderson).



https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-e...6%252520AM.jpg
autry




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Matt Maxwell Sep 16, 2015 4:24 PM

Hey folks. Back from my LA trip (4 gigs of photos later -- RAW files are kinda huge, and I only took a few of those, maybe 1-2%). Walked Broadway and DTLA several times. Got to see some of Venice, Culver City, Atwater Village, Burbank and spent some time with Felix (who looks nicely refurbished these days). I'll get around to posting some photos when I get a chance, but it's gonna take some time.

Here's a little something in the meantime:

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/596/2...f6e003b5_b.jpgL1270560 by Matt Maxwell, on Flickr

Shot in front of the Rialto Theatre on Broadway (now an Urban Outfitters, but they kept the marquee) on 9/12/15.

Working on a whole album of this trip here, but there's only a little now: https://www.flickr.com/photos/maxwel...57658288236559

I didn't get to many of my recommendations, unfortunately. Though I did get to walk the length of the 6th street bridge before it gets ripped down. Oh, I should mention that I got to take an Esotouric tour (this one focused on James M. Cain and the birth of noir in LA) and if you have the opportunity, don't pass these up. A great time, even if the weather was pretty hellish. I mean, who ordered the Hawaii-like humidity? Heat I can take, but not when you sweat just stepping outside. Missed the Neon Museum tour (booked too late) which was kind of a bummer, but hopefully next time I get there, their new facility will be open.

tovangar2 Sep 16, 2015 4:51 PM

Sixth Street Bridge
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Matt Maxwell (Post 7165855)
I did get to walk the length of the 6th street bridge before it gets ripped down.

I love the 6th Street Bridge "mask" (I'm one of those people who sees faces in everything):

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j...4%252520AM.jpg
greenstockphotos

(I'm not a fan of that Froot-Loops-looking thing they're threatening to replace it with. Couldn't the structural problems have been solved with a replica?)

The vehicle-access tunnel to the river under the 6th Street Bridge:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-I...0%252520PM.jpg
itsfilmedthere


Thx for the pix so far MM


P.S.

Someone just sent me this image, taken the other night under the Sixth Street Bridge approach (which looks pretty sturdy to me), during a Crank Mob/Midnight Ridazz (paint and glitter) "War on Fun" ride rest stop.
I think fun won :-)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-e...0%252520PM.jpg


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HossC Sep 16, 2015 5:48 PM

Can you guess where today's Julius Shulman pictures were taken? The street lights may give it away. The photoset is "Job 1354: Bank of America (Los Angeles, Calif.),1952".

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...1.jpg~original

Well done to everyone who guessed the Tishman Building at 3440 Wilshire Boulevard. In 1952, the building would've been brand new. I love the way the street lights undulate towards the Wiltern in the distance.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...2.jpg~original

Looking east, the extant pylon from the Ambassador Hotel is visible just past the Tishman Building. Further off, Bullock's Wilshire (advertised in the picture above) can just be seen.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...3.jpg~original

All from Getty Research Institute

Here's how the corner of the Tishman Building looks today.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...4.jpg~original
GSV

We've covered this stretch of Wilshire many times (Ambassador Hotel, Gaylord Apartments, Brown Derby etc.), so I'm not posting loads of recent shots. The last image I'll post is this one of the Mariposa Apartments at Mariposa and 7th. Formerly the Reid Studio Apartment Building, e_r posted about it in post #5618, and included a 1928 picture. It's just visible to the left of the Tishman Building in the first Shulman picture (above). The roof sign on the far right belongs to the Langham Apartments. Mr.Swink posted about the Langham Apartments in post #12304, and tovangar2 added a couple of interior pictures in post #12313.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...5.jpg~original
GSV

If you want to read about what was at 3440 Wilshire before the Tishman Building (spoiler alert: it was Gottfried Schmidt's dairy farm), check out GW's excellent Wilshire Boulevard Houses blog.

ethereal_reality Sep 16, 2015 6:05 PM

I don't believe we've seen this on NLA.

"Dunbar Cocktail Lounge and Grill, inside the Dunbar Hotel at 4225 S. Central in Los Angeles. It is owner Harry Spates whose portrait has been added in the upper center."


[c. 1948]
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...537/gpcAvs.jpg
http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/D...wdate=&hidate=

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ethereal_reality Sep 16, 2015 6:47 PM

Ernie's Gas Station, 1945

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/o89YKX.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ozfan22/3304486268

ozfan22 wrote:

:previous: "My Uncle Ernie and his friend Jack, owned a gas station at 9700 Main St. in Los Angeles back in the 40s."





Ernie's Gas Station with Girls, 1945

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/43KdCL.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ozfan2...n/photostream/

:previous: "Ernie with two of his nieces, Barbara and Joyce at his gas station."

What is that little human in the window?

Flyingwedge Sep 16, 2015 7:25 PM

More Leo Katz Mural
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 7094455)

This is Leo Katz at the LA Central Library, which in November 1934 featured an exhibition on LA-area murals.
The caption describes what Leo is pointing to as a "cartoon drawing" and says in part, "The cartoon drawing
depicts a [sic] area of a multi-panel mural for the Frank Wiggins Trade School." So I guess it's one of the
other two panels of the mural.

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...m.jpg~original
UCLA -- http://lit250v.library.ucla.edu/isla...latimes%3A6378

Closer:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...m.jpg~original
UCLA -- http://lit250v.library.ucla.edu/isla...latimes%3A6379

tovangar2 Sep 16, 2015 7:39 PM

The Tishman Building, Wilshire Blvd
 
:previous:

I quite like that one

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Here's some ominous, murky glamour:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-N...8%252520PM.jpg
delcampe

Flyingwedge Sep 16, 2015 7:49 PM

Griffith Park Airport hangars
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FredH (Post 5573951)

This area of Griffith Park was the site of the Griffith Park Aerodrome, which had been taken over by the National Guard Air Service.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg7/s...jpg&res=medium
[url]http://www.airfields-http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg13/scaled.php?server=13&filename=grandcentca27julsw.jpg&res=medium

It was directly south of the Grand Central Airport in Glandale

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg851...jpg&res=medium
http://www.airfields-freeman.com/CA/...m#grandcentral

And now:

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg14/...jpg&res=medium
Google Maps

The area has now been taken over by soccer fields, the L.A. Zoo parking lot, and the 5 and 134 Freeways

The hangars at Griffith Park Airport (seen in the first photo above), c. 1928:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...p.jpg~original
UCLA -- http://lit250v.library.ucla.edu/isla...latimes%3A6901

ethereal_reality Sep 16, 2015 9:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 7166133)
This is Leo Katz at the LA Central Library, which in November 1934 featured an exhibition on LA-area murals.
The caption describes what Leo is pointing to as a "cartoon drawing" and says in part, "The cartoon drawing
depicts a [sic] area of a multi-panel mural for the Frank Wiggins Trade School." So I guess it's one of the
other two panels of the mural.

http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...m.jpg~original
UCLA -- http://lit250v.library.ucla.edu/isla...latimes%3A6378

Closer:
http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/...m.jpg~original
UCLA -- http://lit250v.library.ucla.edu/isla...latimes%3A6379

:previous: This is a great find Flyingwedge!
Now we know what one of the Wiggins School 'side' panels might have looked like.
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ethereal_reality Sep 16, 2015 11:17 PM

'mystery' location.



Winfield-Kerner Co., April 1922.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...901/qepI6P.jpg
eBay

:previous: I believe the other part of the sign (behind the men) reads Motion Picture Stage(?), and below that, Equipment & Supplies.

-note that there is also a sign on the house next door. -and one of the men is holding what looks like a metallic orb.


(not much additional information on the reverse:()
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800...661/XSHrKo.jpg
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tovangar2 Sep 16, 2015 11:32 PM

Winfield-Kerner (founded 1905)
 
:previous:

325 E 6th St - per the Directory of California Manufacturers

Manufacurters of arc lamps, and electrical equipment

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-X...9%252520PM.jpg
-raymond fielding

The same location today:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-2...0%252520PM.jpg
gsv

ethereal_reality Sep 16, 2015 11:53 PM

:previous: That was fast! Thanks t2.


I just came across this 1940s matchbook on eBay.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/tzOgrd.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940-S-THE-R...item51d7c71655

:previous: I'm dying to know what this building really looked like. The illustration above makes it looks more like a Drive-In Movie Theater than a restaurant.


I am thinking the illustration above is probably the Beverly Hills location (featuring an oval dining room)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/Kw2FDj.jpg



Alas, the building is gone.

'The Rotisserie' has been replaced by this modern building at 8760 (southwest corner of Wilshire and Willaman Drive)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...661/dLk58p.jpg
gsv


As I was turning the google-mobile around, I noticed this interesting vintage building (built in 1939) on the southeast corner of Wilshire and Willaman Drive.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...909/B6kmRV.jpg
gsv

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* I just noticed Martin_Turnbill posted this same matchbook (although in a different color)

Here's his earlier post.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=23656


Martin's more impressive matchbook
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/102...673/SrWVPz.jpg
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=23656

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HossC Sep 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tovangar2 (Post 7166458)

325 E 6th St - per the Directory of California Manufacturers

Manufacurters of arc lamps, and electrical equipment

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-X...9%252520PM.jpg
-raymond fielding

The Winfield-Kerner Company is listed in the City Directories between 1916 and 1928. In 1916 it just says "arc lamps" after their name, with the address listed as "rear 716 S San Pedro". The company is listed at 325 E 6th from 1917 until 1928. The men in the company's name were Edward F Winfield and Otto Kerner.

HossC Sep 17, 2015 12:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 7166478)

I just came across this 1940s matchbook on eBay.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/tzOgrd.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940-S-THE-R...item51d7c71655

:previous: I'm dying to know what this building really looked like. The illustration above makes it looks more like a Drive in Movie Theater than a restaurant.


I am thinking the illustration above is probably the Beverly Hills location (featuring an oval dining room)
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/Kw2FDj.jpg

Here's the best image I've found so far. The Rotisserie Restaurant on Wilshire is just to the left of the intersection in this 1968 aerial. Looking at Historic Aerials, I can see that the building is present on their earliest image from 1947, and that it gets replaced by the current building between 1980 and 1989.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Rotisserie.jpg
Detail of picture in USC Digital Library

ethereal_reality Sep 17, 2015 12:36 AM

:previous: Wow, that matchbook artist wasn't that far off! Thanks for digging up the 1968 aerial Hoss. I think I see the oval dining room too. :)





I just came across this striking photograph of movie actress Louis Brooks standing in the doorway of her Beverly Hills home.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/128...907/uNPKLp.jpg
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SEXY-LOUISE-...item5423d83e8e

I'm not sure where Louise Brooks lived in Beverly Hills....but this photograph has certainly piqued by interest.
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