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ethereal_reality Jan 9, 2019 7:18 PM

Here's an especially nice image of Mimi Forsythe.


https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/O3pwAR.jpg
glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen

HossC Jan 9, 2019 7:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8430240)

Does anyone have an idea what is above the garage doors at 1611 N Normandie Avenue? :shrug:........1926 is too early for graffiti, right?

to be more descriptive: it looks like a cut-out sign (of graffiti) on a slanted roof.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyingwedge (Post 8430371)

:previous: Could we be looking at laundry hung out to dry?

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 8430679)

FW is correct. It appears to be one day of washing for the baby. Diapers, sheets for the crib and possibly towels and clothes. This was back in the day when mothers washed a lot of diapers. There were no diaper washing companies and disposable diapers hadn't been perfected. It was one smelly mess.:yuck: Dirty diapers were kept in a metal can with a pop-up lid....soiled diapers are changed many times in 24 hours.

Zooming in on the original, the laundry is bigger than diapers.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Normandie3.jpg
USC Digital Library

It looks like the garages have gone, although the layout of the residential units doesn't seem to have changed over the years (I can see them on a 1927 aerial despite its fuzziness). The garages and washing were at the back of the driveway to the left of the Google marker.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Normandie4.jpg
Google Maps

ethereal_reality Jan 9, 2019 8:35 PM

I didn't realize the garage had a flat roof. (I probably should have know)

I'm still confused about the height of the clothes line. It's too high.
And if the clothes line is directly above the flat roof...it's too low. with the bottom of the clothes touching the roof

Valentino Jan 9, 2019 8:58 PM

The clothes touching the roof may be an illusion, due to lack of depth perception. There appear to be two clotheslines, which may be on pulleys, that might originate from two second story windows in the adjacent building.

P.S. Didn't want to post until I had something to contribute, other than a comment, but have nothing of value to share to date.

CityBoyDoug Jan 9, 2019 9:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8431155)
I didn't realize the garage had a flat roof. (I probably should have know)

I'm still confused about the height of the clothes line. It's too high.
And if the clothes line is directly above the flat roof...it's too low. with the bottom of the clothes touching the roof

Its possible that the clothes line is on the roof of the garage.

CityBoyDoug Jan 9, 2019 9:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HossC (Post 8431084)
Zooming in on the original, the laundry is bigger than diapers.

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/z...Normandie3.jpg
USC Digital Library

Hoss, can you please help us out here and identify each piece of laundry? Also, if you have the time, what is the make and model of the car in the garage? I'm scratching my head over this. :previous:

CityBoyDoug Jan 9, 2019 9:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Valentino (Post 8431184)
The clothes touching the roof may be an illusion, due to lack of depth perception. There appear to be two clotheslines, which may be on pulleys, that might originate from two second story windows in the adjacent building.

P.S. Didn't want to post until I had something to contribute, other than a comment, but have nothing of value to share to date.

Valentino: welcome to this thread. Boy did you step in with a comment at the right time.

That dang clothes line has become a real cause célèbre. Just what is on that line...is it pajamas, sheets, or baby diapers...maybe all three and then some?

My guess is that's its Monday....wash day.

Here is my proof:

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Bake on Wednesday,
Brew on Thursday,
Churn on Friday,
Mend on Saturday,
Go to meeting on Sunday.

This all goes back to the Mayflower colony in the year 1620.

ethereal_reality Jan 9, 2019 11:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 8431227)
Hoss, can you please help us out here and identify each piece of laundry?

Hoss was just clarifying your response CBD.
His close-up is much clearer than the fuzzy one that you and I were looking at.

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 8431220)
Its possible that the clothes line is on the roof of the garage.

If it's on the roof of the garage it's too low. Nix that. I just looked again.

If the clothes line is hanging over the far side of the roof, then I'd say...yes, it's a possibility.
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update:

If you look closely, you can see the empty clothes line that runs across the front edge of the roof. The line we see with the clothes is in the back. I'd say CBD is correct.


update 2

I was looking at a telephone line :duh:



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but there's also a middle line. (#2 above) -with two garments....maybe three.


I have now entered the realm of "beating a dead horse".

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/3043/wKoswg.gif
giphy

ethereal_reality Jan 10, 2019 12:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Valentino (Post 8431184)
The clothes touching the roof may be an illusion, due to lack of depth perception. There appear to be two clotheslines, which may be on pulleys, that might originate from two second story windows in the adjacent building.

I just saw your post Valentino. You were correct all along. I was..pretty much..repeating what you had already said. My apologies.


Welcome to the thread Valentino.

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Tikiman Jan 10, 2019 12:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8431389)
Hoss was just clarifying your response CBD.
His close-up is much clearer than the fuzzy one that you and I were looking at.


If it's on the roof of the garage it's too low. Nix that. I just looked again.

If the clothes line is hanging over the far side of the roof, then I'd say...yes, it's a possibility.
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update:

If you look closely, you can see the empty clothes line that runs across the front edge of the roof. The line we see with the clothes is in the back. I'd say CBD is correct.


update 2

I was looking at a telephone line :(

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/rkqHVR.jpg
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but there's also a middle line. (#2 above) -with two garments....maybe three.


I have now entered the realm of "beating a dead horse".

https://imageshack.com/a/img922/3043/wKoswg.gif
giphy

You may note that the line runs off past our view to the left. It could very well be that there is a structure with a second story that direction. Also; in those times, clothes lines often were on a pulley system so you could hang all laundry from the porch and run it out over the yard or whatever to dry - then just pull it back in. This may be the case here.

ethereal_reality Jan 10, 2019 12:13 AM

Yes Tikiman, clothes lines with pulleys (usually between two tenements) have been seen in numerous old movies.
In fact, I'm trying to find an example as we speak. (so far nothing)

hmmm....perhaps the film The Window [1949] (if I remember correctly, the entire film takes place in tenements)
There might be a pulley line visible in Hitchcock's Rear Window? (is that what the lady used to lower her dog down to the ground?)

Handsome Stranger Jan 10, 2019 12:25 AM

https://i.postimg.cc/tJMFq7JG/wash.jpg

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1945


https://i.postimg.cc/xd1MBW9z/window.jpg

The Window, 1949

ethereal_reality Jan 10, 2019 12:26 AM

:previous: A-ha...perfect example!

Thanks Handsome Stranger.



And The Window too! (HS added it later)

Valentino Jan 10, 2019 12:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8431440)
I just saw your post Valentino. You were correct all along. I was..pretty much..repeating what you had already said. My apologies.


Welcome to the thread Valentino.

https://imageshack.com/a/img923/8108/3eAjh3.gif

Thank you e_r and CBD.

That's a very snazzy gif.

Could be a hint there, as he is pull(ey)ing the shade.

ethereal_reality Jan 10, 2019 12:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Valentino (Post 8431478)
Could be a hint there, as he is pull(ey)ing the shade.

You're thinking like one of us already! :tongue4: -frightening.

ethereal_reality Jan 10, 2019 1:05 AM

'mystery location (no laundry in sight)

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/miaYiX.jpg
Ebay




with damaged border.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/QZ0ijt.jpg

Garden City Photos. 608 E. Fifth Street Los Angeles, Cal.




reverse (no Vanilla Fudge recipe this time)

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...924/0ekRLn.jpg


The Clues:

appears to have been partially erased. I believe the name of the owner is at the top
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...924/y51YiG.jpg
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streets
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...924/JfXsrC.jpg
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I believe it says Sacramento near Mateo.

If anyone can make out the owner's name we might be able to locate [exactly where the house used to be. (the area is industrial now)

GaylordWilshire Jan 10, 2019 1:27 AM

:previous:

In the 1890 CD there is a Collins family at the NWC of Sacramento and Mateo--Thomas a carpenter and Mary a dressmaker, though no "R A" or "R O"... It seems totally flat at Sacramento and Mateo today and there appears to be a sloping street in the vintage view.... But then the Herald of June 28, 1892, reports the sale of Lot 85 of Hiscock & Smith's Addition by R. A. Collins to an Anna Hosburg.... Lot 85, with a house on it on the 1910 Baist, was right at the NWC of Sac & Mateo....

Handsome Stranger Jan 10, 2019 1:32 AM

Enhanced contrast:

https://i.postimg.cc/d30nqLRJ/name-1.jpg

My best guess is R.A. Colton or R.A. Cotton.

ethereal_reality Jan 10, 2019 5:20 AM

One more mystery location for tonight.


“Los Angeles, Cal. flooding in front of Miller Apts. Feb. 19, 1914”.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/9hnKqh.jpg
Ebay


If you closely, you can see the tops of some interesting buildings behind the large sign.




a closer look.
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/TVvDUj.jpg
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Good luck! :)

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sadykadie2 Jan 10, 2019 5:50 AM

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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire (Post 8428284)
Great to see Irene "in the flesh." I looked at her daughter's website, but when "Email me" is clicked...there is no address...and the last blogpost was nearly 7 years ago....

Dang, Gaylordwilshire, you're good!:worship:


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