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Old Posted Jul 20, 2014, 3:34 PM
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These photos are clearly supplemental to many other '32 Olympics posts, e.g., Flyingwedge's post

Not unlike various "World's Fairs" the 10th O administrators and local movers and shakers did their best to promote LA's athlete accommodations as being state-of-the-art. There is also the suggestion that "special" accommodations were made for foreign athletes' customary meals and other needs. The truth is probably somewhere in between, especially considering a worldwide economic Depression. Since everyone was suffering (economically) there were probably very few complaints.

Most mess hall photos suggest they were communal, yet pictures labeled "Japanese Mess Hall" may suggest some teams were segregated from each other. Whether this also included a special diet is unclear. One might guess that most foreign palates could have been satisfied due to the fair number of immigrants in the LA area. Recall previously posted photos of athletes in traditional Indian garb.

Note outside shower facilities. Did all athletes read Anglais? Maybe "athlete's foot" needs no translation.

A view of the interior of the Japanese mess hall in the Olympic Village in Los Angeles. Five Asian men are sitting or standing among tables on the left, with a man in a suit on the far left and another man in the background. A large window opening onto the kitchen is along the wall on the left.
"Japanese Mess hall interior" or Japanese in a communal mess hall?

HossC's food suppliers query reminded me of stories I heard from a few '32 Olympiad attendees. One spoke of his introduction to exotic foods including something that may have actually been Velveeta. A little digging reveals that Kraft introduced Velveeta in '28. Whether it was sold in LA? One source suggests by the late '30s it became wildly popular in Germany. With all of LA's strange theme structures-eateries in the '20s and '30s, athletes and foreign press must have seen may bizarre sights that gave birth to equally strange rumors of LA-CA-US life.

Just as Saratoga Springs is the reputed birthplace of potato chips, local lore has it that many foods originated in LA. 1906 - French Dip (Cole's or Philippe's)? 1964 Disneyland and Doritos? Reddi-Whip?

SOME Culinary Invention Claims From the L.A. Area

The French Dip Sandwich - by Phillipe Mathieu (Phillipe Restaurant, L.A., 1918)
The Cheeseburger - Lionel Sternberger (Rite Spot Restaurant, Pasadena, 1924)
The Hot Fudge Sundae - at C.C. Brown's (Hollywood)
The Shirley Temple & the Cobb Salad - at L.A.'s Original Brown Derby (Hollywood)

The History of Eating Out in Los Angeles

Origins of SOME Local Food Empires
1926 - Orange Julius, Julius Freed, Los Angeles
1941 - Carl's Hot Dog Stand (Carl's Jr.), Carl Karcher, Los Angeles
1948 - In-N-Out, Harry Snyder, Baldwin Park
1948 - Winchell's Donuts, Verne Winchell, Temple City
1952 - Fatburger, Lovie Yancey, Los Angeles
1958 - IHOP, Al Lapin, Toluca Lake
1958 - Sizzler, Culver City
1961 - Wienerschnitzel, John Galardi, Long Beach,
1962 - Taco Bell, Glen Bell, Downey
1972 - The Cheesecake Factory, David Overton, Los Angeles
1972 - Gladstone's 4-Fish, Robert Morris, Malibu
1982 - Islands, Tony DeGrazier, West Lost Angeles
1983 - Panda Express, Ming-Tsai Cherng and son, Andrew Cherng, Pasadena

Lists from

What, no Tom's # 49, Ca. Pizza Kitchen and W. Puck spinoffs?

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