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Old Posted Jan 23, 2014, 2:22 PM
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Wonderful shot of Fifth and Olive Streets, circa 1910. HandsomeStranger posted a smaller version here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=4301 I don't generally associate the orb laden street lighting with LA. Captures a pre-noir era that is hard to appreciate. At least I see some vegetation on the right!

http://www.photographium.com/5th-str...alifornia-1910

Take a peek inside Clunes?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/theatre...3586/lightbox/

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The Ambassador, with a '53 Mercury Monterey in Yosemite Yellow

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Does anyone know if this graceful statue was saved? __
Uncertain what happened to the original '38 statue. It has been suggested that the artwork succumbed to "metal fatigue." http://la.curbed.com/archives/2010/0...y_revealed.php Source indicates statue was replaced with a more modest "clothed" version. http://www.publicartinla.com/sculptu...nedy_park.html

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The very old center

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A fascinating 1938 sepia image I found on ebay last night.



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WOW ! Bruce. What a find ! Lately the thread is captivating as at the start (for example Fred's Bunker Hill 1960's). Never could get before the precise visual idea of how near from Pico House & Plaza was the northern part of the Baker Block. This section (Plaza, Baker and Temple Blocks) was the very old center of L.A. This northern part of the Baker Block must now be the highway. They would never obliterate the historic centers of towns in Europe.
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A worthy mention

Clock Towers, aka Keuffel & Esser Building. The first conversion of industrial space to residential use, a practice known today as adaptive reuse. Located at 300 Adams Street Hoboken, N.J. It's not L.A. I know, but it did pave the way of adaptive reuse, why many of the noir buildings in L.A. still exist.
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=300+Ad...47rkLNqjgLMuYA

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Old Posted Jan 23, 2014, 9:41 PM
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East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. 1941.

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The tower on the right, as several have already commented, is of LA High School. I graduated from LA High in the summer of 1967 and the earthquake occurred less than four years later. The building was demolished that year and my alma mater is forever gone. If the quake had occurred in 2014, I feel almost certain that the building would have been repaired, restored and made earthquake resistant. The 1970s was not a good time for historic preservation and there is not much to be said about the present school building.

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The Wiki article claims that preservation/repair efforts would have been feasible but were stymied by "interests" that apparently needed a new school building contract. Although no cites were given, it is true that several other brick high school buildings from the 1920s came through just fine, e.g. John Marshall, Hamilton, Uni, and perhaps a couple of others whose names escape me right now.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2014, 7:06 AM
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Drove down Rosemead Blvd. in South El Monte a couple days ago. This sign for the old Starlite
Drive-In Movie Theater is now gone.

UPDATE! - The sign is still there. They have a new swap meet sign and I thought it replaced this one. I'm all screwed up. Sorry.


Google Street View

The old drive in movie signs are disappearing.



http://www.americandrivein.com/states/ca.htm

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Old Posted Jan 24, 2014, 12:18 PM
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This definately qualifies as LA Noir-Martha Davis & the Motels, this Video has such a Noir feel to it you can't help but inagine a Smoky LA Lounge, sine the band was based out of LA it was probably shot therel cant seen to pin point it.http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaPTELylZ1s
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rlrdrken, your YouTube link seems to be broken. For anyone wanting to see the video, try clicking here.


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A couple of nights ago I came across this picture of the Richfield Building on the USC site. I don't remember seeing it here before, but that's no guarantee! It's dated at November 26, 1957.


USC Digital Library

When I zoomed in, I noticed that a couple of the windows show advertisments for Richfield Boron Gasoline.


Details of picture above.

I can't find any references to Richfield Boron Gasoline in NLA, so here are a few contemporary advertisements:


Ebay


Ebay


Amazon


Ebay
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2014, 2:25 PM
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rlrdrken, your YouTube link seems to be broken. For anyone wanting to see the video, try clicking here.


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A couple of nights ago I came across this picture of the Richfield Building on the USC site. I don't remember seeing it here before, but that's no guarantee! It's dated at November 26, 1957.


USC Digital Library

When I zoomed in, I noticed that a couple of the windows show advertisements for Richfield Boron Gasoline.


Details of picture above.

I can't find any references to Richfield Boron Gasoline in NLA, so here are a few contemporary advertisements:


Ebay



Tough to argue the merits of Boron's power as a gasoline additive. Maybe, if only more was added to a certain Richfield structure . . .

A sampling of easy-to-overlook previous NLA postings:


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...I7BYYB1KYV.jpg


http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics18/00018959.jpg


http://jpg1.lapl.org/00097/00097481.jpg


http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044294.jpg


http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics48/00043703.jpg


http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics18/00018956.jpg


http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics18/00018957.jpg


1939 - "Eye it .. Try it .. Buy it!"
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00104/00104226.jpg


http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics18/00018955.jpg





http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...9M6P1TDUFI.jpg

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Old Posted Jan 24, 2014, 2:31 PM
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1941 - Third and Vermont (Apt. complex at 275 S. New Hampshire Ave.)
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rlrdrken, your YouTube link seems to be broken. For anyone wanting to see the video, try clicking here.


A couple of nights ago I came across this picture of the Richfield Building on the USC site. I don't remember seeing it here before, but that's no guarantee! It's dated at November 26, 1957.


I can't find any references to Richfield Boron Gasoline in NLA, so here are a few contemporary advertisements:




Ebay

A bit off topic, but the ad containing the B-58 Hustler bomber would be from the 1960-62 era. The B-58 was built by General Dynamics in their Ft. Worth, Texas plant. I was attending TCU at the time and the campus was probably around 6-7 miles from that plant as the crow flies. Every morning around 2:00am they rolled those suckers off the assembly line to static test the engines. The ground would shake and noise was about at the same level as one might expect from a large tornado. Thanks for the Memories!

On another note, Boron is not only a great fuel additive it is a wonderful oil additive that in both cases cleans up the inside of an engine, eliminating both ignition ping from carbon build up but the nasty sludge that can collect on rotating assembly components in any engine. Overall a good thing for fuel efficiency, engine life, and reduction of air pollutants.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2014, 3:13 PM
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The Wiki article claims that preservation/repair efforts would have been feasible but were stymied by "interests" that apparently needed a new school building contract. Although no cites were given, it is true that several other brick high school buildings from the 1920s came through just fine, e.g. John Marshall, Hamilton, Uni, and perhaps a couple of others whose names escape me right now.
Uni's auditorium was knocked down mainly because the PTA President wanted her name on a new building. Stivleman Hall is now the school's auditorium along with the cafeteria in the basement level. I bring this up because there was very little damage to the original aud,and the company who knocked it down spent so much time and money that they went out of business because it was a solid building and only 30 years old at the time. I had a friend who went to LA High,and he told me the guy who designed the new building was a former prison inmate and drew from what he knew,he also did the buildings for Fairfax and Stivelman. Tov would know more about this.
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Tourmaline, when I said "I don't remember seeing it here before", I was referring to the picture, not the Richfield Building. Thanks for the reminder of previous posts.


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There have been several mentions of Chutes Park on NLA, and Los Angeles Past posted a couple of great pictures in post #739, but I don't recall seeing a colorized picture before. The postmark dates it at 1905.



Ebay

The neighboring Washington Park has also had a few passing mentions, but I didn't find any pictures. The Chutes Theater and waterslide are clearly visible in the background of the second picture below.


Ebay


Ebay

The parks were located just south of Washington Boulevard between Grand and Main. The site was just marked as "The Chutes" on the 1910 Baist map.


www.historicmapworks.com

The "Base Ball Grounds" are shown by 1914.


www.historicmapworks.com

The stands of the ballpark are much larger by 1921, and the site next to the ballpark is now labeled "McCartney's Washington Gardens".


www.historicmapworks.com

Today, nothing remains of either park. Olive, Hill and Broadway have all been extended through the site.


Google Maps

And finally, a recent aerial shot.


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Old Posted Jan 24, 2014, 3:57 PM
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Tourmaline, when I said "I don't remember seeing it here before", I was referring to the picture, not the Richfield Building. Thanks for the reminder of previous posts.

No misunderstanding. IMHO, the Richfield Building (and its tragic demise) is worth remembering . . . again and again.



Wondering if the nearby presence of Borax mining had anything to do with Richfield's embrace of Boron. "The West's only Boron motor fuel."


20 Mule Team Borax. 1908
http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf7k4009g5/hi-res


http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf009nb18d/hi-res
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There have been several mentions of Chutes Park on NLA, and Los Angeles Past posted a couple of great pictures in post #739, but I don't recall seeing a colorized picture before. The postmark dates it at 1905.



Ebay

Nice background info.

Interesting that the fountain (right foreground) is identified as "electric." Curious if it referred to the lighting or water movement, neither of which appears obvious in image. In either case, let's hope it was well insulated and grounded.
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A couple of nights ago I came across this picture of the Richfield Building on the USC site. I don't remember seeing it here before, but that's no guarantee! It's dated at November 26, 1957.


USC Digital Library
The people who decided to destroy this building should be arrested and tried for a crime against the people and City of Los Angeles.

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Perry Mason Online

The Mercury wagon that carried Barbara Graham to the electric chair, as well as the one passing the Hall of Justice
above in a Perry Mason episode, no doubt came off the Lincoln-Mercury assembly line right in L.A.--well, technically it was in
Maywood, in the Central Manufacturing District, part of which is shown here:

USC

I've never been able to find a picture of the L.A. L-M factory, but there were several Ford Division plants around Los Angeles County.
Model T's were assembled downtown at 12th and Olive until 1914, when operations were moved to a new factory at
7th and Santa Fe:

USC

It still stands:



Model Ts and As were built there until 1930, when the Long Beach factory opened:

USC

It served until 1959, when Pico Rivera came online, lasting about 20 years. Fords, Lincolns, Mercurys, several GM
nameplates, Chryslers products, Studebakers, Nashes, and Willyses were all once built in L.A.--but now, nothing.


With USC's format change a few more images have been temporarily lost.


Recent mention of assembly lines brought to mind these ready-to-install Boron-gobbling Lincoln-Mercury power plants. Please consult owner's manual for warranty coverage concerning low-lead fuels.


1958
http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...182MBV1MEN.jpg


http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...3DTQ6UI8EV.jpg

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...EA12E91V8H.jpg


Ford's "Maywood Plant", located at 58015 S. Eastern Avenue and Slauson Avenue, City of Commerce. December 20, 1956
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00089/00089804.jpg

More Maywood, circa '55. Source identifies some pictured structures as being Kraft Foods. (Wonder if those buildings broadcast Mitch Miller's music to bolster mayonnaise worker moral )
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00088/00088446.jpg


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A collage of overhead photos showing automobile assembly plants located in the Long Beach and South Bay areas. In the 1930's all of the major U.S. automakers built assembly plants in the L.A. area in order to save on shipping costs. Shown are plants of: Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Corp., General Motors Corp., Willys-Overland Motors, Inc., Studebaker Corp., and Moreland Motor Truck Co.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics28/00048513.jpg


1934 Tire making. Source indicates Ford Factory and Goodyear collaboration. 6701 So[uth] Central. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...id/42895/rec/3





















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Drove down Rosemead Blvd. in South El Monte a couple days ago. This sign for the old Starlite
Drive-In Movie Theater is now gone.


Google Street View

The old drive in movie signs are disappearing.



http://www.americandrivein.com/states/ca.htm
saw this on curbed today.

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/0..._back.php#more
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