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A few months back I happened upon this item on eBay.






I've sat and stared at this thing for time eternal (two months) and still can't figure out what's going on.


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My take is that it is a model of a proposed multilevel parking garage. If you look closely you'll see that the spiral is two-way with the two lanes separated by a double scribed line. I'm not familiar enough with the area to guess where it was proposed to be located.

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mystery location.


It's obviously in the Los Angeles area because of the 'See Los Angeles from the Air' sign on the little hut-like building.


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I had this filed with photographs from the Hemet area. (that might not mean anything. .but at least it's a clue, albeit a small one)


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This might be it. Nowhere near Hemet, though.


LAT 3/25/26 via newspapers.com
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Old Posted Oct 20, 2021, 5:09 AM
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Could be. I'll check it out.

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Did it indicate who was the architect or engineer?
No, sorry, it didn't include that information.


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mystery location.



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This photo is also at the USC Digital Library as CHS-49357. But your version is much clearer, so thanks, e_r!



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LAT 3/25/26 via newspapers.com


Yes, this is the Ryan Airport/Pacific Air Transport (PAT) facility, which I believe opened in late 1925. It was the northernmost of the
five Angeles Mesa/Crenshaw airports, just south of Exposition Blvd.


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October 3, 1929, Department of Commerce Airway Bulletin No. 225 (Revised) for Rogers Airport @ Hathitrust



This 1929 image doesn't show Rogers Airport, but it shows the other four airports to the north (each row of buildings = one airport).
Above the lower right corner is Audubon Middle School, with Leimert Blvd. running diagonally near the bottom of the photo:



DW-10-206-5-ISLA at USCDL
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mystery location.
It's obviously in the Los Angeles area because of the 'See Los Angeles from the Air' sign on the little hut-like building.
I had this filed with photographs from the Hemet area. (that might not mean anything. .but at least it's a clue, albeit a small one)
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This photo is also at the USC Digital Library as CHS-49357.But your version is much clearer, so thanks, e_r!
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At the USC Digital Library link it does indicate Hemet, in the location, E_R:

Title: Ryan Airport, showing a dirt road at left, [s.d.]
Subject: Airplanes (lcsh), airport features (adlf), Airports (lcsh), Ryan Airport (subject)
Place: California (state), Hemet (city or populated place), USA (country)
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Old Posted Oct 20, 2021, 6:47 PM
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Good eye, MP! I overlooked that.

Nonetheless, USC is incorrect to identify the photo's location as Hemet. The description on the photo says "Baldwin Hills to south."
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There's quite a bit of Pacific Air Transport history at worldhistory.biz, but no location for the Los Angeles airfield. Then I found a page about Pacific Air Transport at a Southern Oregon History site. Under the heading 'SEATTLE-LOS ANGELES AIR MAIL ROUTE "ALL LIT UP" NOW', it says:
The Hollywood beacon is one of the smaller lights and is located on the top of one of the highest knolls in the Hollywood Hills directly north of the Los Angeles P.A.T. airport.
These beacons are connected with electric power lines along the coast and are operated automatically by a clock attachment which turns them on and sets them rotating at nightfall and extinguishes and stops them at daybreak.
J. L. Mushett, division superintendent for Southern California, who has his headquarters at the Los Angeles terminal of the Pacific Air Transport at Exposition Boulevard and Angeles Mesa Drive, sends a man out once a week to inspect the string of beacon lights in his division and see that they are in good working order.
That's the same intersection identified by FW above, and the same intersection we visited three pages back when we discussed Egyptian Salt Water Swimming Club. The 1928 aerial below is a slightly different detail of the image posted by Snix in post #57622. You can see that the "AMERICAN AIRPORT" advertised itself from the air with wording to the left of what-is-now Crenshaw Boulevard identifying that airport.


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Many prior NLA discussions regarding early SoCal Airports - including Pacific Air Transport.

See, e.g., https://skyscraperpage.com/forum/sho...postcount=8683 and

https://skyscraperpage.com/forum/sho...ostcount=27205






http://www.airfields-freeman.com/CA/..._m4a041cc6.jpg
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2021, 2:12 AM
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Thanks for the reminder, Godzilla.


This map, in particular, is indispensable.


losangeles area-airfields


I could look at this forever...(well maybe not forever)

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I believe the confusion (at the usc archives) over the location of the mystery airfield photograph is because there was also a Ryan Airfield in Hemet.

"The airfield opened in September 1940 for the United States Army Air Corps. It was assigned to the West Coast Training Center (later Western Flying Training Command) as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield."




Additional information Here.


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1943 Classbook cover.


ryan-hemet

I wonder if all these buildings came to fruition before the war ended.


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mystery vantage point.


"1962 LA at Night LOS ANGELES - Vintage 35mm Slide"


just listed on eBay.

As I was trying to get my bearings I couldn't help but notice how small The Times Building (far left) looked from this angle. . .

. . .and I was also curious about the amber glow on the opposite side of the slide. (above, and to the far right)




Here's a closer at the amber glow. (and my ridiculously large arrow)


detail

...And then, folks, I had an aha! moment.

The amber lights are from the Fort Moore Pioneer Monument! (dedicated in 1957) ...Am I right?...I think so.


BUT I haven't figured out where the photographer was standing when he (or she) took the photo. (i.e. vantage point)
...Any ideas?



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Sometimes we need a little noir in Noirish Los Angeles...


A couple of stories from the '40s that involve gunplay, bullets in the "pelvic region," suicide, the Brown Derby, the KKK, and have the house at 110 North Rossmore Avenue in common:



LAT DEc 14, 1948



From the story on 110 North Rossmore Avenue
"Styles's father—who had lost his 1944 Congressional race to represent California's 15th district after it was revealed that he had once been a kleagle and exalted cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan back in Queens (then–Missouri Senator Harry S. Truman had endorsed him)—contended that Sugarman had threatened to kill his daughter on at least two occasions and discounted evidence of her instability. Despite Mr. Styles's claims and curious conflicting eyewitness accounts, the coroner's jury was nevertheless persuaded to rule Patricia's death a suicide."





LAT Oct 13, 1940
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2021, 8:39 PM
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GW, the story gets even more noirish.


Take a look at Patricia. ..........Now that's what I call a femme fatale!


newspapers.com..The Bakersfield Californian, Dec. 15, 1948.


Even though she's described as an actress I couldn't find any motion picture credits for Ms. Styles.
Perhaps she acted under a different name.




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mystery vantage point.


"1962 LA at Night LOS ANGELES - Vintage 35mm Slide"


just listed on eBay.

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BUT I haven't figured out where the photographer was standing when he (or she) took the photo. (i.e. vantage point)
...Any ideas?



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Sears in Boyle Heights. The peak to the left of the city hall "pyramid" is Mount Hollywood.

Google Earth. (You need to be in the "Add Photo" mode to zoom in this much.)

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Thanks, Mackerm!


The seller added another slide.


eBay

I imagine this view is from the top of the Sears Building as well.




Look at the neon!


detail

WOW!






Oh what the heck. Here's another close-up.



The Water and Power Dept. Building in the far distance is. .um. .bright!... I guess they weren't too concerned about the cost of electricity since they're the power company.


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Love the Richfield Tower neon gleaming in the night!
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A little while back ER did a post on the Riviera tract. I must say, based on this photo:

[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;9390683].

A rather impressive home.



you must not play any golf. I would recognize the Riviera Country Club Clubhouse anywhere. This photo is taken from north of Sunset. The tract office was just south of Sunset and the Clubhouse is about two blocks south of that. The actual Golf course is in the canyon behind the clubhouse.

Here's a more famous angle of it:


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South Spring Street

This video is South Spring Street in the late 1940s

https://youtu.be/T5nUw1xD4YE

2:40 length of NLA nostalgia.

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/T5nUw1xD4YE/maxresdefault.jpg

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Here's a PSA from Inglewood CA in the 1950s. Lots of great views of that city.

10:12 length. Bouncy happy music background.

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...NB4EA&usqp=CAU

https://youtu.be/bmE71zNpHjY

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And in another post, ER had this picture:

[QUOTE=ethereal_reality;9398405].





"I'm trying to figure out how the Redwood House sign has a R and E at the beginning. . .all I see is ODWOOD.



It looks vaguely nautical to me. .like a ship's wheel or a float....Or perhaps the circle part is supposed to be a wagon wheel. "

I think what's happened here is an optical illusion. The pole with the round end is I think attached to the lamppost it intersects. The wagon wheel might be a light of some kind. You can definitely see the RE behind it on the side of the building.
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Going by this matchbook, I'd say that the circular logo is the cross-section of a tree trunk.


jericl cat@flickr.com

You can see a menu for The Redwood House here - it also features tree trunks.

KevinW - when you edit posts that you're quoting, can you please leave the [/QUOTE] line at the end? it makes it clearer which bits are quotes and which bit are new, and also includes a link back to the original post. You can always go back and add them.
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