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Old Posted Dec 17, 2013, 11:10 PM
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Here are some recent photos from the L.A. Times of the 100 year old Colorado Street Bridge:


December 1914: Panorama of the new Colorado Street Bridge across the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena.
This photo was published in the Dec. 14, 1914, Los Angeles Times.

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April 1937: All left turns at the western end of the Colorado Street Bridge were eliminated. Motorists wanting to turn left now have a new tunnel
under the bridge. A brand new 1937 La Salle sedan is shown taking the new route from the right hand lane.
This photo was published in the April 4, 1937, Los Angeles Times.

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A 1937 aerial photo of Colorado Street Bridge and Arroyo Seco. The Vista del Arroyo Hotel is lower center. The Rose Bowl is upper right.

L.A. Times



May 19, 1953: A new bridge, now the Ventura Freeway, €“is built over the Arroyo Seco. The Colorado Street Bridge is on the right.
This photo was published in the May 25, 1953, Los Angeles Times.

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More photos from westcork last April:

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Old Posted Dec 17, 2013, 11:43 PM
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ER....for some odd reason I get the feeling that this dining wonder was never built. What we see here is just a Hollywood pipe~dream.
Not a pipe dream at all. From my files, here is a photo from the Merry-Go-Round Cafe, Long Beach. Also, the '32 City Directory lists five locations.


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A descendant of the Merry-Go Round cafes?

Revolving sushi bar in Little Toyko.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/kula-revolvi...ar-los-angeles

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar
333 E. 2nd Street
Los Angeles CA
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Perhaps a precursor to Mad?

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The Tajo Building, home of The Weakly Freak--hard by the home of that other great periodical, the Times.




Here's another view of the Tajo Building, late 1920s?

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Old Posted Dec 18, 2013, 1:13 AM
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United Presbyterian Church, 1927

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There's some street renovation going on.
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Memorial Baptist Church, 1926

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Are they demolishing it or building it? (no street address given)

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Sounds noirishly ghoulish. Post the dead bodies Krell58.__
Graphic Video!!

Here's victim #1. Victims 2 and 3 were on a bed covered with ransack items, dresser drawers, VCRs, clothes, etc. I'll look for #4 and post if I find it.

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I found this intriguing 1930 advertisement (with chopsticks) on ebay.

The place looks cavernous!


Luckily, the advertisement from ebay led me to this article from Modern Mechanix.

http://modernmechanix.com/

I can't help but picture Lucy and Ethel in the kitchen.

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I don't know if the idea of a food carousel ever really caught on stateside, but in the movie Johnny English, Rowan Atkinson's character was nearly decapitated when his necktie became caught in the food carousel at a sushi bar, much to the chagrin of the femme fatale he was pursuing. Interesting idea for self-serve food, even if there are occasional fatalities. Yes, it's slightly off-topic. So sue me!
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Memorial Baptist Church, 1926

ebay

Are they demolishing it or building it? (no street address given)
I found entries for the Memorial Baptist Church at 2210 S Grand in the City Directories from 1909 to 1927, and then nothing, so I'm guessing the church in the picture is being demolished.


rescarta.lapl.org

This little snippet is from the Los Angeles Herald, and is dated 18 October 1902.


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Historic high-rise in downtown L.A. to be converted into hotel

By Roger Vincent

December 13, 2013, 5:43 p.m.

An empty high-rise hotel dating to the 1920s in downtown Los Angeles will be brought back to life by new owners who hope to make it into a four-star boutique inn.

The 13-story former Case Hotel on the southeast corner of Broadway and 11th Street was purchased by local developers Frank Stork, the Kor Group and Channing Henry of Alma Development, the buyers said.

They paid Jade Enterprises $13.5 million for the property, according to real estate broker Mike Condon Jr. of Jones Lang LaSalle.

The development team plans to redesign and redevelop the old hotel to make it appeal to leisure travelers and downtown’s growing population of creative professionals, the buyers said.

Completed in 1924, the red-brick and stone-masonry building was once a hub of civic activity. A 1953 story in The Times said the Case Hotel "consists of six floors of guest rooms, six floors of offices, a swimming pool, health club, dining room, three cocktail lounges and garden roof."

However, in a 1965 story about its conversion to a YWCA-operated Job Corps Training Center, the hotel was described as "crumbling."

YWCA Greater Los Angeles opened a new downtown Job Corps facility on Olive Street in 2012 and vacated the old hotel and office building.
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Harry's Tours of Movie Star Homes 1937 - Sunset Strip

That is Harry - out in the rain

http://www.playgroundtothestars.com/...et-strip-1937/


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Old Posted Dec 18, 2013, 7:22 AM
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O.K. - Here is a wild story compliments of playgroundofthestars.com

Charges dropped: from left, Allen Smiley, attorney Jerry Geisler, Patricia Dane Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey

http://www.playgroundtothestars.com/...f-the-balcony/

From Playground of the Stars:
The mother of all celebrity brawls occurred on the balcony of bandleader Tommy Dorsey’s apartment at 1220 Sunset Plaza Drive* off the Strip in the wee hours of Aug. 5, 1944. The primary combatants in what came to be known as “the Battle of the Balcony” were Dorsey and Jon Hall, an action star who had recently played the lead in a Kit Carson biopic. Dorsey had been drinking for the better part of eight hours–he and his wife, the actress Patricia Dane, had spent the evening nightclubbing on the Strip celebrating her 26th birthday and were ending the night at their place with a nightcap party, which was just winding down when the fight broke out.

Dorsey, who was known as the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” was also a violent drunk. He had taken offense when he’d seen Hall give Mrs. Dorsey what was likely a chaste, brotherly hug at the front door. Dorsey called Hall out to the balcony of his second-floor apartment and promptly smashed him in the nose with a bottle. In the fight that ensued, Dorsey got the upper hand and wrestled Hall up onto the balcony railing, threatening to push him over the side. It was when Hall, who had his hands around Dorsey’s neck, shouted, “If I go, I’m taking you with me,” that the other partygoers, who were getting into their cars in the driveway below, heard the commotion and rushed back upstairs.

In the meantime, however, Mrs. Dorsey had rushed next door and returned with the Dorsey’s neighbor, Allen Smiley, a gangster who just happened to be mob boss, Bugsy Siegel’s, righthand man. Precisely what happened in the seconds after Smiley entered the fray and before the others rushed back upstairs from the driveway has never–and will never–be revealed. What is known is this: Someone slashed Jon Hall multiple times about the face and neck, slicing one of his nostrils clean through with an instrument of some sort that Hall’s doctor will later say was as sharp as a surgeon’s knife.

When his rescuers arrived from downstairs, Jon Hall stumbled out of the apartment, got into his car and drove himself to a hospital. He required over 50 stitches to his face, neck and upper body. To protect the surgical stitching of his sliced nostril, he was seen about town wearing a nose guard which inspired the one worn by Jack Nicholson’s character in the movie “Chinatown.”

Despite the fact that there were as many as a dozen witnesses to the Battle of the Balcony, as soon as the sun rose that next day, they all developed a strange case of collective amnesia about the particulars–especially about who wielded the weapon or even what the weapon might have been. The Dorseys speculated that Hall might have been cut with shards from broken flower pots. There was a suggestion that it may have been the petite Mrs. Dorsey herself who inflicted the wounds. One witness, Jane Churchill, told a reporter that she had been approached by associates of Allen Smiley and Bugsy Siegel, who, she said, recommended that she keep silent about the fight. Several weeks after her statement was reported in the Times, Churchill’s knee was broken. She claimed that it happened during an automobile accident.

Despite the fact that Jon Hall refused to press charges, the District Attorney charged Tommy and Pat Dorsey, and Allen Smiley, with felonious assault. This was a significant inconvenience to Smiley. He and Bugsy happened to be out on bail after being busted for bookmaking at the Sunset Tower Apartments in May. A conviction on the assault charge would be problematic, to say the least.

It was that factor, of course, that explains why no one involved in the Battle of the Balcony could remember who wielded the weapon that sliced Jon Hall’s face to ribbons, or even what that weapon might have been.


Here is Jon Hall with Dorothy Lamour:

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm20954301...f_=nm_phs_md_1

My analysis: Just from a glance at the photos of Tommy Dorsey and Jon Hall, I would bet my house on Hall in a fair fight. I have a feeling that there was a lot more Allen Smiley involved in the ruckus than everyone let on. I guess after Jane Churchill got kneecapped, they all got the message to shut up.

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Old Posted Dec 18, 2013, 8:00 AM
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Memorial Baptist Church, 1926

ebay

Are they demolishing it or building it? (no street address given)

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Looks like fire damage, you can see smoke marks at the front gable end and on the stump of the steeple

Says fire here

http://www.antiquesnavigator.com/d-1...-building.html
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How about coyotes in Windsor Square?

http://www.larchmontbuzz.com/larchmo...re-last-night/


LAPL

The library's caption: "A taxidermy shop, Colburn's Inc., at 716 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, features a woman working to fit a stuffed coyote with glass eyes."
Nit-picking............The woman is working on a Fox not a Coyote. That is indeed a Coyote head in the foreground. Anyone that wants a Coyote head let me know I run packs of them off nearly nightly.
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Not a pipe dream at all. From my files, here is a photo from the Merry-Go-Round Cafe, Long Beach. Also, the '32 City Directory lists five locations.


LAPL (I think)

~Jon Paul
Hey Jon, thanks for the research and the photo. I'm surprised there aren't more photos of this novel restaurant idea. Sorry they're gone....I'd love to sit there and watch the egg salad sandwiches slide by , along with the pieces of rhubarb pie.

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Old Posted Dec 18, 2013, 6:03 PM
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I didn't realize there are three courses in Griffith Park; Wilson, Harding and Roosevelt, all named after presidents.

I am struck by the wildlife thriving in a city park that is surrounded by millions and millions of people.

COYOTE

Wilson Golf Course, http://www.myusualgame.com/category/the-muny-life/


DEER

Roosevelt Golf Course, http://www.myusualgame.com/category/the-muny-life/


RATTLE SNAKES

Roosevelt Golf Course, http://www.myusualgame.com/category/the-muny-life/
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Is it normal to have wild animals roaming the greens?
Coyotes in L. A. seem to have grown accustomed to human beings and it's not unusual to see them almost anywhere in town (I have a friend who lives in Beverly Hills and has seen them on his street). There is one, very large, mountain lion that has taken up residence in Griffith Park; he even made National Geographic! I always assume that anywhere near the hills where there is plenty of brush or other ground cover, there are probably rattlesnakes.
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I recently came across this building on the 2300 block of East Slauson Avenue.
GSV

To me it resembles an old transit building. (maybe we've seen it before on NLA, I'm not sure)

GSV
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Coyotes in L. A. seem to have grown accustomed to human beings and it's not unusual to see them almost anywhere in town (I have a friend who lives in Beverly Hills and has seen them on his street). There is one, very large, mountain lion that has taken up residence in Griffith Park; he even made National Geographic! I always assume that anywhere near the hills where there is plenty of brush or other ground cover, there are probably rattlesnakes.
You can bet there is an abundance of rattle snakes. If there are rodents, there are snakes. There isn't a densely populated area in the world that doesn't have a great supply of rodents. Now for the bad news. Coyotes are not only scavengers, they are also among the most efficient killing machines on the planet. Disappearing pet cats and dogs in urban areas are often the handy work of Coyotes. A pack of them have no qualms about taking down a cow. About the only thing they won't tackle is a Donkey because Donkeys can kill a Coyote with one good kick, which is why we have a couple of Donkeys in every pasture where we are grazing cattle.
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