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Lwize Jul 14, 2018 5:24 PM

A final tour through the LA Times building:

http://www.latimes.com/local/califor...13-story.html#

http://www.latimes.com/resizer/pv03m...CGAYVY4NRE.jpg
(LATimes)

ethereal_reality Jul 15, 2018 12:32 AM

'mystery' location

"1957 Kodachrome slide, Los Angeles California Soap Box Race"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/gBeU59.jpg
EBAY

The hill in the distance (on the left) is somewhat distinctive..I thought perhaps someone might recognize the area.

I like the soap box car that looks like an EGG.

ethereal_reality Jul 15, 2018 1:33 AM

'mystery' location #2


"1940s Los Angeles Street Scene, Original 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Inch Negative"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/9ZwkNq.jpg
EBAY

The hats the two men are wearing are similar to American Legion hats. (definitely the hat on the man standing up)

note the guy in the middle is sitting on an oversized Four Feathers whiskey bottle. (maybe they're going to, or coming from, a convention) the standing man has a camera.

I've never heard of Leask's....so maybe the seller is incorrect and this isn't Los Angeles.

ethereal_reality Jul 15, 2018 1:57 AM

the same ebay seller has this photo as well.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/S98ND1.jpg
EBAY

note Los Angeles street lights.

also California license plate.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/nW26PT.jpg

Has anyone heard of 'BOTTOM ROCKERS'?

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CityBoyDoug Jul 15, 2018 2:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8251267)
'mystery' location

"1957 Kodachrome slide, Los Angeles California Soap Box Race"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/gBeU59.jpg
EBAY

The hill in the distance (on the left) is somewhat distinctive..I thought perhaps someone might recognize the area.

I like the soap box car that looks like an EGG.

The Derby came to an end largely due to cheating. The race cars were supposed to be made by the kids. But it was found out that many were being built by adults with professional building skills.


John Maddox Roberts Jul 15, 2018 2:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8251310)
the same ebay seller has this photo as well.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/S98ND1.jpg
EBAY

note Los Angeles street lights.

also California license plate.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/nW26PT.jpg

Has anyone heard of 'BOTTOM ROCKERS'?

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In motorcycle gang colors, the bottom rocker is an inverted arc beneath the logo indicating the location of the chapter. I didn't know the custom went that far back. In Army enlisted rank patches, the inverted arc below the chevrons is called a rocker.

Tourmaline Jul 15, 2018 3:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8251310)

Re Los Angeles street lights, aside from one-off custom work, one supposes that other municipalities ordered the same or similar lighting from the major manufacturers. Could there be "Wilshire Specials" (or something similar) in other cities?

MReyerson focused our attention toward street light towers, http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=8580 Similar in concept, many cities tried tower lighting, also known as "Moonlight Towers." Notably, Austin Texas still has 165' tall moonlight towers. "In 1894, the City of Austin purchased 31 used towers from Detroit. They were manufactured in Indiana by Fort Wayne Electric Company and assembled onsite. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonli...Austin,_Texas) This leads one to wonder whether any of Los Angeles' street lighting somehow matriculated to other geographic locales, not unlike street cars?

Austin Moonlight Tower
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ight_tower.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ight_tower.jpg




And on the subject of "specials," there are "Windsor Square Specials," too.

https://www.larchmontbuzz.com/wp-con...07/photo-1.jpg https://www.larchmontbuzz.com/wp-con...e-Special1.jpg https://www.larchmontbuzz.com/larchm...uare-specials/

ScottyB Jul 15, 2018 6:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8251267)
'mystery' location

"1957 Kodachrome slide, Los Angeles California Soap Box Race"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/gBeU59.jpg
EBAY

The hill in the distance (on the left) is somewhat distinctive..I thought perhaps someone might recognize the area.

I like the soap box car that looks like an EGG.




I remember during one of our skateboarding recon outings coming across what we figured was an old soapbox racecourse in the area of what is now Ernest Debs park....somewhere around the region I circled. It has changed since I was a teen (no kidding). We would be looking SW in your photo er, the Southwest Museum just out of the right side of the frame.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/922/4...45cd3a20_b.jpg

ETA: Cursory research seems to lend plausibility to my theory. That's the track I remember in the center anyway. 1960 UCSB aerial (rotated to put North at the top)

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1805/...3e47c35f_z.jpg

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1790/...4bdd9ea7_h.jpg

here is the current Google Sat view

nickdahammer Jul 15, 2018 6:45 AM

A few years ago I was at the Audubon Center and faded noticed numbers painted on what used to be the derby track.

Lorendoc Jul 15, 2018 7:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8251300)
'mystery' location #2


"1940s Los Angeles Street Scene, Original 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Inch Negative"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/9ZwkNq.jpg

I've never heard of Leask's....so maybe the seller is incorrect and this isn't Los Angeles.

This picture was taken in Santa Cruz, California. McCabe's Furniture was at 1360 Pacific Avenue, Leask's Dept Store was across the street at 1405 Pacific. The Isabella Rebekah Lodge #17 of the Odd Fellows was at 1386 Pacific.

Silver Ed Jul 15, 2018 8:31 AM

Vintage Ad Rediscovered in Atwater Village
 
Greetings Fellow Noirish Los Angeles Members!

Long time viewer, first time posting here.

Not sure if it's been mentioned before, so I've decided to post about this recent discovery in the Atwater Village
neighborhood.

Last Month, The Eastsider, a local online publication, reported that a building undergoing renovations led to
the uncovering of an old hand painted advertisement
(known as a ghost sign).
It depicts a Dr. Pepper ad that might date back to the late 1920s.
During those years, the building's tenant is believed to have been the Los Feliz Produce Mart.

Article link:
https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2018/06/a-slice-of-old-atwater-village-reveals-itself/

Dr. Pepper Ad Close-Up
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1824/...b881e205_z.jpg
Photo by Art Perez

The Los Feliz Produce Market:
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1766/...7ffa544d_z.jpg
TESSA Digital Collections of the Los Angeles Public Library
http://tessa.lapl.org/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/105612

The building is located at 3070 Los Feliz Blvd.
Ad can be found on its left-side exterior wall.
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1828/...6fe253b1_z.jpg
My own photo

View of the ad from sidewalk:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/840/4...2c632cc6_z.jpg
My own photo
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/926/2...6e2ca5f7_z.jpg
My own photo

I took these pictures below of a time switch post in 2014.
It's located right across the street from the building undergoing renovations,
on the side facing Edenhurst Ave. Looks like it's from the same bygone era as the Los Feliz Produce Market.
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/842/4...01a1f3c4_z.jpg
My own photo
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1804/...494e0087_z.jpg
My own photo

August-Marathon Jul 15, 2018 2:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CityBoyDoug (Post 8250958)
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/593/3...ce984d_o_d.jpgflickr
1951 Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes

I believe the photo slide is 1958

You're correct CityBoyDoug. Flyingwedge posted a series of photos of showing Wayfarers Chapel under construction in 1951. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...eles&page=1546

Earl Boebert Jul 15, 2018 3:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Maddox Roberts (Post 8251323)
In motorcycle gang colors, the bottom rocker is an inverted arc beneath the logo indicating the location of the chapter. I didn't know the custom went that far back. In Army enlisted rank patches, the inverted arc below the chevrons is called a rocker.

In the Air Force "back in the day" a Chief Master Sergeant was described as wearing a "top kicker and bottom rocker" patch.

Cheers,

Earl

Noir_Noir Jul 15, 2018 11:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8251310)
the same ebay seller has this photo as well.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...921/S98ND1.jpg
EBAY


Loeffler's Barber Shop was at 106½ E. Broadway in Glendale.


https://i.imgur.com/PIYKqmv.jpg
ci.glendale.ca.us


The street lights endure.

https://i.imgur.com/YUnQPK0.jpg
GSV

tovangar2 Jul 16, 2018 12:17 AM

"New York City Street Scene" at 6th & Grand
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8251310)
the same ebay seller has this photo as well.
_

...and this one:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BF...N=w967-h472-no
ebay

Note that the "Jesus Saves" sign made it into the shot too:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/mE...P=w835-h504-no
(detail)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/YH...R=w810-h584-no
gsv


I wrote to the seller, but no response or change.


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Lorendoc Jul 16, 2018 12:38 AM

time switch
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Silver Ed (Post 8251447)
Greetings Fellow Noirish Los Angeles Members!

Long time viewer, first time posting here.

Welcome and tx for the post - what was a time switch?

ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2018 12:46 AM

I wondered about the time switch too Lorendoc. -was it to time the stop lights?
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'Ghost sign' at the former Los Feliz Produce Market,3070 Los Feliz Blvd.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Silver Ed (Post 8251447)

Very cool! Thanks Silver Ed..I haven't heard anything about this.

I was struggling to see how this was the same building as the earlier market.

but...In the aerial below you can clearly its original shape. (backward L)

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/v9217n.jpg
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I thought it would be a fun challange to try and figure out the ad that appears below the Dr. Pepper sign.

This one
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...923/XvW98i.jpg
detail

Then I noticed that the same color of yellow also appears above the Dr. Pepper ad.

-so I guess it's part of the Dr. Pepper ad. (so much for my fun challange :()
___________________




it would be similar to this one.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/3...921/HuPB1g.jpg
creativewaco

but instead of "enjoy that flavor" it says something else.

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tovangar2 Jul 16, 2018 1:16 AM

:previous:

"(You need a lift) more at 10, 2 and 4" (note clock face)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pc...3=w334-h570-no
drpeppermuseumfiles


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I thought the time switches were to control the street lamps (?)










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Noir_Noir Jul 16, 2018 1:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ethereal_reality (Post 8251267)
'mystery' location

"1957 Kodachrome slide, Los Angeles California Soap Box Race"

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1...922/gBeU59.jpg
EBAY

Quote:

Originally Posted by ScottyB (Post 8251416)
I remember during one of our skateboarding recon outings coming across what we figured was an old soapbox racecourse in the area of what is now Ernest Debs park....somewhere around the region I circled. It has changed since I was a teen (no kidding). We would be looking SW in your photo er, the Southwest Museum just out of the right side of the frame.


Here's a picture from the late 1990's of the disused Soap Box Derby track in Ernest E. Debs Park.


https://i.imgur.com/JBRzyZr.jpg
debspark.org

ethereal_reality Jul 16, 2018 2:05 AM

:previous: I see Noir Noir beat me to it. :hell:

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/8...922/8WA6Mh.jpg
debspark


At first I wasn't sure where to look.

I think this is correct.

Why a soap box derby track here? [read below]

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/6...922/fAXa7j.jpg
debspark

Quote:

Originally Posted by nickdahammer (Post 8251424)
A few years ago I was at the Audubon Center and faded noticed numbers painted on what used to be the derby track.

wow. that's pretty neat nickdahammer.

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