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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 4:27 AM
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I decided to concentrate on the building that appears behind the restaurant. At first I thought the building was part of Columbia Square so I began searching Sunset and the 'gower gulch' area. It turns out the mystery building is located on the Sunset Gower Studios lot (formerly Columbia Studios).



below: Dillon's Copper Skillet was located on the S/W corner of Sunset & Gower. A Denny's now occupies the site.


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Before the Copper ? . . . Sunset and Gower, '38







and a couple more of Sunset near Gower '38






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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 4:44 AM
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Several '39 shots of the Pico Sears parking. Is the large dark building to the left for the street cars?







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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 5:21 AM
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Some time ago I was exploring the existence of a gas station that would have been on the Northwest corner of the Miracle Mile May Co. I was not specifically looking for a May Co gas station, I remember a "Powerline" and as was pointed out, the last station was probably Union/76 could this be a glimpse of such a station, bearing the May Co standard?

Notice the "Golf" sign, where I believe Park La Brea currently sits. Was there a makeshift golf course there too? Eastside Brewery , Ale and Beer!

Simons Drive In at Wilshire and Fairfax, '39 (IF the date is accurate, that might mean the supposed gas station was built "somewhat" contemporaneously with the May co. mother structure.)




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Johnies, replaces Simons. Circa '78. Vaguely recall the IHOP to Johnies (blue roof). http://photos.lapl.org


Johnies, looking s x sw, date unk., probably late '70s
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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 5:41 AM
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Collapsible traffic button?
Made by West Coast Foundry Company, Atlantic Blvd. and Telegraph Road, 1928





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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 5:44 AM
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Several '39 shots of the Pico Sears parking. Is the large dark building to the left for the street cars?







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bif that is a power substation,the great thing about the "vine-yard" was that it was a juntion point ,you could travel northwest to beverly hills along san vincente,or west along venice.but in order to power the wonderful pe cars they had to use alot of juice.there are a few sub stations left,one on washington towards downtown,and one in culver city called the "ivy" station,they were never used for storage or passengers.
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The makings of another plank road? North along Coast Highway from point just north of Colorado Street, Santa Monica, 1927


West on lonely or sleepy Wilshire Boulevard from 9th Street, Santa Monica, 1939


Keep those planks handy. Pallisades landslide, '58



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Exposition park and more, '62
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405 from Wilshire to Sunset, '57 (For more detailed identification go to source: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/search...=1337926322027)






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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 1:36 PM
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Noir Potpourri or Noirpourri? Chock full of texture and character.

East between 2nd and 3rd Streets from point above Beaudry, Los Angeles, 1937

If you look closely, you can just make out the tunnel at 2nd and Figueroa (Center Left)
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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 3:11 PM
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April 1, 1939 - Union Station Opening Day

All aboard, plenty of room in the back?


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How did people driving such huge cars back in the day park so closely together? Were they all expert parkers? Did every car have dings and dents? Did their body styles and positions of the wheels make it easy to see how close you were getting to other vehicles? Seems like in some instances they are so close together they wouldn't be able to get in or out of their cars.
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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 9:04 PM
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How did people driving such huge cars back in the day park so closely together? Were they all expert parkers? Did every car have dings and dents? Did their body styles and positions of the wheels make it easy to see how close you were getting to other vehicles? Seems like in some instances they are so close together they wouldn't be able to get in or out of their cars.
Cars in those days sat higher off the ground than they do today, but were narrower than contemporary full-sized cars.
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Los Angeles Times, June 22, 1924


We've seen some of the Kress Company's amazing feats of building moving here before, but I was not aware of this one until now. This "pretentious" (a word without the negative connotations associated with it today) house was built at 3325 Wilshire Blvd. and was the home of Amy and Sollie Aronson. Amy was a daughter of Herman and Ida Hellman and sister of Marco, who lived across from the Aronsons at 3350 Wilshire. Amy died in 1920. The two main roads of Fremont Place, Fremont Place and Fremont Place West, were early in the subdivision's history referred to as Easterly Drive and Westerly Drive. The reassembled house remained at 31 Fremont Place--the northeast corner of 8th Street--at least into the '50s.

Apparently the Hellmans retained ownership of the house for some years; in the '20s and early '30s, one of the family's business associates, Ashley S. Thompson, was living at #31. Here's an interesting little story from Thompson's time in the house:


Los Angeles Times, November 4, 1929

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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 10:01 PM
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I think cars had more dents and dings than they do now.

I'm reminded of a Denver businessman in the late 50s. Parks his brand new Caddy is a typically tight Downtown parking space, comes back from his meeting and sees giant dings.

Says: F--- this!

Buys a large parcel on the SE edge of the city about 8 miles from Downtown and starts a business park - "with lots of parking".

We now know that parcel as Denver Tech Center.



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http://www.usvmyg.org/images/Burkes.jpg

OK, it's midcentury modern instead of noir, but still might be fun to find.

From "Burke's Law," 1964. The Rolls pulled up here after making a left turn in front of a dine and dance place called "Vagabond's House."

Speaking of 60's/70's eating places, anybody remember Stark's in Covina? Had some great meals there circa 1970. Old timers from Hollywood used to go up to the piano bar and sing. You could have filmed the opening scene from "The Long Goodbye" there.

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Old Posted May 26, 2012, 1:07 AM
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Ive passed this former branch for years and would love to buy it just to rsecue it.Ive never been inside but if any of you could help me with finding some interior pics of it that would make my day.

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Hey uni--here's one interior-- I thought there were more at the LAPL, but I guess not. Buy it!

A few more exteriors here.
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The locomotive in the photo of Opening Day at Los Angeles Union Station is Southern Pacific Railroad No. 1, the Collis P. Huntington. It rests today in the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

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Hey uni--here's one interior-- I thought there were more at the LAPL, but I guess not. Buy it!

A few more exteriors here.
Oh GW i wish i could im sure they want an arm and a leg,but thanks for making my day!
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Page 400!

My deepest thanks to all the usual suspects...and the unusual ones too...for 400 pages of Noirish Los Angeles. May the next 400 be every bit as rich, varied, and fascinating.

Extra special thanks to ethereal reality for launching this forum almost three years ago, and for being a terrific host and contributor.


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