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Thanks so much for finding this place, Lorendoc - it was literally the last single location from Barfly I could not find, and it was driving me crazy! I have updated my original post to included the location of Yoshiko's (with credit to Lorendoc, of course!). And thanks to Martin Pal for bringing the subject up again, prompting Lorendoc's response!
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You're welcome Scott Charles and that's exactly why I did it! Sometimes fresh eyes pick up something from earlier posts that may have been missed or just overlooked!

Just now when I read Lorendoc's "Maybe it was solved already?" above I thought perhaps I hadn't searched long enough and overlooked that it had been found earlier. And I came across your post which you had just updated, but I didn't know that and thought I may have been wrong, but then I noticed the update date!

I didn't want the following to be the case:

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Going by all of this, I would have to conclude that the Catalina from Barfly is not the same as the Catalina at 1640 Cahuenga. I don't know if I'll ever find out where the Catalina was located.
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By the way, has this ever happened on Noirish LA before? That a business, clearly photographed, existing until at least 1987, with name clearly visible, simply cannot be located?
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Yay!

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Thanks, Lorendoc, for scratching an itch I couldn't scratch for over 30 years!
I feel a sense of relief, too, and it's only been approximately 4 months for me!

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glad this itch is scratched. there are others...
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Maybe someone sometime will be able to find a color photo of the lobby mural in the NBC Radio City Building
or we can finally discover what the heck it is on top of this building:



Cheers!
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Holy Cow, you actually found it, Lorendoc!!

It may not look much like the same place today, but if you go back in time in Google street view...



... it's a PERFECT match!



Thanks, Lorendoc, for scratching an itch I couldn't scratch for over 30 years!
I was pretty sure I remembered it from Koreatown back in those days, Madame lived there(well, she's Korean) when we first met back in the late 80's.
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or we can finally discover what the heck it is on top of this building:



Cheers!
The box-like structure may look substantial, but was short lived, probably sometime in '36. Size alone suggests it would have been permitted (). However, a search does not reveal any docs that have been digitized. "6646 Hollywood" Could have made the papers, too.


http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=21283


Before or after but not during.

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=40990

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CSUN Library has several online photo collections in their Tom & Ethel Bradley Center (Lorendoc has posted a few pictures out of the collection)...I browsed the work of two photographers employed by The California Eagle and Los Angeles Sentinel...accordingly, their focus is on the city's African-American community in the post-war years...most of the pictures are of the mundane: weddings, funerals, various social gatherings & some cheesecake stuff...even these are evocative of the Walter Mosley/"Devil In a Blue Dress" city...I culled out a few that I found interesting...as always, apologies for any re-posts.

The photogs in question are Charles Williams and Harry Adams...I could not find any reference to Williams in a search of the thread, so I don't think we have seen most of these...the photos Lorendoc posted were by Adams....the collections are here: http://digital-library.csun.edu/bradley-center/


Charles Williams photos:




S. Central Ave. & 42nd St...1940.


Two photos taken on VJ Day:











Dancers at the Million Dollar Club, 1948.




Clarence Moore's bar, 1948.




Lorenza Jordan Cole greets audience members following a recital at the Embassy Auditorium, 1948....Ms. Cole was a Juilliard-trained, Los Angeles-based concert pianist.




Jack's Basket Room, 3219 S. Central Ave., 1949...note the camera shy table at photo center.








Unidentified couple behind the bar at Jack's Basket Room.




Faint traces of Jacks's signage are visible on the building...the entire phrase reads "Chicken...ain't nothin' but a bird"...more on Jack's here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack%27s_Basket_Room




Unidentified clothing store, 1949...two-tone shoes were in fashion that year...

...as were, apparently, two-tone convertibles:



Jefferson Blvd. and Central Ave., 1949....I find this an interesting picture, as photographer Williams is somewhat elevated (I believe he may have been up in the framing of a small commercial building under construction)...I can count 3 or 4 houses of worship...another view:




This is from E. 35th St....the white church building on the left survives:







The flamboyant Bishop Charles Manuel "Sweet Daddy" Grace leads his flock in what appears to be some sort of conga line, 1950...in the late '30's, Grace preached in Augusta GA., and his congregation included the family of 5 year old James Brown...Brown's biographers claim he borrowed much of his stage act (including the famous "Cape Routine") from the good Bishop...Daddy Grace died in Los Angeles in 1960, age 79.




Murder suspect at University Station, 1957...the officer in the foreground is holding a gentleman's hat, coat and shoes...these likely belonged to the deceased.




Zotar Building, Adams Blvd. and Cloverdale, 1955....E_R posted this photo at #42929.

I had a tangential connection to this building, as in the mid-'90's I knew the two young hipsters who had just bought the property, and were trying to make a go of the Fais Do Do club...they were living in the former theater space, in a loft/office area over the auditorium...the building was used (exterior only) as the location of Mia's one-woman show in "La La Land":







1960.




Watkins Apartments, 2022 W. Adams Blvd., 1960...operated as a hotel for the African-American community after 1945...it's still with us:





Harry Adams photos:



Unidentified woman in unidentified bar, 1955



5600 Fernview Ave., Hollywood...1964.




Bill Robinson Theater, 4319 S. Central Ave....1966.




Onion Field killers, 1963.




Undated photo...I would guess about 1964.




1965....no address provided....




1966...again, no address.
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You're welcome Scott Charles and that's exactly why I did it! Sometimes fresh eyes pick up something from earlier posts that may have been missed or just overlooked!

Just now when I read Lorendoc's "Maybe it was solved already?" above I thought perhaps I hadn't searched long enough and overlooked that it had been found earlier. And I came across your post which you had just updated, but I didn't know that and thought I may have been wrong, but then I noticed the update date!

I feel a sense of relief, too, and it's only been approximately 4 months for me!

....or we can finally discover what the heck it is on top of this building:



Cheers!
Thanks again for your assist, Martin - I'm really glad to have that mystery solved!

As to that structure on top of your building... of course, the obvious answer is that it looks like a computer monitor... but I don't think there were many of those in 1936! Heck, there weren't any consumer televisions, either!

Nobody knows what the structure is? I remember seeing it earlier in the thread, but did not know that the mystery remained unsolved.
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"J-Line southbound on Seville Avenue somewhere in Walnut Park"

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Good afternoon. I may be soooo wrong here, but driving around Walnut Park i came across this building, https://www.flickr.com/photos/vidaya...posted-public/
Which looks a little like this picture posted here. I looked at the edges and the slope of the roof and am thinking "maybe"? So few old buildings remain on this part of Long Beach Blvd. Although it says Seville Ave it could be that in those days it was configured differently?
Anyway, enough of me chatting away, like the old lady that i am..goodnight.
Here's Cyndi's photograph a bit larger.


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You're quite correct that there are similarities Cyndihdz.
The first thing I noticed was the building with the peaked roof(s), to the left of the bldg in question, is missing in the top photograph.
I'd guess both buildings are around the same age. (I could be waaay wrong)


Also, it appears your building on Long Beach Blvd. is much wider than the Seville Ave. building [top photo]


GSV

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While snooping around in the area I couldn't help but notice the large building a few doors down. (red arrow below)


google_earth


The shape of the building makes me think it might have been built as a fraternal hall.


GSV

I like the unique dormers with round windows....all five of them!




Here's the back....showing the multiple exit strategies.


GSV

What do you all think...old fraternal hall?

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Scratching an itch I couldn't scratch for over 30 years!
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I was just speaking to my uncle Gary, the 20-years-younger brother of my late father. As what he told me pertains to an old, LA business, I figured I'd mention it here...

Apparently, my late uncle Jack...



... owned and personally bartended a bar in the mid or late 1950s. It was called The Can-Can, and my uncle Gary thinks it was on Vanowen.

The story, as I understand it, is as follows: the Can-Can was doing poorly, and was in danger of closing. Jack swooped in and bought it for a really good price, started serving food (or perhaps, much better food..? Whatever the case, uncle Gary says the food was really good), and turned the place around. The bar became successful, and home to many regulars. My uncle thinks that Jack owned the Can-Can for around eight or ten years.

At some point, a man offered to buy the bar from Jack, making him a very generous offer. Jack, growing a bit tired of the long hours, sold the Can-Can, and after the new owner took over, it went out of business not long thereafter.

Anyone here ever heard of the place?
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Williams/Adams photos

Wow thank you riichkay for that wonderful post! A lot to study for sure.
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1965....no address provided....




1966...again, no address.
These are all so great! I can't believe I haven't pored through this collection. I love Buckets o' Chittlins! This was at 4400 W Adams, the SW corner of Crenshaw. It's a service station now, since 1988. Used to be a VDK bakery:

(not this one specifically, but I think I can find the Adams/Crenshaw VDK if I really look) dwp

Here's the 1924 4139 S Fig:



...which is now seriously lacking some Mel Williams.
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riichkay, thanks for that great string of photos! Looks like CSUN slipped a digit captioning the first photo, though. Trolley coach service didn't begin on Central Ave. until August 3, 1947, so I'd guess we're looking at a 1950 scene, FWIW.
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Wellllll as long as we're on the subject—



Here's some shots from the scrapbook of the production designer. I shot these when Bob Ziembicki (Production Design) and Kevin Hughes (Property Master) were taking us to places like Wanda's apartment during an Esotouric tour in the summer of '17. They were thrilled that people were seeing these images so I imagine it's ok to share them here with other interested and appreciative folk.

I think it adds an interesting extra dimension to see bars that could have, but didn't, make it into the opening sequence.









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nec Cherokee and Hollywood

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The box-like structure may look substantial, but was short lived, probably sometime in '36. Size alone suggests it would have been permitted ().
I tried to construct a time line for this corner.

The first structures date from 1912 and consist of mixed two story stores and residences. Here is the 1919 Sanborn:


LAPL

As you can see the ne corner building is two stories high and that corresponds to the photos. In 1936 we get another permit, this time to put a big steel sign on the roof. Whether this sign is actually our box is not known:


LADBS

Then in late 1936 and early 1937 we see 2 articles in the LAT about the property:


LAT via newspapers.com

..and a few months later we have:

LAT via newspapers.com

The property was indeed demolished as can be seen from this permit:


LADSB

The new property, designed by Charles S. Lee, often mentioned in this tread, was completed 1938 per the county assessor, presumably without the giant box on the new building's roof. Perhaps inspection of the non-digitized permits might find the box's purpose. I will continue to look in the LAT for relevant stories.
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