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Old Posted Oct 19, 2012, 11:52 PM
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This makes me wonder how the city skyline would have evolved had their been a river/lake with actual water year round.
There might now be a concentration of river front skyscrapers Starting at 9th street.
I agree westcork. The river would have attracted countless speculative ventures.
Dreams were BIG before the crash.


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Gee, just like flying today.

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Looks like Fiesta Ware was also part of the theme...



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Well, more like sitting on the ground today -- if you look at the rightmost window you'll see that the flaps are down.
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Curtains and leg room! This has got to be first class! The good old days!

Mel Lawrence

Jim Doner

Those passengers would have been sitting on a DC-6B... here are two of Western's on the ground at LAX. First class on props was generally at the rear, away from the noise and vibration of the engines. As for curtains--they were used on props in both coach and first class--although the DC8 jet used them on earlier models, well into the '60s.
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This post got me looking for the Carlton Apartments which can be seen today:



Not sure when this building was constructed. 528 Union Drive, Los Angeles.
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View 1: exterior view of Nelson's Motor Service, a small auto repair shop. View 2: exterior view of a small garage, possibly used for storing automotive supplies. Photo dated: May 2, 1929. No address.
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Group photo of the men in their working overalls, who work at Nelson's Motor Service, a small auto repair shop. Photo dated: May 2, 1929.

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Portrait of Nelson, owner of Nelson's Motor Service. Portrait of Nelson's stylishly-dressed wife. Photo dated: May 2, 1929.

Auto repair:
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The Nelson Motor Service, an auto repair garage. A mechanic gives the engine a motor x-ray. Photo dated: June 1, 1929.

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Testing on an engine is done with a leak micrometer.

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Brakes are tested on an automobile.
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Exterior view of Andy Gump's Dump, a cafe with a figure of him on the sign, in 1920.
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Exterior view of the Sphinx Realty Company, in the shape of a sphinx, located at 537 North Fairfax Avenue, surrounded by signs listing properties for sale.
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Beautiful five bedroom home, $6,750; Six room corner stucco near here, $7,200; Seven room stucco, $7,650; Corner near here, $2,500. (1920)
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Here are a couple Western Airlines commercials, both touting their 'champagne flights'.

This first commercial is from the late 1950s, the same time period of the 'Fiesta Flight' pc.
Not only does the animated bird/stewardess serve the passenger/bird champagne she lights his cigarette as well.
How times have changed.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s5PIJ9eZPc





In this later commercial the stewardess serves champagne/punch by dipping into a punch bowl
festooned with flowers and enveloped in a cloud of dry ice/liquid nitrogen. lol


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kNB0gkwI8E

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View 1: exterior view of Nelson's Motor Service, a small auto repair shop. View 2: exterior view of a small garage, possibly used for storing automotive supplies. Photo dated: May 2, 1929. No address.
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Group photo of the men in their working overalls, who work at Nelson's Motor Service, a small auto repair shop. Photo dated: May 2, 1929.

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Portrait of Nelson, owner of Nelson's Motor Service. Portrait of Nelson's stylishly-dressed wife. Photo dated: May 2, 1929.

Google SV

Nelson's building is still there: 4959 Santa Monica Blvd


Martin P. Nelson was manager, his wife Elgia the president/treasurer... in 1929 they lived nearby with their son and daughter at 1169 N. Berendo:

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PS I think the man in the middle of the third photo is trying to make off with a radiator hose.
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Old Posted Oct 20, 2012, 6:50 PM
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radiator hose?....where....I don't see a......OHHHH, now I see it.
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Old Posted Oct 20, 2012, 11:21 PM
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This eclectic building hasn't appeared on 'noirish Los Angeles'. (I searched)

Nelson Flats and Nelson's Candy Factory located at 513-519 E. 4th Street.


http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assets...view/CHS-32442

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Security-First National Bank at 7th and Witmer.


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The bank building today. Why would someone remove the pediment over the doorway?


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..and today. Just a note: This building is across the street from the historic Mayfair Hotel.


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L.A. First National Bank at Jefferson and Arlington.


ebay




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Luckily, this little jewel of a building is still in good shape. The new fence makes me think it might be on an historical/architectural list.
Does anyone know?


google street view





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A vintage view of the interior. I wish I had a clearer image of the lighting fixtures.


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Has it been determined if 500 pages is the limit for this thread?
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2012, 3:45 AM
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I've heard nothing of the sort.
There are several threads that go beyond two million views. (for an example see the Chicago thread below)



'noirish Los Angeles' is one of the most popular threads on skyscraperpage.com
I can't understand why it would be cut off.

All that said and done, if it is archived I will simply start a new thread...'noirish Los Angeles II'.
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Recent posts - The Minnewaska, Broad, sterile cityscapes......

The problem, as I see it, is that after The War the smarty pants urban planners got their way and ruined the organic way that make cities become what they are.

One example - plazas. Just about every post-1960 skyscraper is surrounded by some useless, unvisited plaza. The intent, of course, was to reduce the mass of the building and to promote social interaction. You have a one-acre site? Your building's footprint can be no more than 40% of that, let's say. The rest must be given over to "public space" and the inevitably insipid "public art". How many public space areas on Bunker Hill do YOU know that you would consider lively places of interaction? It's a short list. The steps at US Bank Tower are kind of cool. Beyond that I'm drawing a blank.

There was social interaction in the past of course, when buildings like the Richfield were built cheek by jowl. It just spilled onto the sidewalks. (Take a walk down present-day Broadway to see what I mean). Planner-types HATED this. They wanted the suburban office-park look. The Suburban office park model CAN work - in the suburbs. Not downtown.

What we got was the worst of both worlds.

This is not limited to LA of course. My least-favored part of Manhattan is centered on 6th Avenue Midtown. Huge skyscrapers surrounded by boundless prairies of plazas. This is New York? It could just as well be Anycity, USA.
Somehow, though, it seems to be the worst here in L.A. The suburban aesthetic was imposed not only visually, but also, in a way, morally. By the 1960s, I don't think anyone would have actually owned up to it, but I suspect that above all things they didn't want rows and rows of small shops and other businesses, because someone might be selling something that was considered politically dangerous like Marxist literature, or otherwise incongruent with the squeaky clean image that was desired. Bars and nightclubs were also beyond the pale; I may have mentioned it already but it's hard to believe now that La Golondrina and El Paseo Inn were nightclubs in addition to being restaurants, prior to the depopulation of the neighborhood.
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those are great images of ferguson alley E_R. the 1st one is looking east towards alameda from the intersection of Calle de los negros. i found this image of jerry's joynt looking down calle de los negros
With regard to Old Chinatown, anyone wanting an aural depiction of this neighborhood can do worse than checking out "The Opium Den", an episode of Calling All Cars produced in 1935. It deals with the closing down of, you guessed it, an opium den still operating at that late date.

Be forewarned: the characterizations of the Chinese-Americans in the story are repugnant in their racism; yet, if you can ignore that rest of it is interesting indeed. And if you're unfamiliar with Calling All Cars, it's pretty much a fifteen-years-earlier version of Dragnet.
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Here's a link to a fascinating (if somewhat depressing) short video about the legendary Garden of Allah apartments at Sunset and Crescent Heights. It's really just a radio documentary accompanied by a series of stills, yet it yields an unexpected surprise about one small bit of the apartment complex that still remains, hidden from view.

Garden of Allah - West Hollywood - Now and Then
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L.A. First National Bank at Jefferson and Arlington.


ebay


ebay

Luckily, this little jewel of a building is still in good shape. The new fence makes me think it might be on an historical/architectural list.
Does anyone know?


google street view


google street view

A vintage view of the interior. I wish I had a clearer image of the lighting fixtures.


ebay

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Los Angeles Times July 1, 1928


This didn't take long:

Los Angeles Times December 20, 1928


PS I don't see that it has been added to the list of Historic-Cultural Monuments
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Used the search function to see if anyone had posted much on the Los Angeles Herald Examiner building, came up with nothing.
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Looking south at the front and side of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner building, located at 1111 South Broadway. It is historical landmark #178, designated on August 17, 1977. It is in mission revival style, with colorful domes, tile roofs, white walls and arched openings. Julia Morgan designed the building, which was constructed between 1912 and 1915.

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Exterior view of the Examiner newspaper building on November 8, 1937, taken from a rooftop across the street. It is located at 1111 South Broadway and was designed by architect Julia Morgan.

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A woman walks down Broadway, which is lined with parked cars even though there are two "auto parks" across the street from each other in this view looking north on Broadway towards Eleventh. "Examiner" signs are complete with eagles and flags on what was later called the Herald-Examiner Building. c1937.

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A group of men, some construction workers, posing in front of the Los Angeles Examiner Building being built. It opened in 1915. A. Dellamore was the plumbing contractor, and a number of plumbing pieces are seen in front of the group. Alta Planing Mill Company was the contractor.

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This post got me looking for the Carlton Apartments which can be seen today:



Not sure when this building was constructed. 528 Union Drive, Los Angeles.
I live on this block! A little further up the hill (433 Union Drive) I walk past this building every day.
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