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Anyone else curious about the balloons used in the Xmas scenes?
I AM GW!





They look like cartoon acorns.

What were balloons made out of back then? Whatever the material was..it made for some really cool lookin' balloons.
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Doh! sorry I meant the little thatched cottage on the Fox lot. its the one just off centre shot with the large tree and white chimney
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[…] the three dormant plants make me think this photograph might have been taken in the winter.



1. and 2. look like sagebrush [odinthor?]. (another couple of months and a strong gust of wind might send them tumbling down Grand Ave.)

Number 3. looks like it might be yucca.

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[still blushing from the shameless palm trees in CBD's post]

Yes, e_r, I concur: Winter. These numbered plants very much caught my eye. The yucca or maybe aloe looks as if it has been run over a few times. The other two . . . have a weedy look . . . but by their placement seem to have been intentionally sited there . . . rather oddly for parkway planting, especially in those days . . . I think I see some flower-heads on them and am wondering if they're somewhat stunted and subsequently dead wild Fennel, Fœniculum vulgare, a non-native and most obnoxious plant in my humble estimation, growing in tree basins in which the (dead) street trees have been taken out . . . and while they (the Fennels) were alive, someone thought they were pretty enough to leave there (well, they do have, when alive, pretty feathery foliage and nice yellow flowers).
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Looks like 3643 S Grand lasted until demo'ed in 1975...
but it has a little juvenile noir attached to it--early gang activity in South LA--"The boys were organized in real dime novel style...."

Maybe the kid on the balcony is little Ernie Kurrie-- a.k.a. Steel Arm, or the Regulator, or Lightning Harry, or the Sure Shot, or Daredevil Dick. Or the King of the Road, or Little Swiftfoot or the Silent Messenger....


LA Herald Sept 24, 1908

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They look like cartoon acorns.

What were balloons made out of back then? Whatever the material was..it made for some really cool lookin' balloons.

Acorns? Well, now I see that...but, well, I guess I have a dirty mind and was thinking along the lines of, let's say, Dagmars on the bumpers of '50s cars...i.e., something to entice the dads into buying Shell gas ... no no no I guess not.

Anyway, here is a clipping from The Homestead Blog...a little enticement to check out that blog but especially the '20s noir of the photog...

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Acorns? Well, now I see that...but, well, I guess I have a dirty mind and was thinking along the lines of, let's say, Dagmars on the bumpers of '50s cars.
I've never seen nipples that BIG....so I said acorns.
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I thought I had posted about this item once before...but nothing came up in my ssp searches (I used search words 'Brute' and 'Decker')



Jules Dassin's Brute Force (1947)


cheatbook

See the mysterious woman on the calendar.






Here's the original painting by John Decker.


unknown

"Decker enjoyed visiting Los Angeles morgues and painting pictures of female cadavers."




It's all explained here....and it's quite fascinating!

HERITAGE AUCTIONS

for search purposes: Brute Force...1947...John Decker....Producer Mark Hellinger...morgue....cadaver....curse.
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Mark Hellinger's name [the owner of the painting] is featured prominently on many of the Brute Force posters and lobby cards.








All from IMDB
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RE: Balloons

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I AM GW!





They look like cartoon acorns.

What were balloons made out of back then? Whatever the material was..it made for some really cool lookin' balloons.
According to a MENTAL FLOSS article by Monica Granados, toy balloons in the early 20th century were made of rubber but apparently not latex rubber. Latex balloons were invented in 1931. Here's the link to the article. http://mentalfloss.com/article/12875...mal-intestines
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Wow...what an amazing noirish tale about artist John Decker. Great post, ER!



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