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Old Posted Jun 18, 2018, 7:36 PM
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Every car is beautiful and they are distinct from each other. They look all today like soapboxes. Why did they waste this 1945 imagination ?
Pedestrian safety regulations (see https://www.caranddriver.com/feature...fatter-feature) and the aerodynamic consequences of fuel efficiency regulations.

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Old Posted Jun 18, 2018, 8:10 PM
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Every car is beautiful and they are distinct from each other. They look all today like soapboxes. Why did they waste this 1945 imagination ?
Its all about money. The modern car is made as cheaply as possible. Changing body styles and the tooling for it is very costly. The car makers want to keep the body shape the same for many years. The only year to year changes are cosmetic. Plus cars today in 2018 are made to last longer and have added safety featured that older cars never had.

One big cost of cars today is advertising, health insurance and pensions for the workers.

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When I was a kid I had a large collection of PopularScience mags from my older brother. In a late 1940s issue, say around '48-ISH, there was a pic and a caption. The pic showed two matrons in furnecked heavy coats, hats, and a mountef motorcylce officer out in the street to scrutinize the wavy line. The caption explained it was being tried as a warning for an upcoming stopsig. My recollection is that it was captioned Burbank.
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E R - I believe the unusual paint markings were used in cities with close proximity to the coast, cities prone to episodes of dense fog. The markings provided a visual warning to motorists driving in the fog that an intersection (perhaps controlled by a stop sign or signal) was almost upon them.
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The 'fog' theory makes sense August Marathon.
I wasn't entirely sure it wasn't a mistake. (huh?)

Let me reword that: I thought it might have been a mistake..but part of me thought it wasn't. Oh boy, I give up. I'm tired.

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1959 slide. Possibly taken from one of the lower floors* of City Hall.

EKTACHROME Slide 1959 lots of cars car parked on street, old air raid siren Los Angeles California


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I'm not entirely sure which corner this is.

*I said "lower floor" because I didn't think the photographer is high enough to be on the observation deck. (maybe I'm wrong)
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I just found this 2nd Ektachrome slide from the same seller.

EKTACHROME Slide 1950s 1959 Los Angeles CA California car bus cars big building.


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I just found this 2nd Ektachrome slide from the same seller.

EKTACHROME Slide 1950s 1959 Los Angeles CA California car bus cars big building.


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All kinds of interesting things in this slide of Stanley Mosk courthouse looking NW from city hall. I think that's the Law Building at 135 N. Broadway at the bottom center edge. It was demolished in 1967.

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1959 slide. Possibly taken from one of the lower floors* of City Hall.

EKTACHROME Slide 1959 lots of cars car parked on street, old air raid siren Los Angeles California


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I'm not entirely sure which corner this is.

*I said "lower floor" because I didn't think the photographer was high enough to be on the observation deck. (maybe I'm wrong)
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This is Temple & Spring from City Hall.
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:31 AM
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1933 photo of 2039 Bay Street LA
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1959 slide. Possibly taken from one of the lower floors* of City Hall.

EKTACHROME Slide 1959 lots of cars car parked on street, old air raid siren Los Angeles California


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I'm not entirely sure which corner this is.

*I said "lower floor" because I didn't think the photographer was high enough to be on the observation deck. (maybe I'm wrong)
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That's taken from the observation deck, the roof you see at the bottom left corner is just a few floors beneath the observation deck. Lorendoc's right, the intersection is Temple and Spring. From the view from the GoogleMobile it looks like an air raid siren's still there as well.
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1959 slide. Possibly taken from one of the lower floors* of City Hall.

EKTACHROME Slide 1959 lots of cars car parked on street, old air raid siren Los Angeles California


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I'm not entirely sure which corner this is.

*I said "lower floor" because I didn't think the photographer was high enough to be on the observation deck. (maybe I'm wrong)
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I remember those air raid sirens. They were all over the city until at least the 1980s. Every Friday at 10AM they would test them and they would wail for a minute or two. And in elementary school we had "duck and cover" drills. The 1950s and early 1960s were in some ways scary. Khruschev banged his shoe on the desk at the U.N. and had a tizzy when Disneyland wouldn't let him visit. Noire indeed.
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All kinds of interesting things in this slide of Stanley Mosk courthouse looking NW from city hall. I think that's the Law Building at 135 N. Broadway at the bottom center edge. It was demolished in 1967.
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I just found this 2nd Ektachrome slide from the same seller.

EKTACHROME Slide 1950s 1959 Los Angeles CA California car bus cars big building.


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On the lower right that conical thing might be a corner of the roof of the castle-like old Hall of Records, probably built before the 1920s. Very gothic and noire looking. Maybe someone can post a pic of it. I recall it was set at an angle to the other buildings. Not sure why.
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On the lower right that conical thing might be a corner of the roof of the castle-like old Hall of Records, probably built before the 1920s. Very gothic and noire looking. Maybe someone can post a pic of it. I recall it was set at an angle to the other buildings. Not sure why.
It was built along the old diagonal alignment of New High St., and remained after they straightened the old streets and other buildings set to that alignment were gone. Both New High and Spring were at an angle to the other streets. If I'm not mistaken, the original diagonal Spring St. more or less followed the line of an Indian trail; and the (original) alignment of Spring doubtless was responsible for the original alignment of its immediate neighbor to the west, New High. When they straightened streets so that everything was on a right-angle grid (bah! to that kind of thinking, sez me), that portion of New High disappeared.
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I can't view this image. Can anyone else?

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1933 photo of 2039 Bay Street LA
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2018, 8:55 PM
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I remember those air raid sirens. They were all over the city until at least the 1980s. Every Friday at 10AM they would test them and they would wail for a minute or two. And in elementary school we had "duck and cover" drills. The 1950s and early 1960s were in some ways scary. Khruschev banged his shoe on the desk at the U.N. and had a tizzy when Disneyland wouldn't let him visit. Noire indeed.
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1959 slide. Possibly taken from one of the lower floors* of City Hall.

EKTACHROME Slide 1959 lots of cars car parked on street, old air raid siren Los Angeles California


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I'm not entirely sure which corner this is.

*I said "lower floor" because I didn't think the photographer was high enough to be on the observation deck. (maybe I'm wrong)
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There are a number of old air raid sirens of various types still existing all over Los Angeles.

http://www.coldwarla.com/sirens.html

Find sirens in your neighborhood using this handy google map

http://wirechief.com/sirens/map.htm
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I can’t see it either, Lomara. All I can see is this:

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I can't view this image. Can anyone else?
I can see it, a nice then/now combination on Bay Street. Using MS Edge browser.
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Old Posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:18 PM
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I can’t see it either, Lomara. All I can see is this:

The original post contains a mile-long URL starting with lh3.googleusercontent.com. I think it might be improperly truncated, or something that can't be hotlinked. I pulled it out of the page source and tried various things but no joy.

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Old Posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:23 PM
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I remember those air raid sirens. They were all over the city until at least the 1980s. Every Friday at 10AM they would test them and they would wail for a minute or two.
In the early 1980s I briefly worked at a cheesy car rental company near LAX. One of those air raid sirens was across the street. I heard the weekly test several times. It's difficult to describe how terrifyingly LOUD the siren was. All conversation stopped until the test was over.

PS - I'm also not seeing the image rentatrip tried to share.
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In Long Beach, the Cold War--and the air raid sirens--continued until 1991:


Long Beach Press-Telegram https://www.presstelegram.com/2015/0...of-long-beach/
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