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Old Posted Nov 13, 2013, 10:45 PM
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This great station once stood on the site of strip-mall at the southwest corner of Washington and 8th... apparently the "Specification Motoroil System" was a national chain. I wondered if we've seen this building here before, but nothing comes up using the seriously lame search function... anyway, the curious grid looks a little familiar--is it some sort of motor-oil automat?


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Not sure how long it lasted as a Specification station--no listing for that name in the '32 and later CDs. Maybe it was taken over by another oil company.

LAT Aug 3, 1930


PS Can't quite figure out what's going on with the trees at right in the top picture... looks like they're on a hill to the west, but there is no hill there now....



Early attempt to capitalize on "special" motor oil requirements of each car?

Compartments are marked with various car makes/models, suggesting each tap contains car-specific "specially formulated" lubricant. Wonder whether each maker was consulted, let alone approved, of each blend. This might explain why some oils are mysterious, e.g., "Marvel." This might also explain why the business was not long-lasting.

Suspect the tower structure was nothing more than an office and showroom. Expect the spigots were purely decorative. Service was more likely performed in one of the service bays in the background. Selling/dispensing oil would prove messy, if not tedious, given the pictured turnabout. But maybe the "system" was more about service rather than volume.

The report concerning the 10-year lease price seems suspect, unless the spigots were for dispensing a "different" type of lubricant frowned upon by the temperance movement or the property contained producing wells.


Ask for the complementary air freshener.



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Old Posted Nov 13, 2013, 11:35 PM
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Interesting explanation. Thanks BifRayRock.
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1945 map detail




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first I found this beautiful graphic...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79761301@N00/8355763477/



Next, I finally found the exact location...Sunset Boulevard at Cahuenga.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/7976130...4641/lightbox/
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E.R. - I think this one may be "The Burbank" at Victory and Olive:


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http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-con...erts-diner.png




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Merle's Diner, Long Beach ~ 1949

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...L5QKRAN4DD.jpg


But was this different from Merle's Drive-in?
http://www.octhen.com/2007/12/merles...st-highway.htm



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Spenser's Snack Shop ~ 1949 (Original source and location unk.*)


http://31.media.tumblr.com/ef48ad09c...atdo1_1280.jpg







*Read somewhere that Spenser's may have been a location for a movie featuring Dan Duryea. Tangentially, here is a link to an interesting '46 Noir film, "The Black Angel" featuring Duryea, Lorre and Crawford, Broderick. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs4QLHLC--s Notice opening shot of familiar Wilshire Blvd. (yes . . . Gaylord . . . neon).
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Old Posted Nov 13, 2013, 11:55 PM
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Spencer's Snack Shop is shaped like a toaster.
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Old Posted Nov 13, 2013, 11:58 PM
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I decided to take a closer look at Annetta Court.

originally posted by Flyingwedge





It looks like there is a flagpole-like structure in the middle of the 'drive'. (as well as a group of people discussing the situation)

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Just looking at another set of parallel pathways, elsewhere on this thread. With and without flag poles-palm tree (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

http://skyscraperpage.com/forum/show...ostcount=13883

http://api.ning.com/files/b0eWVQfsIR...ayCrenshaw.jpg
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Spencer's Snack Shop is shaped like a toaster.

My first reaction was a . . . railroad bridge or . . . something familiar to folks at Desilu, circa '66.



Alameda corridor
http://www.trainweb.org/richard/APTA/APTA_L_014.JPG


http://bridgehunter.com/photos/16/63/166332-M.jpg


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1945 map detail


Ethereal, any chance of seeing the full version of this map?
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1945 map detail
After a quick search of this thread I can only find a passing reference to the Tail o' the Cock restaurant when it appeared in the background of an old postcard of Restaurant Row. Shelton McHenry opened the restaurant on La Cienega in 1939, and sold it in 1982. It closed in February, 1985. Tail o' the Cock head barman Johnny Durlesser is one of the rumored inventers of the Margarita cocktail, although there are many conflicting stories. There was another Tail o' the Cock at 12950 Ventura Boulevard. Here's a better picture of the one at La Cienega:


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The restaurant appeared briefly in the CHiPs episode 'Name Your Price':



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I decided to take a closer look at Annetta Court.

originally posted by Flyingwedge





It looks like there is a flagpole-like structure in the middle of the 'drive'. (as well as a group of people discussing the situation)

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E.R. I don't think what you think may be a flagpole is a flagpole. Not sure what it is but it is outside of Annetta Court. I say outside because if you look at the arch and the lattice works on either side it appears there is a sidewalk and possibly street just beyond the arches. The gathering appears to be individuals moving furniture one in particular seems to be holding a mattress. I would suggest that scene may be across a street from Annetta Court. Is that a church in the background?
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Thanks for posting those interesting photos! There's even a gasometer in one of them.
I think this is the gasometer in the background. Is that Chinese writing on the top in this 1948 aerial?


Historic Aerials

The gasometer disappeared sometime before the 1972 aerial. The location now appears to be a parking lot for Southern California Gas Company trucks.

The tall structure to the left of the gasometer and under the reddish spot in the color photo is the 11-story Hollywood Storage Co. building at 1025 N. Highland Avenue.
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Ethereal, any chance of seeing the full version of this map?
The full map is here Blaster:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=17660


I'll save you some time.

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circa 1945
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map courtesy of the restaurant/1945

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Okay, so the Glass House Restaurant (at Sixth & Main) provides this map, but they aren't on the map?

E_R -- your former residence would be somewhere under the Cock 'n Bull?

I haven't heard of many of these places, so this map is fascinating. Bublichki sounds interesting. Where was Romanoff's?
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Okay, so the Glass House Restaurant (at Sixth & Main) provides this map, but they aren't on the map?

E_R -- your former residence would be somewhere under the Cock 'n Bull?

I haven't heard of many of these places, so this map is fascinating. Bublichki sounds interesting. Where was Romanoff's?
Did this Glass House have anything to do with the famous Glass House in Vinita, OK? Judging by this picture from James Lileks' website it does appear that nary a piece of styrofoam nor any paper cup was allowed to pollute these excellent culinary precincts when the place was opened in 1957, but more recently it has been a McDonalds, sad to say.
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Random then and now: Broadway & 40th, 1963 and 2011

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http://www.martinturnbull.com/wp-con...erts-diner.png




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Merle's Diner, Long Beach ~ 1949

http://catalog.library.ca.gov/exlibr...L5QKRAN4DD.jpg


But was this different from Merle's Drive-in?
http://www.octhen.com/2007/12/merles...st-highway.htm



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Spenser's Snack Shop ~ 1949 (Original source and location unk.*)


http://31.media.tumblr.com/ef48ad09c...atdo1_1280.jpg







*Read somewhere that Spenser's may have been a location for a movie featuring Dan Duryea. Tangentially, here is a link to an interesting '46 Noir film, "The Black Angel" featuring Duryea, Lorre and Crawford, Broderick. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs4QLHLC--s Notice opening shot of familiar Wilshire Blvd. (yes . . . Gaylord . . . neon).
The picture at the top is Robert's Burbank. I remember going there as a child. My cousins, when they were children, called it the "driveway" as they could not remember "drive-in". The building was later sold, in the 60's, to the Van De Kamps company and they remodeled the round building into one of their windmill designs. I think it may have been another coffee shop after that. The property is now a sort of strip mall with a Chinese restaurant and a Subway sandwich shop among other things. As a lifelong Burbanker, I would have rather had the Robert's drive in.....
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It would make my day is someone could dig up some information on this eccentric bungalow on the 400 block of E. Adams Blvd.
between Maple Ave. & Trinity St.



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-it transcends any known architectural style that I know of (ok, that's a bit much)





aerial/with delineated angles

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I picked up this vintage (50s-70s?) 11" pennant at a shop recently. It looks to me like it just has a view of random downtown city blocks on it.



But maybe you guys with more discerning and educated eyes can pick out some of the exact buildings or streets and let me know what/where is shown (if any)?


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I decided to take a closer look at Annetta Court.

originally posted by Flyingwedge


It looks like there is a flagpole-like structure in the middle of the 'drive'. (as well as a group of people discussing the situation)

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Does this aerial that Flyingwedge first provided suggest that the close-up photo above is the mid-point of the Annettta Court? Does it give any suggestions of parking places for autos around the buildings? (Like the smaller structures in the center area.)

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Here it is in 1948, right in the middle:

HistoricAerials.com -- http://www.historicaerials.com/
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It would make my day is someone could dig up some information on this eccentric bungalow on the 400 block of E. Adams Blvd.
between Maple Ave. & Trinity St.



GSV

My favorite part of Los Angeles--acres and acres of intact, undiscovered and unheralded Victorian neighborhoods. This is 424 East Adams, built in 1882, according to the assessor--seems rather early to me. There are several names associated with the lot--which may have also once carried the designation 426. It may have been built by Adolphus Fixen, although only one small item in the Times connects him to the address. Other names are Charles Bradshaw, a Mrs. Calvin, and Mrs. Robert Brown.. Thought we might have seen this house here before, but can't find anything.

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