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In 1947, that extraordinary year for lurid headlines - "Black Dahlia Sex Fiend Killer," "Flying Disc Crash at Roswell, New Mexico" etc. - another odd story that remains a mystery to this day was the puzzling death of Vera West, head fashion designer at Universal Pictures from about 1935 to 1947. If you've seen a Universal Picture from those days - Abbott and Costello, Maria Montez, Lon Chaney Jr. and Evelyn Ankers, Deanna Durbin or Sherlock Holmes, even Hitchcock classics - the credits invariably say "Gowns by Vera West."


Vera West, head of Universal Pictures fashion, 1940's.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6k_88keKMR...4516995206.jpg

Vera walked away from Universal in 1947 and it is not clear why - perhaps it was related to some turmoil involving new management during the mid 40's when the studio became Universal-International Pictures. Vera left and designed a Spring collection for a tony fashion salon at the Beverly-Wilshire Hotel. In the middle of the night on June 29, 1947, she was found drowned in her swimming pool, clad in a nightgown, by a Life photographer who was renting a guest house on the property at 5119 Bluebell Avenue in North Hollywood (near Coldwater Canyon and Magnolia). Can't imagine a more difficult or unpleasant way to commit suicide than to drown yourself in a swimming pool, and West's estranged husband claimed she "hated the water," didn't know how to swim, and wouldn't go near the pool unless he was sitting nearby. It was all very strange. There were two hastily scribbled suicide notes in the house, both addressed to "Jack Chandler," although her husband's name was Jacques "Jack" C. West. The notes referred to a fortune teller who had told her that death was the only escape from a blackmailer who had dogged her for decades. Her husband, who used aliases during his life, assured police that there was no blackmailer; it was all a figment of Vera's troubled imagination.
Thanks, Jeff, that was very interesting!

I wonder how many other celebrities/public figures drowned in Los Angeles-area swimming pools?
These are all I can think of:

Lou Costello, Jr., 1943 (Son of comedian)
James Whale, 1957 (Director)
Shirley Hardman, 1973 (Roller Derby)
Joe Flynn, 1974 (Comedian)
Rodney King, 2012 (Beaten by LAPD)
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Didn't Anthony Quinns son drown in a pool? WC Fields's if I remember correctly
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Hey guys,

I'm not sure if it has been mentioned before, but UCSB released an amazing tool for aerial photography. There are hundreds (thousands?) of images of Los Angeles from 1927 onwards. Check it out!

http://mil.library.ucsb.edu/ap_indexes/FrameFinder/
Thanks, that link is going to be an incredible time sink.
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Here's a look at the USC chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1921.


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The frats moved around a lot back then-- Sigma Chi appears to have been at 2719 Ellendale ca 1921...gone now.


A little noir (presumably the "P" in "Phi" is a misprint):


LAT Oct 21, 1919
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Here's a look at the USC chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1921.


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here's what's written on the back.





below: Sigma Chi house today.

907 W. 28th St



I'm still looking for the address of the ivy covered house in the 1921 photograph.

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disclosure: I was a member of Sigma Chi. (not that anyone cares )
Were you the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi???
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Yes, I was. [bats eyelashes]



www.alamy.com




I'm the one with the striped bobby socks.

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The frats moved around a lot back then-- Sigma Chi appears to have been at 2719 Ellendale ca 1921...gone now.
Thanks GW.

-using the address you provided I found this
1919


page 2


https://books.google.com/books?id=nQ...lendale&f=true
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Didn't Anthony Quinns son drown in a pool? WC Fields's if I remember correctly
Thanks, I'd forgotten about that. I think it was a decorative pond rather than a swimming pool, but I could be wrong.
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Have we seen this building on NLA? (I imagine we have, but I couldn't find any past posts)

"Zetar building, West Adams Blvd. and Cloverdale Ave. Los Angeles, 1955"


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and today

gsv



or the Variety Theater?


detail



present day

gsv

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Tarrytown Theater (aka 'Palace of Pictures') 800 seats

Address: 313 Walk of a Thousand Lights (The Pike), Long Beach Cal.

1907

http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments...ach/tarrytown/



The Tarrytown was an open-air theater. (mid-day performance shown below)


http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments...ach/tarrytown/



It appears no one knows where (exactly) it was located. [hence the question marks the Long Beach Historical Society placed on this pc]


http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments...ach/tarrytown/

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Have we seen this building on NLA? (I imagine we have, but I couldn't find any past posts)

"Zetar building, West Adams Blvd. and Cloverdale Ave. Los Angeles, 1955"


old file
I posted the following as part of a reply to a post by Noircitydame. NCD posted a 1950 advert for Citizens Bank (sadly now missing due to the Photobucket debacle) which contained thumbnail pictures of their branches.

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It's difficult to see much detail in the West Adams & Cloverdale picture, but the box on the roof made me think that the current building was the old bank. I found an undated Time Out review which named the current business as Café Club Fais Do-Do, and contained a link to their website. The "About" page of the website includes the following quote:

"Originally a branch office of the First Citizens Savings Bank and Trust, the architecturally historic landmark that now houses Fais Do Do was constructed in 1930 at the height of the Art Deco period in Los Angeles. As Los Angeles spread west, eastern industrialists, silent filmmakers, and other early hipsters took over the tiny Mid-City area which soon became known as the Sugar Hill District.

Later in the 60's, the bank was converted into a neighborhood bar and underground club frequented by such legendary musicians as Sam Cooke, Billy Preston, and John Coltrane."


So now we know!


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Thanks Hoss. I thought it looked familiar.



"Our home on Westlake Ave. L.A."


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seller's description: Vintage Photograph 1927-32 House 514 Westlake Ave. Los Angeles CA



google_aerial

I can't be sure if it's one of the houses shown above (they're certainly from the right time period),

but there's no definite match.

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Comparing the 1921 Baist map with the views at Historic Aerials, I think that 514 N Westlake Avenue now lies roughly under the middle of the freeway.
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:sad:

It was a sweet little home.
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Today's Julius Shulman subject is from two years before yesterday's Vitaminerals building. It's "Job 42: Sidney Eisenshtat, Capitol Brush Co., 1947". I've just picked a selection of the 20 images in the set.



This is just inside the entrance.



Through the opening, a selection of their products.



This office, complete with floral curtains, looks quite basic.



Here's the boardroom.



I'll finish with this view of the warehouse.



All from Getty Research Institute

The building is still standing at 1646 S Vermont Avenue, and just about recognizable, despite some really ugly modifications.


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Today's Julius Shulman subject is from two years before yesterday's Vitaminerals building. It's "Job 42: Sidney Eisenshtat, Capitol Brush Co., 1947". I've just picked a selection of the 20 images in the set.



[...]

The building is still standing at 1646 S Vermont Avenue, and just about recognizable, despite some really ugly modifications.


GSV
A handsome building gone bad.

I pretty much think it's criminal to paint brick (even if it is a paint company). And to paint it mustard yellow! [faints]
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Are you a turtle?
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Two never-before-seen photographs found in a family photo album. [c.1902]


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-1902-Pho...3D122617544242





http://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-1902-Pho...3D122617544242

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Midnight southern pacific fright train passing PJ's at Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent heights 1970. PJ's would become the Starwood


Source: UCLA Digital Collections
Sorry I'm late to the party, but if anyone is interested a few years ago the Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society published a great article on the SP operations on the West Side. Back issues are still available through their web site https://sphts.myshopify.com/collecti...line-issue-096
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Two never-before-seen photographs found in a family photo album. [c.1902]


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-1902-Pho...3D122617544242
The Hotel Ramona was on the SW corner of 3rd and Spring, so I think this photo looks north on Spring from about 4th.
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