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lol, I found this humorous M_R....were you being cheeky?
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www.pinterest.com/bowling_alley

"Woodley Lewis outside his 'Sportsman Bowl' bowling alley in Los Angeles, Calif. ca.1962."

The caption didn't include an address.....does anyone know where Mr. Lewis's bowling alley was located?
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p.s. I love the sign! look how tall the tallest spike is.....amazing.
The Sportsman Bowl was at 1950 N Central Avenue in Compton. You can read more about Woodley Lewis on his Wikipedia page. I also found an interesting article at nytimes.com which mentions Woodley Lewis and the Sportsman Bowl in the history of Skateland USA. The article says that Woodley Lewis was arrested for bookmaking in 1970, and the interior of the bowling alley was destroyed by a suspicious fire soon afterwards. The building lay empty for over a decade until Craig Schweisinger reopened it as Skateland USA in 1984. The article also lists links with some of the rappers who formed NWA. Here's a picture of Skateland.


nytimes.com/Craig Schweisinger

The building still stands, but is empty. Sadly, the pointy sign has gone. NB. Some references give the address as 1950 S Central Avenue, but it says 1950 North on the building.


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Old Posted Jun 3, 2016, 6:25 PM
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Excellent sleuthing Hoss!

Dag-Nabbit! I thought the spikey 'space-age' sign was still there....then I realized the first color photo is from 1984.


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Here are two interesting photographs from 1929 of markets in Los Angeles.

#1

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1929-Photo-G...kAAOxyWalR3czj

above: "1929 Grocery Store, Market Interior Los Angeles." I believe that's meat in the enclosed counter on the right...........................







#2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1929-Photo-L...4AAOxyY3ZR3czY

"1929 Photo Los Angeles Outdoor Market Vendors, Produce Meat Velvet Tobacco"
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Sixth and Los Angeles streets.

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Does anyone have a guess as to when this photo might've been taken?
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Does anyone have a guess as to when this photo might've been taken?
How about 1949. I don't see any 1950 cars.
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I didn't realize Woodley Lewis played for the Los Angeles Rams!

1951


http://www.ebay.com/itm/1951-Bowman-...wAAOSwu4BV24b8



In my naivety, I thought he was a famous bowler.




-did ya'll notice his name at the top of the sign?


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I was looking at the 1929 market interior again.

Any idea what this rounded ceramic(?) 'urn' on the meat counter was for? (is it full of gizzards & Livers )

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& I believe I found the Cream of Wheat ad that's visible against the back wall.


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These two Julius Shulman pictures come from another miscellaneous set of images. I've omitted color and black & white images of two subjects: Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire because it hasn't changed, and First Federal Savings and Loan at Hollywood and Highland because the pictures are similar to the picture I posted here. This is "Job 4573: Miscellaneous buildings, 1969". The first building looks familiar, but I just can't place it.



I've found various references to the William Simpson Construction Company online - for instance, they built the Sunkist building we've discussed this week - but I couldn't find an address for this structure. Does anyone know where it was and whether it's still standing?



Both from Getty Research Institute
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I've found various references to the William Simpson Construction Company online - for instance, - but I couldn't find an address for this structure.
Does anyone know where it was and whether it's still standing?


Getty Research Institute


1956

lapl

I found this address Hoss, which places it very near Beverly Hills City Hall.

I don't believe the building is still there, so I've been looking for aerials of Beverly Hills from the 1960s and 70s hoping to catch a glimpse of it.
(of course, this could entirely be the wrong address)
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I thought the building in your color photo looked like a Minuro Yamasaki design....


detail / getty

so I perused a list of his buildings but nothing seemed to match.

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A few minutes ago I happened across this fantastic Kodachrome slide on eBay.


ORIGINAL SLIDE http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-SLI...YAAOSwagdXSkQw

The seller has this dated as 1957.

Does anyone recognize this intersection? (it's probably along Central Avenue....but I don't know the cross street)
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Here's a closer look at the Central Chevrolet building. (it looks like it's going out of business)


detail

I just realized the two diagonal lines on the pylon contain neon cars!!
They were probably synchronized to appear to be traveling.

how Cool is that!
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1956

lapl

I found this address Hoss, which places it very near Beverly Hills City Hall.

I don't believe the building is still there, so I've been looking for aerials of Beverly Hills City Hall from the 1960s and 70s hoping to catch a glimpse of it.
(of course, this could entirely be the wrong address)
Thanks for looking, e_r. I can't see a matching building on the aerial photos from 1964 or 1972 (assuming that Google Maps showed me the right place to look). I did find a reference to William Simpson living in Beverly Hills, but the company also seems to have links with Encino and, more recently, Redondo Beach. Could this enlargement of the building on the right be a clue?

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I wanted to post a reply that included a building permit from the city's online search feature, how are you guys posting these? The reply calls for the permit page URL to be inserted, but when I did this the post preview did not show the image.
The links to the online building permits only work for a short time, so you can't post them directly. You'll have to screengrab the plans and upload them to an image hosting site. Feel free to post here for help, or PM me if you want more information.
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These two Julius Shulman pictures come from another miscellaneous set of images. I've omitted color and black & white images of two subjects: Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire because it hasn't changed, and First Federal Savings and Loan at Hollywood and Highland because the pictures are similar to the picture I posted here. This is "Job 4573: Miscellaneous buildings, 1969". The first building looks familiar, but I just can't place it.



I've found various references to the William Simpson Construction Company online - for instance, they built the Sunkist building we've discussed this week - but I couldn't find an address for this structure. Does anyone know where it was and whether it's still standing?



Both from Getty Research Institute
OMG, we've seen plenty of hideous 1960's eyesores here, but this bldg. in the color photo is a true winner in the over-the-top tackiness category. Sheesh. In my opinion, of course. Please tell us it has been demolished. A strip mall would be an improvement.
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I am trying to figure out the location of this photograph I just found on eBay.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pacific-Elec...-/162084640321

Seller's description: "Pacific Electric #969, 3 Car Interurban, Crystal Beach Color Slide."

note the interesting roof-top sign atop the pink building in the distance.




A quick google search led me to this photograph.


http://www.pacificelectric.org/wp-co...2/MP-00319.jpg

"Pacific Electric interurban no. 973 pauses for passengers at the Crystal Beach passenger shelter."

(note that the Crystal Beach sign is missing in the color slide from eBay / I don't know how the seller knew it was Crystal Beach)

The trouble is, I don't know where Crystal Beach is located.



I've looked at this map until I'm cross-eyed.



No Crystal Beach.

Map detail from:
http://libraryarchives.metro.net/DPG...c_electric.jpg
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I am trying to figure out the location of this photograph I just found on eBay.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pacific-Elec...-/162084640321


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This looks a bit like the Santa Monica area. There is a Crystal Cove down near Newport.

Great photo...somewhat nostalgic.


Previous on NLA by ER.
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I am trying to figure out the location of this photograph I just found on eBay.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pacific-Elec...-/162084640321

Seller's description: "Pacific Electric #969, 3 Car Interurban, Crystal Beach Color Slide."

note the interesting roof-top sign atop the pink building in the distance.




A quick google search led me to this photograph.


http://www.pacificelectric.org/wp-co...2/MP-00319.jpg

"Pacific Electric interurban no. 973 pauses for passengers at the Crystal Beach passenger shelter."

(note that the Crystal Beach sign is missing in the color slide from eBay / I don't know how the seller knew it was Crystal Beach)

The trouble is, I don't know where Crystal Beach is located.



I've looked at this map until I'm cross-eyed.



No Crystal Beach.

Map detail from:
http://libraryarchives.metro.net/DPG...c_electric.jpg
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I'm afraid that you need a more detailed map, er. In any case, Crystal Beach was a stop on the Venice Short Line on what was then called The Trolleyway but now is called Nielson Way. The stop was located between Ocean Park and Pico Blvds. in Santa Monica. PE 969 and 973 are both headed southbound.

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Does anyone have a guess as to when this photo might've been taken?
Deliveries to PE of the type of bus in the photo began ca. mid-1950, which sets the earlier bound. As its shown still in PE livery, the photo probably isn't later than the end of 1954. By that time, most or all of PE's busses had been repainted into the two-tone green scheme favored by successor Metropolitan Coach Lines. Sorry that I can't be more accurate.
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A few minutes ago I happened across this fantastic Kodachrome slide on eBay.


ORIGINAL SLIDE http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-SLI...YAAOSwagdXSkQw

The seller has this dated as 1957.

Does anyone recognize this intersection? (it's probably along Central Avenue....but I don't know the cross street)
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Here's a closer look at the Central Chevrolet building. (it looks like it's going out of business)


detail

I just realized the two diagonal lines on the pylon contain neon cars!!
They were probably synchronized to appear to be traveling.

how Cool is that!
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"Woah, Nellie!"

Angelinos of a certain age will recognize Central Chevrolet as a major sponsor on KTLA with pitchman Dick Lane touting the cars on live telecasts. IIRC, the dealership was located at E. 7th St. and Central Ave.

Also IIRC, Mr. Lane's career as a noirish-era actor has been covered here, although the search function didn't work for me. Here's his Wikipedia page, in any case:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Lane_(TV_announcer)

Of course, no mention of Mr. Lane and Central Chevrolet would be complete without recalling the time that he got a little overly enthusiastic during a live commercial and slammed his hand down on a Chevy's fender - which proceeded to fall off the car.
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"Woah, Nellie!"

Angelinos of a certain age will recognize Central Chevrolet as a major sponsor on KTLA with pitchman Dick Lane touting the cars on live telecasts. IIRC, the dealership was located at E. 7th St. and Central Ave.

Also IIRC, Mr. Lane's career as a noirish-era actor has been covered here, although the search function didn't work for me. Here's his Wikipedia page, in any case:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Lane_(TV_announcer)

Of course, no mention of Mr. Lane and Central Chevrolet would be complete without recalling the time that he got a little overly enthusiastic during a live commercial and slammed his hand down on a Chevy's fender - which proceeded to fall off the car.
Dick Lane....his gravel voice was irritating to a large degree. The glasses, the face and the voice...omg, frightful.!!!

DL....middle

youtube clip
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I loved pretty much everything about Dick Lane. Kinda like how I feel about Bunker Hill.
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