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Old Posted Feb 20, 2012, 3:54 AM
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Ansel Adams and Pershing Square:

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"Former Mayor Cristobal Aguilar signed Pershing Square into being in 1866, at which time it was called La Plaza Abaja ("The Lower Plaza"). During the 1880s and '90s, it was known as 6th Street Park and Central Park, but was renamed Pershing Square in 1918 in honor of General John J. Pershing. The park was first renovated in 1911; in the 1950s a car garage was built beneath it; and in 1994, it was completely redesigned by architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscapist Laurie Olin and was rededicated on February 3, 1994. Pershing Square takes up the entire block and is bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west."

Circa 1940.
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2012, 3:57 AM
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Ansel Adams:
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"The Christmas Show also included a fully decorated snowman's cave, a staging area for Christmas plays, a gingerbread house, a magic castle, performing animals, Santa's castle, a fairyland, and a variety of amusement rides. The benefit, held at 5843 Wilshire Boulevard in Hancock Park, took place from November 20 to December, 25, 1940."

Looking north across Wilshire Boulevard at the entrance to Santa's Circus, one of the activities offered at the Christmas Show held to benefit the British War Relief Association of Southern California. The sign on the left side of the entrance gate reads, "Santa's Circus with Winston's Seals, Ernestine Clark Riding Act, Uncle Bill's Dog & Pony Show, Velarde Wire Walker Clowns."

Circa 1940
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Old Posted Feb 20, 2012, 3:58 AM
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Ansel Adams and a bowling alley:
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"In 1918, the Brothers Warner (Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack) bought 10.2-acres of land in Hollywood from the Beesmyer family at a cost of $25,000. In 1919 they built a giant stage nicknamed The Barn, which measured 50-feet wide by 100- feet long. This stage was torn down in 1923 and was replaced by a collection of smaller stages and buildings. In 1925, Sam Warner started KFWB radio station on the lot. In 1937 brother-in-law, Harry Charnas, opened Sunset Bowling Center behind the old executive offices of Warner Bros. Studios. The Sunset Bowling Center was part of a "sports palace" that also contained badminton courts and a skating rink. The 52-lane bowling alley was the largest in the world at that time, with pin boys living in the loft of the building; it operated for ten years. In 1954, Paramount bought the site to provide television production facilities for KTLA, which moved to the site in 1958. Gene Autry bought KTLA in 1964, and leased the space from Paramount for three years, after which he bought the property for a whopping $5 million dollars. In 1982, an investment-banking firm bought the lot and KTLA, and three years later, sold out to the Tribune Company. In January of 2008, Hudson Capital purchased the building for an astounding $130 million dollars. In 1977, the building was declared Historic-Cultural Monument No. 180 by the city of Los Angeles. "


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Old Posted Feb 20, 2012, 4:24 AM
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Whoa.....my head is spinning rcarlton! You are certainly on a roll.

Not too many people realize Ansel Adams took photographs of Los Angeles when he was on sabbatical from Yosemite.
I want to elaborate on several of these photographs but I need to do a little research first.

Have a good night buddy....you must be exhausted.

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Old Posted Feb 20, 2012, 4:52 AM
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More Ansel Adams:
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085773.jpg

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085774.jpg

"Opened on September 24, 1905, the Court Flight was built by Attorney R. E. Blackburn of the McCarthy real estate firm and Samuel G Vandegrift, to serve the wealthy residents of Bunker Hill. The line was entirely double tracked, using a pair of thirty-inch gauge counterbalanced cars, and ran for a distance of 180 feet up a 42 per cent grade between Broadway and Court Streets, in the middle of the block between Temple and First Streets. A fire on October 20, 1943 damaged the line and put it out of commission."

Circa 1940.
that is my first time seeing court's flight in action,and seeing exactly where it stood,that is just wonderful thanks for posting
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"At the Olympic Trailer Court, located at 2121 Bundy Drive in Santa Monica, trailers are parked near one another and close to power poles, from which electricity can be pulled for residents. Large wooden crates, once used to hold airplane engines, have been set up near some of the trailers."
Circa 1940.
The Pratt & Whitney and Wright aircraft-engine crates most likely came from the Douglas plant just to the south, brought home by employees who lived in the trailers... good storage.
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Alden Jewell

I knew this auto-show tent was on Wilshire Boulevard, given the Wilshire Specials, but it was good to see it pinpointed in rcarlton's post below. The lamppost on the left indicates the intersection of Wilshire and Stanley.

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Ansel Adams:
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00088/00088654.jpg

"The Christmas Show also included a fully decorated snowman's cave, a staging area for Christmas plays, a gingerbread house, a magic castle, performing animals, Santa's castle, a fairyland, and a variety of amusement rides. The benefit, held at 5843 Wilshire Boulevard in Hancock Park, took place from November 20 to December, 25, 1940."

Looking north across Wilshire Boulevard at the entrance to Santa's Circus, one of the activities offered at the Christmas Show held to benefit the British War Relief Association of Southern California. The sign on the left side of the entrance gate reads, "Santa's Circus with Winston's Seals, Ernestine Clark Riding Act, Uncle Bill's Dog & Pony Show, Velarde Wire Walker Clowns."

Circa 1940
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OK, what the h*ll kind of palm trees are those? Didn't think they had fake palm cell towers back in the day.

Or, are those some huge/tall Yucca?
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Ansel Adams and an apartment building:

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"Street view of a large residential building known as the Princess Apartment-Hotel, located at 529 California Street. A sign indicates that there are "outside double apartments with private baths and steam heat" for $5.00 a week and up. The Classical Revival structure, which was demolished when the 101 Freeway was constructed, was named as the Queen by oil baroness Emma Summers, a onetime owner of the home. "

Circa 1940.
This image went w/o site location forever until I spotted it on an aerial that I rushed over to show then LAPL curator Carolyn Kozo Cole-- addnly found more on Emma Summers in prominent businesspeople volume - She was soo pleased to get this mystery cleared up...
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Cabbage tree (Cordyline Australis) , native to New Zealand.







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OK, what the h*ll kind of palm trees are those? Didn't think they had fake palm cell towers back in the day.

Or, are those some huge/tall Yucca?
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Alden Jewell

It's less colorful, and the Packards are long gone, but it's still there--even the finials--at 1285 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena:

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What a fantastic building G_W!

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Also, what in the heck is going on with this light? I can't figure it out. It looks like play-doh is wrapped around it.



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Woops I should have included the address... the Packard dealer building is at 1285 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

I guess that's some sort of flag waving in front of the Wilshire Special in the 1935 auto-show pic.

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Alden Jewell

Now that's one discreet limousine. Yet another façade for Hillcrest Motor Co. at 9230 Wilshire (see prior post HERE).

Had this been say, 15 years earlier, this long golden dream of a '58 Fleetwood 75 carrying the day's sob story might have pulled up here:

LAPL
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What a fantastic building! Where is it located G_W?

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Also, what in the heck is going on with this light? I can't figure it out. It looks like play-doh is wrapped around it.



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If you look at the full picture, the lamppost on the right has a flag waving on a flagpole set up at a normal angle. The lamppost on the left looks like its flagpole has bent down and the flag is now wrapped around the lamppost.
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The flags are just blurry, see?
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Thanks for the explanation. You have to admit it's a bit peculiar looking.

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The left edge of the building looks odd to me as well.




Maybe I need glasses

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Rested. More Ansel Adams:

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085780.jpg

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085782.jpg

"Three elderly gentlemen socialize on a bench on top of the Hill Street Tunnel, looking south. The intersection seen below at street level is where 1st street (only partially visible) meets Hill Street. Cars and streetcars are seen traveling north and south. "

Circa 1940.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2012, 1:59 AM
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Some more Ansel Adams:

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085622.jpg

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085621.jpg

"View of the awning of an Awful Fresh MacFarlane candy store, located at 3655 Wilshire Boulevard, next door to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, visible in the background. This storefront was later demolished."

Circa 1940.
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Ansel Adams:

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http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085763.jpg

"Several large oil derricks drill for oil in a field next to an unidentified cemetery in Los Angeles."

I'm wondering if the drilling rigs were covered with sheet metal to keep the noise down for the neighbors.

Circa 1940.
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