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July 1940 - Life cover. Manhattan Beach lifeguard
http://cache.coverbrowser.com/image/life/193-1.jpg
I was rather fascinated by this LIFE cover, in large part because I grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA, in the 1960s and 1970s. Sadly, after locating this issue of LIFE at Google Books, it appears that this is not from the beach town to the south of Los Angeles. The accompanying article concerns female lifeguards at Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, New York. (See page 31.)
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http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co.../45005/rec/368


Godzilla - All I can say is...What the Hell !!!??? This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. Any idea what is there today?

As best I can tell, the area is now parking space. I wish I could shed more light on the subject, but I tend to overlook the obvious. Edit: I tried to independently discover more about 2515 Wilshire and all points led to GW's blog which did illuminate things. http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...e-see-our.html The Effie Neustadt home at 2515 Wilshire evidently lasted until 1948.



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HandsomeStranger. please accept my apology. I ordinarily check the attribution, but I was a bit hasty, considering the racy subject. As noted, often the obvious is wishful thinking.

I might have known that modest Manhattan Beach was so safe it probably didn't even need life guards!

1927
http://www.robinrcutler.com/wp-conte...Jan-Dennis.jpg


1948 - Manhattan Beach look here for larger images: http://astimegoesby.us/gallery3/var/...G?m=1351310815 and http://astimegoesby.us/gallery3/var/...G?m=1351310818
http://astimegoesby.us/gallery3/var/...G?m=1351476969



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By the 1930s, Manhattan had a bustling downtown area with various shops and plenty of parking. The La Mar Theater soon opened, and represented one of the notable art deco structures in California. Built at a cost of $65,000, the La Mar was a local landmark until it was leveled in 1978. http://www.southbaydigs.com/spotlight-manhattan-beach/
http://www.southbaydigs.com/wp-conte...downtownMB.jpg




http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/73...9255122c35.jpg



https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7118/7...022bcd36_b.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8027/7...4cc921bb_z.jpg




http://cdn.cstatic.net/gridnailer/10...t-postcard.jpg


1950 PCH, Sunset Mesa Point (Malibu)http://www.sunsetmesa.org/files/imag...the_malibu.JPG
http://www.sunsetmesa.org/files/imag...ch_traffic.JPG

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1935 - South Coronado Street and Wilshire Blvd. Standard Station next to a vine-covered home. Notice the Asbury and Park Plaza in the background. Eye catching tree trimming.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/re...ll170/id/44976
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Godzilla - All I can say is...What the Hell !!!??? This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. Any idea what is there today?
This is as close as I could get to the same camera position. As Godzilla noted, it's now a parking lot. The Standard Oil service station's address was 2525 Wilshire Boulevard.


GSV

The USC photoset also includes the image below. At first I thought it was another view of the service station above, but then I noticed a sign saying "W. EIGHT...".


USC Digital Library

Unfortunately, the other street name was unreadable. Standard Oil had a service station at 2100 W 8th Street, and the slope on S Alvarado initially seemed about right. There's even an extant apartment building at the top of the street with similar windows, but I eventually concluded that it wasn't a match. That only left 3029 W 8th Street, which luckily turned out to be the one in the image above. The picture shows the corner of S New Hampshire Avenue. The building just visible on the left is the former Hotel Mayan. I wrote about it in post #22901 - the first picture even shows a small piece of the service station.


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This is as close as I could get to the same camera position. As Godzilla noted, it's now a parking lot. The Standard Oil service station's address was 2525 Wilshire Boulevard.



The USC photoset also includes the image below. At first I thought it was another view of the service station above, but then I noticed a sign saying "W. EIGHT...".


USC Digital Library

Unfortunately, the other street name was unreadable. Standard Oil had a service station at 2100 W 8th Street, and the slope on S Alvarado initially seemed about right. There's even an extant apartment building at the top of the street with similar windows, but I eventually concluded that it wasn't a match. That only left 3029 W 8th Street, which luckily turned out to be the one in the image above. The picture shows the corner of S New Hampshire Avenue. The building just visible on the left is the former Hotel Mayan. I wrote about it in post #22901 - the first picture even shows a small piece of the service station.


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As always, thanks for the follow up. I also had a slight doubt about the other station. But I am also unable to decide on which fuel is right for my car?



http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co.../45005/rec/368



Flight looks so good, but Standard and Ethyl seem good too. Any Boron?






Couldn't locate the owners manual. The nifty service reminder under the hood was not particularly helpful. Need to buy more non-detergent 30 weight.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co.../45005/rec/368



Maybe this Standard employee can answer my question!




http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co.../45005/rec/368







Stylish fender skirt.


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The interior of the Metropolitan Theater is quite a mish-mash of architectural styles.
Any idea what's behind the little curtained window? (it's certainly in an odd spot...at the stair steps)

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The interior of the Metropolitan Theater is quite a mish-mash of architectural styles.
Any idea what's behind the little curtained window? (it's certainly in an odd spot...at the stair steps)

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More of the French Village at approximately 2400 N. Highland.



Before the Hollywood Freeway another fascinating interchange.



~1938 , Southern portion of Cahuenga Pass in foreground and crossing to the left. Highland Ave to the right. Hollywood Bowl is around the bend to the right.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/si...d/4162/rec/399












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View looking south, shows how final link of Hollywood Freeway will connect up with the south end of Cahuenga Pass. Tunnel (3) was closed to traffic for a day and will be eliminated, and a new bridge constructed (broken lines). (1) Shows detour for southbound traffic from Cahuenga Pass to Highland Avenue (2) and on around bridge construction work (left background). Note new traffic signals at intersection (2). http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/F...olNumber=45059


April, 1953 - Hollywood Freeway Construction.
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics43/00041094.jpg



August, 1953 - Hollywood Freeway Construction
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics43/00041140.jpg




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HandsomeStranger. please accept my apology. I ordinarily check the attribution, but I was a bit hasty, considering the racy subject. As noted, often the obvious is wishful thinking.
Absolutely no need to apologize; it was an honest mistake. And thanks for the additional photos of Manhattan Beach! I went to the (grammatically incorrect) La Mar theater several times as a child, including their program of movies for kids that took place every Saturday during the summer. On opposing walls of the theater interior there were huge bas relief depictions of bare-breasted mermaids, which made quite an impression on all of us young tykes!
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As I was walking down the street one day . . .

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Does anybody really care?




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A lot of information in this image.


1927 - Seventh and Hill Streets


Another sidewalk clock



1933 ~Seventh and Hope Streets, Union Oil Building

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/36809/rec/39



Hiding in plain sight. Montgomery Bros. clock. Or is it clocks?








He ain't heavy, he's my brother. ♫ [adopted]










1933 - Union Oil Building, Montgomery Bros.

http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/36809/rec/39



http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/co...d/36809/rec/39



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Does anyone have any vintage images of the Hemphill Diesel Engineering School (later the Capitol Records Pressing Plant)?

Cant find much information (particularly vintage images) on this very interesting Deco building at 2121 San Fernando Road.


http://www.roadarch.com/deco/cala4.html

Some info in a post by ethereal_reality http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...ostcount=13288
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Very nice post on the French Village. After all that was there before, this is very sad.



Is that all . . . there is?


Lends some poignancy to Peggy Lee asking: "Is that all there is?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCRZZC-DH7M



November 1, 1968 - Peggy Lee rides Angel's Flight
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On opposing walls of the theater interior there were huge bas relief depictions of bare-breasted mermaids, which made quite an impression on all of us young tykes!




Your mermaids may have set a standard difficult for other mermaids to emulate. Did they ever unionize?



Is Smiley really smiling?


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"Smiley the performing porpoise at Marineland meets a pretty mermaid (Joyce Brainard) who will be one of 40 beautiful girls occupying the sea arena tank on June 9 when Frank Sennes premieres his Starlight Spectacular, a stage and aqua show, at Marineland".
1959 - Marineland
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00083/00083092.jpg




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Mrs. Harold Hirsch of host club, lofts one over the lake on the 18th hole as Mrs. Robert B. McConnell of South Hills CC and Mrs. Robert Golden of Los Coyotes CC look on. In foreground is Rhoda Lavand, a mermaid who will retrieve balls from the lake during Brentwood CC's upcoming Invitational.
1967 - Golf ball retrieving mermaid.
http://jpg2.lapl.org/pics48/00058662.jpg


Regarding which beach, sometimes the locations seems irrelevant.



Marilyn
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t0wxDfrSCw...lla--color.jpg



Evidently, Marilyn favored a long board, or that's what they want us to believe. Ho Daddy.

1950 Marilyn (?)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8KyzRLCNbK...ter+1950+2.jpg



Marilyn and board
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Pz2Pd0b-O2.../MM%2Bsurf.jpg


Clara Bow, (1637 Vine Street) apparently favored a shorter board.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-H6TRFH_QCT...om%253A%2B.jpg


Esther Williams' may have shared Marilyn's surfing preferences. Looks like a Santa Monica-Malibu location.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4N9pRMs7Ar...p.com%253A.jpg





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rlrdrken, your YouTube link seems to be broken. For anyone wanting to see the video, try clicking here.


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A couple of nights ago I came across this picture of the Richfield Building on the USC site. I don't remember seeing it here before, but that's no guarantee! It's dated at November 26, 1957.


USC Digital Library

When I zoomed in, I noticed that a couple of the windows show advertisments for Richfield Boron Gasoline.


Details of picture above.

I can't find any references to Richfield Boron Gasoline in NLA, so here are a few contemporary advertisements:


Ebay


Ebay


Amazon


Ebay




Before things get too hot at the Box (Pandora's)?

Boron available on the Sunset Strip, mid '60s?

http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2013...98dcce2334.jpg
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This illustration shows the Peacock Fountain on the grounds of the Adamson House.


www.vcothg.com




http://bloomingrosemusings.blogspot....in-malibu.html



The Adamson House was once the only home along the 27 mile-long beach of Malibu.


wiki

Designed by Stiles O. Clements, the Adamson House was built by Rhoda Rindge Adamson, and her husband Merritt Huntley Adamson in 1929.
Rhoda Rindge Adamson was the daughter of May Rindge and Frederick Hastings Rindge who at one point owned all of Malibu.


Here's the location of the house and grounds. (the photograph is dated 1976)


www.surfline.com


A more recent aerial.

Malibu on wiki



Here'a a detailed look at the grounds (at high tide)



www.wodcityofangels.com

Physically failing after a horse riding accident, Merritt Adamson committed suicide in the bathhouse in 1949 (labeled M on the map).
The Peacock Fountain (that I mentioned earlier) is labeled Q.


The following are construction photographs from 1929.


Adamson House Foundation




Adamson House Foundation




Adamson house Foundation




Adamson house Foundation



Peacock Fountain

Adamson House Foundation



...and in the early 1930s.

AHF



out door fireplace

AHF / touristbee



Outdoor doggy bathtub decorated in beautiful Malibu Tile

vcothg




-colorful kitchen (also in Malibu tile)

http://bloomingrosemusings.blogspot....in-malibu.html



Neptune Fountain (C on the map)

http://www.mygola.com/adamson-house-museum-p6216



There's even a WWII era relic on the grounds. The Coast Guard used the bathhouse/poolhouse as a lookout during the war.


touristbee




The swimming pool had special plumbing to allow either fresh water or salt water.


vcothg.com


interior




How the Adamson House looks today.

utSD




www.adamsonhouse.org



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We recently revisited the famous Iowa Picnics on NLA. The other night I found this photograph of a Canadian Picnic at Long Beach in 1925.


ebay


reverse/with info.


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Several minutes ago I came across this astonishing photograph of Signal Hill (near Long Beach) taken in 1924.
It's the year before the Canadian Picnic in the previous post.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/1924-Signal-...16.m2518.l4276

The seller is asking $49.99
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We recently revisited the famous Iowa Picnics on NLA. The other night I found this photograph of a Canadian Picnic at Long Beach in 1925.


ebay


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This is as close as I could get to the same camera position. As Godzilla noted, it's now a parking lot. The Standard Oil service station's address was 2525 Wilshire Boulevard.


GSV

The Standard (Service) Station and the vine-covered house are long gone but the building sporting the National Lampoon advert (The La Fonda) has persevered.

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I don't think we've seen these views of Union Station and the Civic Center before. They're both from 4x5 negatives, and the description of one says "Original vintage negative from the late 1950's. Taken by Don Comoe who was the official photographer at Naval Air Station at Los Alamitos, CA." The seller had posted the images back to front, hence the mirrored watermark when I corrected them. I've also played with the levels to try and even them out.


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The area in the foreground has been discussed a couple of times recently:

The bridge over Macy Street

Housing tract around Rosabell Street
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