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Old Posted Dec 7, 2015, 10:19 PM
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How have we missed this place after almost 6 years of NLA? Great find HossC.

The Franciscan reminds me somewhat of the Portal Motor Hotel (also located in Cahuenga Pass)



Portal post (with photographs)
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=6772

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Fantastic post on "The Inkwell" tovanger2.
-really enjoyed the Verna Williams photographs. They're amazing.
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Episcopal Church, Burbank CA.


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That elderly church-going lady is straight out of central casting. She's so cute.

Does any know where this small church was located?
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/B-W-Photo-07...wAAOSwT4lWT2SF
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Old Posted Dec 8, 2015, 2:12 AM
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I happened across the following two snapshots earlier this evening on eBay.

"Outdoor Sets, Columbia Studios, Burbank Calif."



Columbia Studios was located in Hollywood's "Gower Gulch", so this must be the Columbia Ranch in the valley.



below: Columbia Ranch


old file / no date.

I've been trying to locate the buildings in this aerial of the old Columbia Ranch in Burbank (I haven't had much luck....yet)




while googling...I also found this interesting tidbit.

at
http://www.columbiaranch.net/history.html



Here are the eBay pics enlarged



This one was obviously taken just beyond the perimeter of the "ranch". (at first I thought this was the studio's power-plant)





above: old western street? (if only we could see the other side of that hanging sign)


both images found at
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Phot...UAAOSwo0JWNsgm

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I don't believe this photo of the Gardena Pacific Electric station has been seen here. I'm not sure of the exact location but I think the route ran along Vermont Avenue in Gardena.

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Great post on the Inkwell and V Williams, T2! My dad's side of the family came to LA in 1944, and by the time my father was old enough (around the early 50's) the beaches weren't as segregated ,we have pictures somewhere of them at Venice,and riding rides at P.O.P., which was better than Disneyland but not as good as the Pike in LB. And i love the Motor lodge set Hoss.
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An image of Arthur at his grandparents' house, taken by an itinerant photographer ca 1932 . When I was a kid, photographers used to come round the neighborhoods with a pony for children to pose on. This is the first time I've seen a goat and cart:

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Just a quick aside since you found it unusual... I've got photos of two separate occasions when my oldest aunt and uncle (we think) posed in a cart hitched up to a goat, circa 1916-17. There's a photo of my Dad from the late 1930s as well, but on a pony (and in western costume!). These were all in central Iowa however so I'll not include them here.
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I don't believe this photo of the Gardena Pacific Electric station has been seen here. I'm not sure of the exact location but I think the route ran along Vermont Avenue in Gardena.

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The route to Gardena did run along Vermont to just south of Gardena Blvd, then curved to the west. At Normandie, a line branched off to Torrance and San Pedro, while another continued westerly/southwesterly to Redondo Beach. Much of the trackage to Torrance survives, while there is no trace of the Redondo line after the tracks dead end into a lumberyard on Western Av just south of 166th St.

I have no idea where the station was, I never heard about a location in any of my Pacific Electric reading.
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I've searching for that station as well transitfan, but I haven't had any luck.




this simplified map is from a 1908 booklette. (I'm not sure why the names of the rail-lines are written upside-down)

http://www.colapublib.org/scgi-bin/c...in&file=29.jpg








here it is flipped


but that doesn't tell us much without the Gardena street names.



1908
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'mystery' street, 1960s Los Angeles.


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TaHengZUYW...960s%2B(5).jpg

This is merely a guess:
Is that Century City in the far distance? It looks like twin towers, unless my eyes are deceiving me.



Twin towers

http://demo.processwire.com/cities/l...-plaza-towers/

"Century Plaza Towers are two 44 story, 571 feet tall towers
located at 2029 and 2049 Century Park East in Century City."

architect- Minoru Yamasaki (yes, that Minoru Yamasaki)
year-1975

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I've searching for that station as well transitfan, but I haven't had any luck.




this simplified map is from a 1908 booklette. (I'm not sure why the names of the rail-lines are written upside-down)

http://www.colapublib.org/scgi-bin/c...in&file=29.jpg








here it is flipped


but that doesn't tell us much without the Gardena street names.



1908
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Ira L. Swett's Lines of Pacific Electric - Southern District, shows the Gardena Station stop as 163rd., Street. This would be on South Vernon Avenue.

Cheers,
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Thanks Wig Wag!




And does anyone recognize this car wash?

Los Angeles, 1960s.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-14gMjmjbT0...960s%2B(9).jpg

I love the astro-space thingy on top. -very cool...very mid-century.
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'mystery' street, 1960s Los Angeles.


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TaHengZUYW...960s%2B(5).jpg

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Western and Franklin?


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Just a quick aside since you found it unusual... I've got photos of two separate occasions when my oldest aunt and uncle (we think) posed in a cart hitched up to a goat, circa 1916-17. There's a photo of my Dad from the late 1930s as well, but on a pony (and in western costume!). These were all in central Iowa however so I'll not include them here.
I have some, (somewhere) showing family members as children, in Burbank, with a goat cart too. The cart looks exactly like the one in the picture.
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Old Posted Dec 8, 2015, 6:20 PM
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I think this might be the same car wash I just posted. It looks like the same car anyway (and it was in the same group of slides)

Los Angeles, 1960s

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OPPRYmdlX1...60s%2B(12).jpg





for comparison



The men's jumpsuits look the same too, white with red trim. (see detail below)




I didn't notice that little orange car until I lightened the photo. -it looks cute.

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the car wash photo is horizontally flipped if that helps
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I happened across the following two snapshots earlier this evening on eBay.

"Outdoor Sets, Columbia Studios, Burbank Calif."



Columbia Studios was located in Hollywood's "Gower Gulch", so this must be the Columbia Ranch in the valley.



below: Columbia Ranch


old file / no date.

I've been trying to locate the buildings in this aerial of the old Columbia Ranch in Burbank (I haven't had much luck....yet)




while googling...I also found this interesting tidbit.

at
http://www.columbiaranch.net/history.html



Here are the eBay pics enlarged



This one was obviously taken just beyond the perimeter of the "ranch". (at first I thought this was the studio's power-plant)





above: old western street? (if only we could see the other side of that hanging sign)


both images found at
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Phot...UAAOSwo0JWNsgm
At least one of the soundstages which back up to Pass avenue are still there. A long narrow storage building next to the sound is also still there as is the fountain and pool located on the curved street in the middle of the property.

The property had bad fires in 1970 which wiped out a lot of the sets. The first fire burned a quarter of the lot. I could see the glow from the fires from my house on the hill, about three miles away. Some sets were rebuilt but then burned again in later 1970. The north east corner was sold off at some point not too long after that and there was a supermarket put in and various shops, fast food and a drug store (now CVS).

I remember that at the inside corner of the retail area where there was some parking, there were a number of feral cats which apparently roamed the movie lot and were being fed on the wall between the retail space and the lot by someone. I had an aunt and uncle who lived in the neighborhood and they had some "overflow" cats in their yard as well.
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And does anyone recognize this car wash?

Los Angeles, 1960s.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-14gMjmjbT0...960s%2B(9).jpg

I love the astro-space thingy on top. -very cool...very mid-century.
As T2 says, the original picture is mirrored, as is every other copy that I found. The largest version seems to be the one at photos-albums.com. I cropped the important corner and flipped it.


Detail from image at www.photos-albums.com

The only vintage address I could find for Alert Cleaners is 2000 E Rosecrans Avenue, Compton. Just west of there is the extant Compton Car Wash.


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Looking at Historic Aerials, it looks like the curved sculpture was still on the roof up until 2004 (below) - check out the shadow. Sadly, it's gone by the first GSV image in 2007.


Historic Aerials
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excellent find hoss. so the roof-top structure made it to the 21st century at least.

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the car wash photo is horizontally flipped if that helps
duh. I just thought we were looking at the back of the 99cent car wash sign.
I didn't notice the car going the wrong way down the street.
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I've searching for that station as well transitfan, but I haven't had any luck.


here it is flipped


but that doesn't tell us much without the Gardena street names.



1908
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One thing caught my attention ER. Its the 1908 Art Nouveau swirling lines that surround the map. They seem to dominate the whole piece.
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This is part 2 of Julius Shulman's Franciscan Motel pictures. These photographs date from two years after the ones I posted yesterday. This one is "Job 1085: Franciscan Motel (Los Angeles, Calif.),1951". Although the "F" on the chimney was visible in the earlier images, the sign along the front of the building appears to be new.



This pool shot is pretty similar to the one from 1949, although the trees seem to have grown nicely in two years.



The last image shows the steps to the pool and the "Franciscan Pool" lifebouys.



All from Getty Research Institute

The motel was obviously newly built in 1949, as the 1948 aerial view shows a cleared lot. The completed motel can be seen in the 1952 image.


Historic Aerials

The buildings nearest the freeway were demolished sometime between 1972 and 1980. The ones at the back of the lot, however, survive today. They are now in what seems to be the north parking lot of the Ford Theatres.


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