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Old Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:33 AM
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I'm curious, how do you know about Kenneth Hollywood?
I worked on the lot in the 1980s but always used the west entrance on Overland Avenue.

Several times I had to run errands to the Thalberg Building. I wished I had stopped to speak with Mr. Hollywood. I bet he had thousands of stories.
You sometimes had to check in with him and get a pass if you had an appointment on the lot. But if it was around lunchtime, you could blend in with the flow of MGM folks going back to their offices and just stroll in.

I think he had a nameplate in the booth. Hollywood was his real name. I once looked--he had a Google presence.

Like I said, a nice guy.

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Old Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:38 AM
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Glass Negative #3

Produce truck parked in front of a beautiful house [ca.1920]


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Glass-plate-...sAAOSwYIxYBWD1



Louis Jan Produce Company
Wholesale Fruit and Vegetables
L.A. CAL


detail




and a closer look at the porte-cochere and the car parked therein.


detail

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Old Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:53 AM
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And this is my favorite of all the glass negatives. (I almost fell out of my chair when I first saw it)


Glass Negative #4


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Glass-plate-...0AAOSwzaJYBW9H

So many things to look at here. I love the steps going up the hillside behind the cabin-like bungalow.




The occasion?

First Southern Cal. Motor Truck Tour

detail





And if you didn't notice, there's even one of those Camino Real Bells behind the fire truck.


detail

To be honest, I didn't realize the bells were so tall. (compare it to the man standing below it on the far side of the truck)




A closer look at some of the men and participants.


detail

..........................I like the dapper lad in the white jodhpers -and look at that brick street!






some more men.

detail

Wouldn't it be great to know all their names and their stations in life.





And up the street you can see the Burkshire Hotel & Apartments.


detail


lapl

Here's the address, but I'm not sure if we're looking at the front or the back of the building in the 1920 glass negative.
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Goodnight. More negatives tomorrow!

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Old Posted Oct 21, 2016, 4:35 AM
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GW's showed us that one too. It's the former American Storage Company building on Beverly Boulevard. See post #7809. Here's a current view.


GSV

Since you mentioned American Storage, perhaps someone has found a larger version of the image below that contains a glimpse of American S. along with "Barkies."

http://waterandpower.org/8%20Histori...irgil_1928.jpg




Barkies
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...postcount=1307
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Novarro

Ramon Novarro house was owned later by Diane Keaton and also Christina Ricci.
Interior pics are found by Googling "Diane Keaton art deco". Nearby is also Brad Pitt's large compound. It's gated area.
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2016, 5:01 AM
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Finally, an impression of how the building would look in situ (from long before AutoCAD and PhotoShop!).




Here's a current view from roughly the same spot as the composite.


GSV


Nice job with that match!

Your pictures provoked a return to another recently posted image that the source describes as a view West on Wilshire from Fairfax. I recall it being mentioned on NLA that the Wilshire "Specials" extended west only to Fairfax. Was there anything special about the west-of-Wilshire Specials? I hasten to add that Westwood had its own variety of Specials.


http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/73...577ba48fd5.jpg



http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townn...size=750%2C623



Per W&P site, this is "Early dual-lamp streetlights on Wilshire Boulevard." Circa 1931.
http://waterandpower.org/Historical_...etlight(2).jpg



Westwood Specials
http://waterandpower.org/Historical_...llage_1939.jpg
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:15 PM
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And this is my favorite of all the glass negatives. (I almost fell out of my chair when I first saw it)

Glass Negative #4


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Glass-plate-...0AAOSwzaJYBW9H
The building with the "Coffee" sign at the top of the steps is the Auto Club building, with the High School to its left.

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The N. Hill Street Auto Club building was a much more modest structure albeit also camera-shy. Here's a shot of it looking up, at Fort Moore Hill, from Sunset Boulevard and N. Hill Street (north of Sunset)...

Sunset Boulevard at Hill Street, 1925
The building on the right of MichaelRyerson's picture above must be the Burkshire Hotel & Apartments ...

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The Burkshire (earlier CDs also say Berkshire) appears on the 1921 Baist map. The Auto Club building is marked on map 3.


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The building in the background of e_r's Burkshire detail appears to be this one near the north portal of Hill Street tunnel. I'm sure we've seen this 1961 photo before, but I could only find a similar image with the building just out-of-shot.


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Nice job with that match!

Your pictures provoked a return to another recently posted image that the source describes as a view West on Wilshire from Fairfax. I recall it being mentioned on NLA that the Wilshire "Specials" extended west only to Fairfax. Was there anything special about the west-of-Wilshire Specials? I hasten to add that Westwood had its own variety of Specials.


http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/73...577ba48fd5.jpg


The classic Wilshire Specials seen in this shot were only installed west to Fairfax; the house seen at left, built in 1918, is one of the Trump-size handful of houses still standing on the boulevard. It's across from the intersection of Wilshire & Van Ness...full story here:
http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...boulevard.html


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Old Posted Oct 21, 2016, 4:21 PM
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So glad this attractive house is still standing.

Thanks for providing the link. It was quite interesting to see how it looks today.

http://wilshireboulevardhouses.blogs...boulevard.html

But it's a shame the front yard is now used for parking.
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At the bottom you can see the shadow of the google-mobile camera going by.....oh wait......
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Is photobucket having some issues today? A couple of different members photos aren't loading from their posts right now?
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Old Posted Oct 21, 2016, 6:02 PM
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Very interesting Hoss. I've never heard of this proposal until your post.


The geometric lines and copper bands remind me of the Ramon Novarro House (designed by Lloyd Wright in 1928).


http://takesunset.com/2011/11/lloyd-...e-in-the-oaks/




http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.c...rro-house.html

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Let's take a look back in time.

The home was originally built for Louis Samuel.


https://vickielester.files.wordpress...-los-feliz.jpg


"Wright met Louis Samuel through actor Ramon Novarro. Samuel and Novarro met in dance class years earlier, and, by the middle of the 1920s, the former had become the actor’s personal assistant and business manager. By then, also, Novarro was Hollywood’s first Latin-American superstar, with his most popular role being the lead in 1925’s Ben-Hur.

"Wright created an Art Deco/Mayanesque masterpiece. The four-level home was built into the side of a hill with concrete and oxidized copper throughout (even the floors are concrete). Nearly everything was incorporated in the first floor: dining room; living room; kitchen; the home’s sole bedroom; and the lounge which lead to the outdoor swimming pool."

In 1930, Novarro discovered Samuel had been embezzling from him. Not only was Samuel using the money to play the stock market (not a great move in the fall of 1929), put he was also using his client’s money to pay the mortgage on his Los Feliz home. Now, Novarro wasn’t the type of guy who needed the press digging around in his private affairs, so he quietly opted not to press charges. However, he did take over ownership of the Wright house."

from Floyde B. Bariscale at http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.c...rro-house.html







Here is the house at the bottom of the hill.


https://waldinadotcom.files.wordpres...ro-house-5.jpg

(a variation of this photograph has been seen before on NLA)




Mr. Novarro posing by the pool in 1945.


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/9499849190182145/

note the small square window on the right.



The pool is behind this area. (red arrow below)


http://www.altfg.com/film/ramon-nova...d-wright-home/




Let's end with an aerial.


google_earth

The home is located at 5609 Valley Oak Drive.


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The Address is 2255 Verde Oak Drive, I was in the house 2 weeks ago and took some photographs, the bathrooms are very interesting. I will upload them and post them soon.
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The classic Wilshire Specials seen in this shot were only installed west to Fairfax ...
We've already seen the 1929 picture below in Godzilla's post #12924, but that was over three years ago, and it seemed worth repeating amid the current discussion of the Wilshire/Fairfax area and Wilshire Specials. It's very clear from this image that the Wilshire Specials did indeed stop at Fairfax.


USC Digital Library

Godzilla's post also includes a similar detail view to this, but none of my numerous searches found it, so I thought I'd caption it. First, there's Hugh Evans & Co Inc in the Wilshire Fairfax Tract Office offering "Wilshire Blvd Frontage". Somewhere behind the fence there's a Yellow Cab Station. Finally, as BifRayRock noticed before, there's an advert for La Bohème Cafe on the Sunset Boulevard. This would later become the site of Simon's Drive-In.


Detail of picture above

Godzilla originally mentioned the Newmark's Mountain Grown Coffee poster, but what's the building behind it on the future site of the May Co building? There's some writing over the entrance, but I can't read it. Sorry if this has been answered before. In the background, La Brea Park is full of oil wells.


Detail of picture above
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This thread is amazingly interesting, addicting, and really educates me. What a treasure to have all this info and love the personal stories/pics! I am way back and probably won’t be catching up in the near future. A sincere thanks to ethereal_reality for starting this and to those that contribute. I hope all the old timers from the early pages are still around and that’s why I wanted to jump up here and show gratitude. I was born and raised in north San Diego but have had L.A. as a sales territory in the recent past. I am your student. Thanks again everyone!

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This thread is amazingly interesting, addicting, and really educates me. What a treasure to have all this info and love the personal stories/pics! I am way back a probably won’t be catching up in the near future. A sincere thanks to ethereal_reality for starting this and to those that contribute. I hope all the old timers from the early pages are still around and that’s why I wanted to jump up here and show gratitude. I was born a raised in north San Diego but have had L.A. as a sales territory in the recent past. I am your student. Thanks again everyone!
Welcome to the thread, ronev760. The great majority of the Old Timers are still around. Is this the Angels' Flight on your avatar ? Too small to be sure.
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Welcome to the thread, ronev760.


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Is photobucket having some issues today? A couple of different members photos aren't loading from their posts right now?
It was working fine for me earlier, but now it won't show the large versions of my most recently uploaded images. It's also incredibly slow and failing every upload I try. After six months of cluelessness from Photobucket earlier this year I really thought they'd got their act together. Apologies if any of my images are currently missing - I'm sure they'll be back soon. Strangely, I had no problems with the site last week when they warned of possible problems during maintenance!

Edit: It looks like I may have jumped the gun in condemning Photobucket. They have actually posted something useful on their Facebook page (they obviously don't mind when it's someone else's fault!):
We are aware of the DDOS attack that has been affecting many sites today. The Photobucket site is up-and-running. However, it is possible that some ISP’s may be slow to resolve across all of Dyn’s (DNS Provider) available servers. Some users may experience intermittent connectivity.
They also provide a link to an article explaining what happened.

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Welcome to noirish los Angeles ronev760, so glad you found the thread.

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The Address is 2255 Verde Oak Drive, I was in the house 2 weeks ago and took some photographs, the bathrooms are very interesting. I will upload them and post them soon.
Can't wait to see your photgraphs UphillDonkey!

I'm curious, have you ever toured the Ennis House?

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Thanks for your post about the Ramon Novarro House, e_r. The Theater Center model still reminds me too much of a wedding cake, but maybe I can appreciate it a little more now.


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According to Hardin Honda's website, Hardin Oldsmobile started selling cars in 1957 in a converted gas station on Anaheim Boulevard. I'm assuming that this Julius Shulman picture shows their first purpose-built showroom. It's "Job 3720: William Ficker, Hardin Oldsmobile (Anaheim, Calif.), 1964".



Getty Research Institute

Hardin Honda has now moved to 1381 S Auto Center Drive, but their old building at 1300 S Anaheim Boulevard is still standing. Although the business there now sells quads and jet skis, part of the old Hardin sign has recently been revealed.


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'mystery' location.

Glass Negative #5 [ca.1920]


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Glass-plate-...wAAOSwPCVYBW4H

I'm hoping someone here on NLA might recognize the neighborhood.






In the distance on the right there appears to be a service station.


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Here's a closer look at the family.


detail

They're obviously going on a camping trip.

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Note the emblem/sticker on the windshield. (and that super-duper spotlight!)



To me, the emblem looks like a mule....except the tail.....the tail looks like a fox.


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It is too small and I can't remember (guess I'm the old timer..lol) what pic I attached. If it is Angels Flight, I'm sure I got the pic from this thread. It's been almost a year since I've logged in. I don't need to log in to lurk'n'learn. Thanks for the welcome!

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Yep, it looks like Angels Flight to me.

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