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Old Posted Mar 5, 2012, 3:23 AM
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Eventually the twins and their plane were found by the FBI. The Finns were charged with theft, but a federal grand jury refused to indict them because a key prosecution witness could not tell which of the identical twins stole the aircraft.
This part of the story on the twins gave me a chuckle. I bet their defense lawyer couldn't wait to bring that out in court.
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Old Posted Mar 5, 2012, 3:39 AM
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Streetcar Home

These streetcar bodies are from “a group of 20 cars built for the Southern Pacific Railway’s local streetcar operation in Oakland, California. Southern Pacific transferred 10 of these cars to its Pacific Electric operations in 1913, where they were needed to meet growing demand. The new 170-class cars were the first steel-bodied cars in the PE's fleet, and PE crews nick-named them "Submarines", after the then-emerging naval phenomenon. The West Coast's first submarine base had opened in the L.A. Harbor that same year

The 170-class cars were almost retired by 1928, but three remained in service in Long Beach until final retirement in 1934. Many of these sturdy steel cars ended up being sold to the public as empty carbodies. One became a home in the Crestline area of the San Bernardino Mountains and was later rescued for restoration by the Orange Empire Railway Museum at Perris, California.” The information in these first two paragraphs is from the Orange Empire Railway Museum Website.

I find rcarlton’s Shorpy research especially intriguing given the fact that only ten of these cars served the PE. If the Smith’s did indeed have as many as eight 170 Class bodies on the property at one time, then they owned most of the fleet!

In 1970 I had the opportunity to meet those folks and take photos of the cars and property. At that tine they were still in PE red and all the numbers were visible. In addition, there was one wooden car (the same one seen in the background of the LA Times photo) - a 500 class if I recall correctly. At that time there were a total of four 170 Class cars and all were partially obscured by heavy brush, making photography difficult. Also, of the four, one had been partially buried in a hillside on the property in an attempt to create a bomb shelter during the 1950’s. Unfortunately, at the time I had a so-so camera so the photos are not great but they can be accessed via the links below from an earlier post I made to another website.

Interestingly, the property is now a horse farm and at least some of the cars are still in use as offices. They are now painted silver.

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Jack


[IMG]http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_1A.jpg http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_1B.jpg http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_1C.jpg http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_1D.jpg http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_1E.jpg http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_1F.jpg http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_2A.jpg http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_2B.jpg http://www.trainorders.com/discussio...una_Cyn_2C.jpg

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Old Posted Mar 5, 2012, 6:19 AM
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...and now it has a name, El Vigo.




A while back I noticed it peering over another building:



The El Vigo is at 154 N. New Hampshire:

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Kind of classically noirish, I think, what with the palms and weathered
facade--street-view glimpses reveal a somewhat forbidding entrance...
anyone ever been inside?

I lived there from '87-'89. The building is totally original, elevators, baths,kitches even some original furniture. The whole nieghborhood is a time capsule of 1920s Los Angeles.
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Old Posted Mar 5, 2012, 12:43 PM
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Not just another day at Muller Brothers, 1951


Before the Cinerama Dome, there was Muller Brothers... the occasion was their 3,000,000th car wash. The shot from about 20 years before the others reminds me of the
progression from "auto laundry" to "auto wash" to "car wash." Even without the starlets doing publicity stunts, it must have been quite a facility. Too many big photos to
put them all here, but they're definitely worth a look. Check out the "control tower": Retronaut



Miss Lube Rack...'nuf said.... As for Miss Auto Club, she gets the award for the ugliest and most incredibly unflattering bathing suit in history.


A little history of the Mullers from Hollywood Heritage: "The Muller family is one of Hollywood’s pioneers. Jacob Muller came to Hollywood in 1893, establishing the first meat market in Hollywood, across from the present Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard. He sold the market in 1907 and established the first ice company in Hollywood, selling that business in 1913. The family’s original house was built Sunset Boulevard at Ivar. This site later became the location of the RCA Building, built by the Muller Family in 1963 (currently the Los Angeles Film School Building).... Across Sunset Boulevard on 4 acres, where the Cinerama Dome Theater and a new retail center is under construction, was Muller Brothers Service Station. Opened in 1920 by Jacob’s sons, Walter and Frank, this became the largest service station in the world (including a large automobile supply center), employing 120 people by 1937. Celebrities, from Rudolph Valentino to Clark Gable, came by regularly to get gas or just work on their cars. In 1963 the site was sold for the Cinerama Dome Theater, and, at that time, an eventual hotel."



Post-meat, pre-auto... "NOW JUST A COUPLE OF AIR & WATER BOYS"...?


Second row, right and bottom: LAPL
All others: Retronaut/Life

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It was out in Brea--not sure when it met the wrecking ball, but what a loss... almost looks like something that might have been at a world's fair.
It was demolished in 2005.
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Old Posted Mar 6, 2012, 11:38 AM
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Cool magazine lower left, EXCITING LOVE, ran Winter 1941 – Winter 1958

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Ansel Adams:

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085663.jpg

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00088/00088652.jpg

http://jpg1.lapl.org/00085/00085660.jpg

"A vendor in a small newsstand talks to a customer. The stand, which appears to be near the employee parking area at the Lockheed Air Terminal plant in Burbank, offers a variety of snacks, personal items, and reading materials."

"...Circa 1940..."

The last of the Ansel Adams pictures. The rest consist of drinking, bowling and more workers at the Lockheed plant. Very noire looking.
"Circa 1940."

A little later than that---magazine lower left, EXCITING LOVE, ran Winter 1941 – Winter 1958, 10c until 1946-47.

COVER SHOWN online @
http://www.philsp.com/data/image043.html#EXCITINGLOVE
AND
http://www.philsp.com/data/images/e/...1spr_v1_n2.jpg

SOME issues EL contents indexed @
http://www.philsp.com/homeville/FMI/b63.htm#A1042
but not issue shown---also tried ANDERSON, RUTH "Born to Love" issue shown, no dice.
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Old Posted Mar 6, 2012, 12:50 PM
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Bucolic Beverly Hills, 1951

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Melody Lane, the Beverly-Wilshire, a Derby and a Chrysler...
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"...they will remain low-income housing though...."

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The King Edward, built in 1905.
http://dtsocialclub.files.wordpress....6/kingedex.jpg


The Baltimore Hotel....Absolutely Fireproof!
http://www.fadingad.com/blog/califor..._baltimore.jpg


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News: http://blogdowntown.com/2012/03/6626...edwards-throne

That "...they will remain low-income housing...." is interesting... so they will refurbish these places expecting no more revenue? Oh, well, at least someone sees potential in them.
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I often think of the word "bucolic" as meaning rural or "out in the sticks"...I never thought of that part of town as bucolic...even in those days.
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Is that what bucolic means? How about "Practically bucolic, as compared to today: Beverly Hills, 1951"?
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Old Posted Mar 6, 2012, 6:12 PM
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Vintage Los Angeles
Not your usual wallpaper billboard--
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Sadly the Baltimore's ghost sign is no more. (OK...maybe not technically a ghost sign, as the building is still a hotel, but......)





replaced by this mural.

Let's see......older Asian woman, peering over her glasses......

So Mr Artiste.......what, uhhhhh, EXACTLY is this supposed to represent? What does it connote? I am not a hipster-doofus, and therefore do not immediately grasp the subtleties....

Is she watching the neighborhood? Ever-vigilant to aberrant behavior? If so, I wish her the best.....she has her work cut out for her. I'm sure the amount of criminal activity that has taken place over the years on that stretch of 5th between Main and Los Angeles could fill a ream of police blotters.



http://brixandtrix.blogspot.com/2012/02/haltimore.html

P.S. -----

The Yelp review of The Baltimore is hilarious. (You'll have to look up Fifi towel on your own, as I did. Same with carpet farmers.)

This place is a GREAT place to hole up for a week and smoke crack like the world is going to end tomorrow! Half of Los Angeles' sex offenders and violent criminals can be found living here -- really great if you need advice on how to construct your very own Fifi towel, how to kill someone with a pair of car keys, or if you're into IVing cheap, sludgy heroin and need tips on how muscle it in even the most abscessed limb.

Entomologists shall delight at the garden of roaches, bedbugs, lice, chiggers and other assorted invertebrates that blanket the walls of this manor. Shag carpets in the hallway are surprisingly clean... but that could be because of all the random carpet farmers you'll see scrounging around down there, at the foot of their doors, picking away to keep them clean. Who needs a vaccuum? Neighbors are friendly, if exuberant -- especially the ladies! -- kicking in your door at 2am, offering companionship at rock bottom prices.

Wow! And the concierge service.... I have never had my keys and ID shoved at me so fast underneath a bulletproof glass window before. What efficiency!

AND the best part is, it's dirt cheap!!! So you can save some money when you walk a few blocks over to your fancy-pants dinner at Cicada. I love Downtown Los Angeles!

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John Humble/Hemmings Classic Car
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Bixel between Wilshire & 6th, 1980 and 2009.
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What a wonderful billboard G_W!

As many of you know...the Moulin Rouge was located in the old Earl Carroll Theater at 6230 Sunset Blvd.
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The 'storybook style' Spadena House, also known as the Witch's House, located at the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita in Beverly Hills.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sp...itch_House.jpg







http://www.panoramio.com/photo/712469




below: Detail of the 'spider-web' door.


http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_ch...08/12/658.aspx





below: The 'Witch's House' is much larger than one might expect.
Here is an aerial showing the 'storybook' house on it's corner lot (the label is on the wrong house).


google street view


The Spadena/Witch's House was originally located on Washington Blvd. in Culver City.
(further details below)

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The Spadena House was designed in 1921 by art director Harry Oliver.
This whimsical structure originally housed the administrative offices and dressing rooms for Willat Studios (yet another long lost studio).






below: The Spadena House at it's original location in Culver City.


http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/D...wdate=&hidate=

above: For the life of me, I cannot figure out that buttress 'thingy' attached to the roof (it resembles a hydraulic pump).
This element is missing in contemporary photographs.





below: The odd 'buttress' can be seen in this old postcard as well.


postcard






below: sans buttress. (here's another 'where's waldo' moment....find the shark in this photo)


unkown
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A view of the property in the 1980s.



not sure where I found this.





below: The Spadena House as it appears today (extremely lush and inviting...except perhaps..for Hansel & Gretel)


google street view

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Another glimpse of old Bunker Hill. The layout of the street seem very odd in this photograph.
(the large house on the right appears to be situated on an early version of a cul-de-sac)

Can anyone pinpoint this view?



University of Michigan


above: The caption is quite sad. "A mighty redevelopment project takes them all".

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