July 4, 2012 1:48 AM Subscribe
posted by anazgnos (8 comments total)
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Since 2009, a thread on the Skyscraper Page forums
has been dedicated to trawling for old photos and stories of Los Angeles, mostly from the LA Public Library
and USC Archives
. Thousands of posts have accumulated into a fascinating portrait of the city.
The thread is too vast for any one person to fully digest, and is best experienced as an ongoing narrative flow as stories are exchanged and mysteries are unravelled. but here are a very few scattered points of interest.
The beautiful Dorothy Adamson’s dog gets bombed. Ciro’s and Villa Nova beget The Comedy Store and The Rainbow Room. The elevated bicycle pathway to Pasadena.
The LA Times building is bombed and rebuilt.
AAA of California provides helpful air directions. Largo begets the Roxy. An orgy is interrupted.
(supplement: orgy site ceases to be eyesore
Victorian houses, then and now. Hill & 6th, then & now. Bunker Hill, then and now. (plus the LA Pigeon Farm)
The incredible Old Dutch Chocolate Shoppe
, which languished (but survived) as a cafeteria, flea market & cellphone store
, but is now due for restoration.
LA's funicular railway Angel's Flight
, since restored, decaying in storage
. LA's other, long-forgotten funicular, Court Flight, decaying long before Angel's Flight had even been removed.
was famously demolished to make way for Union Station
, but was actually only one of four Chinatowns in LA.
The removal of the hill on Hill Street.
Massive earthworks for Dodger stadium. Streetcar livery survey A catalog of original Ralph's grocery store structures.
Alpine Tavern on Mt. Lowe
, connected to LA by the Mt. Lowe Railway.
I wish I could do more, this just scratches the surface.