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Re: [la-history] Sharing a great video clip!

From: JEFF F.
Sent on: Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:09 AM

I also thought the clip was terrific.


On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM, Rudy <[address removed]> wrote:
Glad you enjoyed the clip Cindy!
I was born and raised in Boyle Heights.
By the way..up until 1915, El Sereno was was actually called Bairdstown. Honest!

From: Cindy <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, October 20,[masked]:46 AM
Subject: [la-history] Sharing a great video clip!

I agree with Juliet.  What a gift Rudy and Harry have given the rest of us--thank you both.  I can barely get my head around how different everything looks now.  If you followed the original 1947 Project <>, however, you know that postwar L.A. wasn't as romantic as it might now seem.  I wasn't born till 1953, but even I remember that we pretty much avoided downtown L.A. though we lived just barely on the outskirts (El Sereno).  Quite a culture shock when the family moved to the 'burbs (i.e., Burbank) in 1961!

Cindy Mediavilla

At 7:26 PM [masked]/19/11, Juliet wrote:
So cool of you guys to take the time to post and then map the route...It must have been
an amazing time to be in L.A....right after WWII...
Juliet A. Hogue
ITEX Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties and the San Fernando Valley
1710 North Moorpark Road, #18
Thousand Oaks, CA  91360
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"Love all, trust few and do harm to none." W. Shakespeare

"Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life." Joseph Conrad
In a message dated 10/19/2011 4:09:23 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
Yes Nathaniel, it IS a thrilling ride, isn't it?

Let's take the trip, with help from old Sanborn Maps, L.A. City
directories, and the L.A. Times Archives.

Going through it slowly, it appears to begin with a stationary shot
looking east on 2nd Street between Olive and Grand, over the top of the
2nd Street tunnel portal with Hill, Broadway etc in the hazy distance

We're looking out the back of the camera car/truck as it then starts
moving up to Grand, turning left to go south on Grand, passing a small
Shell station on our right, which would be the southeast corner of 2nd &
Grand.   As we begin to descend down Grand, at time-mark 1:05 we pass
the old Frontenac Apartments (212 S Grand) on the right.  We get a quick
glimpse of Cut Rate Drugs "Angels Flight Pharmacy" (300 S Grand) on the
right, as we pass upper 3rd St (above the tunnel).

Approaching 4th Street, we can see the "Biltmore APTS" (330 S Grand) on
our right, followed on the left by the "4th & Grand Service Garage" and
Chevron Station (345 S Grand).  Just beyond 4th St, still on the left,
are the Zelda Apts (401 S Grand), and the slope begins to steepen, just
before a momentary film break, 2:00 minutes into the video.

We then seem to be retracing our route again, but now with the camera
facing to our right rather than straight up the street.  We turn off the
uphill slope of 2nd St, and get a slightly better look at the Shell
Station, and this time we get to see the fronts of the homes, apartments
and businesses along the east side of Grand. After passing several
parking lots and parking garages, we suddenly see the just a bit of the
almost "too modern" 1948 Telephone Company Building at 434 S Grand,
followed immediately by the huge Biltmore Garage, which stood at the
northeast corner of 5th & Grand (3:30 time mark).

We then turn right and head west on 5th Street, note the streetcar
tracks, and the old "Acme Semaphore" traffic signal at the corner.  The
next block is taken up by the lawns and trees and the L.A. Central
Library... unfortunately we get to see only the bottom floor or two of
that magnificent structure. We make another right turn at Flower Street
and head north (4:07 time mark).

Compared to today's skyscrapers, the Bonaventure Hotel, the "Arco
Towers" and such, Flower Street for us is virtually deserted and
occupied by nondescript buildings.  The unremarkable 3-story "Hotel
Lennox" on the right was at 317 S Flower, so we can get an idea of where
we are - or "WERE," and Flower St began a slight climb as we cross 3rd
Street.  We pass 2nd Street at time mark 5:08, and it's noticeable
because wall marking the west portal of the 2nd Street tunnel is to our
right - 2nd Street was out in the open before reaching Figueroa, out of
our view, a block to our west.

We then make an odd brief over-the-double-line pause - it seems to be an
"escort car" following us through the entire trip (an unmarked police
car, perhaps?).  Moving again we make a wide slow right turn to head
east on 1st Street, and the film abruptly ends as we're perhaps near
Grand Avenue once again.

I'll have to snoop around and see if I can come up with more such tours
of once-upon-a-time Los Angeles.

many thanks, Rudy, for digging this one up for us.

Harry Marnell
McKinleyville, CA

On 10/19/[masked]:09, Nathaniel Grey wrote:
> recovering from a car accident I've been unable to attend any events to
> date, however, what a THRILL to see the 40s car video that was sent out.
> Can't thank all responsbile for it enough. - Nathaniel Grey
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 12:19 AM, Rudy <[address removed]
> <mailto:[address removed]>> wrote:
>     Hello History of LA Group Members..I hope this email finds you doing
>     well.
>     I am not sure who has or who has not seen the following video clip,
>     but I thought I would share with all of you this really amazing
>     Youtube clip, especially if you have not seen it.  While driving
>     through the streets of Bunker Hill in downtown LA in the 1940's,
>     someone shot shot some film footage. It is an image of LA that no
>     longer exists.
>     best to you all
>     Rudy

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