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Life in Los Angeles: The Roaring 20s

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A pictorial look at Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s! Above photo: A traffic jam in 1920.

 

Busy Broadway 1920s

A vintage 1920s postcard of Los Angeles’ “Busy Broadway.” The view looks south from 6th Street.

 

The 500 block of S. Broadway in 1920.

The 500 block of S. Broadway in 1920.

 

Chocolate Shop 1920

The Chocolate Shop moved from its original location on Fifth Street to a larger space at 217 West Sixth Street. Its new location opened in 1914.

Pasadena artist Ernest Batchelder created Dutch-themed tile murals for the new store.

Photo, c. 1920. (University of California)

 

The short-lived Beverly Hills Speedway in 1920. By 1924, it would close and a new racetrack would open in nearby Culver City. (LAPL 00033404) Bizarre Los Angeles

The short-lived Beverly Hills Speedway in 1920. By 1924, it would close and a new racetrack would open in nearby Culver City. (LAPL 00033404)

 

Mushroom Cafe 1920

The Mushroom Cafe, once located at 3500 W. Olive Ave., now the site of Central Park at Toluca Lake, a high-rise office building. While the Los Angeles Public Library states that the photo is from 1920.

 

 

Vaughn-Schuler Battery Storage

Vaughn-Schuler Battery Storage, c. 1922. Its address was 3241 S. Figueroa St.

 

The Calpet Super Service Station was once located at 3237 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica. Photo is believed to be around 1922. Camera lens distortion gives a slant to the otherwise horizontal wings flanking the central structure. (Bizarre Los Angeles)The Calpet Super Service Station was once located at 3237 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica. Photo is believed to be around 1922. Camera lens distortion gives a slant to the otherwise horizontal wings flanking the central structure.

Calpet Station 1922

In its heyday, the station had a 55% female clientele. The tile colors on the roof were red, tan and black. The servicemen wore maroon jackets, white shirts and black bow-ties along with their breeches and putters. The station boasted a ladies room adorned with Venetian mirrors and a wicker settee with red leather cushion adorned with colorful pillows. The station also supposedly had a shoeshine station.

The address is no longer valid, but it looks like the Calpet Super Station might have been located around the corner of Wilshire and Centinela.

 

barber shop 1920s

A barber shop believed to have once been located at 919 1/2 West 6th St. in Los Angeles. Circa 1920s.

 

 

Beverly Drive 1923

Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, north of Santa Monica Blvd. 1923. (LAPL 00020216 )

 

Airplane Cafe

 

Airplane Cafe 1929Two photos of the Airplane Cafe on Ventura Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley, c. 1924.

 

1924 Signal Hill

Signal Hill in 1924, the year it was incorporated.

 

Mulholland Drive 1924

The opening of the Mulholland Highway in December 1924. The banner in the distance reads, “Welcome. Mulholland Highway. 55 Miles of Scenic Splendor.” (USC Digital Image)

 

A vintage postcard view of Mulholland Drive and Franklin Canyon. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

A vintage postcard view of Mulholland Drive and Franklin Canyon. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

 

Chapman Park

The Chapman Park Hotel and Bungalows, once located at 3405 Wilshire Boulevard, was completed in 1925. It was later torn down in the mid 1960s to make room for the Equitable building, designed by Welton Becket.

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1920s Topanga Canyon, California Los Angeles County

A summit at Topanga Canyon in the 1920s.

 

Court of Records Court FlightA view of the 12-story Hall of Records, once located at 220 N. Broadway. Behind it is the Court Flight funicular. Photo, circa 1920s. (Los Angeles Public Library 00026573)

Beverly Hills 1926

Buster Keaton‘s Italian Villa located on Pamela Drive in Beverly Hills is southwest of the photo’s center. To the left of Keaton‘s Villa is another huge mansion that one reliable online source identified as belonging to Tom Mix and you will see Summit Drive on the other side of the possible Mix mansion winding towards —

Charles Chaplin‘s mansion (almost directly left of photo center).

Following Summit past Chaplin‘s house heading towards the mountains, the next mansion (northwest of photo center) should be Pickfair.

To the right of Keaton‘s villa (southeast of photo center) is the Virginia Robinson estate. What looks like a property in between Keaton‘s Villa and the Robinson estate, located literally on Cove Way (south and a little east of photo’s center), was the residence of Victor Fleming.

Photo is dated around 1926-1927.

Please correct if I am wrong, but I think I figured it out.

 

Los Angeles Flood 1920sApril showers caused flooded streets in Los Angeles on April 4 and 5, 1926.  Over 2.20 inches of rain fell on April 4, flooding a number of downtown intersections with over two feet of water. The heavy rains also washed out train routes and flooded basements throughout Los Angeles, Pasadena and Glendale.

Above photo: Mariposa and 6th Street.

 

Flooded Western Ave 1926
Flood along South Western Ave. in Los Angeles.

On April 5, an additional 1.7 inches of rain fell on Los Angeles before 2:30 p.m. Within 24 hours, the Automobile Club of Southern California received over 357 emergency road service calls from stranded motorists.  Most of these calls were made by mud-splattered drivers who sped through flooded intersections, thus causing water to seep into the ignition of their cars. A few drivers had also broken a wheel of their vehicle from skidding into a curb.

The heavy rains and flooded streets made it very clear. The city needed better storm drains.

 

Hotel Normandie flood

6th Street and Mariposa. The Hotel Normandie, which opened around May 1926, at 6th and Normandie, is in the background. Photo probably taken in late 1926 or early 1927. (LAPL 00019254)

 

Myrna Loy flood

Myrna Loy, c. 1926-27.

Storm drains were improved around the city, but progress was slow. Heavy rain showers continued to hit in late 1926 and early 1927, flooding streets, closing businesses, disrupting transportation, and ruining houses.

 

 

Streetlight installation

Los Angeles’ Bureau of Power and Light installing a street light. Since the billboard in the background is advertising the Constance Talmadge film The Duchess of Buffalo, the photo date is probably late 1926. (DWP)

 

LAFD football 1926

The Los Angeles Fire Department football team in action, circa 1926. (LAPL 00055695)

 

Twins pose near Eagle Rock in the 1920s. (USC Digital Archive)

 

Carthay Circle Theatre

A postcard image of the Carthay Circle Theatre, completed in 1926, with Henry Lion’s sculpture of a prospector in the foreground.

 

Chevrolet_dancer_radiator_hood_ornament_1927

A fancy hood ornament.

Photo taken in Los Angeles, c. 1927, for Chevrolet Motors. (USC)

 

The Jail Cafe was located at 4212 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, c. 1927. The site is now the El Cid Restaurant. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

The Jail Cafe was located at 4212 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, c. 1927. The site is now the El Cid Restaurant.  Note the guard in the tower.

 

The Jail Cafe was located at 4212 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, c. 1927. The site is now the El Cid Restaurant. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

A waiter in prison guard taking an order. Bread and water was on the house.

 

 

El Patio Auto Laundry 1927

The El Patio Auto Laundry, circa 1927, was located at 260 S. Vermont Street. It was owned by B.K. Gillespie, who is credited with coming up with the super service station concept.

By 1928, Gillespie and other investors started a chain of super centers under the Gillespie Automobile Laundry System name. One of these early backers was Will Hays, a cleaner of motion picture content.

The Pacific Auto Laundries claimed that they could do a 10 minute quick wash, and a 40 minute detailed wash, which included a polish and a cleaning of the engine.

 

Tea time Broadway 1927

Tea time police officer 1927

A waitress offers tea to a police officer directing traffic at the corner of Broadway and 11th Street in 1927. (LAPL)

 

Motorcycle Officerettes

Los Angeles “Motorcycle Officerettes,” 1927.

 

J.W. Robinson's

Robinson’s downtown department store. Bizarre Los Angeles

Two showrooms at J.W. Robinson’s, a department store once located on 7th Street, between Hope and Grand, circa late 1920s.

Darling’s Flower Shop

Darling’s Flower Shop was one of the oldest florists in Los Angeles. It was located inside the Hayward Hotel, situated on the southwest corner of Sixth and Spring. This photo shows their delivery vehicle circa 1928. Sadly, Darling’s Flower Shop was hit hard by the Depression, declaring bankruptcy in 1934.

 

The Cornucopia Ice Cream stand at 1934 San Fernando Blvd in 1928. (LAPL 00068651) Bizarre Los Angeles

The Cornucopia Ice Cream stand at 1934 San Fernando Blvd in 1928. (LAPL 00068651)

 

Chapman Market

Chapman Market on the corner of 6th Street and Alexandria. Architects: Morgan, Walls & Clement. This photo was taken in June of 1929, not long after it was completed.

 

Dirigible City of Glendale 1929

The “City of Glendale” was an all-metal dirigible designed to fly around 100 mph and carry 40 passengers. However, on its test run in 1929, the air ship exploded. The Slate Aircraft Company, who built the dirigible, claimed that heat from the sun pressurized the gas chamber, causing the riveting to separate.

Photo taken at the Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, California. The airport closed in 1959.

 

The Automobile Club of Southern California Sign Posting Department, circa 1929. (LAPL 00059578)

 

Union Ice Wagon F & F Six Wheel Company

A Union Ice Company delivery truck, provided by the F & F Six Wheel Company.

F & F existed from approximately 1929 to 1932.

 

A Union Motor Oil Truck, c. 1929-1932.

 

The Round House Cafe, formerly located at 250 N. Virgil Avenue. It originally opened around 1927, but this photo was taken around 1929. (LAPL: 00068647) Bizarre Los Angeles

The Round House Cafe, formerly located at 250 N. Virgil Avenue. It originally opened around 1927, but this photo was taken around 1929. (LAPL: 000686)

 

 

 

 

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