Los Angeles – Southern California photos from the 1910s.
Above: the intersection of Fourth and Main, no later than 1917.
The California Club building at 451 S. Hill, next to Central Park (now Pershing Square), c. 1910.
A delivery wagon for Crescent Creamery, circa 1910. Crescent’s address back then was 241-249 Winston Street, and the proprietor was C.M. Flint.
Note the sign in the back? It may have been for a piano store.
A picnic in the Arroyo Seco Canyon, c. 1910.
The Glendora Livery Stable was once located around 148 N Glendora Ave. Today, Classic Coffee occupies the site. Photo is probably from the early 1910s.
The northeast valley of Eagle Rock in 1910. (LAPL 00044175)
Handing ‘Em Cash
ALL NIGHT AND DAY THE RUN AND BANK.
Crowd of Men, Women and Boys in Line a Block Long Moving on the Paying Teller’s Window to Get Money Out – Some Depositing.
Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1910 — Between 11 and 12 o’clock yesterday morning, a run was started on the All Night and Day Bank, Sixth and Spring Streets, and early this morning hundreds of tired-looking men and women, boys and girls were still anxiously awaiting their turn at the paying teller’s window.
Inside the banking institution, apparently there was no great excitement and business was being transacted as tranquilly as if nothing out of the ordinary had occurred.
Newton J. Skinner, president of the bank, was directing the work of paying off depositers, and while no particular haste was apparent, the affairs of the bank were moving along like clockwork.
Outside the banking-house, two police sergeants, with ten patrolmen, had brought order out of chaos, and the hardest part of their duties seemed to be to keep pedestrians from breaking through the lines.
DEATH AT WINDOW
The scene, otherwise without tragic incident, was marred about noon by the sudden death, at the receiving teller’s window, of Israel Schulman, an old friend of President Skinner. Mr. Schulman, who was about 65 years of age, to show his faith in the institution, about noon walked into the bank and made a deposit of $400, in addition to paying a note of $300. After chatting with some of the bank officials, and expressing his opinion that the run on the institution was regrettable and uncalled for, the old gentleman was overcome with heart disease and expired on the floor of the bank. The body was at once removed to the Schulman residence, No. 235 West Thirty-fifth street.
Mr. Skinner was much affected by the sudden death of his friend, especially under such circumstances. He said that Schulman was one of the first depositers on the bank after the opening of the institution, holding $200 for some time so he could place it in the All Night and Day Bank.
Early in the run Skinner stated that the bank had $750,000 in cash, either here or on deposit in other banks, and in addition about $200,000 in demand paper that is perfectly good, and $600,000 in other paper which he said would be available within a short time. The commerical account deposits, he said, amount to a little over $800,000, and the savings deposits to about $400,000. As notice is required on the withdrawal of savings deposits, and this has been taken advantage of by the bank, Skinner figured that the institution is in good condition to weather the storm.
LONG LINE OF DEPOSITERS.
At 6 o’clock last evening the line of depositors who were after their money extended from the paying teller’s window, out through the Sixth-streer entrance to Spring street, and laong the latter thoroughfare to the Security and Trust Company building, a full block away. In the line were gray-haired women, young girls with school books under their arms, old men and young men, Japs, Greeks, in fact all classes and most all nationalities who habitat is Los Angeles.
In the early stages of the scrimmage for money, the police had their hands full to keep everything like order, but after ropes had been stretched and those in line had come to a realization of the tiresome wait ahead of them, the rough-house phase of the situation faded away and the officers did not have so much trouble.
Sometime in the afternoon it was discovered that there were in line certain persons who were imposters, not depositers in the bank, and that they were making money out of the unrest of their brothers. The scheme was to sell their places in the line of whatever they could get and at once seek other positions in the ranks for the purpose of selling out again. Of course, it was almost impossible to catch all these thrifty individuals, but several were detected and kicked out of the line with an admonition to not return.
PAY OUT BIG SUM.
At 6 o’clock in the evening Skinner said that the bank’s employees, up to that time, had paid out during the day $120,000. He said that on February 24 the All Night and Day Bank had paid our $140,000, because it was immediately after a holiday, but had taken in the same day $189,000. He admitted yesterday that it was mostly going out and not so much coming in at that time, but while a representative of The Times was in the bank in the afternoon he saw several persons deposit instead of draw out money.
Asked if any special plans had been made to pay off the depositors, Skinner said that the working force of the institution would remain the same as it had benn under the ordinary conditions. When it came time for the paying teller to go to dinner he would relieved as usual, and the people in line would receive their money each in turn.
The great string of people in front of the bank all day and night naturally attracted the attention of all passers-by and hundreds, without money at stake, spent the greater part of the day “rubbering.” It was a hard jon to keep the automobiles on the move, and Spring-street pedestrians were a source of much worry to the police. Taken en madde, however, the crowds were good-natured and not disposed to start trouble.
BIG SIGN PUT UP.
One of the striking features of the occasion was a big banner displayed in front of the bank on which appeared in red and black letters the following announcement:
“This bank can pay every dollar on deposit.
“It is one of the strongest banks on the Pacific Coast.
“It has been your friend. Jealous competitors have worked to bring you here.
“Every person in this line should show their loyalty by leaving at once. Your money is safe. Why, then, remain here, doing an unkind and foolish thing? BREAK RANKS.”
It was though by most persons who saw this banner that it had been put out by the bank officials, but such was not the case. G.B. Lyons of Pasadena, a real estate dealer with offices in the Story building, had the banner printed on his own initiative and paid two men to hold it aloft throughout the day. Last night it rested against the front of the bank building. Lyons served notice that did it as a friendly act. It was one of the many incidents that enlivened the occasion.
Another incident, and one that was appreciated by the weary ones, who had been in line most of the day, was the serving of hot coffee and sandwiches between 6 and 7 o’clock by the officials of the All Night and Day Bank. The request was made that the wrappers about the sandwiches be kept as souvenirs. Printed in red letters on the wrappers was this inscription:
“Open until midnight, Saturday, May 7.
“Sorry not to be able to pay faster. Sorry also to keep you waiting. Have a little lunch with us while you wait.
“Compliments of the All Night and Day Bank.”
The sandwiches were greedily devoured and many in the line appreciated the more or less grim humor contained in the words on the wrappers.
At 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon the following notice was posted on the window of the bank:
“The bank is paying off its commercial depositors and is in condition to pay off every depositor. Friends of this bank are asked to be as loyal as they always have been.
“N.J. SKINNER, President.”
After 7 o’clock last night the crowd in line had dwindled to an appreciable extent, but the crowds in the streets had been augmented to an alarming extent, from a police standpoint. There was some trouble and the patrol wagon was called once or twice, but it was not the patient people in the line who caused the disturbance.
By midnight the line of depositors did not reach along Spring street, as it did earlier in the evening as far as Fifth street, but fell considerably short. Among the persons in line were many women and most of these had managed to connect with some sort of a box or chair to make their vigil more comfortable. On the faces of some was seen the grim determination to stick it out “if it took all summer,” but others frisked about as if they were on a vacation and intended to have a good time.
Inside the bank striking scenes were being enacted throughout the evening hours. Friends of the officials of the institution came to tender expressions of good will, and in some cases to extend aid if needed. Also during the evening there was what might be termed “a constant stream” of despositors. The story of this end of the day’s proceedings is told elsewhere in the midnight statement issued by Skinner.
One of the inceidents of the afternoon that served to divert the crowds in the streets about the bank was the unloading of a goodly wad of currency that anybody is glad to accept under almost any conditions. It might be said here, too, that the officials of the bank made no secret of what the bags contained. They felt that it was an object lesson that would be good for what ailed the big crowd in line in front of the institution.
Throughout the day there were human interest incidents galore. It was told that one man stood in line until he nearly succumbed to physical exhaustion, and when it finally came his turn to present an anxious face at the teller’s window, he drew out – 75 cents.
GETS NINETY CENTS.
Another incident is related of a woman who stood in line for hours and drew out her mite, which happened to be 90 cents. The claim is made that most of the depositors in the waiting line have small accounts in the bank, and that the big depositors are the ones that are not worrying over the conditions of the institution.
Since the opening of the All Night and Day Bank, according to statement of Cashier Conner, there have been opened over 24,000 accounts, and there are probably over 15,000 standing accounts at the present time. Estimates on the number of persons in line yesterday varied greatly, but at one time there were many hundreds.
Skinner believes that the action of the Clearinghouse Association in giving out a statement that the All Night and Day Bank was not considered elgible to membership in the association, after its examiner had made a report, precipitated the run on the institution. Stoddard Jess, acting president of the association, declined yesterday to make a statement.
Thre present officers of the All Night and Day Bank are: Newton J. Skinner, president; W.J. Conner, vice-president; H.H. Ostrom, F.W. Gollum, E.R. Millar, B.H. Smith, assistant cashiers. The directors are Newton J. Skinner, W.J. Conner, J.L. Conner, H.B. Stafford, B.A. Stiles, W. Ons Morton, C.E. Shank.
The American Woman’s League of Compton, circa 1910.
Bekins Van and Storage at 250 S. Broadway. Postcard image dates to 1910-1911.
Hot air balloon rides at the corner of 5th Street and Towne Avenue for prospective real estate investors. Photo, circa 1911.
The Japanese Christian Institute was a building that formerly stood at 936 Wall Street in Los Angeles. It opened in 1911, but shut down during WWII.
The Kimona section of the Sing Fat Co. downtown Los Angeles. Postcard probably from the 1910s.
The Sing Fat Co.’s Art Goods section.
An unpaved Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills, circa 1911. (LAPL)
Broadway at night, circa 1911.
Spring Street, circa 1912
Broadway at Night, c. 1912.
The Pin Ton Confectionery Parlor, once located at 427 S. Broadway Street in downtown Los Angeles. Postcard is from 1912 or so.
A 1912 postcard view of the Pacific Ocean from Mt. Washington in Los Angeles.
“View from roof garden of Mt. Washington Hotel.” The hotel opened in 1910, offering 18 guest rooms, and became a popular place for stars like Charlie Chaplin to stay when shooting at makeshift studios once located around the area. However, after motion picture companies began to migrate to other parts of the city in 1913-14, the hotel went into decline, eventually closing around 1921.
Believe it or not, the building still exists at Washington Drive and San Rafael Avenue, though it is not easily accessible. It has had many incarnations, including a military academy, a hospital, and a spiritual center.
A Lubin Studios film crew on location in the Arroyo, circa 1912-1913.
Sunset Park (now Lafayette Park) in January 1913. Photo was taken from the top of the Bryson Apartment building, which opened that same month and year.
The Western Ave. gate to Berkeley Square in 1913.
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In 1913, the Pacific Motor Coach Company purchased a fleet of 22 Kelly-Springfield buses “for the establishment of a 15-minute service between Los Angeles and Venice and Pasadena.” The following year, the company bought an addition 105 buses for San Francisco and rural areas outside of Los Angeles. Each bus carried up to 56 passengers.
Before the Tower Theatre, there were two earlier theaters that once existed at 802 S. Broadway. The first was the short-lived Hyman Theatre, which opened in 1910. A year later, the name changed to the Garrick Theatre, which operated until 1927 before being torn down.
This photo comes from the Southern California Edison Company collection, and shows the Garrick Theatre in 1913.
Los Angeles’ first uniformed motorcycle police squad in 1913. They issued tickets to speeding motorists traveling in excess of 20 m.p.h. In 1932, the squad became part of the California Highway Patrol. (LAPL)
A group photo taken in Laurel Canyon (back when it was called Bungalow Land) in the 1910s. The cabin referenced in the photo was probably the Laurel Canyon Tavern, where the trackless trolley line ended.
The Mt. Wilson Toll House, circa 1914, was once located near the intersection of East Altadena Drive and Mendocino Lane.
A drive through Newhall Pass in 1914.
A Pierce Bros. ambulance parked in front of a house on Dayton Avenue, circa 1914.
Pacific Electric’s El Segundo line, which operated from 1914 to 1930. (LAPL 00073815)
A cozy patio view of downtown Los Angeles circa 1914. The Elks Club, where this photo was taken, was located at 300 S. Olive Street. The big steeple in the distance is the old Los Angeles City Hall.
The Bullock’s Department Store Tea Room in downtown Los Angeles (Seventh & Broadway), circa 1915.
A near Los Angeles collision in 1915.
Photo: Southern California Edison Photographs and Negatives/Huntington Library.
Traffic along South Broadway Street, circa 1916. The tall building on the right is the Broadway Central Building on the 400 block.
Another view of South Broadway. This time the Broadway Central Building is on the left.
A photo-op at Newhall Pass in 1916.
An undated photo of the Battery Leary-Merriam at Ft. MacArthur in San Pedro. The large gun was installed around 1916. (LAPL)
A 1917 downtown view of Spring (left) and Main (right) Streets looking north from 9th Street.
An auto accident in 1917. The road sign reads Gallardo Street. (Huntington Library)
Enjoying the swimming pool at the Los Angeles National Forest, circa 1918.
The Cajon Pass, a scenic route between Los Angeles and San Bernadino. Photo, circa 1918.
A Ralphs Grocery truck, circa 1919.
A child poses next to a Studebaker touring car. Behind him is Jefferson High School (1319 East 41st Street) in Los Angeles, which opened in 1916. Photo taken in 1919.
Another view of Broadway in the late 1910s.