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Los(t) Angeles: Selig Jungle-Zoo

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Selig Zoo

The Selig Jungle-Zoo evolved from one of Los Angeles’ first motion picture studios.     In 1909,  film pioneer William Nicholas Selig relocated his motion picture company, the Selig Polyscope Film Company, from Chicago to Southern California. He chose a property in Edendale, California, just outside of Los Angeles. By this time, the film pioneer had […]

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Los(t) Angeles: Chinatown photos – 1891 to 1937

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Chinatown Los Angeles

Glimpses of Chinatown from the early 1890s to its demise in the late 1930s. The neighborhood was torn down to build Union Station, which opened in 1939.   Chinatown’s “crib district” where bordellos flourished. Photo looks west from Alameda Street towards the Plaza. Part of the two-storied Lugo Adobe (razed in 1951) can be seen on the […]

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Los(t) Angeles: China City – Photos

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China City

In the mid 1930s, after the City of Los Angeles planned to destroy downtown’s original Chinatown to make way for Union Station, many Chinese residents and businesses began to look for a new neighborhood to relocate to.  This lead to the brief incarnation of China City in the late 1930s. Around 1935, Old Chinatown community leader Peter Soo-Hoo, […]

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Los(t) Angeles: Big Red Piano Shop

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California Supply Company

The Big Red Piano Shop, aka. California Piano Supply Co., was once located at 2251 Venice Blvd. (the corner of Venice and Oxford Street), near Western Avenue. A chiropractor named Dr. Ashley Manning first opened the California Piano Supply Co. in 1927.  Because the neighborhood wasn’t an ideal location for a piano store, he relied on […]

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Los(t) Angeles: Bunker Hill

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A 1902 view down Bunker Hill. 3rd Street is below.   “Bunker Hill is old town, lost town, shabby town, crook town. Once, very long ago, it was the choice residential district of the city, and there are still standing a few of the jigsaw Gothic mansions with wide porches and walls covered with round-end shingles […]

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Los(t) Angeles: Ambassador Hotel

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The Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel (Bizarre Los Angeles)

An early view.     An early view of a piano in the lobby.   Another vintage view of the Los Angeles Ambassador Hotel’s original dining and ballroom, circa 1921.   The Ambassador Hotel’s Parrot Porch was one of several less formal dancing and dining rooms located on the ground floor of the Ambassador Hotel […]