Selig Zoo

Los(t) Angeles: Selig Jungle-Zoo

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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, to Edendale, California, just outside of Los Angeles. By this time, Selig had earned a reputation for making fast-paced action films that featured trained animals. Jungle […]

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Chapman Park

Los(t) Angeles: Chapman Park – Wilshire Blvd

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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. To see more pictures, click here: http://nowandthengeoclass.weebly.com/the-chapman-hotel-and-bungalows.html

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Court Flight

Los(t) Angeles – Court Flight

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An undated (possibly 1910s), view of the base of a funicular known as Court Flight. It was a funicular railway that was once situated a couple of blocks north of Angels Flight. (Los Angeles Public Library 00012815)   A view of the 12-story Hall of Records, once located at 220 N. Broadway. Behind it is the Court Flight […]

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Chinatown Los Angeles

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

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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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China City

Los(t) Angeles: China City – Photos

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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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Busch Sunken Gardens

Los(t) Angeles: Busch Gardens (Pasadena) photos

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Steps belonging to Adolphus Busch’s original Sunken Garden in Pasadena, circa 1895. The location of Busch Gardens was near the site of the Colorado Street Bridge, which was built much later. (USC Library)   A colorful postcard view, circa 1909 or so.   A bridge at Pasadena’s Busch Gardens in 1910. Photographer: H. C. Tibbitts […]

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Los Angeles Ostrich Farm 1908

Los(t) Angeles: Los Angeles Ostrich Farm

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The Los Angeles Ostrich Farm near Eastlake Park, c. 1908.   Greetings from the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm, opposite East Lake Park. Above photo: Circa 1914   Circa 1917.   A flapper dancing the Charleston at the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm in the 1920s. And, yes, she’s sporting her own ostrich feathers, too. (USC Archive)

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Temple Auditorium

Los(t) Angeles: Temple Auditorium – 427 W. 5th St

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The Temple Auditorium, once located at 427 W. 5th St., opened in November 1906. It was built by wealthy Baptists from Temple Baptist Church at a cost of $350,000.  In 1914, the name of the auditorium changed to Clune’s before becoming the Philharmonic Auditorium in the 1920s.    A 1934 view of the the old […]

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Hollywood Flower Pot 1920

Los(t) Angeles: Programmatic Architecture

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A collection of lost programmatic architecture that once defined Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. Above: The Hollywood Flower Pot in 1920. One source said that the shop was once located at 1124 N. Vine Street while another source said it was located at 1100 N. Vine, which would have been the corner of Vine St. […]

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Ocean Park 1900s

Los(t) Angeles – Ocean Park

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The beach crowd at Ocean Park. Judging from the Ingersol roller coaster in back, this postcard is circa 1904 – 1910.   Ocean Park around 1907.   The Scenic Railway Roller Coaster at Ocean Park around 1906.   July at Ocean Park Beach in Santa Monica, circa 1914. (LAPL 00049473)   A visit to the park in […]

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