Nine Images from Los Angeles in July, 1979

  1. College student Chuck McManis watches Jimmy Carter’s ‘malaise” speech at an L.A. service station. July 15, 1979. Source: AP
  2. Robert Alexander officiates a hot tub wedding ceremony in July, 1979. Source: Lyle Mayer
  3. Two punk fans outside an L.A. concert, July, 1979. Source: Getty Images
  4. Bee Gees in concert at Dodger Stadium, July 7, 1979
  5. Dodger Stadium crowds at Bee Gees concert, July 7, 1979
  6. Smog alert, late June, 1979. Source: Boris Yaro/L.A. Times
  7. Los Angeles in 1979. Source; George Parcari
  8. "Venice Beach, Los Angeles," Gary Winograd, 1979
  9. Cast and crew from M*A*S*H celebrating the start of their 8th season, July 10, 1979 

The Jogging Craze Sweeps L.A. (People Magazine, July 4, 1977)

Farrah & Lee jog the Hollywood Hills, July 4, 1977

The old folk from Indiana and Iowa and Illinois, from Boston and Kansas City and Des Moines, they sold their homes and their stores, and they came here by train and by automobile to the land of sunshine, to die in the sun, with just enough money to live until the sun killed them, tore themselves out by the roots in their last days, deserted the smug prosperity of Kansas City and Chicago and Peoria to find a place in the sun. And when they got here they found that other and greater thieves had already taken possession, that even the sun belonged to the others; Smith and Jones and Parker, druggist, banker, baker, dust of Chicago and Cincinnati and Cleveland on their shoes, doomed to die in the sun, a few dollars in the bank, enough to subscribe to the Los Angeles Times, enough to keep alive the illusion that this was paradise, that their little papier-mâché homes were castles.
–John Fante, Ask the Dust 


Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Cool view of the Santa Monica pier taken by an iPhone.


Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Cool view of the Santa Monica pier taken by an iPhone.

Showcasing Angeleno Writers #1: Erika Schickel


From Magic Hour

Erika Schickel

…Is this what I would become? A Hollywood have-not? I was off to a good start. Have-not-a-car. Have-not-a-job. Have-not-a-boyfriend. Have-not-a-clue why I had come to live in this bland and arid place.

And there it was again, walking beside me — my dirty little secret. I knew exactly why I was here; to become a movie star. It was not enough to be an actor making a honest living in repertory. I secretly felt — no, I knew — I had a face the camera would love. In my heart I felt sure I would be the one to beat the odds and achieve celebrity. This sparkly dream hung before my eyes and held me hostage to chronic unemployment and constant disappointment.

…My throat constricted with tears. What was I doing here? Had I made a terrible error in leaving friends, family, and the love of a perfectly good enough man to come to a place that called six wheezing buses public transportation?….

…The wind had changed direction. It was coming off the ocean, and it scrubbed the air clean. The light had changed, too. I t was as if a big UV filter had been placed over the low-slung sun. Shadow had returned, adding depth of field. The golden light turned the landscape Technicolor. Magic Hour had arrived.

I struck out, back toward Stanley Avenue, feeling as though I’d been filled with helium. I floated down the street, over the chunks of sidewalk cracked by earthquakes and pushed up by ficus roots. In the buttery light, Hollywood had become a natural beauty. I stopped seeing the trash and instead saw the plants. They seemed to burst out of every crack and crevice of the city.

In the east leaves were dropping, but in Los Angeles nature was in full riot. A purple bougainvillea scrambled up the exterior of a dry cleaner’s shop. A passionflower vine lushly upholstered a chain-link fence. Telephone poles were maypoled in morning glory. Purple salvia grew in an undulating wave along a curb. A concrete planter held an agave the size of a bus wheel. The plants were immense and prehistoric seeming. How had I missed them? Gathering in the corner of the Mobile station was a flock of birds of paradise, their orange heads titled back, wings arching toward the sky.

For all their exotic beauty, these plants were tough and sinewy — full of their own juices. None of them were native. They had all been transplanted from someplace else. I stopped to stare down the crimson throat of a yellow hibiscus the size of a phonograph bell. I had tried growing this plant on my windowsill back in New York. I fed it and kept it warm in its little pot; it lived for a long time, but it never once flowered. Here it was a profusely blooming hedge in front of a dental office. Like everything else, all it needed was the right location in order to root and bloom.

A handful of great moments in Los Angeles Dodger history.


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Hollywood in the 1950s


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Hollywood in the 1950s

"The difference between art and life is art is more bearable." 
–Charles Bukowski, “Notes of a Dirty Old Man”

"The difference between art and life is art is more bearable." 

–Charles Bukowski, “Notes of a Dirty Old Man”


Puig & Ramirez, back-to-back jacks

May 21, 2014

Citi Field

Flushing, New York

Photos by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America

Original post by the inimitable Mighty Flynn….


The Philco Radiobars website explains:

The idea behind the Radiobar dated back to the days of Prohibition (which was repealed in 1933) – make a functional piece of furniture in which one’s liquor stock and glasses could be stored, out of sight.

The earliest Radiobars, manufactured by the Radiobar Corporation of America (a West Coast manufacturer of the 1930s), used RCA-built chassis as well as chassis supplied by Philco, but within a few years, Radiobar was using Philco chassis exclusively in its products.

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Ah, L.A. in the 1930s….

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Six Menacing Moments with Chris Burden in the early 1970s

  1. You’ll Never See My Face in Kansas City, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, November 6, 1971
  2. Shoot, F Space, Santa Ana, California, November 19, 1971
  3. TV Hijack, Channel 3 Cablevision, Irvine, California, February 9, 1972
  4. Icarus, Venice, California, April 13, 1973
  5. Movie on the Way Down, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, May 1, 1973
  6. Through the Night Softly, TV ad, 1973

L.A.’s fast-moving ephemera: The freeway and roadway photos of Robbert Flick

  1. Robbert Flick, P2730297-352, 2011-2013
  2. Robbert Flick, P2810809-823, 2011-2013
  3. Robbert Flick, P2730297-352, 2011-2013
  4. Robbert Flick, “Along Central,” May 16, 2000 (Heading North looking West. Frames numbered N-S, 51-100 reading from upper left to lower right.)
  5. Robbert Flick, “Along Central,” May 16, 2000 (Heading North looking West. Frames numbered N-S, 901-950 reading from upper left to lower right.)
  6. Robbert Flick, “SV# 9703201 Along 7th Street looking South, between Alameda and Bixell,” 1997
  7. Robbert Flick, “SV97022802 Long Beach Harbor,” 1997

Spaghetti on the Pacific: 7 tangled freeway exchanges in the Los Angeles metro area

  1. "Highway #1," Intersection of Hwys 105 & 110 in Los Angeles (photo by Edward Burtynsky, 2003)
  2. The intersection of interstate highway 5 and state routes 22 and 57 in Orange County
  3. Intersection of the 110 and 105 freeways in Los Angeles (alt. view)
  4. The intersection of interstate highways 10 and 15 in western San Bernardino County
  5. Four Level Interchange of Arroyo Seco Parkway and Highway 101 in Los Angeles
  6. Interstate highway 10 cloverleaf at Garfield Avenue in Los Angeles
  7. Interstate highway 5 in Los Angeles (photo by Edward Burtynsky)

And then this happened….

And then this happened….

Ten Classic Architectural Icons of L.A.

  1. The Jack Colker Union 76 Station on Crescent in Beverly Hills
  2. The Capitol Records Building in Hollywood
  3. The Eames House (Case Study House No. 8) in Pacific Palisades
  4. The Watts Tower in South Los Angeles
  5. The Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles
  6. The Chemisphere House in the Hollywood Hills
  7. The Stahl House (Case Study House No. 22) in the Hollywood Hills
  8. The Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles
  9. Union Station in downtown Los Angeles
  10. Bob Hope’s home in Palm Springs