Like Packard, I was only able to find three verifiable existing dealership buildings, though the Packard dealership in Santa Monica (see previous post) had begun selling Studebakers as well by this time.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
If anyone has photos of the car show at the Pan-Pacific this year, please send them to me and I'll be delighted to include them.
Most manufacturers featured a promotional articles like this one.
I was intrigued to see the addresses of the dealerships in many of the ads, and wondered how many of the buildings still existed. For Packard, just three.
Still holding onto its Art Deco flourishes, here is what was once the Maywood, CA Security Motors dealership at 6101 Atlantic Blvd.
The Santa Monica Simonson dealership at 1626 Wilshire Blvd, now Mercedes Benz but still featuring the Packard crest above the entrance, has been in business since 1937.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Friday, November 28, 2014
For over a year I imagined myself becoming rich designing novelty items like these (I ran several other humorous ideas past them). The did do a test run of the mugs but apparently there was not enough interest at the trade fairs to actually produce them. They did, however, send me these samples and I've kept them ever since.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The synopsis on IMDB reads: A mix-up in his request for mail-order Chinese fireworks brings Hoss instead a feisty mail-order bride whose militant ideas ignite a workers' rebellion and threaten the completion of a Virginia City railroad project. Sounds pretty far fetched, doesn't it? Wait until you hear who the bride was -- That Mail Order Bride, the not-even-remotely Asian Marlo Thomas. Right from the start, she turns out to be something of a firecracker -- a proto-Feminist Communist. (It's not as interesting as it sounds). All told, this is a fairly typical episode of Bonanza -- easy going and amiable and it never did pretend to be a historical document on the Old West. But it sure sold a lot of color televisions.
There were other Bonanza Viewmaster sets, so be sure to look for this 1964 version on ebay. They come up for auction often, so one wonders just how many were issued -- certainly tens of thousands at least. After all, Bonanza was a very popular show and Viewmaster was at its height of popularity at the time. One can only imagine how the guys reacted when they found out their little joke made it past the Viewmaster editors. I'm sure there was a round to celebrate the occasion. Probably things were not quite so happy at Viewmaster.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
A friend gave me an LA Times Home Section Magazine dated April 12, 1953. Just inside was this rather expensive looking full-color advertisement for Rita Hayworth's latest Columbia release. The RKO Hill Street was a massive theater in downtown Los Angeles, with 2,890 seats. It was closed in 1963 and was torn down in 1965. A parking garage now occupies the space. Fortunately for Los Angeles, however, most of the rest of the downtown movie palaces still not only exist but have been or are in the process of being restored. One notable holdout is the Warner, now a jewelery mart. The other two theaters mentioned in the advertisement are still in existence. The RKO Pantages on Hollywood Blvd. is a very successful legit theater. The 4 Star, on Wilshire Blvd, has seen better days and is said not to be around much longer.