Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Grand Old Mansion in a Grand Old Neighborhood

Recently, Curbed LA broke the news that one of the grande dames of Los Angeles mansions has returned to the market, this time at the asking price of $4,500,000. The magnificent home sited on a sloping tree-studded 3/4 acre lot … Continue reading

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High Glamour in the High Desert – The Apple Valley Inn

Even at the giveaway price of $2.75 an acre, most people probably thought Bernard “Bud” Westlund and Newton T. “Newt” Bass were crazy when they began buying up some 22,000 acres of “worthless” high desert land to the east of … Continue reading

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Laughs From the Past

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Rotogravure Sunday

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Beautiful Magazine Art

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The Ghost of Mansions Past – A Prehistory of Aaron & Candy Spelling’s Mammoth “Manor”

Over the last few years a virtual river of virtual ink has been spilled over the sale, or lack thereof, of the gargantuan “Manor” of the late Aaron Spelling and his wife Candy in Holmby Hills, which continues to languish on … Continue reading

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Casa Verdugo – Old L.A.’s Famous Restaurant “Out Glendale Way”

Today, it’s just a house, albeit a charming house, but just a house on an innocuous street in the innocuous L.A. bedroom community of Glendale. These days, passersby might not even give it a second glance, but in the first … Continue reading

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Rotogravure Sunday

Time for another selection of beautiful rotogravure prints from Touring Topics from the Twenties. Imagine what the original versions of these must look like. Enjoy!

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Beautiful Magazine Art

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The Hollywood That Never Was – The Great Hollywood “Strip” Park Battle of 1924

In the summer of 1924, the Parks Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce thought they had come up with a real winner. For months they had been struggling to figure out a way to bring more public green space … Continue reading

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