Monthly Archives: March 2011

Beautiful Magazine Art – Architectural Forum Cover Pieces

From the 1910’s up until 1933, Architectural Forum magazine utilized a uniform format for the design of its covers; a small brilliantly colored architectural rendering set like a jewel in the center of an otherwise unadorned background. Sometimes these renderings … Continue reading

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Ring Around “Rosy” – The “Magic Circle” Debacle at Wilshire and Western

One of the great terrors facing any American attempting to drive in Europe is the dreaded “roundabout,” a bizarre and incomprehensible (at least to most of us red blooded Americans) automotive whirlpool relentlessly hurtling speeding cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles … Continue reading

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Hilltop of the Dolls – The Patty Duke/Sharon Tate Residence

“It was a colonial mansion off Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills, jutting out on its own precipice at the top of the mountain with a twelve-car parking lot, a four car garage and a 360-degree view of Los Angeles. Its … Continue reading

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Solly Sol and Down Pour Really Aren’t Very Nice, Are They?

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Hungry Time Travelers to 1920’s Los Angeles Recommend…

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Lighting the Up the Coast – The Beacon Tavern and the “Richfield Lane of lights”

One of the great thrills of automobile ownership has always been in the freedom it affords. Just hop behind the wheel and you’re off to wherever your fancy takes you, from a quick jaunt to the neighborhood grocery store to … Continue reading

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Beautiful Magazine Art – American Homes and Gardens December 1913

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The Bizarre Saga of 410 North Rossmore Avenue

In Hancock Park the section of Rossmore Avenue between Beverly Boulevard and Melrose Avenue is known as the Hancock Park Apartment Corridor owing to the cluster of apartment houses/condominiums lining the thoroughfare that range from the rather modest to the … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Harlow Heaven

Thanks to my friend Richard Adkins of Hollywood Heritage, I was given the great treat Saturday of being able to attend the book signing for Darrell Rooney and Mark A. Vieira’s newest book, Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in … Continue reading

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In 1931, Flaky-Crusted Pies Could Save Your Marriage…

Ladies, take note…

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