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The Astoria Apartments…the advantages of the city’s tourist hotels with the quiet of the residence section. The Astoria contains over 125 guest roo…

I always enjoy encountering a new streetcar shot, especially when we can see one in its natural habitat on the streets of LA. This is actually a still from a Burt Lancaster movie, "Criss Cross." (1949) You can see him alighting from the Hollywood Boulevard streetcar at the 2nd Street Tunnel in downtown Los Angeles. What intrigues me is the sign at the front: “Sunset Blvd - Hollywood Blvd - Gardner St” – Gardner isn’t a major cross street so I’m wondering why they would highlight it.

I always enjoy encountering a new streetcar shot, especially when we can see one in its natural habitat on the streets of LA. This is actually a still from a Burt Lancaster movie, "Criss Cross." (1949) You can see him alighting from the Hollywood Boulevard streetcar at the 2nd Street Tunnel in downtown Los Angeles. What intrigues me is the sign at the front: “Sunset Blvd - Hollywood Blvd - Gardner St” – Gardner isn’t a major cross street so I’m wondering why they would highlight it.

This is the earliest photograph of a major fire in Los Angeles and possibly the earliest photo of the newly formed Los Angeles Fire Department in action. Source: LAPL  "At 10 o'clock Monday morning, December 16, 1887, fire broke out in the renowned Belmont Hotel, a famous resort atop Bunker Hill at the end of the Second Street cable car line. In less than 2 hours the structure was gone.

The Belmont Hotel Fire, December This is the earliest photograph of a major fire in Los Angeles and possibly the earliest photo of the newly-formed Los Angeles Fire Department in action.

Spring Street in 1906, the year the Alexandria Hotel opened. (CA State Library).  Bizarre Los Angeles.

Vintage Los Angeles photo - Spring Street idowntown in the year the Alexandria Hotel opened. (CA State Library).

noirish Los Angeles - Page 1776 - SkyscraperPage Forum

noirish Los Angeles - Page 1776 - SkyscraperPage Forum

Downtown with library on the left and old Edison bldg. on right.

Downtown with library on the left and old Edison bldg.

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