More from L.A. (Day 1)

I wish I had good news to share about the job situation.  Soon.  Maybe.  I decided to make the most of this Thanksgiving holiday weekend situation and spend a few days taking photos in the L.A. area.  I’ve been so frugal for the past month that I think I’m entitled to blow some money on gas.

This one fell through the cracks from the last blog post.  I might as well add it to this batch.  From Sun Valley:

 

Ladin’s is a two-fer in Canoga Park:

 

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the L.A. area — you’ll know from these clues alone that this is a car wash.  This is the Mission Car Wash in San Fernando.  For lots of other examples, I’ve got a page here:
http://www.agilitynut.com/modarch/carwash.html

 

Wild sculptured trees in Montrose:

Also Montrose:

 

The former Piller’s Clothing Store in Eagle Rock:

The building was adapted by RennArts — the Renaissance Arts Academy charter school:

Across the street from Piller’s:

Also Eagle Rock:

 

I was thinking this must have been some deco/modern department store in Pasadena.  But everything online says this was built for Ross and fairly recently:

 

Roses blooming — all over the place — in late November — not something I’m used to!

 

A couple of next-door-neighbor signs in Pasadena:

This was the shady side — the sunny side has far less neon and you couldn’t make out the Reddy Kilowatt figure:

 

Still in Pasadena:

 

From San Gabriel — a former Lodge Coffee Shop?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/14696209@N02/6160010426/

 

Another from San Gabriel.  Does anybody know what business name (or shopping center name) was perched on top of this giant steel base?

 

The last one for the night — from Monrovia.  From the bright yellow porcelain enamel at the top of the sign, we can assume the entire boomerang arrow was that color originally:

More tomorrow night…  very tired driver & dogs tonight.

 

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6 Responses to “More from L.A. (Day 1)”

  1. Hi Debra

    You sure are getting around SoCal! I am off the road for a while due to foot surgery, but enjoy your road trips!

  2. Awesome signage. May work find you soon!

  3. Have fun with your hoiiday trip.

    Interesting the Owl figurines mounted on the Cindy’s Coffee Shop sign. More to the point (to keep birds off the sign, I guess) the coil of wire.

  4. Love following your posts-good luck on the job search-still think you should write a book!

  5. Had to do some sleuthing to figure out that “168 Market” sign, but the shape sure looked familiar. That mall (San Gabriel Promenade) used to be known as “Lucky Center,” so that was a “Lucky” sign:

    http://www.flickriver.com/groups/797433@N24/pool/interesting/

    Third image from the top shows the same shape.

    Amazing how much of that old signage remains around L.A. When I lived in the San Fernando Valley in the 70s it always felt like things were swept away from one day to the next.

    • I’m not seeing that Lucky sign in that group. Perhaps more photos have been added since you looked at it. Best to send just a link to that particular photo.

      Since my blog photos are duplicated at my roadsidenut Flickr account (the photos at my agilitynut Flickr account are different), there was also confirmation that this was a Lucky sign there:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadsidenut/8207825523/

      Thanks for helping with the I.D.!

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