Category Archives: Interior Design

Found on EBay – Batchelder Tile

This Batchelder soap dish has been listed on EBay. Of all the Batchelder items that I have seen on EBay over the years, I don’t recall one of these. Bidding starts at $49.

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Movieland Architectural Mystery — Solved

The Brain Trust has solved the mystery of the department store used in “The Public Enemy.” Thanks to Craig Deco, Lee Rivas and Nathan Marask! Here are our young ruffians (Frank Coghlan Jr. and Frankie Darro) sliding down the escalator … Continue reading

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More 1940s Kitsch From the Abbotwares Studio

I’m frustrated because I couldn’t find anything really useful about Abbotwares in the clips after yesterday’s post. Apparently The Times didn’t consider its oeuvre worthy of coverage. Tsk tsk. The company is so obscure that there isn’t even an entry … Continue reading

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Found on EBay: Atwater Kent’s Love Child From a Drunken Night in a Trophy Shop

There isn’t much that shocks me anymore when it comes to 1940s kitsch. I grew up with a lot of it and saw even more when I prowled thrift stores. And there’s this … well, it looks like a drunken … Continue reading

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The Black Dahlia: Biltmore Hotel

Photo 1: Biltmore Hotel, Jan. 9, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Credit: Larry Harnisch Photo 2: Biltmore Hotel, 1940s The top photo shows the old lobby of the Biltmore on Monday as it was on the anniversary of the night Elizabeth Short … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Hotel Alexandria

A pitcher from the Hotel Alexandria at Spring and 5th streets has been listed on EBay. In the early 20th century, the Alexandria was one of Los Angeles’ most distinguished hotels. It has withstood several cycles of poverty and restoration, … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Clifton’s Pacific Seas

Photo: 618 S. Olive via Google’s Street View. This postcard of Clifton’s Pacific Seas (d. 1960), postmarked 1947, has been listed on EBay. The Pacific Seas was at 618 S. Olive and was torn down to make – a parking … Continue reading

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L.A. Mystery Photo [Updated]

Well? Any ideas? This is the floor of the Bradbury Building.  I took a picture of it during an art class given Saturday by Marion Eisenmann, known to Daily Mirror readers through the Artist’s Notebook. Marion asked me to make … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Batchelder Tile

This truly impressive Batchelder tile, 12 inches square, has been listed on EBay. This is not a pattern that I recall seeing before. Bidding starts at $1,600. As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly … Continue reading

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Restoration at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Photo: Wilshire Boulevard Temple, interior. Credit: Jim Winstead On the 140th anniversary of the Chicago fire, it’s a time to celebrate the city’s libraries. Rick Kogan explains in the Tribune’s Sidewalks blog. Jay Jones, writing for the Los Angeles Times, … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Batchelder Tile

This Batchelder tile, above  left, showing a pair of peacocks, has been listed on EBay. Interestingly enough, it’s the same pattern as the piece on the right, which I found in Aimee Semple McPherson’s quarters at Angelus Temple on a … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Pin Ton Company

A postcard showing the Pin Ton Company Confectionary, 427 S. Broadway, has been listed on EBay. I don’t recall ever hearing of this business or seeing this interior. The store flourished around 1915. Bidding on the postcard starts at $9.99.

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Found on EBay – Mary Louise Tea Room

A postcard of the Mary Louise Tea Room, formerly the Mary Elizabeth,  has been listed on EBay. The Mary Louise was originally in the Brack Shops Building, 7th near Grand, and in 1922 moved to the southwest corner of 7th … Continue reading

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Scarlett’s Costumes Nearly ‘Gone With the Wind’

Photo: Crane bathroom fixtures. Credit: Life magazine, April 29, 1957.   We grew up in a sterile, cookie-cutter home, on a sterile, cookie-cutter street, in a sterile suburb of Chicago, where all the people were white and all the bathrooms … Continue reading

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Architectural Rambling: Julian Eltinge Home – 1921

The home of Julian Eltinge at 2328 Baxter Street in Silver Lake is barely visible from the street. Note: While trolling EBay, I found yet another article that had been cut from a magazine, in this case, the Architectural Record … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Hoffman’s Cafe

The 700 block of South Spring Street via Google maps’ street view. For years, 743 S. Spring was the home of Levy’s Cafe, but sometime in the early 1920s the address became Hoffman’s. It’s not clear from The Times’ clips … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – Biltmore Hotel

A set of door hardware from the Biltmore Hotel has been listed on EBay.   Biltmore items turn up somewhat often on EBay, but they are usually postcards, menus, tableware, shoehorns, bottle openers, etc. I have  never seen this type of … Continue reading

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Call From the Past

Maybe it’s not enough for your cellphone to have a ringtone that’s an  old-school phone. Maybe you need an iPhone docking station that looks like an old phone. These are made by Freeland Studios in the regular (left, $195) and … Continue reading

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Found on EBay – I. Magnin

This postcard showing the millinery salon at the I. Magnin store in Los Angeles has been listed on EBay. The vendor dates it at 1915 but the store actually opened at Wilshire Boulevard and New Hampshire on Feb. 10, 1939. … Continue reading

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Craftsman Decor

I suppose it seems as though I spend lots of time on EBay – the answer is yes and no. This postcard, showing the interior of 118 W. Avenue 44, Los Angeles,  (dated 1910) has been listed on EBay. It … Continue reading

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