Tag Archives: #Mass transit

Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated ++]

And for Friday, we have a mystery mass-transportation photo! How long before the Daily Mirror brain trust identifies the type of streetcar?

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L.A.’s Traffic Nightmare Threatens Downtown’s Future! Oct. 28, 1941

Oct. 28, 1941: Lee Shippey writes about Los Angeles’ congested streets (no, traffic is not a new problem – it’s a very old one that we are still trying to solve). Notice that Shippey says streetcars and automobiles do not … Continue reading

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June 17, 1908

Alas, I can’t find any photos of the original Thomas taxicabs that debuted in Los Angeles in 1908. The Western Motor Car Co. put this Chalmers-Detroit into service in Los Angeles in 1909. ere we have a truly historic moment: … Continue reading

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June 16, 1938

ou might well wonder whether the designers actually expected to run "motorways" right through buildings in downtown Los Angeles — the answer is yes, they did. There’s quite a bit of data in this installment of Ed Ainsworth’s series on … Continue reading

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June 12, 1938

he unidentified Times photographer who took this picture at Wilshire Boulevard and Alvarado Street in 1938  had no idea we would be dissecting it today. My best guess is that this is looking south on Alvarado rather than west on … Continue reading

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Mass transit

Hey look, it’s the Gold Line pulling into Union Station! Oops, I’m about 50 years ahead of myself. Does this elevated train look familiar? Or maybe you remember this artist’s conception of an elevated train, below, from January 1907.   … Continue reading

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