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Aged Army-Navy store ad palimpsest, South Main near East 6th (Gallery Row near Hotel Rosslyn), Los Angeles, CA. LA also has a collection of retro-style twin lamps.
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So how did this wind up on forgotten NEW YORK? Actually this is the only part of the city of angels that I can claim to know anything about. Interesting funky part of town. Keep up the funk.
I remember seeing them on old movies 30s-40s.
They actually sported little “black-out” caps during WW2.
This Staten Island boy moved to LA two years ago, and I must say the architecture downtown is amazing. So many buildings that have been almost untouched since opening, many dating from the very early 1900s. Unlike NYC, the facades and storefronts were not “modernized” in the 1950s and ’60s. Many street lamps have their dates prominently fixed on their base. I’ve seen tons of twin lamps dating from 1919 through the early 1920s. After being all but abandoned in the 1970s, Downtown LA is roaring back and many hotels, theatres and retail spaces are being renovated to look just as good as the day they opened. Unfortunately, the Army-Navy store above is not one of them!
That UM1906 twin light is most likely an original from the 1920s. While LA installed virtually identical replicas all over downtown in the early 2000s, the type of glass in the globes, and the (faded) two-tone paint job on this UM1906 point towards a much older street light.
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