February 23, 2018


Harvard Along The Charles River - Kodachrome - 2002
Harvard along the Charles River as viewed from the John W. Weeks pedestrian bridge.
I'm facing the Cambridge side, of course. At the extreme left you can see the North Harvard Street bridge. On the right you can see as far as the Western Avenue bridge and the power plant next to it.

UC Berkeley - 1986
UC Berkeley, 1986.

Tourists in Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
Yes, this couple looks like a Duane Hanson sculpture, but they are, in fact, living tourists in Hawaii.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Paris Street; Rainy Day - Gustave Caillebotte - Chicago Art Institute
Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
at the Chicago Art Institute.

Marina City, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987 (BW)
Marina City, Chicago - Kodachrome, 1987.

LDS Temple, Oakland - 1986 (2)
The LDS Temple in Oakland - 1986.

Golden Gate Bridge Tower - 1985 (1)
Golden Gate Bridge, 1985.

Coast Guard Pier, Provincetown - 1985
Coast Guard pier in Provincetown, Massachusetts - 1985.

[Former] Polaroid Headquarters
Polaroid headquarters on the Charles River in Boston (Allston).

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February 11, 2018

Scanned Slide Photos Again

Twilight on the Charles River - Kodachrome - 1987
The Charles River after sunset, looking westerly.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Sal S. & David K. In Massachusetts (2)
Sal Sorrenti and David K.
This photo is from about 1986 or '87 and is somewhere around Boston, maybe Westboro. Sal, on the left, was my boyfriend at that time.

Sailboat on Hawaiian Beach - Kodachrome - 1986
Hawaii, Kodachrome, 1986.

If you can identify this portrait, please let me know.
I don't recall the artist or where this was on display. It might be in the Chicago Art Institute.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai - Kodachrome - 1986
The Na Pali coast on Kauai.
Kodachrome, 1986.

MBTA Alewife Station - Kodachrome - 1987
MBTA Alewife Station in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Louis Sullivan Monogram on Carson Pirie Scott & Co, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987 (1)
Louis Sullivan monogram on Carson Pirie Scott & Co., Chicago.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Leaves, Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
In Hawaii, Kodachrome, 1986.

Kauai Morning - 1986 (3)
Dawn on Kauai.

Hammond Pond, Chestnut Hill, Mass - Kodachrome - 1988
This is Hammond Pond behind Chestnut Hill Mall in Newton, Massachusetts.
Kodachrome, 1988.

Gay Pride Parade, Boston - 1985
The 1985 gay pride parade in Boston passing in front of the State House.

Flower - Ektachrome - 1986
Ektachrome, 1986.

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February 2, 2018

A lot of slides from around 1987, mostly

Chicago Architecture - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago, Kodachrome, 1987.

Allerton Hotel, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987
Also Chicago, Kodachrome, 1987.
This is probably the last time I saw this sign on the Allerton Hotel. I had always wondered if the Tip-Top-Tap was still a going concern or was it just too expensive to take down those letters. But that was before the internet. Now I can find out without having to actually go to Chicago and ride an elevator to the top. The Tip-Top-Tap opened in the 1920s and closed in 1961. It is used now as a ballroom or meeting room for private parties, but the bar is gone.

Chicago Buildings - Kodachrome - 1987 (2)
Chicago, but I can't identify these buildings
. The sleek one is not the Willis Tower. This is 1987 (Kodachrome again). If anyone can identify these buildings please leave a comment or email me.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum & fern
Ferns in the inner courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Kilauea Lighthouse - Kodachrome - 1986
Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai; Kodachrome 1986.

Morning - Kodachrome - 1989
Kodachrome, 1989.
I don't recall where this is.

Lower South Branch Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine - Kodachrome - 1987
Lower South Branch Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine; Kodachrome 1987.

Nantucket Light Ship - Kodachrome (2)
The Nantucket Light Ship, Kodachrome, early 1980s.

Robie House, Oak Park - Kodachrome - 1987
The Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, outside Chicago. 1987, Kodachrome.

Reserve Channel, Boston - Ektachrome
The Reserve Channel in Boston on Ektachrome, early 1980s.
When I lived in South Boston in the early '80s, I worked downtown at 100 Summer Street, so most mornings I would walk to work (a couple miles) rather than suffer the crowded bus. This was along the way and almost always offered a photogenic view. But it never changed much, either. Sometimes a ship would tie up and stay for more than a year.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu - Kodachrome - 1986
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Kodachrome, 1986.

View Of MIT Across Charles River - Kodachrome - 1987
On the Charles River Esplanade in Boston looking across the river at MIT in Cambridge.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Vietnam Memorial, Washington - Kodachrome - 1987
My first visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall on The Mall in Washington, Kodachrome, 1987.
I was quite impressed with the feeling of grief that grows to almost overwhelming levels as I walked down into the memorial and the walls rose higher than my head.

Wrigley's Spearmint at The Art Institute of Chicago
A serendipitous moment at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987.

Cape Cod - Kodachrome - 1987
Dunes on Cape Cod near Provincetown, Kodachrome, 1987.

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January 22, 2018

Slides, Slides and Slides

Reverend Ch's T. Torrey, Abolitionist, Mt. Auburn Cemetery (3)
Reverend Ch's T. Torrey in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"It is better to die in prison with the peace of God in our breasts. than to live in freedom with a polluted conscience.
Torrey's Letter Feb. 7. 1846

Reverend CH'S T. TORREY.
Born at Scituate Nov. 21. 1813
Graduated at Yale College Aug. 1833.
Ordained at Providence
March. 1837.
Arrested at Baltimore
June 24. 1844.
Died in the Penitentiary of that City May 9. 1846

The friends of the American Slave erect this stone to his memory as a Martyr for Liberty.

Niʻihau Sunset - Kodachrome - 1986
Sunset view from Kauaʻi.
That island on the left is Niʻihau. Kodachrome 1986.

Isabella Steward Gardner Museum (2)
The interior courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in The Fenway, Boston.

Connecticut State Capitol (2)
The Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford.

Colonnade - Kodachrome - 1987
I have no recollection of where this is.
Kodachrome, 1987. In 1987 I lived in New England and traveled to Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. If you recognize this place, please leave a comment.

Chicago Water Tower - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago Water Tower, Kodachrome, 1987.

Alcatraz - Polapan - 1985
Alcatraz 1985 on Polapan film.

Sunset Behind Beacon Hill Viewed From Charles-MGH Station - 1980s
Sunset behind Beacon Hill in the 1980s
.The point of view is the Charles/MGH Red Line station.

The Drake, Playboy Club - Kodachrome
Chicago, Kodachrome, probably 1987.

Yellow Hibiscus - 1986
Yellow hibiscus, probably in Hawaii.

Alcatraz - Agfachrome - 1985 (2)
Alcatraz, Agfachrome, 1985.

Bob and Ron on the Provincetown II - 1986
Myself (on the right) and Bob, aboard the Provincetown II ferry between Boston and Provincetown, 1986.
IIRC, we just went to P-town for lunch and then came right back to Boston. That was a thing to do back before the higher speed ferries appeared. The ferry would depart Boston about 9 AM, taking about 3 hours to get to P-town. Then you could do whatever until 3 or 3:30 when the return ferry embarked.

Boston Main Post Office - Kodachrome
Boston General Mail Facility (i.e., main post office) in Boston on Fort Point Channel.
This panorama was shot on Kodachrome.

Charles River Esplanade - Kodachrome
Flowering trees on the Charles River Esplanade, Kodachrome.

Charles River, Back Bay - 1985
Boats on the Charles River with the Longfellow Bridge and Back Bay skyline in the background, 1985.

Christian Science Mother Church - Agfachrome - 1985
The dome of the Christian Science Mother Church Annex on Agfachrome, 1985.

Dan & Ron, Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
Myself (with the camera, duh!) and Dan in Hawaii, 1986.
The film is Kodachrome.

Flower On A Stalk - Ektachrome - 1985
Ektachrome, 1985.

Dandelion - Polapan
Polapan film.

John, Charles River - 1985
John alongside the Charles River, 1985.

Pond With Ducks - Kodachrome - 1987
Kodachrome, 1987.

Memorial - Kodachrome - 1987
I don't recall where this is, but it must be in New England - probably the Boston area.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Steam Generation Plant at Sunset - Agfachrome - 1985, Kneeland Street, Boston
Steam generation plant on Kneeland Street in Boston.

San Francisco Pride - 1985
San Francisco Pride, 1985.

Trinity Church & John Hancock - 1986
A roof peak on Trinity Church in Boston with the old John Hancock building in the background.

White Tulip - 1987

The complete collection of scanned slide photos can be seen here.

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January 9, 2018

These slides aren't going to stop anytime soon

Prudential Center - Kodachrome - 2001 (stitched)
The Prudential tower in Boston
. This was stitched from several Kodachrome slides shot in 2001.

LDS Temple, Oakland - 1986
The Mormon Temple in Oakland in 1986.

Downtown Hartford, circa 1986.

Golden Gate Bridge Tower - 1985 B&W
One of the towers on the Golden Gate Bridge
from 1985.

Flowers in Black & White

Diagonal, Iowa, 1988 Centennial - Ektachrome - 1991
Diagonal, Iowa's centennial in 1988 still being promoted in 1991
. Well made sign. This is Ektachrome and was shot during my bicycle ride from Boston to Kansas City that year. As I go through my slides I'm finding a few photos from that trip that I can't place at all, other than to say it was during that ride. If the scenery is level then the photo is probably from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, or even Kansas or Missouri. If it's hilly, it's probably New York, but could be Massachusetts or even the corner of Pennsylvania that I rode through.

Bird In A Cage, Living Desert
At the Living Desert
, probably 2001.

Architectural Detail

There are many more slide scans to be seen here.

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January 6, 2018

A Small Batch Of Slides

Zebras, Living Desert - 2001 (2)
Zebras at Living Desert, 2001.

They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships, Gloucester - Kodachrome - 2002
"They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships"
, Gloucester, Massachusetts. Kodachrome, 2002. This was erected at the tercentenary of Gloucester in 1923 as a memorial to all fishermen lost at sea.

The Scout, Kansas City - Kodachrome - 1991
"The Scout,"
a sculpture of a Sioux Indian astride a horse. Kodachrome, 1991. This is in Kansas City and is considered one of the icons of the city. It was on the cover of the Kansas City phonebook for a number of years. Originally displayed at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco, it was installed temporarily in Kansas City after that. It was paid for and dedicated in 1922.

Palm Springs Resort - Ektachrome
A resort in the Warm Sands neighborhood of Palm Springs.
Ektachrome, probably 2001. This B&B used to be across the street from Inndulge, but has changed hands and undergone a major transformation since then.

Frog Pond Ice Rink, Boston Common - Kodachrome - 2002 (stitched)
In winter, the Frog Pond in Boston Common is transformed into a skating rink.
Stitched from three Kodachrome slides dated 2002.

Customs House Tower - Kodachrome - 1991
Customs House Tower in Boston
. Kodachrome, 1991.

Bunker Hill Monument - Kodachrome - 2002 (stitched)
The Bunker Hill Monument on Breed's Hill
in Charlestown, Boston. Stitched from three Kodachrome slides from 2002. The statue at the base of the monument is of Colonel William Prescott, commander of the American forces at the battle who gave the order "Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes."

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January 3, 2018

I've got some slides to show you

Zakim Bridge, Boston - Kodachrome
The Zakim Bridge in Boston
, Kodachrome.

Zakim Bridge Under Construction - Kodachrome - 2001 (2)
Zakim Bridge under construction
, 2001, Kodachrome.

Zakim Bridge - Kodachrome (4)

Self on the George Washington Bridge north side - Ektachrome - 1996
Myself on the northern walkway of the George Washington Bridge
, 1996, Ektachrome. This was on the way to our second GNI Gathering in Pennsylvania with Michael C. The first year we had done a big curve coming from Boston so as to avoid NYC, crossing the Hudson at Poughkeepsie, I think.

This second year, we decided to go for the shorter route: Boston to New London, ferry to Long Island, thence to Queens, Manhattan, and then over to New Jersey on the Geo. Washington.

Neither of us had biked or walked across this bridge before and we were following some old directions that said the north side was for bicycles, the south side for pedestrians. Well, after some challenges, we got to the north side only to find it gated and locked. No way were we going to retrace our route back to try to find the entrance to the south side, so we just climbed over the gate, and climbed over the other one on the New Jersey end.

[I had a similar problem in a later year when I crossed from Queens to Manhattan via the Triboro Bridge rather than the Queensborough. Locked gates. Tossed my bike over and then climbed - both ends.]

This turned out to be the best way to get to New Jersey (as long as we didn't repeat the north side mistake), but after a couple years of this I found the best way to cross New Jersey itself (herself?) was to get a permit from the NJDOT to bicycle on I-80. Suddenly, there were no hills in the Garden State.

Massachusetts Turnpike, Allston - Kodachrome - 2002 (4)
The Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston
. I'm not sure exactly where this is. I think that bridge is Comm Ave just east of the BU Bridge. In that case, I would be standing on the BU Bridge to get this photo, but I'm not sure this angle is actually possible. If anyone familiar with the area can nail it down better, please leave a comment.

Market Street at Night from Twin Peaks - Kodachrome - 1992 (1)
San Francisco viewed from Twin Peaks
, Kodachrome, 1992.

Hoover Dam - Kodachrome - 2001 (8)
Hoover Dam
, 2001, Kodachrome.

Frog Pond at Twilight, Boston Common - 2001 (2)
Frog Pond in the Boston Common, 2001.

Headstones in an historical cemetery in Boston - Kodachrome - 1990
A pair of 18th century grave markers in Boston
. I do not recall exactly which cemetery this is, but those buildings in the background should help narrow it down. It's not Phipps in Charlestown. Maybe one of the Dorchester cemeteries. It's likely to be one of the city-owned cemeteries, since I led a bike tour of those a couple of times. Anyway, this is Mary Swift who died in 1785 (age 51?) and Mrs. Sarah Baker "the pious consort of Mr. John Baker." Date of death was 1788. This photo is Kodachrome from 1990.

Downtown Boston - Kodachrome - 2002 (1)
This is the building that sits above the State MBTA stop on the Blue & Orange lines in downtown Boston at the intersection of Devonshire and Water Streets (7 Water Street).
Kodachrome from 2002. It's the Winthrop Building. Architect: Clarence H. Blackall. Completed in 1894.

Dedication Ceremony For First LGBT Veterans Memorial - Ektachrome - 2001 (3)
The dedication of the first LGBT Veterans memorial in an officially designated Veterans area of a cemetery.
Cathedral City, 2001, Ektachrome. This is in the Welwood Murray Cemetery.

Farm Equipment - Kodachrome - 1989 (2)
I'm not sure where this is, but as farm equipment it looks a bit too large and potentially efficient for New England
. I'd have to guess Midwest, but where I was in the midst of the Midwest in 1989, I do not recall. Kodachrome.

Civil War Veteran, Swan Point Cemetery, Providence - 2001 (5)
A Civil War Veteran's grave marker in the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.
The photo is from 2001.

Charles River Esplanade in Autumn - Kodachrome -  2002
Looks like September on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.
2002, Kodachrome.

Construction connecting Zakim Bridge to Big Dig - Kodachrome - 2001 (1)
This construction (2001, Kodachrome) was beside Causeway Street, next to the Boston Garden
and was connecting the new Zakim Bridge to the new Big Dig. I can't recall how they kept the traffic flowing here, while changing from an elevated highway to a tunnel and switching out bridges at the same time. Someone had described the Big Dig as being like open heart surgery performed on a marathon runner while he is running.

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December 26, 2017

Slide Restoration

On the left is the slide as it actually appears. It's about 30 years old and I don't know what kind of slide film it is, but I can say for sure it is not Kodachrome. Even though it appears to have faded to just monochrome, there is actually still color info in it and a few clicks in Photoshop, will bring those up. That's the photo on the right.

Boston City Hall Plaza (unedited)
Before Photoshop
Boston City Hall Plaza
After Photoshop

The photo depicts Boston City Hall, Faneuil Hall, the JFK Building and part of the Quincy Market as viewed from atop the Customs House Tower.

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December 14, 2017


Boston City Hall - 1985
Boston City Hall, 1985.

Boston Garden
Looking up Canal Street to the old Boston Garden.

Charles River - Ilford (3)
Looking upstream on the Charles River from the Harvard Bridge.
Boston University is on the left. This is from a black & white slide, and I'm pretty sure that was Ilford film.

Commonwealth Avenue, Boston - 1986
Commonwealth Avenue and Green Line east of Allston Street

DC-3, Smithsonian - 1983
A DC-3 at the Smithsonian in 1983.

Fort Point Channel, Boston - Ilford
Fort Point Channel, Boston
; Ilford black & white slide film.

Frog Pond, Boston Common
Frog Pond in the Boston Common.

George Washington, Public Garden, Ritz-Carlton, Boston - Ektachrome
Looking at the Ritz-Carlton from the Public Garden, Ektachrome.

Golden Gate Bridge - 1985 (1)
Ektachrome, 1985.

Golden Gate Bridge - Polapan - 1985 (1)
Polapan, 1985.

John Hancock Buildings
The John Hancock Buildings, Back Bay, Boston.

Reagan Cutout Figure, Boston Common - 1985
On Boston Common in 1985.

Storrow Drive, Boston - Ilford (2)
Storrow Drive seen from the BU Bridge
; Ilford black & white slide film.

Tower Records Construction, Boston
The conversion of the building at 360 Newbury Street for Tower Records.

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December 10, 2017

Aged Slide

In my recent slide scanning I hadn't come across any badly aged or damaged slides until today. It's from the mid-1980s. I don't know what kind of film it is, but it sure ain't Kodachrome. I've got lots of Ektachromes and Agfachromes that show no aging, so I'm sure this isn't either of those. BTW, I have no recollection of what this building is or where it's located.

Architecture on a faded slide - 1984 (before)

After Photoshopping:
Architecture on a faded slide - 1984 (after)

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December 7, 2017

Slides, More Slides

Tanglewood Audience - Agfachrome - 1983
Tanglewood, 1983, Agfachrome.

Sears Building, Fenway, Boston - Agfachrome - 1985
Sears warehouse building in The Fenway, Boston, Agfachrome, 1985.

Nantucket Light Ship - Kodachrome
The Nantucket Light Ship, Kodachrome.

MBTA Back Bay Station Construction - 1986
Construction of the MBTA Back Bay Station in Boston, 1986.

Copley Square, Boston - Kodachrome
Copley Square, Boston, Kodachrome, showing Trinity Church and the two John Hancocks.

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October 7, 2017

President Clinton Library

On my way to Tennessee I stopped in at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (4030)

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (1394)

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (1389)

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge viewed from the Clinton Library (1393)

The complete set of photos is here.

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August 11, 2017

Los Angeles Neon Tours

Recently I went on two different bus tours offered by the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale. We toured on two Saturday nights, starting at 7:30 PM in downtown Los Angeles. The tours, while mostly about neon, become tours of architecture and history as well as drinking and dining suggestions. The buses rarely stop and stand still just where you want them to, but the surprisingly good image stabilization and fast focusing of one of my cheap Canon cameras managed to produce some good images.

Tower Theater (1024)
Tower Theater, which has been acquired by Apple to become the downtown Apple Store

The Last Book Store (1459)
Just like it says, in downtown LA

Palace (1537)

Out Of The Closet (1599)

L.A. City Hall (1485B)

KFC (1601)
Neon KFC!

KLYT Entrance (1447)
To my utter surprise, I learned this is the oldest gay bathhouse in LA!
I'd never heard of it before...nor had any of my friends who I asked. Klyt (I don't know what it stands for) opened in the 1920s on 4th Street not as a gay bathhouse, but evolved into one. How this escaped the 1980s, I can't imagine. My fear of bedbugs will keep me from exploring this one, although I'd really like to check it out.

K.G. Louie (1507)

Hotel Rosslyn (1453)

Downtown Los Angeles August 2017 (1488)
The Chinatown Chevron must have the highest prices in the state
. The price at Furnace Creek this day was only $3.069.

Downtown Los Angeles (1464)

Downtown Los Angeles (1440)

Coffee Breakfast (1615)

Chinatown (1510)

Bradbury Building (1437)
The Bradbury Building

Angels Flight (1426)
Angels Flight
, which is supposed to return to service in 2018.

2nd Street Tunnel - Los Angeles
2nd Street Tunnel video
. Click through to see the video.

US Bank Building (0899)
Still the tallest building in L.A., IMO

Eric Tour Guide (0821)
Eric, the tour guide for the first tour I went on
. The guide for the second tour was also named Eric, but looked a little different.

New Chinatown dates from the 1930s (0855)
"New Chinatown" is Chinatown
, which was moved here in the 1930s to clear way for the construction of Union Station.

Hotel Normandie (0936)

Bend (1010)
"Bendix," of course, but the bus was rolling and by the time I got the camera aimed, this is all I got

Axis on 12th (1008)

Mayan Theater (1002)
Mayan Theater

Eastern Clock (1018)

Clifton's Cafeteria (1029)

Bradbury Building New Lights (1046)
The Bradbury Building with its controversial new lighting

Main Street Garage (1051)
A parking garage at 4th & Main
. I think it's just art.

The complete sets of photos can be seen here.

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August 4, 2017

New Riverside County Building

New Riverside County Building (0488)
In Desert Hot Springs

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June 30, 2017

Some Photos

Some photos not previously shared.

The Perfect American - Long Beach Opera (3397)
The stage at Long Beach Opera at intermission during The Perfect American

Precision Electric Company (3909)
This is not an old sign

Pink Barbie (6811)
I've got my eye on this pink Barbie

Edward Wenzlaff Education Center (0484)
Edward Wenzlaff Education Center
, formerly Edward Wenzlaff Elemntary School in Desert Hot Springs.

Desert Hot Springs Police (0486)
Like it says on the label

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June 17, 2017

Pink Houses

I visited these houses in L.A. that have been painted entirely pink, pending their demolition. NBC had a story about them.

L.A. Pink Houses (3975)

L.A. Pink Houses (3960)

L.A. Pink Houses (3972)

L.A. Pink Houses (3940)

L.A. Pink Houses (3933)

L.A. Pink Houses (3915)

Complete set of photos here.

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March 31, 2017

Mountain View Mausoleum

In early March I went on a tour of Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. This is part of Mountain View Cemetery, but separated from it by a road.

Mountain View Mausoleum (2303)
This landing was used in an Ozzy Osbourne video and is supposed to stand in as Michael Jackson's site of interment in an upcoming film
Ozzy Osbourne in Mountain View Mausoleum.

Mountain View Mausoleum (2318)
The main corridor.

Mountain View Mausoleum (2372)
An empty crypt being used for storage

Mountain View Mausoleum (2411)
My primary reason for going on this tour was to see this hall

Mountain View Mausoleum (2435)

Mountain View Mausoleum (2465)

Mountain View Mausoleum (2409)

Mountain View Mausoleum Designer (2397)
The designer of this mausoleum

Mountain View Mausoleum (2246)

Spanish-American War Medallion (2502)

Spanish-American War Veteran (2495)
A Spanish-American war veteran
June 4, 1898, [Dr. Schuyler C. Graves] was appointed, by President McKinley, as major and brigade surgeon, to serve, during the recent war with Spain, in the First brigade, Third division, Fourth army corps, on the staff of Brig-Gen. Jacob Kline, and did duty at Tampa and Fernandina, Fla., and at Huntsville, Ala., and then, hostilities having come to a lull, was granted a leave of absence, after which he was honorably discharged from service.

Mountain View Mausoleum (2191)

Mountain View Mausoleum (2186)

Cato at Mountain View Mausoleum (2387)

The complete set of photos can be seen here.

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January 3, 2017

Live Like Howard Hughes

This, yes this, was a residence of Howard Hughes. It’s on the market now for only $1.2 million. The real estate company has much nicer photos.

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December 17, 2016

Forest Lawn - Glendale

Last weekend I went on an actual paid tour of some of Forest Lawn Glendale. I got to see the show in the Hall of the Crucifixion/Resurrection. That's pretty impressive. There is a diorama of the scene of Christ's crucifixion with an interesting history. The diorama of the Resurrection is smaller and much newer and depicts heaven (it's up in the clouds, so it's got to be heaven, right?) as populated with a lot of Christian crusaders. It also includes St. Peter's in Rome, St. Paul's in London and Christ Church in the City of Boston, i.e., Old North Church. I didn't see anything like a Mormon temple there.

I also went into the Great Mausoleum for the first time. This mausoleum has the greatest concentration of celebrities and also the big stained glass Last Supper (so they really enforce the no photos inside rule here). Michael Jackson is interred here, as well as Elizabeth Taylor. I saw Taylor's grave, but didn't notice it was hers because I was distracted by the huge angel atop it.

They've removed the curtain from the Last Supper, so they can't do the big unveil anymore, but they still play the pre-recorded story of its history.

David at Forest Lawn (3314)

David in Michelangelo's Studio -  Forest Lawn (3273)
Depicting Michelangelo in his studio with the completed statue of David

Entire 20th Century (3263)
1896 - 2005

Hall Of The Crucifixion-Resurrection (1035)
The Hall of the Crucifixion/Resurrection

The Builder's Creed (3342)
The Builder's Creed

The Republic (1038)
"The Republic."
This is a scaled down replica of the original which was erected at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The original is gone, but there is a replica in Jackson Park in Chicago.

The complete set of photos can be found here.

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December 16, 2016

Salk Institute

Salk Institute (3198)

Salk Institute (3216)

Salk Institute

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