My mom sent me a bunch of LA postcards she found at an antique sale in Denver to add to my collection. I love these idealized visions of LA, if only to see how much the city has changed and how much it has stayed the same. Here’s the bridge on Echo Park Lake looking pretty much how it does today, although the landscaping is lots more lush in this postcard. There’s also a boater to the left, something I really miss about the lake: Echo Park unfortunately got rid of its paddleboats last summer.
This looks like the Elysian Park entrance near Chinatown, and down in that little valley is the railyard that’s now home to the Not a Cornfield park and Farmlab I wrote about for I.D. last year. Check out the streetcar!
Atop a hill in my old Hollywood neighborhood is the Japanese restaurant Yamashiro, now home to a lively Thursday night farmers market. You can also see the Magic Castle, a private club for magicians—who have guest passes from time to time—at the far right.
Eagle Rock, just northeast of downtown, when it used to actually have an eagle on it. Can you still climb on top of the rock? Not sure if this promenade and picnic grounds are still there or not. Can I hear from an Eagle Rocker?
The Original Farmers Market (meaning the permanent one) on Fairfax. On the back of this card the letter says “It’s cool and not much sunshine.” It’s dated 6/14/49—another vacationer falls victim to June Gloom.
This is the Park La Brea development, which is pretty much across the street from the Farmers Market on Fairfax. This housing development was designed in the 1940s and remains a pretty successful model for high-density residential living. On the far right you can see the neighborhood’s other claim to fame: The park that’s home to the La Brea Tar Pits.