Guess Where Los Angeles

Here’s a curiousity you might enjoy, and further, that you might be able to help with.

I stumbled across this site this morning, Houseplant Picture Studio gallery of Photos of an Unknown Family that Probably Owned a Liquor Store.

The site folks say that they found a family album at the swap meet in Huntington Beach of this family. They’ve scanned them and posted the gallery. This photo looks like the exterior of the liquor store that they probably owned:

see in context on this page – click on photo for larger version

Anyone have any idea where this might be? It’s probably from the late sixties. Even if you don’t the photos are a pure trip. (At one point I though one of the women in the photos was my great aunt who lived in Bell Gardens since the 50s). The gallery seems to span the late sixties to the mid seventies (yes, disco-wear is involved) with lots of people sitting on couches & playing poker as well as exotic locales like Paris and I think Vegas.

UPDATE: Wow! Mike is a great GoogleArcheologist. He puts the liquor store at Santa Monica & El Centro. Holy Crap! That’s just around the corner from me!

I went to Omega Props’ web page and found their company history: “…From 1981 Omega acquired …Cinema Props (the old one next to Spellman Desk)…” Then I Googled “Spellman Desk” and found they are at 6159 Santa Monica Blvd.

Google Maps puts that near the corner of Santa Monica and El Centro.

If I recall, the liquor store is still there, and as a bonus, there’s also an equipment rental place opposite (not called “Jack Rents” anymore though. I seem to recall back in the ’80s there was a chainsaw rented from that place that was used in a murder!)

Thanks Mike!

3 Replies to “Guess Where Los Angeles”

  1. I Googled “Cinema Props Co.” found on the building in the background, but all I came up with is Omega Props Co. which is located on Santa Monica Boulevard.

  2. Got it!

    I went to Omega Props’ web page and found their company history: “…From 1981 Omega acquired …Cinema Props (the old one next to Spellman Desk)…” Then I Googled “Spellman Desk” and found they are at 6159 Santa Monica Blvd.

    Google Maps puts that near the corner of Santa Monica and El Centro.

    If I recall, the liquor store is still there, and as a bonus, there’s also an equipment rental place opposite (not called “Jack Rents” anymore though. I seem to recall back in the ’80s there was a chainsaw rented from that place that was used in a murder!)

    I _love_ Google – the best invention evah

  3. You can find information about Cinema Props in the book “It’s Been A Wonderful Life” by Marvin C. Arthur published by AuthorHouse in 2005. ISBN 1-4208-4915-8. Oh by the way, the owner of Cinema Props was my grandfather. Most of the props for the old movies by the various studios then came from Cinema Props.

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