Saturday, June 28, 2008

Movieland- Lady of the Tropics

In today's post we see the tableau from the 1939 motion picture Lady of the Tropics. Wax figures of stars Robert Taylor and Hedy Lamarr pose in this small and simple scene. The lighting on each of the the figure's faces makes them look kind of distorted and almost nonhuman. I guess not every wax figure can be perfect.

A flash picture of the same shot. Now we see all the set pieces and scenery, but the figures still look a little off.

A wider shot highlights the entire tableau. It's actually pretty cool looking, even for its small size.

A close up of Taylor and Lamarr. In 1933, Hedy Lamarr caused quite a controversy when she posed topless in the Czechoslovakian film Ecstasy. It obviously didn't hurt her American Career.

The clap board sign which gives information on the film and actors.

During the 2006 Movieland auction, the Hedy Lamarr figure sold for $1200, and the Robert Taylor figure sold for $300. The set sold for $1500.

Visit my other blog, Houses of Wax, for more wax museum pictures.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Crossroads of the World- California and Florida

6671 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles California, 90028

Here's a set of drive by photo I took of one of the coolest relics of old Hollywood. The Crossroads of the World center is one of the must see structures in Los Angeles. It's been used in movies and television, and has a style remains relevant in the twenty-first Century.

The base of the center building.

The top couldn't fit in the frame, so here's another view of the base.

And on the other side of the country, Disney MGM Studios has their own version of the building. A fairly accurate copy, but a copy none the less.

And Disney wouldn't be Disney without adding their brand to everything, regardless of how appropriate it is or isn't.


Saturday, June 07, 2008

Steve's Drive-In Liquor-ette

1232 Sepulveda Blvd Harbor City Ca, 90710

One of the great liquor store designs in the South Bay, Steve's Drive-In Liquor-ette has it all. The flashing lights, the typical arrow pointing to the location, and a clock. Not to mention the awesome font with the martini glasses.

Here's the building itself. There's actually three different businesses in the complex. The loan place on the left, as well as a travel agency I believe. The building was built in 1966 I believe, with a couple of improvements since then. They all share the same architecture.

The front of the building. The sign here really is something to see, and the 60's styling never seems to be matched by the bland lettering and dull sensibilities of today's modern design.