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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Saturday, 19 August 2006
Just Posters
Topic: Insider Stuff
Just Posters
Posters for sale in the window of Melrose Music, 7714 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

The first is of the old icons, the second of the new one -

Hollywood icons poster for sale in the window of Melrose Music, 7714 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Depp poster for sale in the window of Melrose Music, 7714 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jay Stakelon on Melrose Music here -

Amid Melrose Avenue's many DJ shops, this oasis caters to indie rockers and headbangers alike.

The Scene - Rock and roll might not be dead, but it's sure hard to find among the beat-heavy, vinyl-centric DJ shops on Melrose Avenue. Enter Melrose Music, which eschews electronic beats and hip-hop for a strong collection of new and used punk, metal and indie rock.

The Goods - Everything from Pennywise's frat-ified punk rock to old-school hard-core essentials from Minor Threat and Gorilla Biscuit to The Get Up Kids and Weezer for the cardigan-and-Converse set. Metal also gets preferential treatment, with an impressive assortment of death metal for those who find Pantera and Biohazard too sedate. Grab a cold drink from the fridge in the front of the store while browsing the DVDs and videos, and check out posters suitable for dorm room or den.
Visit, if that's your thing.


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Updated: Saturday, 19 August 2006 1:47 PM PDT
Friday, 18 August 2006
Melrose Bicycle
Topic: Color Studies
Melrose Bicycle
Parked in an alley behind Melrose Avenue, Friday, August 18, a bicycle -

 Melrose Avenue bicycle with orange mural, Los Angeles


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Thursday, 17 August 2006
One Shot
Topic: Botanical Studies
One Shot
Hibiscus in the shadows, Rosewood Avenue at Alfred, just off La Cienega Boulevard, West Los Angeles, Tuesday, 15 August 2006, late afternoon.

Hibiscus in the shadows -


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Wednesday, 16 August 2006
A California Bird
Topic: Oddities
A California Bird
The 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbirds are the "Classic Birds" - the "Little Birds." This is a 1955 Thunderbird from the first year of production, parked on North La Cienega in front of the very pink, retro, Trashy Lingerie store. It all comes together.

A bit of history -
The car was shown at the first postwar Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954. The first production car came off the line on September 9, 1954. It went on sale on October 22, 1954, as a 1955 model, and sold briskly; 3,500 orders were placed in the first ten days of sale. Ford had only projected building 10,000; eventual 1955 sales were 16,155.

As standard, the 1955 Thunderbird included a removable fiberglass top; a fabric convertible top was an option, although commonly specified. The only engine option was a 292 Y-block V8. The exhausts exited through twin "bullets" above the rear bumper, as was the fashion.

The next year they added the spare wheel mounted outside, Continental-style, and the exhausts were moved to the ends of the bumper. To improve rear-quarter visibility with the removable hardtop in place "porthole" windows were made available as a no-cost option. The hardtop here seems to be from that year.

These cars are important out here. Click here to see the 1955 Ford Thunderbird formerly owned by Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys - restored from the frame up in 1991, with the hood autographed by the Beach Boys. She really did have fun, fun, fun, 'til her daddy took the T-Bird away. Click here to see the restored white 1955 Thunderbird from American Graffiti (1973) - the one Suzanne Somers in a non-speaking part drove here and there in the distance, mysteriously, being the ultimate unobtainable California blond, the platonic ideal of the California Girl. The Beach Boys sang about such girls.

There was no amazing California blond anywhere near this one, Tuesday, August 15, mid-afternoon.

1955 Ford Thunderbird parked on North La Cienega Boulevard at Oakwood, Los Angeles, Tuesday, August 15, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1955 Ford Thunderbird parked on North La Cienega Boulevard at Oakwood, Los Angeles, Tuesday, August 15, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1955 Ford Thunderbird parked on North La Cienega Boulevard at Oakwood, Los Angeles, Tuesday, August 15, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1955 Ford Thunderbird parked on North La Cienega Boulevard at Oakwood, Los Angeles, Tuesday, August 15, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1955 Ford Thunderbird parked on North La Cienega Boulevard at Oakwood, Los Angeles, Tuesday, August 15, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found on the web - promotional material from 1955 -

Promotional material for the 1955 Ford Thunderbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promotional material for the 1955 Ford Thunderbird


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Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2006 12:30 PM PDT
Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Pink Trashy Walls
Topic: Color Studies
Pink Trashy Walls
Trashy Lingerie, 402 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los AngelesA few color studies -

Location:

Trashy Lingerie
402 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

This is at the intersection of Oakwood, a few books south of Melrose Avenue, and a block north of Beverly Center, the big vertical shopping center where you actually have to pay to park. It's next to the Coronet Theater - now on the main stage, a play called "tick… tick… BOOM!"

Make of that what you will.

Late afternoon, Tuesday, August 15, 2006 - the colors are accurate, mostly -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trashy Lingerie, 402 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trashy Lingerie, 402 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trashy Lingerie, 402 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trashy Lingerie, 402 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Across the street the walls are red.

Live Nude Girls on North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles


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