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Thursday, March 17, 2011 1930 Royalty

The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood

Think about 1930. February 18 while studying photographs taken the month before, Clyde Tombaugh confirms the existence of Pluto March 3 John Dillinger escapes prison using a wooden gun - August 6 Judge Joseph Force Crater steps into a taxi in New York and disappears forever August 9 Betty Boop premiers in the animated film Dizzy Dishes. It was a strange year. And from 1930 this is the Royal Carlton, at 5611 Carlton Way in East Hollywood at Saint Andrews Place. The area is a scruffy few blocks east of Hollywood, hidden between Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard lots of tumbledown houses, an old elementary school behind giant chain-link fences, with a lot of gang activity the usual young thugs in baggy jeans, fully armed. And in the middle of it all there's this 1930 Art Deco palace. It's a bit surreal, and you see it in movies now and then location managers love the place. Of course there are plans to tear it down and replace it with a mixed-use project with retail and condos. But those plans are on hold as in 1930 the construction financing fell through. The banks aren't lending any money hard times. So here it stands.

The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood
The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood

Yes, that's an LAPD helicopter orbiting above. As this shot was taken, one block south, it was four black-and-whites blocking the intersection and eight or ten cops with their guns drawn, and a young gang thug face down in the street, handcuffed. LA is like that.

The Royal Carlton, 5611 Carlton Way, in East Hollywood

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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