Saturday, July 02, 2016
Nothing says "Old Los Angeles" like Olvera Street in downtown L.A. This charming area (the unofficial heart of the city) is a sort of outdoor mall, with souvenir stands and restaurants, and it's a popular tourist destination - as evidenced by the fact that I have somehow acquired some 20 old slides of the place without even trying. All of today's photos date to the 1950's.
Before the 1920's, Olvera Street had become quite rundown, but civic-minded locals rallied to preserve and restore this historic area. If you ever find yourself near Union Station, you can easily walk to Olvera Street.
Judging from this photo, woven goods were popular, and I assume that leather items and ceramics were as well. They still are! Only now you find a lot more skulls in the mix too. The domes just visible in the upper right are not part of a church surprisingly; they are part of the Los Angeles Postal Terminal Annex.
This next one is from February 1956. You can tell it was a chilly day! Overcoats everywhere. Buy yourself a nice Mexican blanket or two, they're great for picnics. The last few times I've gone to Olvera Street, I've made a day of it and gone to nearby Chinatown as well; and when it was open, you could take a ride on the Angels Flight funicular railroad.
A flag with 48 stars flies above the man with the fedora. I would be mighty tempted to grab some delicious Mexican cuisine at the restaurant. Yuuu-uuum. Thank goodness that Olvera Street is still here to be enjoyed by everybody!