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Hotel Mikado: 1942

Hotel Mikado: 1942

April 1942. "Los Angeles, California. Street scene in Little Tokyo." Businesses represented here on East First Street include the Hotel Mikado, Sho-Fu-Do confectionery, Ten-Gen restaurant, Sato Book Store, Hotel Empire, Sumida & Son hardware, Angel Cake Shop, Moon Fish Co., Eagle Employment Agency, Kawahara Co. and Dr. C.K. Nagao, dentist. Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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1942 Dodge Coupe

What I think is a 1942 Dodge coupe on the left is the shiniest car I've seen on Shorpy.

Re: street view picture

This is not from Google streetview, Jeremybd, but one of a very unique series of photos taken by TimeAndAgainPhoto, who photographs the same scene many years after the original, using the same source photos as Shorpy, and sent in by TAAP to Shorpy when Dave posts the original for us. It is a cool project that spans America and many years.

Changes

Looking at the street view picture from 2016, all three of these buildings still exist but with some changes. The two buildings that are center and to the right have lost the upper few feet of their facade (although still contain the same fire escapes in the 1942 picture) and the building on the left is missing it's its third floor. Why the third floor is missing is odd, fire or storm damage in the past maybe, we’re left to wonder.

Kawahara Co.

In the business of "agricultural minerals" since at least 1931.

Both trunks are empty

And his feet are a blur because he doesn't want to get a parking ticket.

Mikado pencils

I've always heard that the Mirado pencils we used in grade school in the '50s had previously been called Mikado pencils, but they changed their name after Pearl Harbor.

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Below is the same view from November of 2016.

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