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Found on EBay – Frank Sinatra

Finian's Rainbow, cartoon A 33 rpm album of the audio from an uncompleted animated feature of “Finian’s Rainbow,” featuring Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, has been listed on EBay.

According to The Times’ clips, this project was begun by Maurice Binder (d. 1991) about 1954 but apparently went on hiatus about August 1955. Binder was later known for his movie titles, done with Saul Bass. This item is listed as “Buy It Now” for $49.95. As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be evaluated thoroughly before submitting a bid.

Found on EBay – Oviatt’s

oviatt_ebay_suitcase This unusual – and maybe a bit odd – suitcase from Oviatt & Alexander has been listed on EBay. It’s an alligator suitcase with what appear to be little pouches for jewelry on the lid.  Although Oviatt’s has been gone for years, it was considered the leading Los Angeles menswear store and items are highly collectible.  As with anything on EBay, an item and vendor should be investigated thoroughly before submitting a bid. Bidding on this suitcase starts at $125.

Found on EBay – 1912 Rose Parade

   1912 Rose Parade EBay  

This magic lantern slide of a woman riding an elephant in the 1912 Rose Parade has been listed on EBay. Nothing says turn-of-the-century Southern California like palm trees in the frontyard of a home. Notice the streetcar tracks! Bidding starts at 99 cents.

Architectural Rambling

  Castle Sans Souci  

  1901 Argyle  

I found this postcard of Dr. Alfred G. Schloesser’s Castle Sans Souci in Hollywood (the Times used the addresses 1831 and 1901 Argyle Ave.) and dug into the clips for a little more information. 

The castle was built about 1912 for Schloesser, who changed his name to A.G. Castles during World War I. It was designed by Dennis and Farwell, the architects of his previous home, Castle Glengarry, which was on the other side of Argyle.
In 1928, The Times reported that Castles was moving to an even more opulent home to be called Falconhurst Castle, but it’s unclear from the clips as to whether it was built.  

It’s equally unclear what became of Dr. Castles, who specialized in miracle cures using glandular treatments. The last mention of him in The Times is a 1932 ad headed “Marvels of Science.” 

The postcard is listed as Buy It Now for $12.99.

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