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Downtown History in Spoon Form

By Dave Bullock
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2007, at 09:42PM

I have been collecting old, public domain books about Downtown Los Angeles for several years now. In the next few months I will be slowly scanning, OCRing and uploading their contents. I will supplement these uploads with modern day photographs of the buildings or the parking lots they have been reduced to.

One of my more interesting recent purchases was not a book, but a spoon. This sterling silver spoon made by Watson Company depicts Downtown circa 1910. Several street cars can be seen along with a wide assortment of buildings. I would guess that the street is Main street, but I am not quite certain.

So I pose three questions to you all:

  • What street is shown on the spoon?
  • What major buildings can you recognize?
  • From what vantage point was this "picture" taken?

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