The park’s landscaping and vegetation has really grown mature in the course of sixty years. I believe the original park was built in less than a year. If you look at old photos of the Tom Sawyer’s Island, the Jungle Cruise, the trees along Main Street, the trees and other plants look sparse. You can tell in the first…
A Toy R’US and LA County Public Works Building
Here’s what it looks like from Google Maps, roughly aligned with the aerial pictures from the story.
Late reply here but it is not real. It originated from a forum for Dallas architecture. It's poking fun at The High Five on highway 635. Which looks somewhat similar, however obviously not that intricate.
Unbelievably fascinating detail! But LA, which was a center of the broadcast and film industry, had already converted to 60 hz in 1936. How can you lead a media and entertainment revolution when you're at the wrong electrical frequency??
Fifteen years ago I curated a show at the Los Angeles Public Library entitled "Atomic City: Los Angeles in the Nuclear Age." I trolled the crypts at LAPL, LA Times and USC — and, dammit, I failed to discover the excellent photograph of the Long Beach — which would have made an excellent contribution to the show. Well…
And that was one of the factors contributing to the problems following the Fukushima accident — Japan actually had excess power capacity, but the facility that converts power between 50 and 60 Hertz to pass from one grid to the other doesn't have the capacity for the amount of power that would have needed to be…
Power generated on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls was originally 25Hz (I don't know about the US side) and it wasn't converted to 60 Hz until 1948 in most of the province. I remember there being all kinds of equipment and appliances on my grandparents farm that had conversion labels applied to them.
Interestingly, this is because one region imported generating equipment from AEG (50hz) and another from GE (60hz) and they've maintained the difference ever since.
Nice story - the crazy that is differing energy grid specifications is still an issue for travellers - my pain point is wall plug/sockets. Many regions of the world have different mains wall outlet designs. Travel adaptor plugs are a total pain too.
Huh. My dad, who basically lived for SoCal history, had a few old clocks that didn't work when I was growing up. I remember him explaining why it was that they didn't work but damned if I can remember why (I was maybe 6 at the time) . I wonder if they were made in pre-'45 California.
This difference in frequencies is also why NTSC has a frame rate of 30 fps (well, 29,97) and PAL is 25 fps, and why American films are shot at 24 fps and all those countries with a 50Hz power standard shoot their films at 25 fps.
Voltage changes are easy.
Phase shifting is easy(creating a 3-wire system out of a 1-wire system).
Changing the frequency is essentially impossible.
As someone else mentioned, the only way to change frequency is to change the power. You could change it to chemical, mechanical, or DC power and then change it back to…
Yeah, but reducing voltage, even in the 1940s was a piece of cake. Just a very simple transformer. Very easy to add to a clock. It is the frequency that is a bitch to alter. That is why when you go to europe there are those "electric razor only" 110V outlets in all the hotels. It is 110V 50Hz. Won't fry your razor,…
Japan is the only major country that still has dual frequency. East Japan runs at 100 Vac 50 Hz and West Japan runs at 100 Vac 60 Hz. There are some islands/minor countries that are converting in-between 50 and 60 Hz.
Around the holidays I was talking to an elderly (German) relative, who came out to Los Angeles in the late 40s looking for work as a watchmaker, he ended up employed in DTLA at a burgeoning shop which did "while you wait" clock upgrades. Owned by a man who made a lot of money off of that switchover!
I'm proud of myself for actually knowing the story just by reading the headline. That doesn't happen too often! Great read!
Canary Island Palms have been my favorite tree for as long as I can remember. They look like fireworks! Sadly there are less and less planted in Southern California. They are susceptible to disease and an absolute nightmare to trim. The fuzzy looking fronds transition into needle sharp 8" spikes where they meet the…
Saw a clip about this last year by Justin Scarred on his YouTube channel. The "Dominguez Palm" is the oldest living thing in Disneyland Park.