-PE Ephemera

Rod and Gun Club Button

Posted on: August 13, 2017 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

By Al Donnelly

Design for the Alpine Division seems to betray the origin of this screw-back lapel pin as Pacific Electric. There are no makers marks to be found. While the club was quartered in the Annex to 6th & Main, presumably there is a connection implied with Mt. Lowe and the Alpine Tavern facilities.

Al Donnelly Photos, Al Donnelly Collection

The Final Pacific Electric Timetable?

Posted on: August 7, 2016 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

This Pacific Electric public timetable on thick card stock suitable for tacking to wood poles went into effect on August 31, 1953. A mere 31 days later, PE’s passenger operation was turned over to Metropolitan Coach Lines. This timetable covered rail service from Long Beach to Los Angeles and motor coach service from Long Beach to various destinations including San Pedro, Compton, Huntington Park, Pasadena, Santa Ana and Redlands.

It is likely that this edition was probably the last issue prior to the sale date of October 1, 1953. Long-time Pacific Electric Passenger Traffic Manager H.O. Marler’s name appears at the bottom right. I wonder if Mr. Marler chose to follow the passenger business with MCL or did he complete his career in some other capacity with PE?

Charles Wherry Collection

Mystery / Political “Bus Transfer”

Posted on: August 7, 2016 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

 Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

 Charles Wherry Collection

Charles Wherry Collection

By Charles Wherry

In going through some of my father's collection, I found this interesting "bus transfer" and thought it should see the light of day.

Here are two (front and back) scans of what appear to be an effort to defeat ballot proposition No. 1 on the December 12, 1940, election in Los Angeles. Although there is no specific mention of Los Angeles, or the year, the fact that the 1940 UCLA football schedule is printed on the face leads me to this conclusion.

It is in a transfer format similar to that used by the Pacific Electric and I believe other transit companies of the time.

It was printed for a group calling themselves ‘Citizens Committee against “Phoney” Legislation”. The oversize dimension of 12” X 4 1/4” was apparently meant to emphasize this group’s alarm over what they believed was an effort by bus companies, (no mention of which company(ies), to create a ..."universal" transfer system in Los Angeles. There is an allusion ..."three bright boys"... and some names, possibly corrupted, of ...."Quinsy, Kreaking, Dilly"... .

What the results of the election were, if in fact there was an election, remain a mystery to me. Hopefully there are others that that can fill in the gaps.

Charles Wherry Collection

Fan-Created Santa Monica Air Line Timetable (February 1953)

Posted on: October 22, 2013 by Pacific Electric 15 Comments

 

Here's an amazing set of images from the collection of Alan Weeks and Alan Fishel, who graciously provided them to share with all PE fans.

Norman K. Johnson, a fan of the Santa Monica Air Line in particular and Pacific Electric in general, was concerned about declining support from PE/MCL. So much so that he decided to take matters into his own hands when he created and printed / distributed these authentic-looking promotional timetables to help promote Air Line ridership. This was in early 1953, which as Alan Fishel explains:

At this time the PE / SP was negotiating with Jessie Haugh of the Metropolitan Coach Lines to sell all PE passenger service which took place within a few months. The Air Line was so out of site that it was not part of the original sale and was not included until well after the sale. PE was able to cut the line back to 10th Ave shortly after the publishing date on the time table, but was not abandoned It until October of 1953. Therefore the Air Line was the last line to have PE passenger service.

These images originally come from the Raphael Long Collection. Alan Fishel further explains:

This timetable was printed and distributed by rail enthusiast Norman K. Johnson. The Pacific Electric did not publish a timetable for the Air Line. It was a required franchise run and PE did not want it known about. The timetables were placed in the timetable rack at the PE 6th & Main Station and the PE removed them as soon as they were discovered.

Norman K. Johnson artist / designer, Raphael Long Collection

Alan Weeks Collection, Alan Fishel Collection

Alan Weeks Collection, Alan Fishel Collection

Alan Weeks Collection, Alan Fishel Collection

Alan Weeks Collection, Alan Fishel Collection

Zane Grey and the Pacific Electric

Posted on: June 18, 2013 by Pacific Electric No Comments

 

Michael Patris Collection

Michael Patris Collection

Prolific writer Zane Grey, resident, of among other places Avalon and Altadena, California, where he ultimately died of heart failure in 1939, was a passenger of the Pacific Electric Railway when he was in town. While Grey might have chartered private cars from the PE to move himself and his entourage about, as characterized by this letter from 1919, he nonetheless used the Big Red Cars for his transportation needs.

Writing from Avalon, California, September 3, 1919 he states:

Dear Mr. Stewart,

We'll be over on the boat that leaves here at 4 o'clock on Friday. They keep changing
the schedule, so you had better telephone the P.E. on Friday morning to see if the time
has been changed. Please meet us with two cars at San Pedro.
I suppose we'll be in about 6 P.M.

Yours truly,

Zane Grey

Michael Patris Collection

Sid Grauman and Mount Lowe

Posted on: June 18, 2013 by Pacific Electric 1 Comment

 

Mount Lowe Preservation Society Inc. Collection

Mount Lowe Preservation Society Inc. Collection

Even entertainment czar Sid Grauman loved Mount Lowe! One of the early advertising cards from Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, which opened in 1922, shares with tourists the following:


Information to Tourists

You must not miss seeing the 3 Greatest Sights in California

The Orange Groves
Mt. Lowe with its observatory
"The Ten Commandments," at the Egyptian Theatre

Sid Grauman

The back side of the card (2.5" by 4.5") shows the distances from Los Angeles to outlying areas from Alhambra to Wilmington, and, of course, Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, highlighted in red.

Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection

Red Car Packing Label

Posted on: April 23, 2013 by Pacific Electric 5 Comments

 

Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Red Car California Fruits & Vegetables, a brand of Paul E. Stone, Grower and Shipper, Exeter, California.

Courtesy Beachwood Market, Hollywood, California.

Steve Crise Photo, Steve Crise Collection

Pacific Electric Glendale-Burbank PCC Service Bulletin (1940)

Posted on: January 7, 2013 by Pacific Electric 3 Comments

 

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Pacific Electric Glendale-Burbank PCC service bulletin from 1940, announcing the institution of PCC car service beginning Nov. 24, 1940.

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Michael Patris Collection

Michael Patris Collection

The back cover of the Pacific Electric Magazine for November-December 1949 features this cartoon penned by Jim Berryman entitled "Santa's Helper" - in this case, American Railroads. The bag is filled with merchandise, food, gifts, trees, Christmas mail and holiday travel.

Michael Patris Collection

 

Michael Patris Collection

Michael Patris Collection

Comic from page 8 of the December 1929 issue of Pacific Electric Magazine.

Michael Patris Collection