Los Angeles Railway on Spring near 5th, 1904

Ralph Cantos Collection

Ralph Cantos Collection

Another Post Card of a Modern City: Los Angeles 1904. LARY streetcars shoulder their way along congested Spring Street near 5th. The roof sign on the car in the foreground reads “WASHINGTON ST- WESTERN AVE.”

From Ralph Cantos:

It is very interesting to compare this 1904 postcard photo of LARY cars, with the 1909 post card shot on Broadway. In just 5 years, motor vehicles have almost completely replaced horse drawn vehicles. Things in LA were only going to get a HELL of a lot worse in the decades to come.

Ralph Cantos Collection

Recent Posts
Showing 2 comments
  • Michael Patris

    We just received an identical image in the form of an 8″ by 10″ photographic print by C. C. Pierce & Co., Los Angeles (Offices near the corner of 5th and Spring, on both streets) an written on the back it states: “Negative # 6225, Spring Street North from 3rd on a busy day. The Douglas Building is on the left, circa 1905.” The N. B. Blackstone offices are on the left as well. The car in the foreground is possibly a 1904 Oldsmobile

  • Barbara Frey

    I grew up in a small town in Illinois called Blackstone. It was supposedly named after a railroad magnate. Is it possible this is the same Blackstone?

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Start typing and press Enter to search

error: Please, no downloads.