Monday, December 7, 2009

Once Upon a Time...


You'll find these old numbers stamped in concrete on various walls around town. I suppose they're just street block markers, but if this were a novel they'd be signs indicating different destination portals for time travel...

17 comments:

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Mister Earl said...

Looks like a memorial or something. I wonder if it has anything to do with the high school graduating classes putting something up around town? Where do you see them? I wonder if DBDubya would know if he was around.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Looks like could bee part of a tombstone.
Tell me, LA, when do you see these things?

Trish said...

that is a stamp of what year the bridge was poured, over I'm assuming the 11(now 110).

Stared at one plenty one day when our bus broke down on the way to a basketball game at Chadwick at..Ave 43 offramp, I think.

altadenahiker said...

1939 was also a good year for building. Many of the old concrete bridges in Hollywood, LA, and Glendale are stamped with that year. But do you mean these concrete blocks serve no apparent pupose? Very odd.

karin said...

hmmm, sounds like someones been reading the time travellers wife... k

Margaret said...

I see The Andrew Sisters, I see a cantina for soldiers, I see doomed love. Ah...so sad.

Vanda said...

I like Yakpate's idea of time traveling portals.

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ryanpainting said...

I believe that its the year the 110 frwy was born and the resulting overpasses there on Meridian and/or Fremont.

Laurie said...

I knew you guys would have the scoop -- though, I like my time travel idea.

Welcome, karin! I have read Time Travelers Wife years ago when it came out but it's my least favorite of the time traveling genre. (A favorite fictional topic for me -- in fact, if I ever get back to writing a novel I'm going to get back to writing the time travel one...)

And to think, I was dense enough to assume these were markers for the street blocks. Of course they're on overpasses. The other one I can think of is on Arroyo Drive, and I think it's 1938 or 39. (For time travelers who want to be not-so-close to the US involvment in WW2...)

Judy Williams said...

Somewhere in Time was a favorite in the time travel genre, as sappy and schmalzy as it was. There is just something about those numbers. There is an oval, a straight line, a curved embryo and a triangle. Hmmmm

Mister Earl said...

Speaking of traveling, where are you going, Judy?

Petrea said...

I just love this. I love the font of the numbers and the depth of the carving, the rectangle around them, the contrast in your shot, everything.

Laurie said...

Thanks, everyone!

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

forerunner to helvetica typeface

Virginia said...

We have something similar in my neighborhood. The street name is etched in the concrete as you cross the street. ( I"m thinking that's a dumb explanation but I can't improve)
Like the old signage in our communities. Nice nice photo, L.
V