Saturday, February 9, 2013

Crappy Photo : Cool Subject


This is Randy's Donuts, home of the World's Best Donuts, so they say!  I was driving home down La Cienega the other day and was stopped at a red light long enough to snap this crumb-y shot.
The building was constructed in 1953 and is often cited as an example of programmatic or mimic architecture. I'm not sure if this is actually a programmatic building since it's really just the sign that's shaped like a donut as opposed to the structure incorporating the donut shape, like the Brown Derby restaurant below.  Still pretty cool though.  In that so ugly it's cool L.A. kind of way.

Photo: Chalmers Butterfield
I didn't take the picture of the Brown Derby so it doesn't qualify for the Saturday Snapshot meme hosted by Alyce at At Home with Books, but I just had to share the image with you. My first boyfriend, Eric Friend, took me on a date to the Brown Derby back in 1973 (I think!).  I was twenty and incredibly excited and nervous to be eating at such a famous and expensive place. I remember it was dark inside and the rest is a blur ... I think because we had a fight and I've blocked it. The restaurant was torn down years ago and the top 'o the derby has been moved to the top of this mini-mall close to the Derby's original Wilshire Blvd location called Brown Derby Plaza Center.

Photo: Ellen Bloom
I'm glad that I got to eat at the real deal
just like Lucille Ball.

16 comments:

  1. I've never heard of the Brown Derby before. I wouldn't mind stopping off at the donut shop though.

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  2. I do enjoy those kinds of artistic creations...that donut one reminds me of all the Giant Oranges that lined Hwy. 99 in the 1950s. They were orange juice stands, and even had hamburgers, too.

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  3. I like the Donut Shop photo!! You don't see that type of building much any more!

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  4. Haha that donut shop would be hard to miss.

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  5. That donut would be visible for miles. Interesting, even if I rarely eat donuts anymore. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Did you stop for donuts? I like the donut with the birds perched on top. Here's Mine

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  7. I adore crazy buildings like that! I should do a photo shoot of some of the ones around Portland.

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    1. I would love to see that ... I love Portland! At least the Portland of 1992 when I stayed there for several weeks during the making of Free Willy. Don't forget a shot of Powell's book store:)

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  8. Love these kitschy kinds of buildings! Too bad The Brown Derby got the axe ... what a landmark!

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    1. Totally agree ... and not far away where the beautiful and historically important Ambassador Hotel used to sit, there's now a school. Sigh.

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  9. I think every town needs a cheesy restaurant like that, just for local color. Great pics!

    Saturday Snapshot

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    1. Well local color is something L.A. specializes in, that's for sure. Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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  10. I don't think this is a crappy photo at all! It's awesome. The Homer Simpson in me wants to BE THERE!
    Did Lucille Ball really eat at The Brown Derby? The closest I've ever been to any sort of proximity to any of the things you've mentioned is that when I was a kid we took a tour of Beverly Hills and we stopped at Lucille Ball's house.
    Hey, are those birds perched on top of the big donut? Waiting for donut crumbs?

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    1. I've never been on any of the tours of the stars homes and I've lived here for 45 years...I think it would be a super fun outing.
      I'm sure Lucille Ball did eat there in real life as it was a celeb restaurant but I KNOW she ate there in 'reel' life; on an episode of her tv show, I Love Lucy, when they all went to Hollywood.

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  11. Your title made me laugh♫ Nice sequence of shots...here's my SS: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/02/icy-convex-mirror.html

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  12. That photo made me think of Homer Simpson too! :) I hadn't heard of the Brown Derby before.

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