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General Motors Motorama
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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This show took place at the Pan Pacific Auditorium.; Pan Pacific Auditorium was located at 7600 Beverly Boulevard in the Fairfax district. Its green and white western-facing 228 foot long facade featured four stylized towers and flagpoles meant to represent upswept aircraft fins above the entrance. Designed by architects Wurdemann & Becket, it was one of America's finest examples of Streamline Moderne architecture. From 1935 to 1972, when it was closed after the Los Angeles Convention Center opened, it held numerous sporting events, rallies, circuses, and car shows. After years of neglect and failed attempts at restoration, the structure was destroyed by fire in 1989. Pan Pacific Park is now located at this site.
Photograph caption dated March 6, 1954 reads, "H.E. Crawford, general sales manager of Pontiac (in back seat), and Robert Critchfield, vice president of General Motors, show the Pontiac Strato Streak to a pretty visitor. A special feature of this car is the fact that the front seats swivel, allowing easier entry and exit. Both front and back doors open away from the center of car."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 3537
General Motors Motorama
General Motors Corporation.--Pontiac Motor Division
General Motors Corporation.--Pontiac Motor Division--Employees
General Motors Corporation
General Motors Corporation--Employees
Pan Pacific Auditorium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Automobile shows--California--Los Angeles
Automobile industry and trade--California--Los Angeles--Employees
Pontiac automobile
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Models (Persons)--California--Los Angeles
Auditoriums--California--Fairfax (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Fairfax (Los Angeles)
Fairfax (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Wurdeman, Walter C
Becket, Welton
Motor Car Dealers Association of Los Angeles

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