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February 5, 2006 - The Good Ship Coca-Cola













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In the warehouse district of Los Angeles, east of the city, the old Coca-Cola bottling plant (1334 South Central Avenue) was designed to look just like an ocean liner.  Major kitsch.  This is Streamline Moderne in the guise of a Streamline Moderne ocean liner – a ship's bridge, metal railings, porthole windows, ship doors and rivets. 

 

It may look like Crossroads of the World.  Of course it does.  It's the work of the same architect, Robert V. Derrah.  And like that, this is also on the National Register of Historic Places.  He's got two listed.  This is from 1936-1937 also. 

 

It's pretty odd.  Derrah seems to have had a thing for ocean liners.  They were a hyper-romantic setting in many a movie from the thirties.  These were shot on 26 January 2006.

Coca-Cola plant, 1334 South Central Avenue, LA

Coca-Cola plant, 1334 South Central Avenue, LA

Coca-Cola plant, 1334 South Central Avenue, L.A.

Coca-Cola plant, 1334 South Central Avenue, L.A.

Coca-Cola plant, 1334 South Central Avenue, L.A.

Coca-Cola plant, 1334 South Central Avenue, L.A.

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me.  

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These were shot with a Nikon D70 – lens AF-5 Nikor 18-70mm 1:35-4.5G ED

They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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