Vintage Photo Friday - Ship's Coffee Shop
|1995. Ship's, Culver City|
1995 was the year. 19 years ago. Is that vintage? I dunno. I've been looking through a lot of my old photographs lately and to me, any photograph where my hair is NOT gray, I've labeled "vintage."
It appears that I'm obsessed with coffee shops
|Looking north on La Cienega|
We frequented all three of the Ship's Coffee Shops, but this was OUR Ship's Coffee Shop on La Cienega, just south of Olympic, L.A., Beverly Hills adjacent. This particular building was built in 1968 and closed in 1995. The original Ship's in Culver City and the restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood were opened in 1956. All three are gone now. Emmett Shipman built the futuristic coffee shops in the classic "googie" rocket ship style. The architect was Martin Stern. Ship's was distinctive for it's toasters on every table. I do remember smelling lots of burnt toast whenever we walked into Ship's. This was my maternal Grandfather's favorite coffee shop. Of course, it was across the street from Temple Beth Am, a place he frequented every day. I can see him now, ordering the "diet" plate which consisted of a hamburger patty with lots of ketchup, cottage cheese and a canned peach.
|Ship's Culver City|
|Ship's Westwood. Photo from UCLA Archives, 1984|
|Interior, Ship's, 1995|
Larry and I went during the last days of the La Cienega shop to take some photographs of this classic coffee shop. Yes, they're blurry. I was sad.
One of the signs of the Ship's La Cienega is still there, gracing a car repair shop. The iconic, triangular "never closes" signs are below the circular one.
|Ship's, La Cienega|
|Ship's, Culver City|
So many of the restaurants from my youth are gone. True, Los Angeles is now known as a restaurant haven. During my youth, it was known for hamburger stands, coffee shops and tiki bars. Sigh.