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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

E. Clem Wilson Building In The 1930s

The above photo of the E. Clem Wilson Building, located at Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea Ave., has surfaced, thanks to Wilson McPhert. Judging by the cars in the photo, it looks like the photo was taken in the 1930s.

The building was used as the Daily Planet Building during the first (1951) season of the Adventures of Superman television show starring George Reeves.

Above, the E. Clem Wilson Building
as The Daily Planet Building in 1951.

I have long been familiar with the building, but didn't associate it with Superman until a few years ago. I knew it as the "Mutual of Omaha" building (they once owned it) as it was adorned with a Mutual of Omaha sign at the top for years. The sign obscured the top of the building.

Later, Asahi Beer signs were placed at the top and, currently, it is adorned with Samsung signs.

The Wilson Building was rendered unusable as the Daily Planet Building with Mutual of Omaha put their signs at the top. The Los Angeles City Hall was then chosen as the Daily Planet Building and it appeared as such from 1953 through 1957.

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