We see a brief shot of a list of businesses that appear to be occupying the Bradbury Building in which the Outer Limits episode The Time Mirror was filmed.

I can see what looks like (all in the first column) a Magazine (distributor?). Also an attorney and maybe Steel companies (possibly more than one?)

Is this the real business directory for the Bradbury or something created by makers of The Outer Limits?

I believe in the "C" listings there is a Columbia Steel and Shafting Co. Now, this is a 60 year old episode and nothing shows up in LA but Google shows a company with that exact name now in Atlanta. This does indicate that possibly a real business directory was used.

I note that the first column's first few letters are cut off but using the remaining letters allowed me to guess Columbia.

I have also found: Continental News Service. This was also apparently a real business at the time of the JFK assassination:

If you search the above for "Goldstein" you can find an Ira Goldstein of the Continental News Service.

Googling on Ira Goldstein's name we see that he lived in Los Angeles at least when Bobby Kennedy was shot in 1968 and was both shot during the assassination and was employed by the Continental News.

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    If you think the best view is at a certain timestamp you should screencap it and include it here. Don't make us do your work for you.
    – DavidW
    Dec 12, 2022 at 18:56
  • @David: There is no one best frame, you have to carefully move around 2:48.
    – releseabe
    Dec 12, 2022 at 19:00
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    That's not the Bradbury Building's directory. This ugly wrought-iron monstrosity is; live.staticflickr.com/912/41262040515_9853a12a7d_b.jpg
    – Valorum
    Dec 12, 2022 at 19:16
  • @Valorum: Why do you think that the directory in 1964 could not have been what we see in the episode? In fact, lots of wear and tear on directories. I do not know how you found the photo or if it is current -- it would be very cool if the "monstrosity" had shown up in the OL episode but I suspect the building as it became more famous, updated its appearance in many ways. The movie 500 Days of Summer shows a very upscale place.
    – releseabe
    Dec 12, 2022 at 19:22
  • @releseabe - The building is lovely. Their directory is not. You're right though, that might be a more recent addition, although wrought-iron isn't the sort of thing you ever really need to replace
    – Valorum
    Dec 12, 2022 at 19:32

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Well, it looks like indeed the Outer Limits episode Demon with a Glass Hand captured the real directory of the Bradbury Building in 1964. This may in fact be, partial though it is, perhaps the only record of which businesses were tenants of that famous building almost 60 years ago.

One might have thought they would have been careful to avoid photographing the directory -- lawsuits have been brought against movie makers for more trivial reasons than this.

That the Continental News Service had some other historical associations is interesting to me. This is the same news or "wire" service that Ben "Bugsy" Siegel took over apparently by poisoning its owner with mercury.

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    I fail to see how this answers the question asked in any meaningful way. On what basis are you asserting that this is the real directory for the building in 1964?
    – Valorum
    Dec 18, 2022 at 22:55
  • because real businesses in existence at the time have been shown as being listed.
    – releseabe
    Dec 18, 2022 at 23:00
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    All that shows is that some of the businesses listed were real names of businesses, not that they were tenants in the building.
    – Valorum
    Dec 18, 2022 at 23:07
  • Why not call the Columbia Steel and Shafting Co and ask them if they ever had a tenancy in that building?
    – Valorum
    Dec 18, 2022 at 23:08
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    That being the case, surely it would be better to leave the question unanswered in the hopes that someone with better research skills will be able to prove or disprove this, rather than posting an answer that seems to be pure guesswork without foundation.
    – Valorum
    Dec 18, 2022 at 23:13

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