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a mural depicting the arrival of the Portola expedition in 1769 at a bend of the river near what became downtown L.A.
A real or imagined mural?
The pictorial style reminded Doc of labels on fruit and vegetable crates
Southern California used to be full of fruit/vegetable orchards. And local farms would develop their own crate labels. Here are some examples.
St. John's Episcopal Church
The reference may seem odd, as the church is now - and was in 1970 - a very liberal one. Of course, Crocker Fenway would have been married there in the 1940s, before its transformation from "an upper-level parish church controlled by businessmen" had occurred. Since 2008 referred to as St. John's Cathedral.
and its withdrawal into seemingly unbounded shadow
Apparently another interior space which is larger than it would seem from outside, as on page 21.
Patek Philippe moonphase
An expensive watch, obviously: characteristics include a high value and a very complex and precise mechanism. Crocker Fenway's watch would, today, fetch a significant price: a 1968 watch (with some unusual characteristics) went for over $183,000 at a Christie's auction in November 2008. Older, and particularly rare, models have sold for over a million dollars.
Parking lot at the May Company shopping mall...tomorrow evening.
This conversation happens the evening of Wednesday May 6, 1970.
Doc brought Denis along
Evening, Thursday May 7, 1970. May 7 is the Feast of the Ascension in 1970. Jesus Christ, having been resurrected, returns bodily to heaven on this day.
1953 Buick Estate Wagon