May Company department store and Simon’s Drive-in, corner Wilshire & Fairfax, circa 1940s

May Company department store and Simon's Drive-in, corner Wilshire & Fairfax, circa 1940sThis aerial shot of Wilshire Blvd facing east at the Fairfax Ave corner in the 1940s shows the then-new May Company department store which is in the process of being reinvented into the Academy museum. On the other side of Fairfax, in the bottom left corner of the photo, we can see the popular Simon’s Drive-In restaurant which was later replaced by Johnie’s Coffee Shop which originally opened in 1956 as Romeo’s Times Square and was recently declared a historical landmark.

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