Wilshire Blvd in color – Ambassador Hotel and Brown Derby, circa 1950s

Wilshire Blvd in color - Ambassador Hotel and Brown Derby, circa 1950sI love a long shot down LA’s boulevards—they give us a sweeping look at life frozen at a specific moment. This is Wilshire Blvd caught in living color some time in the 1950s when everyone is nicely dressed and actually taking a walk! We can see the Ambassador Hotel on the left, the original Brown Derby on the right, and behind the center palm tree is the Chapman Park Hotel, a place not unlike the Garden of Allah with a main building and a group of bungalows set among the gardens. Not many people remember it now, but I have a page of photos on my website. http://wp.me/p5XK3w-1fe I’m particularly fond of the Zephyr Room and used it as a setting in my 4th book, Searchlights and Shadows.

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One Response to Wilshire Blvd in color – Ambassador Hotel and Brown Derby, circa 1950s

  1. Love this Martin. You reminded me of the time when we didn’t feel properly dressed unless we wore high heels (stockings of course, and be sure your seems are straight), hat and gloves. We are much more comfortable now, but we lack a good amount of class. Bless you my friend.