Aerial view looking north along Fairfax Ave at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd, showing Chaplin Airfield and DeMille Airfields, and oil wells, circa 1920

Aerial view looking north along Fairfax Ave at the intersection of Wilshire Blvd, showing Chaplin Airfield and DeMille Airfields, and oil wells, circa 1920In this circa 1920 aerial shot, we’re looking north along Fairfax Ave where it intersects with Wilshire Blvd (where the May Company would build its iconic department store 20 years later, soon to become the Academy museum.) At this time, the land around that intersection was taken up with private airfields – Chaplin had one, and DeMille had the other – or, of course, oil wells.

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