Looking northeast at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Ave, 1940

Looking northeast at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Ave, 1940sHere’s a slice of 1940s LA life. We’re standing on the corner of Wilshire Blvd and La Brea Ave some time in the 1940s. That red car is a 1941 Pontiac so some time after that, I’d say. That place on the northwest corner was Tilford’s restaurant and coffee shop, and the building behind the red Pontiac is the E. Clem Wilson Building, which was built in the late 1920s when that intersection was the 3rd busiest corner in Los Angeles.

The E. Clem Wilson Building, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 1930:

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One Response to Looking northeast at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Ave, 1940

  1. Jean Hunter says:

    Wonderful slice of life pics! Can you imagine cruising around Hollywood in that red Pontiac? The E. Clem Wilson building just exudes a timeless majesty against the sky and hint of clouds.

    Here’s a bit more interesting history on that beautiful building:

    http://beverlypress.com/2015/01/samsung-name-removed-from-art-deco-building/

    Thanks, Martin.

    Jean