This is the entrance to the Desmond’s store on Wilshire Blvd. Desmond’s was the first major clothing retailer on the Miracle Mile when it opened in 1929. This photo was taken in 1939, aka Hollywood’s greatest year. What I find striking are the huge window displays. Us Angelenos usually drive to a store and park in the parking lot (what used to be called “the carriage trade”) and rarely see what department stores even have in their window. In fact, as I sit here thinking of the department stores I go to, none of them even have windows that look out onto the street.