I’m a sucker for a good Brown Derby shot, especially if it’s the original on Wilshire Blvd. And thank goodness for cars to help us date photos like these. The car in the foreground is a 1937 Pontiac, darker car behind it is a 1940 Packard, so this photo is probably circa early 1940s. I love how the blurred action of the cars gives us a feel that the Derby wasn’t just a landmark, but an active business in a thriving community. I wonder if the woman waiting for the bus had just ducked in for a quick Cobb salad?
Menu for the Wilshire Blvd Brown Derby, April 19th, 1946: