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Production shot from Warner Bros.’ “Gold Is Where You Find It” (1938)

In this shot, we can see the effort it takes to shoot a scene in a movie. This is a production shot of Warner Bros. “Gold Is Where You Find It” (1938) which starred George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, and … Continue reading

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Universal International Studios billboards on Lankershim Blvd, Universal City, June 1961

June 1961 was the start of a big summer for Universal Studios. Although it had opened in October 1960, “Spartacus” was still big enough to warrant double billboard space outside their studios on Lankershim Blvd in Universal City. Kirk Douglas … Continue reading

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Mammy Louise’s Bayou, 8711 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, circa mid 1930s

These days, you’d never find a restaurant with the word “Mammy” in the name, but the 1930s was a different time. Mammy Louise’s Bayou was at 8711 Sunset Blvd on the Sunset Strip. It was run by a black woman … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Railway yellow streetcar Line 5 at Broadway and Olympic, downtown Los Angeles circa 1954

In this vibrant (Kodachrome?) photo, we can see a Los Angeles Railway “Line #5” yellow streetcar at Broadway and Olympic Blvd in downtown L.A., circa 1954. (Line 5 traveled between Hawthorn via downtown to Eagle Rock.) We can see the … Continue reading

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Aerial view of the northern end of Vine Street, Hollywood and beyond, circa early 1940s

Nowadays, the northern end of Vine Street in Hollywood is largely offices and parking lots. But in this aerial view circa early 1940s, we can see that the neighborhood was once largely residential, with large and lovely homes and scattered … Continue reading

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Horses being used to grade the land in the Hollywoodland real estate development, circa 1924

This circa-1924 photo shows horses being used to grade the land in the Hollywoodland real estate development. Seeing all that empty land around them makes me admire the foresight that the Hollywoodland developers had. Turns out, they had a little … Continue reading

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Vogue Drug Co., 2001 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, 1926, with both bulb and neon lighting

This photo of the Vogue Drug Co. at 2001 W. Sixth St., downtown Los Angeles was taken in 1926. The caption described it being a building whose signs feature the outgoing bulb lighting in favor of the incoming neon tube … Continue reading

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Hollywoodland sign on Mt Lee, December 13, 1948

This photo of the Hollywoodland sign on Mt. Lee with the lights of the San Fernando Valley twinkling behind it is dated December 13, 1948. Within months, the “LAND” portion of the sign was removed leaving the “HOLLYWOOD” sign as … Continue reading

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A McDonnell’s drive-in carhop is on the job at the corner of Sunset Blvd and La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, circa 1930s

I love it when a place as every day as a drive-in restaurant gets a dramatic portrait. McDonnell’s was a chain of restaurants—both walk-in and drive-in—but of course the drive-ins with their 1930s neon lighting were the most photogenic. I … Continue reading

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The stretch of Wilshire Boulevard known as the “Miracle Mile,” Los Angeles, circa 1958

The stretch of LA’s Wilshire Boulevard known as the “Miracle Mile” extends from Fairfax Ave to La Brea Ave. It was the brainchild of real estate developer A.W. Ross who wanted to develop Wilshire as a commercial precinct to rival … Continue reading

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