“Broken Lance” plays Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd, 1954

"Broken Lance" plays Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd, 1954It wasn’t until I saw this photo showing “Broken Lance” playing Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in 1954 that I realized with the streetcar painted red as they were, they must have been easy to spot as you peered down the street wondering when the next one would be coming along.

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Caliente Golf Park, 4th Street and Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 1931

Caliente Golf Park, 4th Street and Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 1931I’m rather concerned for the safety of this woman who is negotiating the rather chaotic corner of 4th Street and Vermont Avenue in what is now Koreatown. I’ve decided that she’s running for the streetcar because she had such a marvelous time at the Caliente Golf Park (note the sign in the background) that she lost all track of time and has to hurry home to her boarding house because Mrs. Garrett serves dinner promptly at 6PM and those who are tardy miss out. The streetcar has one of those protective scooper things in front so that if our heroine stumbles, she won’t miss out on Mrs. Garrett’s delicious tapioca pudding. (Photo dated 1931)

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Nat King Cole’s house, 401 South Muirfield Rd, Hancock Park, Los Angeles

Nat King Cole's house, 401 South Muirfield Rd, Hancock Park, Los AngelesThis is the house that Nat King Cole moved into in 1948. It stands at 401 South Muirfield Rd, in the ritzy area known as Hancock Park, south of Paramount studios. However, the locals were not happy with the prospect of a black family moving into their hood. They were so disgruntled that the Hancock Park Property Owners Association offered Nat $25,000 plus the purchase price of the residence to walk away. According to one report I read, one of his new neighbors told Nat that he didn’t want “undesirables” living in the area, to which Cole replied, “Neither do I. If I see any, I’ll let you know.” The nearly 7000 square-foot him is still there, remarkably unchanged, except perhaps for the car parked out front.

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A street scene near the Cutts Building (now the Great Western Building) 706 South Hill St, downtown Los Angeles, 1942

A street scene near the Cutts Building (now the Great Western Building) 706 South Hill St, downtown Los Angeles, 1942It looks like grandma and grandpa accompanied their daughter and brand-new bundle-of-joy out for a day in downtown Los Angeles in 1942. I love how grandma’s in her best hat with a great big bow while grandpa is equally sartorial with his three-piece suit and bow tie. The new mother, though, looks a bit over it all carrying her precious but perhaps overly-wrapped darling in her arms. The marquee behind them shows the CUTTS BLDG, which is now called The Great Western Building and is still with us at 506 South Hill Street between 7th and 8th, around the corner from Clifton’s Cafeteria. I wonder if our family of four were on their way there to lunch.

Cutts Building downtown Los Angeles circa 1940s

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RKO Studios, corner of Melrose Ave and Gower St, Hollywood, circa late 1940s

RKO Studios, corner of Melrose Ave and Gower St, Hollywood, circa late 1940sJudging from the 1947 Buick and Ford parked on Melrose Ave (left, foreground) this shot of RKO studios was taken around late 1940s, back when the Melrose/Gower corner still had the famous RKO globe and antenna tower. I wonder what they were filming inside those soundstages that day: “Crossfire”? “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer”? or maybe the movie that gave Loretta Young her Oscar, ”The Farmer’s Daughter.”

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Hody’s Coffee Shop, at 7th St and Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, California, 1955

Hody's Coffee Shop, at 7th St and Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, California, 1955Hody’s was a mini chain of coffee shops around Los Angeles (at one time there were eight). From 1955 to 1969 they occupied the northwest corner of Hollywood and Vine. But this one is my favorite. It was at the corner of 7th Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach. This photo was taken in 1955, which probably explains the very “Happy Days” feeling of it all. I can almost see the Cunninghams walk in!

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A LaSalle being attended to in “full service” at the Muller Brothers Service Station at 6380 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, 1938.

An Auburn Cord being attended to in "full service" at the Muller Brothers Service Station at 6380 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, 1938.You know you’re looking at a vintage photo when you’re watching four—count them, FOUR—gas station attendants (in pristine uniforms, no less) giving full service to one single vehicle. In this particular case, this amazing event took place in 1938 at the Muller Brothers Service Station at 6380 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. These days, that location is occupied by the Cinerama Dome. Oh, and that gorgeous vehicle is an LaSalle, which is probably the car I’d hijack if they ever invent a time machine and I got to go back to late ‘30s Hollywood.

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The line for Disneyland on opening day, July 17th, 1955

The line for Disneyland on opening day, July 17th, 1955Today – July 17th – is the anniversary of the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim. This photo us what the line was to get into the park on opening day back in 1955. Sheesh! And I thought the lines today were bad.

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Advertisement for Lili St.Cyr at Ciro’s nightclun on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, October 19, 1951

Advertisement for Lili St.Cyr at Ciro's nightclun on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, October 19, 1951

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Biltmore Hotel Grill and Bar & Men’s Bar, downtown Los Angeles, circa late 1940s

Biltmore Hotel, Grill and Bar, 1949:

Biltmore Hotel, Grill and Bar, 1949 Biltmore Hotel, Grill and Bar, 1949

Biltmore Hotel, Men’s Bar, 1948

Biltmore Hotel, Men's Bar, 1948 Biltmore Hotel, Men's Bar, 1948

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