Panoramic view showing the deserted Beverly Hills countryside in 1913

Panoramic view showing the deserted Beverly Hills countryside in 1913It’s hard to imagine now but when the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912, it was a getaway type of resort, offering respite and sanctuary from the madness of downtown Los Angeles. But with this photo of the deserted Beverly Hills countryside in 1913, it’s not really hard to imagine at all, is it?

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Hollywood Starland – official map of the stars, where they live, where they work and where they play, 1937

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Scroll down for a list of the stars featured in the border.

Hollywood Starland - official map of the stars, where they live, where they work and where they play, 1937

Stars listed around the border:

  • Billy and Bobby Mauch
  • Charles Boyer
  • Janet Gaynor
  • Leslie Howard
  • Irene Dunne
  • Robert Taylor
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Clark Gable
  • Greta Garbo
  • Lionel Barrymore
  • Barbara Stanwyck
  • Joe E. Brown
  • Norma Shearer
  • James Cagney
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Shirley Temple
  • Warner Baxter
  • Jeanette MacDonald
  • Richard Arlen
  • Constance Bennett
  • William Powell
  • Jean Arthur
  • Robert Young
  • Claudette Colbert
  • Ronald Colman
  • Carole Lombard
  • George Brent
  • Joan Blondell (spelled incorrectly!)
  • Dick Powell
  • Jane Withers
  • Maureen O’Sullivan
  • Wallace Beery
  • Grace Moore
  • Edward Arnold
  • Deanne Durbin
  • James Stewart
  • Bette Davis
  • Robert Montgomery
  • Joan Crawford
  • Bing Crosby
  • Ginger Rogers
  • Fred Astaire
  • Loretta Young
  • Frederick March
  • Clare Trevor
  • Freddie Bartholemew
  • Spencer Tracy
  • Mae West
  • Paul Muni
  • Myrna Loy
  • Nelson Eddy
  • Virginia Bruce
  • Buddy Rogers
  • Mary Pickford
  • Franchot Tone
  • Betty Furness
  • Gary Cooper
  • Marion Davies
  • Cary Grant
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Premiere of Howard Hughes’ Hell’s Angels, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, May 24, 1930

Premiere of Howard Hughes’ Hell’s Angels, Grauman's Chinese Theater, 24 May 1930I’ve seen so many photos of the “Hell’s Angels” premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on 24 May, 1930 that I sometimes wonder if Howard Hughes engaged every photographer within a 100-mile radius of Los Angeles. But of all the shots of that night, I think this one (taken, I assume, from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel) captures the intensity and energy of what must have been an extraordinary night for Hollywood.

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Miracle Mile / Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles in Kodachrome, circa late 1940s.jpeg

Miracle Mile : Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles in Kodachrome, circa late 1940sThis vivid Kodachrome shot is circa late 1940s and shows us a stretch of the Miracle Mile part of Wilshire Blvd looking east from around Ridgeley Drive. The taller building on the right was the Desmond’s department store, and farther down is the Dominguez-Wilshire Building, which housed a women’s clothing store called Myer Siegel. On the right hand side is the El Rey Theatre. I’m happy to report that all three buildings are still with us…which is more than be said for that beautiful blue mid-40s Buick in the foreground.

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J.J. Newberry’s Five & Dime, San Bernardino, 1937

J.J. Newberry's Five & Dime, San Bernardino, 1937Until I saw this photo of J.J. Newberry’s in San Bernardino in 1937, I’d forgotten how the counters at the five-and-dimes were laid out: long aisles as far as you could see displaying everything that you could imagine. It also strikes me how vulnerable they must have been to shoplifting. Those sales clerks behind the counter but have developed eagle eyes for light-fingered patrons. And look at that lunch counter. They must have served hundreds and hundreds of people a day.

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Starlight Room at the Melody Lane, Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles

Melody Lane, Wilshire & Western, Los AngelesStarlight Room at the Melody Lane, Wilshire & Western, Los Angeles (1)Starlight Room at the Melody Lane, Wilshire & Western, Los Angeles (2)

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Pacific Electric red car on final day of service, Brand Boulevard at Broadway, Glendale, June 1955

Pacific Electric red car on final day of service, Brand Boulevard at Broadway, Glendale, June 1955Here’s a piece of history in the making. We’re looking at a Pacific Electric red car on final day of service on the Glendale-Burbank line, June 1955. This is Brand Boulevard at Broadway in Glendale, and I’d imagine that these people climbing on board were well aware that this was the end of the service. According to one site I read, there was a great outcry from the public about halting the route, but The Powers That Be went ahead and abandoned it away. (Gone too are the newspaper sellers on street corners. We don’t see them anymore, do we?)

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The opening concert of the 23rd season of the Hollywood Bowl, July 11, 1944

The opening concert of the 23rd season of the Hollywood Bowl, July 11, 1944I like all the incarnations of the Hollywood Bowl but there’s something about those concentric circles that became the Bowl’s shell in 1929. More particularly, the way they were able to light them gave the bowl texture, depth, and beauty. In this photo we’re seeing the opening concert of the 23rd season. The date given here is July 11, 1944, which surprised me. They didn’t start the season until July??? Perhaps it was a war-time thing.

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Beverly Hills Hotel parking lot, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, circa 1946

Beverly Hills Hotel parking lot, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, circa 1946Whoever took this shot was probably just thought, “It’s just a parking lot” but to us it’s a circa 1946 glimpse into a day in the life of the Beverly Hills Hotel. I’d love a chance to get behind the wheel of any one of those cars and take a Sunday drive around mid-1940s Los Angeles!

Susan says: I kind of remember the summer symphony season always starting in July. However they had other functions there before the summer symphony season started. I think the symphony season downtown at the Philharmonic Auditorium ended in March or April. They had a couple months off to regroup as the Bowl Symphony Orchestra before they started up again. I was at the Bowl for Frank Sinatra bowl debut the year before in Aug. 1943. What a night that was. Judy Garland in ’46 is another I recall well at the Bowl. You used to be able to walk into the bowl in the daytime to watch rehearsals for free.

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Shopping in a 1934 Pontiac at Bullocks Wilshire department store, Los Angeles, circa 1937

Shopping in a 1934 Pontiac at Bullocks Wilshire department store, Los Angeles, circa 1937 Wouldn’t it be nice if we could still shop like this? This photo is dated circa 1937 but that’s a 1934 Pontiac parked outside the glorious Bullocks Wilshire department store on Wilshire Blvd. (Check out that Art Deco detailing in the façade above them.) When you pulled up at the store, the valet gave you a card that told the sales clerks where your car was parked. Instead of lugging around all those heavy packages, they’d put them directly in your trunk. Now, THAT is what I call shopping.

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