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A dramatically angled shot of the semaphore traffic light at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in 1938

When I saw this (dramatically angled) shot of the corner of Hollywood and Vine in 1938, it occurred to me that the traffic light in the foreground is probably one of the most photographed semaphores in America. Standing on one … Continue reading

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Grauman’s Chinese Theater at night as seen from the Hollywood Hotel next door, circa 1936

Here’s an atmospheric night shot from circa 1936! Through the foliage out front of the Hollywood Hotel we can see the bright lights of the neighboring Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It makes me wonder what was playing at the time: “A … Continue reading

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Looking north up Vine Street Prospect Ave (later Hollywood Blvd) when it was a watermelon field, 1907.

It’s hard to believe that this idyllic country scene would later evolve into one of the most famous corners in the world: Hollywood and Vine. This photo was taken in 1907 when much of the land around Vine St was … Continue reading

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Christmas comes to Hollywood Blvd, circa 1950s

I would love to have seen Hollywood Boulevard decked out in those metal Christmas trees with their golden lights aglow. From the look of the cars and the fact there’s still streetcar tracks down the boulevard, I’d say this is … Continue reading

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Hollywood as seen from the Hollywood Hills, 1928

I was surprised to learn that this view of Hollywood from the Hollywood hills was taken as far back in 1928. Of the five buildings we can see—the Hollywood First National Bank building, the Hollywood Hotel, the El Capitan Theatre, … Continue reading

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Looking north toward the Hollywood and Vine corner in color, circa mid 1950s

This shot looking north up Vine St toward Hollywood Boulevard was taken circa mid 1950s (the Capital Records building opened in 1956), when the streetcar still ran along Hollywood Blvd, airlines had ticketing offices outside the airport (that American Airlines … Continue reading

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The corner of Hollywood Blvd and Vine Street looking south down Vine circa WWII maybe?

I do enjoy a slice-of-life street scene, especially at one of the most famous street corners in the world: the corner of Hollywood and Vine. I don’t have a date on this but from the trio of Marines on the … Continue reading

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Shirley Temple in “Captain January” plays Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, May 1936

Shirley Temple gets her name strung up over Hollywood Boulevard for the May 1936 run of “Captain January” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Not bad for an 8-year-old. This was a good week for Guy Kibbee, too. He costarred with Shirley … Continue reading

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Howard Hughes’s “Hell’s Angels” opens at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with 200 searchlights on May 24, 1930

Whenever I see a spectacular photo of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre that makes me go “Wow! Which premiere that was for?” almost invariably it turns out to be the taken the night of the spare-no-expense night that Howard Hughes’s “Hell’s Angels” … Continue reading

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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre forecourt during the engagement of “Trader Horn”, June 1931

This photo of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre forecourt was taken in June 1931 during the run of Trader Horn. The fact that it’s the Mickey Steps Out poster on display shows how popular Mickey Mouse had become. Grauman’s had only been … Continue reading

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