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Looking northwest across Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, circa 1915

In this circa 1915 photo, we’re looking up Highland Avenue past the Hollywood Hotel on the right toward Franklin Avenue. With the Hollywood hills so empty, the Bernheimer brothers’ home, Yamashiro, really sticks out—it was only a year old back … Continue reading

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Exterior view of the Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood, circa 1930s

It’s hard to determine when this shot of the Hollywood Hotel was taken, but my guess is circa 1930s. But what struck me about this photo is the tranquility of the scene. The guy in the white suit is chatting … Continue reading

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Hollywood Hotel in color, Hollywood Boulevard at Highland Ave, circa 1948

A color photograph of the Hollywood Hotel is a rare and wondrous thing. It makes it easier to believe that there actually was a grand old dame of a hotel at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Ave—instead of … Continue reading

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Looking east on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood Hotel, 1928

There’s something about atmospheric nighttime shots that can really capture the flavor of a time and place. This was taken in 1928 looking east along Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood Hotel. I love how brightly lit the Citizens … Continue reading

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Northbound streetcars at Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave heading into the San Fernando Valley, late 1940s

Looks like its peak hour at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Ave with lots of commuters getting into streetcars heading north into the San Fernando Valley in the late 1940s. The people in this photo probably took it … Continue reading

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View of Hollywood Blvd during atom bomb blast, 1951

I was so focused on marveling at how empty Hollywood Boulevard looked in this 1951 shot (as well as the empty lot next to Grauman’s and how the Hollywood Hotel is lit up) that I failed to noticed the light … Continue reading

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Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Blvd, 1940.

One day when I get my hands on that elusive time machine (do you think maybe that Elon Musk is secretly working on one…?) I’m heading straight to 1939 and one of the places on my agenda is to visit … Continue reading

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“Hotel Hollywood” at night, Hollywood Blvd, 1936

Here is a wonderfully atmospheric shot of the Hollywood Hotel captured by a Life magazine photographer in 1936. Interestingly the hotel’s sign across the front reads “HOTEL HOLLYWOOD” rather than the other way around. In the second photo below, we … Continue reading

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Hollywood Hotel with front archway

If you approached the Hollywood Hotel by foot, you probably walked under this archway that stood at the corner of Hollywood and Highland. But if you were waiting for the Hollywood Boulevard street car, you also probably stood under it … Continue reading

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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre under construction, circa summer 1926.jpg

Here we have a rare shot of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre being built. It broke ground on January 9, 1926, so this shot was probably taken in summer of 1926. We can see the Garden Court apartments to the west of … Continue reading

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