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Life around Hollywood in the very late 1920s

These screen-shot photos are taken from a home movie shot in the very late 1920s and gives us a rare glimpse into life going on around Hollywood before the roof fell in and the Depression kick-started the 1930s.

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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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Eastside Beer sign, Vine Street, Hollywood

What a visual feast this photo is! It’s a sign for Fastside Beer on what appears to be the southeast corner of Sunset Blvd and Vine St in Hollywood. We’re treated to a nighttime view looking north up Vine toward … 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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Carpenter’s Drive In Restaurant does a roaring trade at Sunset and Vine, Hollywood, 1932

For some reason, I can’t get enough of these photos of Los Angeles’s drive-in restaurants. They always seem to speak of a slower, easier time when a burger could be had for 15 cents. This one is Carpenter’s Drive In … 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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