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Sardi’s Wilshire Restaurant, 6594 San Vicente Blvd at Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

As far as I knew, the Formosa Café was the only golden-era Hollywood restaurant made out of a carriage. But this place – Sardi’s Wilshire Restaurant, 6594 San Vicente Blvd at Wilshire Boulevard seems to be completely constructed out of … Continue reading

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Waitress serving a customer at Carpenter’s Drive-In Restaurant, corner of Wilshire Blvd and Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, circa 1930s

Here’s a slice of circa 1930s life: A busy waitress serves a customer at Carpenter’s Drive-In Restaurant at the corner of Wilshire Blvd and Vermont Ave. In the background, we can see the Bullocks Wilshire department store, aka the “Cathedral … Continue reading

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Cloakroom token for The Tropics, 427 Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Before The Luau opened in 1954, 427 North Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills was called The Tropics, which opened in 1936, making it one of the earliest venues with the Polynesian theme. But when I came across this photo, I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Interior of The Luau, 427 North Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills (probably circa 1950s)

I’m currently reading the autobiography of Lana Turner’s daughter, Cheryl, who stabbed her mom’s gangster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato to death. Her book is called “Detour” because of the detour her life took from that night onwards. At any rate, she … 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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Big Rock Beach Cafe, Malibu Beach, 1953

The Big Rock Beach Café had a great location looking out over Malibu Beach and the blue Pacific Ocean. This photo was taken in 1953—back when Malibu real estate was affordable. Or at least affordable enough to be able to … 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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Joseph’s Royale Cafe corner of Pico Blvd and Norton Ave, Los Angeles, circa 1920s

There was a lot going on at Joseph’s Royale Cafe at the corner of Pico Blvd and Norton Ave, Los Angeles (just south of Koreatown.) It’s a café with 50-cent lunches and 85-cent dinners, a caterer, a confectioner, there’s dancing … Continue reading

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Vine Street Brown Derby restaurant, Hollywood, circa 1944

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of the Vine Street Brown Derby from such a low angle before. The photographer must have been sitting on the ground or possibly even laying on it. I can’t imagine that happened … Continue reading

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