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A Pacific Electric Red Car passing the University of Southern California in 1953

I do enjoy coming across a new photo of a Pacific Electric Red Car – especially when it’s in color. What a bold splash of red they must have made against a gritty urban landscape. This was taken in 1953 … Continue reading

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Looking north on Broadway from 7th Street, downtown Los Angeles, 1924

Photos taken during the 20s and 30s always show downtown Los Angeles teeming with life: automobiles, streetcars, pedestrians in hats and coats and collars. In this photo, we’re looking north on Broadway from 7th Street, downtown Los Angeles in 1924 … Continue reading

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The first Red Car from Los Angeles to North Hollywood, December 16, 1911

December 16, 1911 was a big day in the life of people who lived in the San Fernando Valley: it was the first time a Red Car traveled from Los Angeles to North Hollywood. The line opened up convenient access … Continue reading

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Five different types of transport on Third Street, downtown Los Angeles, 1905

This shot of Third Street in downtown Los Angeles in 1905 was captioned: “Los Angeles before the car was king.” It’s an accurate statement because in the one shot we can see a streetcar, bicycles, a horse-drawn carriage, Angels Flight … Continue reading

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Cars, trucks, and a streetcar navigate the intersection of Rampart Blvd and 3rd St, Los Angeles, circa 1920s

Somehow all these cars, trucks, and a streetcar are managing to navigate the intersection of Rampart Blvd and 3rd St without any traffic lights. This intersection is a couple of blocks north of MacArthur Park which back in the 1920s … Continue reading

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The corner of Fourth St and Main St, downtown Los Angeles, 1924

In this photo, we’re seeing life going on at the corner of Fourth St and Main St, downtown Los Angeles in 1924. I’ve seen photos of 1920s downtown L.A. with much more traffic and pedestrians so I’m wondering if this … Continue reading

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Broadway and 6th Street, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1920s

There are two things I’d like to note about this dynamic shot of the corner of Broadway and 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles come time during the 1920s. Look how densely packed that sidewalk is. It’s elbow-to-elbow! Also there … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Railway yellow streetcar Line 5 at Broadway and Olympic, downtown Los Angeles circa 1954

In this vibrant (Kodachrome?) photo, we can see a Los Angeles Railway “Line #5” yellow streetcar at Broadway and Olympic Blvd in downtown L.A., circa 1954. (Line 5 traveled between Hawthorn via downtown to Eagle Rock.) We can see the … Continue reading

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Grand Ave pedestrians get off the Grand Ave streetcar, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1900

In this circa 1900 scene is filled with all sorts of things we don’t see anymore: the Grand Ave streetcar; a guy driving a horse and buggy; a stroller that looks hard to navigate through the crowded streets of downtown … Continue reading

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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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