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Officers and Cadets Club of Los Angeles, Ambassador Hotel, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, circa 1940s WWII

“Sponsored by WOMEN WAR WORKERS, INC”

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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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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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Interior set of Rick’s Café Américain on the set of “Casablanca” (1942)

This is a production still of one of my favorite sets from one of my favorite movies: Rick’s Café Américain from “Casablanca” (1942). I love how those two lights at the top of the photo cast those frond-like shadows against … Continue reading

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The Newsreel Theater, 744 S. Broadway, downtown Los Angeles showing “Fury In The Pacific” circa 1945

In this age of instant news available wherever you go 24/7 it can be easy to forget that in years gone by, people got a lot of their information from newsreels at the movies. It was especially important during WWII. … Continue reading

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The opening concert of the 23rd season of the Hollywood Bowl, July 11, 1944

I like all the incarnations of the Hollywood Bowl but there’s something about those concentric circles that became the Bowl’s shell in 1929. More particularly, the way they were able to light them gave the bowl texture, depth, and beauty. … Continue reading

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NBC Studios at the corner of Sunset Blvd and Vine Street in Hollywood during WWII

Looks to me like it was Fleet Week in LA some time during WWII. I count five or six sailors in this candid color shot of the NBC radio studios on the corner of Sunset and Vine, including the officer … Continue reading

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Sardi’s Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd, 1942

This photo is a bit of a mystery. Sardi’s Restaurant opened at 6315 Hollywood Blvd by the Montmartre’s Eddie Brandstatter in 1932. It was open until 1936, when it was destroyed by fire. Here we have a photo that we … Continue reading

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VJ Day on Hollywood Boulevard, August 14, 1945

I have a number of dates ready to plug into that time machine and this day would be one of them. In this photo, we’re seeing VJ Day – the day victory over Japan was declared, thus ending WWII. It … Continue reading

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Chatter March 6 1943, Hollywood Canteen volunteer newsletter

Hollywood Canteen War Bond Raffle Tickets: Hollywood Canteen ID card:

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