Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s
Above photo: Downtown Los Angeles in 1930.
Howe’s “At the Sign of the Indian” Complete Motor Service, located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, circa 1930. Proprietor: Leon D. Howe. (Photo: LAPL 00057621)
The seventeenth annual Los Angeles Automobile Show, held inside the Shrine Auditorium’s Expo Hall in February 1930. (Photographer: Art Streib / LAPL 00105791)
Cooking school in Monrovia, circa 1930. (Huntington Library)
Adolph Hamer’s grocery store at 4311 S. Figueroa Street in 1931. That’s probably him standing in front.
The McDonnell’s Ever Eat Restaurant at 301 N. La Brea Blvd. Not sure what the year is, but it would have to be after 1932 in order for it to be at that location. (California State Library)
Two photos of Wilshire and Western, circa 1933.
Before “Black Friday,” there were annual Dollar Day sales in the major downtown department stores. These photos were taken on “Dollar Day,” September 1, 1933.
Afton Place (between Fountain and Sunset), circa January 1934.
A 1934 view of the the old Temple Auditorium’s box seats. (LAPL 00032526)
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The auditorium was used for theatrical productions, as well as Sunday morning church service. The venue later became the Philharmonic Auditorium before it was demolished in 1985.
Oil field workers for Lane-Wells, based in Vernon, pose for a photo in 1934.
A film crew shooting the horse races at Santa Anita Park in 1935. (LAPL 00081704)
A peaceful day at Hollenbeck Park (415 S St Louis Street) in the 1930s.
The wreck of the “Lady Luck” at Rocky Point sometime in the 1930s. Rocky Point is a part of Redondo Beach. (UCLA)
USC’s Mudd Hall in the 1930s.
A vintage postcard of the downtown Bullock’s department store building, probably dating back to the mid to late 1930s.
The Eastern Columbia Building at 849 S. Broadway, c. 1930s.
A fortune teller stands outside of her place of business at the La Casa Santa Cruz adobe, once located at 728 N. Broadway. The building was an old throwback to Sonora Town and was formerly owned by Ysabel Santa Cruz, who had purchased it from Benito Valle in 1864. Photo was taken in 1936. (LAPL: 00067652)
Members of El Teatro Mexico in 1936, hanging out in the Childs Grand Opera House’s green room, where Sarah Bernhardt once waited to go onstage in 1891.
The photo was taken on April 8, three days after the 1884 theater building closed. Once located at 110 S. Main St., it was quickly torn down to make a parking lot. (LAPL 00036861)
The prop room of the Childs Grand Opera House in April of 1936. The items belonged to its last tenants, the El Teatro Mexico. (LAPL 00036860)
A 1936 custom made, three-wheel car for Arrowhead Spring Water. Photographer: J.H. McCrory. Photo: L.A. Times.
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From the Los Angeles Times article “City to Blaze Tonight in Vast Light Festival,” dated October 9, 1936:
Like a streak of lightning – flashing 260 miles across mountains, deserts and farm lands – power from Hoover Dam will be brought to Los Angeles at 7:36 p.m. today, flooding the downtown section with illumination vieing [sic.] that of the sun and opening a celebration which is expected to draw thousands of persons into the business district.
Shining with a radiance equal to that of 7,200,000,000 candles, the downtown area will be bathed in the greatest illumination that has ever been flooded over a city since history began, according to electrical and illuminating engineers who have been preparing for the celebration for several months.
Crossing Spring Street in 1937.
(Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis/ LAPL)
Outside the (lost) Banner Theatre at 458 S. Main Street in June of 1937.
(Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis/ LAPL)
A 1937 view of the Pacific Coast Highway from Park Avenue in Laguna Beach during its “Festival of Arts.” (Photographer: Herman Schultheis / LAPL: 00099951)
A carnival barker for the Dreamland Circus Side Show entertains a crowd of people attending the 1937 Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. (Photographer:Herman J. Schultheis / LAPL 00097289)
The Mona Lisa Restaurant was once located at 3343 Wilshire Blvd., east of the Gaylord Apartments and across the street from the Ambassador Hotel bungalows. Photo taken in 1937. (LAPL 00008603)
Santa Monica Blvd. (between N. Doheny and Robertson) in 1937.
A wet day in January 1938. The photo was taken on the 800 block of Hill Street. Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis / LAPL 00100752
The intersection of Eighth and Hill in January 1938. The RKO Hillstreet Theatre (since demolished) is in the background. Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis/ 00100753)
A 1938 fire engine parked in front of the LAFD Fire Station No. 50, circa 1948. The station was once located at 1524 Winfield Place.
Broadway between 4th and 5th streets in 1938.
The Los Angeles Police Motor Patrol in 1938.
Ice skating at the Tropical Ice Gardens at Westwood Village in 1938 (the year that it opened). The outdoor rink was once located on the southwest corner of Gayley and Weyburn Avenues.
Ernie’s 5¢ Café, once located at 806 E. 5th Street, circa 1939. (Photographer: Burton O. Burt/ LAPL 00068906)
Before the Las Floristas Headdress Ball took on its present name, the social event was called the Bal de Tete, started by the Junior Flower Guild. Here is the second annual Bal de Tete, which took place in late April 1939 at the Victor Hugo, a trendy Beverly Hills restaurant once located at (or near) 235 N. Beverly Drive. Notice how small the headdresses were back then? (LAPL 00044842)
Second floor of the I. Magnin store in 1939. Its address was 3240 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Flower Street, south of 8th, circa 1939. (LAPL 00104226)