Los Angeles Flood 1920s

Los Angeles flooding photos – 1926

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April showers caused flooded streets in Los Angeles on April 4 and 5, 1926.  Over 2.20 inches of rain fell on April 4, flooding a number of downtown intersections with over two feet of water. The heavy rains also washed out train routes and flooded basements throughout Los Angeles, Pasadena and Glendale. Above photo: Mariposa and 6th […]

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Calpet Service Station 1920s

Service Station photos – 1920s

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The Calpet Super Service Station was once located at 3237 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica. Photo is believed to be around 1922. Camera lens distortion gives a slant to the otherwise horizontal wings flanking the central structure. In its heyday, the station had a 55% female clientele. The tile colors on the roof were red, […]

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Beverly Hills Speedway – 1920

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The short-lived Beverly Hills Speedway in 1920. By 1924, it would close and a new racetrack would open in nearby Culver City. (LAPL 00033404)

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Elysian Park – LAPD Pistol Range – 1928

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A simulated bank robbery is staged at the Los Angeles Police Department pistol range at Elysian Park, c. 1928. Pacific Southwest Trust & Savings Bank employees receive special training on how to protect themselves during an armed robbery. All photos from the Los Angeles Public Library.    

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Life in Los Angeles: The Roaring 20s

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A pictorial look at Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s! Above photo: A traffic jam in 1920.   A vintage 1920s postcard of Los Angeles’ “Busy Broadway.” The view looks south from 6th Street.   The 500 block of S. Broadway in 1920.   The Chocolate Shop moved from its original location on Fifth Street to […]

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Novelty Photos

Los Angeles – Novelty Photos – 1920s

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A collection of novelty photos taken in Los Angeles in the 1920s.   Photo taken at the Novelty Arcade Photo Studio, c. 1926. Its address was 234 N. Main Street, Los Angeles.  

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Los Angeleno Portrait photos – 1920s

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A Los Angeles portrait sitting for a color-tinted portrait at the Witzel Studio. Photo possibly taken in the 1920s or earlier.   An unknown Los Angeles musical Hawaiian act – 1928   Two Costumed Japanese Performers in a photo most likely taken in the 1920s. The photographer is I. Simada of Los Angeles.  

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Los Angelenos – 1920s

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Photos of Los Angelenos taken in the 1920s. Above photo: A family portrait in Los Angeles, circa 1924.   Office workers in Glendale, CA, c. 1922.   Two women reading on the porch on July 4, 1923.   Swinging near Eagle Rock, c. 1923.   This family portrait was supposedly taken in Los Angeles in […]

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The Kalifornia Kola Co. outside San Bernardino – 1922

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Pioneers of the soda industry during Prohibition (wink, wink). The Kalifornia Kola Co. originally operated plants in Pamona and San Bernardino before it opened a third plant in Los Angeles at 1838 East Vernon Avenue in 1921. The company manufactured soda water, Kal Kola, Budwine, and “Smile” syrup. This 1922 photo appears to have been […]

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