Los ANgeles Griffith Observatory 1940

Night view from the Griffith Observatory

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Night view of Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory, circa 1940.

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Hollywood Bowl 1940

Hollywood Bowl – 1940s

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Hollywood Bowl sign. Photographed on July 10, 1940. (Photographer: Otto Rothschild / LAPL 00056082)   (LAPL 00056080)

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Five Singing Babies

Forest Lawn – Glendale – 1940s

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Five Sing Babies sculpture from Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park back in the 1940s, maybe earlier. I’m not sure if it is still there today.

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Carpenter's Drive-in

Carpenter’s Drive-in – 1947

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I’m guessing that this is Carpenter’s Drive-in, circa 1947, once located on the corner of Sunset and Vine.

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Bobbing for apples at the Cock’n Bull – 1949

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How ’bout them apples? Diane Smith bobbing at the Cock’n Bull, a former restaurant on the Sunset Strip at Sunset and Doheny. Photo circa 1949. (Photographer: Lee Weber / LAPL 00057037)

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Creepy Brides 1940s

Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church – Bridesmaids 1940s

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Bridesmaids posing in front of the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church on the corner of 87th Place and Main Street. I’m guessing this photo was taken in the 1940s, based of the Black Dahlia hairstyles.

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Drag Queens

Los Angeles Drag Queens – 1946

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The photo caption reads, “Franke Goode, 17, left; Francis J. Socwell, 18. A couple of ‘girls’ who landed behind bars.” Circa 1946. (LAPL 00079408)

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Cole Bros. Circus

Cole Bros. Circus – 1940

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The Cole Bros. Circus arriving for a week long engagement in late September of 1940.

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Crenshaw Boulevard

Crenshaw Boulevard – 1948

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Crenshaw Boulevard, south of Stocker Street, circa 1948. (LAPL 00104399)

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amateur radio television camera

Amateur radio television camera – 1949

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An unidentified early inventor and his amateur radio television camera, which looks to be a modification of a military piece of equipment used on planes in WWII. Sources: http://www.earlytelevision.org/w6uzo.html http://www.smecc.org/television.htm 

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