1900s

Hollywood, CA, history in photos

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As we all know, Hollywood is not a city. It is a neighborhood, perhaps the most famous one in the world. Here is a short history told through photos. Come back often because there is a lot to add.    The Six Mile House, named for its distance to Los Angeles, was a liquor/wine bar […]

1950s

Los Angeles photos in the 1950s

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Downtown Los Angeles 1950

Los Angeles photos in the 1950s. Above: Downtown in 1950.   A traffic jam on Figueroa Street facing Sunset, circa 1950.   7th Street approaching Figueroa, circa 1950. Notice the sign announcing the future site of the Statler Hotel? The hotel (completed in 1952) once stood on the corner of Figueroa and Wilshire. In the […]

1910s

Somewhere in Los Angeles – Photos (1910-1960)

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female mail carrier

Somewhere in Los Angeles: Random photos taken of people in the city from the 1910s to the late 1950s. Above photo: This female mail carrier must have broken a lot of hearts along her postal route. She’s beautiful! Photo taken in the 1920s.   Two musicians, circa 1910.   Four ladies showing off their badges […]

1950s

Atom Bomb Test – 1950s

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Atom Bomb Test

On June 5, 1952, the U.S. government conducted its final atom bomb test at Nevada’s Yucca Flat, 300-miles from Los Angeles. A brief ‘aurora borealis’ lit up the night sky making it possible to see downtown Los Angeles.   On March 12, 1955, at 5:20 a.m., the government detonated another atomic bomb in the Nevada […]

1950s

Henderson Brothers – Cap Gun Quick Draws – 1957

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Henderson brothers

11-year-old Eric Henderson (left) and his 9-year-old brother, Lars, train their cap guns on a stewardess in this 1957 publicity photo. The San Fernando Valley boys, touted as the fastest cap gunslingers in the country, appeared on a television show, brandishing their new cap gun models. Following the broadcast, the brothers were challenged by other […]

1920s

Olvera Street – Photos

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Olvera Street

A woman sits at a sandstone water trough on the the north end of Olvera Street, circa 1930s. The trough dates back to 1897.   Olvera Street in 1925.   Street musicians on the porch of the Avila Adobe. (LAPL)       The El Paseo de Los Angeles, 1934. The La Golondrina Mexican Cafe […]