Hollywood in photos

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 […]

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Downtown Los Angeles 1950

Los Angeles photos in the 1950s

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Los Angeles photos in the 1950s. Above: Downtown in 1950.   A traffic jam on Figueroa Street facing Sunset, circa 1950.   ” ‘Death Symphony’ Jest Turns on Rodzinski” LOS ANGELES TIMES (Feb. 4, 1950) — The laugh with which Arthur Rodzinski defied the death and superstition which lurk around Tschaikowsky’s [sic.] “Symphonie Pathetique” as […]

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Crenshaw Shopping Center 1950 VONS GROCERY STORE LOS ANGELES

Crenshaw Shopping Center – Von’s Grocery Story

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The Crenshaw Shopping Center, circa 1950 or thereabouts. Its known today as Baldwin Hills – Crenshaw Plaza. Address: 3650 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.   Von’s fresh fish counter in 1950. Note that Rex Sole was selling for .33 a pound.   An underground loading dock at the Crenshaw Shopping Center, now the Baldwin […]

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Joan Taylor

Joan Taylor – California Dairy Queen -1952

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Paramount contract player Joan Taylor (Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers/The Rifleman) shares a carton of milk with UCLA star tailback Paul Cameron in 1952. At that time, Taylor served as California’s Dairy Queen and Cameron was in line for All-American honors. (LAPL 00051362) 2

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Atom Bomb Test

Atom Bomb Test – 1950s

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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 […]

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Henderson Brothers – Cap Gun Quick Draws – 1957

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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 […]

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