Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles Skyline – 1952

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Downtown Los Angeles, taken from City Hall in 1952.

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Impersonating Females in Cafe – 1954

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Newsflash from the Past: Five Accused of Impersonating Females in Cafe LOS ANGELES TIMES (November 2, 1954) — Five men, one of them a Pasadena High School mathematics teacher, were arrested in an Altadena cafe early yesterday on charges of impersonating females. They identified themselves as Thomas Evans Tuites [far left], 36, the teacher, and […]

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Hollywood Freeway Vermont Ave 1950s

Hollywood Freeway – 1950s

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The Vermont Ave. exit off the Hollywood Freeway, c. 1950s.   The Cahuenga Pass and the Hollywood Freeway (101) under construction in December 1953. (LAPL 00041089)    

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Crawford’s Village Store – El Monte – 1950s

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Crawford’s Village Store in El Monte at Five Points (corner of Valley and Garvey). Here’s a link to a great tribute site with lots of pictures and memorabilia: http://crawfordselmonte.blogspot.com/

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Disneyland Parade

Disneyland Parade – 1955

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A Disneyland Parade, circa November 1955. In this photo, five-year-old Kandra K. Craig rides a baby elephant named Minnie. (LAPL  00106414)

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Dairy Queen opening – 1957

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The opening of a Dairy Queen in 1957 at 11334 Moorpark Street in Studio City, now the site of the Girasol Restaurant. (LAPL 00021847)

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Hollywood Ranch Market

Hollywood Ranch Market – 1954

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On February 2, 1954, the Hollywood Ranch Market on Vine Street drops its coffee price from ten cents a cup to five in an act of rebellion over skyrocketing prices. What made them angry enough to slash their prices in half? A pound of coffee had finally crossed over the $1 mark. It was coffee crisis […]

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Olvera Street

Olvera Street – 1950s

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A view of Olvera Street taken by photographer Bob Plunkett, around 1950-51 (my guess). Notice the Theatre sign? That was the Olvera Street Puppet Theatre that once occupied the Old Machine Shop Building.

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Los Angeles Crime Wave – 1950s

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A look at crime in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Photos are from undisclosed locations. Above Photo: Three gamblers wishing to keep their snake eyes hidden during a crap game somewhere in Los Angeles, November 10, 1951. (LAPL 00039498)   According to the Los Angeles Public Library, in October 1952: “Five women and a man were jailed […]

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Broadway Street Photos – 1950s

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Traveling along South Broadway Street, north of 9th Street, in 1951. (LAPL 00104599).   Broadway and 7th Streets, around 1959. The State Theatre (703 S. Broadway) is showing Ben-Hur.

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