Hollywood Traffic Jam

Hollywood Traffic Jam – 1951

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According to the Los Angeles Times on March 13, 1951: “The biggest single traffic jam in the city’s history stalled an estimated 25,000 automobiles along the length of Cahuenga Freeway, inbound from San Fernando Valley to Hollywood, yesterday morning. “The cause of it all was a four-family apartment house, which house movers got stuck squarely […]

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Prospect Studio

Prospect Studio – 1950s

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ABC-KECA TV (now KABC) on the air in 1951.The location was the old (pre-Burbank) Vitagraph/Warner Bros. studio at 4151 Prospect Avenue. Today, the site is known as the Prospect Studio. (LAPL 00095953)

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Cave Club waitresses

Cave Club – 8511 Beverly Place

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These waitresses once worked at the Cave Club, a nightclub that opened in April 1959. According to liquor license permits, the Cave Club’s address was 8511 Beverly Place. Photo: Ralph Morris (the club’s proprietor) LAPL: 00008823

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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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Female Impersonators

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.          

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Crawford's Giant Shopping Center

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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Dairy Queen San Fernando Valley

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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Crap Game 1951 Crime

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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