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

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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Olvera Street

Olvera Street – Photos

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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.   The El Paseo de Los Angeles, 1934. The La Golondrina Mexican Cafe (the Pelanconi House) is on the far right.       A postcard […]

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