Old Hollywood

Chorus Girls of Old Hollywood

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Chorus Girls from "Hollywood Revuew of 1929" (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Chorus Girls from the Hollywood Revue of 1929.   Old Hollywood Collection: “The Broadway Melody” Framed photo paper poster Old Hollywood Collection: Chorus Girls The Broadway Melody (1929) Coffee / Tea Mug     Chorus girl from The Dance of Life (1929)   Peggy Larson in Paris (1929)   Show of Shows (1929) Old Hollywood […]

Forgotten Stars

Caroll Borland

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"It is not only the male you must fear. There is, it is said, at the castle, that which is worse: a woman -- for a woman should give life, not take it -- and when a woman is of the Devil, that is worse than the Devil himself." -- Carroll Borland from her book, Countess Dracula (published in 1994). Bizarre Los Angeles

“It is not only the male you must fear. There is, it is said, at the castle, that which is worse: a woman — for a woman should give life, not take it — and when a woman is of the Devil, that is worse than the Devil himself.” — Caroll Borland from her book, […]

Directors/Producers

Busby Berkeley & His Girls

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Busby Berkeley

“I trained myself to be able to imagine an entire musical sequence without having sets put up on the stage, to film it exactly as it would be seen on the screen without the help of editing or of multiple cameras. Everything is prepared in my head beforehand. I tell the cameraman what I want, […]

Haunted L.A.

Alexandria Hotel

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Alexandria Hotel 1915

The Alexandria Hotel at 501 South Spring Street became Los Angeles’s first five-star luxury when it opened on February 12, 1906.  It also served as the city’s main social center from 1906 to the end of 1920. The hotel appears in Haunted by History Vol. 1.   I’ve included a few photos of the hotel through the years. Check back often because this […]

1900s

Hollywood, CA, history in photos

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Hollywood in photos

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 […]

1930s

Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s

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Downtown Los Angeles 1930

Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s Above photo: Downtown Los Angeles in 1930.   Howe’s “At the Sign of the Indian” Complete Motor Service, located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, circa 1930. Proprietor: Leon D. Howe. (Photo: LAPL 00057621)   The Umbrella Service Station, General Petroleum Gas, circa 1930, once located at 830 South La […]

Posters & Lobbycards

Movie Posters and Lobby Cards

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A collection of Movie Posters, ads and Lobby Cards that aren’t featuring the likeness of any particular star…or a star covered on this website. Above: Mysteries of the Sky (1907)   Les Mysteres du Ciel Movie Poster Coffee / Tea Mug – Steampunk – Science Fiction   American Entertainment Coffee / Tea Mug – Image […]

Silent Film Stars

Jacqueline Logan

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Jacqueline Logan

“If I were going to advise a girl how to get in pictures I almost believe I would tell her to have her father and mother separate. It seems that that all women stars in pictures had parents who separated, the fathers going their own way and the mothers remaining to get their daughters in […]

Celebrity Portraits

Maud Allan

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Maud Allan Salome

“My Salome costume seems to me far more decent than those directoire dresses, or the bathing garments worn by respectable women – who have no intention of bathing in them – on the beach. And I am sure, quite sure, it is more decent than some of the gowns worn in opera houses. I feel […]